• My Neighbour Totoro, showing 12:00PM on SBS VICELAND, Friday 11th Jan (repeats 7:30PM on NITV that evening) (totoro film)
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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6 Jan 2019 - 12:20 PM  UPDATED 7 Jan 2019 - 4:14 PM

MONDAY 7 JANUARY

Breaking a Monster
7:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Luke Meyer
What's it about?
Breaking a Monster begins as the band members of Unlocking The Truth are all in 7th grade, spending their weekends playing metal music in Times Square - often to substantial crowds. They take on a 70-year-old industry veteran manager. With his guidance they are soon on their way to a $1.8M record deal with Sony Music. Anything feels possible, and the eyes of the world are upon them. The boys are coming of age, not only as they become professional musicians, but also as they transcend childhood and step into adulthood. The sudden breakout of any band, let alone one of pre-teens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time - Breaking a Monster is the story of this rapid transformation.

Mavis!
10:15PM, NITV (repeats 10:30AM, Tues 8th Jan)

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. 

Ages of Love
11:50PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Italy, 2011
Genre:
Romance, Comedy
Director: Giovanni Veronesi
Starring: Robert De Niro, Monica Bellucci, Laura Chiatti
What's it about?
This sexy romantic comedy explores the three stages of life and love. ‘Youth’ follows the story of an ambitious young lawyer whose life changes when he meets a provocative girl named Micol. ‘Maturity’ stars comedy icon Carlo Verdone as a faithful husband of 25 years who is swept off his feet by the intriguing Eliana, while ‘Beyond’ features an art history professor (DeNiro) whose peaceful life in Rome is disrupted by the arrival of Viola (Bellucci).

TUESDAY 8 JANUARY

Tarzan
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, USA, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Animated
Language: English
Director: Reinhard Klooss
Starring: Kellan Lutz, Spencer Locke, Les Bubb
What's it about?
Tarzan and Jane Porter face a mercenary army dispatched by the evil CEO of Greystoke Energies, a man who took over the company from Tarzan's parents, after they died in a plane crash.

A Happy Event
12:30AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director:
 Rémi Bezançon
Starring: Louise Bourgoin, Pio Marmaï, Josiane Balasko
What's it about?
Barbara, a beautiful student, and Nicolas, a charming store clerk, meet and quickly begin a passionate romance that grows into relationship bliss. Their honeymoon period seems to have no end, from extravagant dinners to meeting friends and making a home together. They are shocked to discover that Barbara is pregnant one day, and with cautious enthusiasm they await their first child together. But what begins as a life step quickly puts unexpected strains on their relationship, as the young lovers' lives are turned upside down by raising a baby.

Watch trailer & Read review
Watch interview with director Rémi Bezançon

WEDNESDAY 9 JANUARY

The Castle of Cagliostro
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 1979
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring: Yasuo Yamada, Eiko Masuyama, Kiyoshi Kobayashi, Gorō Naya, Sumi Shimamoto
What's It About?
After a successful robbery leaves famed thief Lupin III and his partner Jigen with nothing but a large amount of fake money, the so called "Goat Bills", he decides to track down the counterfeiter responsible - and steal any other treasures he may find in the Castle of Cagliostro, including the 'damsel in distress' he finds imprisoned there. The first feature of the legendary animator Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited AwayPrincess Mononoke).

Kill Your Friends
9:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Owen Harris
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Georgia King, Tom Riley, James Corden
What's it about?
Based on John Niven's best-selling novel, Kill Your Friends is a jet-black comedy about a music executive at the height of the Britpop era who will stop at nothing to further his career. 

Cheap Thrills
11:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: E.L. Katz
Starring: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner
What's it about?
At the centre of the twisted tale is Craig (Healy), a broke family man who's drowning his sorrows in a bar when he bumps into Vince (Embry), an old school buddy working as a low-rent debt collector. Enter cashed-up Colin (Koechner) and glamorous Violet (Paxton), a couple celebrating their anniversary by throwing money around and buying drinks for strangers. That's when the nightmarish fun starts. The duo invite their new best friends home and offer large sums of legal tender in return for certain 'tasks' performed. 

Cheap Thrills Review

The Heart
12:00AM, SBS

MA15+
Sweden, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Fanni Metelius
Starring: Fanni Metelius, Ahmed Berhan, Leona Axelsen, Daniella Mir
What's it about?
Mika is a photographer, and Tesfay a musician; both up-and-comers, and in love. But an insidious power game is in play, with its rules changing like music beats at the parties in Gothenburg, Stockholm and Ibiza that they attend. Behind closed doors and beautifying filters lies a raw reality where Mika’s control over her mind and body is at stake.

Troll 2
1:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1990
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Claudio Fragasso
Starring: Michael Stephenson, George Hardy, Margo Prey, Connie Young
What's it about?
Disguised as friendly country folk, a pugnacious posse of people-eating trolls lures visitors to their town. But a family of four is about to discover this place is a real tourist trap - and now, the no-good gnomes must be destroyed before the family gets flambéed - and the world becomes a buffet in this feeding frenzy of fear! Like The Room, this film (an in-name-only sequel to the 1986 horror-fantasy) is another legendary 'so-bad-it's-good' cult favourite.

Under the Hawthorn Tree
1:55AM, SBS

PG
China, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Chinese
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Dongyu Zhou, Shawn Dou, Meijuan Xi
What's it about?
Jing, an innocent high school girl, is sent to a remote mountain village for ‘reeducation’ during the Chinese Cultural Revolution. With her father imprisoned and her mother struggling to support three children, Jing must behave for the authorities in order to return to her family. Her quiet existence is disrupted when she falls for Sun, the charming son of an elite military family. Their difference in social backgrounds makes a relationship unthinkable, but their connection is fierce and passionate. Will Jing risk everything to be with the one she loves? From Zhang Yimou, director of Hero and Raise the Red Lantern.

