When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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SBS Movies

31 Dec 2018 - 8:33 AM  UPDATED 2 Jan 2019 - 1:21 PM

MONDAY 31 DECEMBER

Mama Africa
11:25AM, NITV

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Featuring: Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Nelson Mandela
What's it about?
Mama Africa is the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. From director Mika Kaurismäki (brother of legendary Finnish auteur Aki Kaurismäki.)

Howl's Moving Castle
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 2004
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Emily Mortimer, Jena Malone, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal
What's it about?
Sophie, a teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Markl, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer.

Krush Groove
7:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Michael Schultz
Starring: Blair Underwood, Joseph Simmons, Darryl McDaniels, Sheila E., Kurtis Blow, LL Cool J, Rick Rubin
What's it about?
Russell Walker is a young, successful manager of rap performers, handling acts for the Krush Groove label, including Run-D.M.C. and The Fat Boys. When Run-D.M.C. has a hit record and Russell needs more money to press more copies, he borrows it from a street hustler and soon regrets his decision.

Purple Rain
9:05PM, NITV

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Language: English
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day
What's it about?
In his movie debut, Prince stars as 'the Kid', a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid the same mistakes as his truculent father (Clarence Williams III), the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia (Apollonia Kotero). But another musician, Morris (Morris Day) looks to steal the Kid's spotlight - and his girl. 

Purple Rain review: “Dig if You Will the Picture

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
9:50PM, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: Rhys Thomas
Starring: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé
What's it about?
Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex, and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is much told, but this new documentary focuses on Freddie and the solo projects he worked on, outside of the band. 

Human
11:25PM, SBS

M
France, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: Italian, English, Hebrew, Arabic, Portuguese, International, French, Russian, Greek, Spanish
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
What's it about?
Yann Arthus-Bertrand's follow-up to HomeHuman is a combination of testimonies and exclusive aerial images. This sensitive experience is an introspection into who we are today as a community but also and most importantly, as an individual. Through wars, inequalities, discriminations, but also love and family, Human confronts us with the realities and the diversity of our human conditions. 

TUESDAY 1 JANUARY

Little Nicholas on Holiday
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
France, 2014
Genre: Family, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Valérie Lemercier, Kad Merad, Daniel Prevost, François Damiens, Francis Perrin
What's it about?
Nicholas and his family are off to the seaside for a summer vacation, and the result is a film filled with rich humour, moments of childhood nostalgia, hilarious blunders and misunderstandings across three generations. 

The Godfather
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1972
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan
What's it about?
Don Vito Corleone (Brando) is a man trying to protect his children Michael (Pacino), Sonny (Caan), and Fredo (Cazale) from the horrors of the family 'business', while Michael attempts to care for his new wife Kay (Keaton).

How ‘The Godfather’ changed cinema forever

Evil Dead II
12:55AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Dan Hicks, Denise Bixler
What's it about?
Ash (Campbell) and his girlfriend Linda (Bixler) find a log cabin in the woods with a voice recording from an archeologist who had recorded himself reciting ancient chants from “The Book of the Dead.” As they play the recording an evil power is unleashed taking over Linda’s body. This sequel to Raimi's 1981 debut plays up the humour, and stands on its own as a classic of the horror-comedy subgenre.

WEDNESDAY 2 JANUARY

The Godfather: Part II
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire
What's it about?
In this gripping continuation of the saga of the Corleone crime family - which won six 1975 Academy Awards including Best Picture - a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

The Man Of 1000 Faces
12:00AM, SBS

M
Spain, 2016
Genre: History, Thriller
Language: English, French, Spanish
Director: Alberto Rodríguez
Starring: José Coronado, Marta Etura, Eduard Fernández, Itziar Atienza
What's it about?
Francisco Paesa - ex-secret agent for the Spanish government - is framed by his own government and forced to leave the country. When he is finally able to return to Spain, he is broke and his personal life is falling apart. It is then he receives a visit from Luis Roldán, the powerful former Commissioner of Police who offers him one million dollars to help him safeguard twelve million dollars that were embezzled from the budget he used to control. 

Wild Bill
12:15PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Charlie Creed-Miles, Will Poulter, Sammy Williams
What's it about?
After 8 years in prison, Bill (Creed-Miles) returns home to find that his two sons have been abandoned by their mother. With the threat of social services looming, Bill reluctantly agrees to play dad. But when he is finally starting to enjoy his new role, things take a turn for the worse.

THURSDAY 3 JANUARY

Laputa: Castle in the Sky
12:00PM, NITV

G
Japan, 1986
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Anna Paquin, Mark Hamill, James Van Der Beek
What's it about?
The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the mythical sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world. From Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, the team behind classics such as Spirited AwayPrincess Mononoke and My Neighbour Totoro.

The Godfather: Part III
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, USA, 1990
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Italian, German, Latin
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach
What's it about?
A long-awaited (and Best Picture Oscar-nominated) follow-up to the first two Godfather films. Michael Corleone has a strong desire to escape the corruption of his 'family business', but fate and circumstance dictate otherwise. It seems all the power on Earth can't change destiny - every time Michael tries to get out and 'go legit', he's pulled back in. 

Lean On Me
9:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Mike Starr, Michael Imperioli
What's it about?
An arrogant and unorthodox teacher (Freeman) returns as principal to the idyllic high school from which he had earlier been fired to find it a den of drug abuse, gang violence, and urban despair. From the director of Rocky.

FRIDAY 4 JANUARY

The Fox and the Child
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

G
France, 2009
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Family
Language: French
Director: Luc Jacquet
Starring: Isabelle Carré
What's it about?
Recounts the story of a magical, life-changing encounter between a wild fox and a young girl, portraying the story of their impossible friendship played out against a breath-taking mountainside wilderness. Springing from his own formative childhood encounters with a fox and drawing on years of wildlife documentary experience seen almost exclusively from the animal's perspective, this film offers viewers an unprecedented journey into the magical, secret world of this most elusive and enigmatic creature.

The Fox and the Child Review

Monkey King: Hero Is Back
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 5th Jan)

PG
China, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Comedy
Language: , Chinese
Director: Tian Xiao Peng
Starring: Zhang Lei, Lin Zijie, Tong Zirong, Wu Wenlun, Liu Jiurong, Jackie Chan
What's it about?
The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King saves the village from the evil monsters.

The Meaning of Life
8:35PM, SBS

M
UK, 1983
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Monty Python's final film returns to the group's original sketch comedy roots with side-splitting, irreverent vignettes on the stages and trials of life. Oscar-nominee Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, The Fisher King) and Terry Jones direct all your Monty Python favourites: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and Oscar-nominee John Cleese. 

The Untamed
11:00PM, SBS

MA15+
Mexico, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Horror
Language: Spanish
Director: Amat Escalante
Starring: Kenny Johnston, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Ruth Ramos, Eden Villavicencio
What's it about?
A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction. Winner of the Silver Lion (second prize) at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

SATURDAY 5 JANUARY

One Thousand Ropes
8:30PM, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Frankie Adams, Nathaniel Lees, Uelese Petaia, Beulah Koale
What's it about?
The father of a deeply troubled household that endured tragedy both from without and within, seeks to reconcile with his youngest daughter by making a journey to both symbolically and culturally lay the family "ghosts" to rest.

Public Enemies
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Language: English
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Lili Taylor, Billy Crudup, Christian Bale
What's it about?
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Michael Mann (The Insider, Heat) directs this adaptation of Brian Burrough's best-seller about famed government agent Melvin Purvis (Bale) and his attempt to stop John Dillinger (Depp) and his gang. The 1930s-set drama depicts a lawless time in American history that made a stable of gangsters, of whom Dillinger was most notorious, front page celebrities. Efforts to thwart the high profile criminals led to the formation of what is now known as the FBI. 

Public Enemies Review

Brokeback Mountain
10:15PM, SBS

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Anna Faris
What's it about?
Casual ranch-hand Ennis (Ledger) and rodeo cowboy Jack (Gyllenhaal) meet on a seasonal job at Wyoming's Brokeback Mountain in the summer of 1963, looking after a flock of sheep. They forge the camaraderie of isolated men, but it soon turns into something more intense. A landmark film for LGBT representation, that won three Academy awards (director, writing, original score) and was nominated for another five.

Ang Lee and James Schamus reflect on 'Brokeback Mountain'
Brokeback Mountain review: A beautiful love story that's inherently human

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
11:15PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action
Language: English
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Frank Miller
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Bruce Willis, Devon Aoki, Lady Gaga
What's it about?
The hard-boiled citizens of Sin City return for another round of stories. Eva Green stars as Ava, a temptress who enlists Dwight McCarthy (Josh Brolin) in a bid to escape her ex-husband. Meanwhile, Joseph Gordon Levitt plays Johnny, a mysterious gambler set on taking down his sworn enemy in a high stakes game of life and death. 

Guilty of Romance
12:40AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Horror
Language: Japanese
Director: Sion Sono
Starring: Miki Mizuno, Makoto Togashi, Megumi Kagurazaka, Satoshi Nikaido
What's it about?
Two stories of love and loss intertwine in modern Japan. Detective Kazuko must investigate the case of a woman who has been find dead in a derelict apartment, while she grapples with her home life. Meanwhile Izumi, the faithful wife of a famous novelist, decides to break away from her monotonous life and accepts a job as a adult film star while hiding her new career from her husband. From prolific cult director Sion Sono (Suicide ClubLove Exposure).

Locke
1:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2013

Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Steven Knight
Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman (voice), Ruth Wilson (voice)
What's it about?
Ivan Locke (Hardy, in a tour-de-force performance) has worked hard to craft a good life for himself. Tonight, that life will collapse around him. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. Taking place over the course of one riveting car ride, Locke is directed by Academy-award nominated writer, Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, Eastern Promises).

Locke: An existential road movie in which nothing and everything happens

SUNDAY 6 JANUARY

Biggie and Tupac
9:30PM, NITV

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
Starring: Tupac Amaru Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Mavis!
11:25PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jessica Edwards
Starring: Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Bob Dylan, Chuck D
What's it about?
Documents soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers who through music helped to propel the civil rights movement. From the early hits ‘I’ll Take You There’, to her collaborations with Prince and recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots and continues to inspire with her message of equality and love. Featuring live performances, rare archival footage and conversations with artists including Bob Dylan and Prince. 

Jungle Fever
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Annabella Sciorra, Spike Lee, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Samuel L. Jackson, Halle Berry, John Turturro, Anthony Quinn
What's it about?
Legendary writer-director Spike Lee (Do the Right Thing, The 25th HourBlackKKlansman) raises issues of race, ethnicity, and culture in this provocative and engrossing love story. A happily married professional (Snipes) decides to have a fling with his white temp secretary (Sciorra) and must deal with the results of their taboo relationship.

Vampire's Kiss
12:50AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Robert Bierman
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Maria Conchita Alonso, David Hyde Pierce, Jennifer Beals
What's it about?
A publishing executive (Cage) is visited and bitten by a vampire and starts exhibiting erratic behavior. He pushes his secretary to extremes as he tries to come to terms with his affliction. The vampire continues to visit and drink his blood, and as his madness deepens, it begins to look as if some of the events he's experiencing may be hallucinations.