THURSDAY 10 JANUARY

Belle and Sébastien
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, 2013
Genre: Adventure
Language: French
Director: Nicolas Vainer
Starring: Félix Bossuet, Tchéky Karyo, Margaux Chatelier 
What's it about?
In a small French village in the snowy Alps during the 1940s, a lonely boy called Sebastian (Bossuet) meets and tames a wild dog, Belle. But his peaceful village life is suddenly disrupted by the arrival of Nazi soldiers. Soon Sebastian's mother goes missing, so the boy and Belle go searching for her, along the way crossing paths with many travellers including Caesar (Karyo), an old man in search of his past.

Bird
9:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Diane Venora, Keith David
What's it about?
Clint Eastwood, a noted jazz aficionado, directs this heartfelt study of pioneering bop saxophonist Charlie Parker (Whitaker). Moving forward and backward through Parker's brief life before his death of a heroin overdose at age 34, the film foregrounds the saxophonist's difficult relationship with his wife, Chan Parker (Diane Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

Nintendo Quest
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Robert McCallum
Starring: Robert McCallum, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day
What's it about?
Passionate video game collector Jay Bartlett has always had one dream: to own a complete library of every original Nintendo game - all 678. Enter best friend, and film director, Rob McCallum. Rob dares Jay to go after his dream of an entire NES library but with a few twists - Jay has only thirty days, has to use his own money, and can’t use the Internet in anyway. It’s a road-trip challenge rooted in the very games Jay likes to play and collect and so Jay liquidates everything he can to give himself the chance of a lifetime. 

The Skin I Live In
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet
What's it about?
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. From legendary director Pedro Almodóvar (All About My Mother, Talk To Her), this film won the 2012 BAFTA award for Best Film Not in the English Language.

FRIDAY 11 JANUARY

My Neighbour Totoro
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND (repeats 7:30PM on NITV)

PG
Japan, 1988
Genre: Animation
Language: English
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
What's it about?
Satsuke and Mai are two young girls who find their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called 'Totoros'. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As the girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke).

Monty Python's Life of Brian
8:35PM, SBS

M
UK, 1979
Genre:
Comedy
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones
What's it about?
Monty Python tells the story of Brian (Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and hilarious circumstances, providing ample opportunity for the entire Python ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions and crucifixion.

The Ninth Floor
10:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:30PM, Sat 12 Jan)

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mina Shum
What's it about?
In her first feature-length documentary, director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal university.

The Passion of Augustine
10:45PM, SBS

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Léa Pool
Starring: Céline Bonnier, Diane Lavallée, Valérie Blais, Pierrette Robitaille
What's it about?
Simone Beaulieu, better known as Mother Augustine, runs a convent school for girls in the Canadian province of Quebec in the 1960s. She has turned the little convent into a musical treasure where the students have won every prestigious music competition in the region. When her talented but rebellious niece joins the convent, and when the government threatens to shut down the school in favour of public education, her world is suddenly turned upside down. 

SATURDAY 12 JANUARY

Manganinnie
8:35PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1980
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Honey
Starring: Mawuyul Yanthalawuy, Anna Ralph, Phillip Hinton
What's it about?
Through lyrical images, Manganinnie journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna, a white girl, in search of Manganinnie's vanished tribe. The poignancy of this film derives from the Aboriginal woman's gradual realization that her people and the tribal way of life are forever gone. It is the story of the Black Drive of 1830, the near-genocide of the Tasmanian Aborigines.

We Own the Night
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: James Gray
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendes, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall
What's it about?
Brooklyn, 1988. Crime is rife, especially drugs and drug violence. A Russian thug is building his heroin trade, while everyone laughs at the cops. Brothers have chosen different paths: Joe (Wahlberg) has followed his father Burt (Duvall) into New York's Finest; he's a rising star. Bobby (Phoenix), who uses his mother's maiden name, manages a club. Bobby too is on the rise: he has a new girlfriend and a green-light to develop a Manhattan club. Joe and Bert ask him to help with intelligence gathering; he declines. After Joe raids Bobby's club to arrest the Russian, things begin to spiral out of control. From writer-director James Gray (Two Lovers, The Lost City of Z).

We Own the Night Review

All Is Lost
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Robert Redford
What's it about?
Deep into a solo voyage in the Indian Ocean, a sailor (Redford) wakes to find his yacht is leaking after a collision with an abandoned shipping container. With his navigation equipment and radio disabled, the man sails unknowingly into the path of a violent storm. As one catastrophe follws another, the man finds himself staring his mortality in the face. An extraordinary - and dialogue-free - tale of survival from writer/director J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, A Most Violent Year).

All Is Lost review

Oldboy
11:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley
What's it about?
Spike Lee’s (Do The Right Thing, BlackKKlansman) remake of the critically acclaimed 2003 Korean masterpiece Oldboy, follows the story of Joe Doucette (Brolin), a man who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement, for no apparent reason. When he is suddenly released without explanation, he begins an obsessive mission to find out who imprisoned him, only to discover that the real mystery is why he was set free.

SUNDAY 13 JANUARY

Dope
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Rick Famuyiwa
Starring: Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, Tony Revolori, Zoe Kravitz, Forest Whitaker (narration), Lakeith Stanfield
What's it about?
A coming-of-age comedy drama for the post hip-hop generation, this critically-acclaimed film follows the story of teenage boy Malcolm: a geek carefully surviving life in The Bottoms, a tough neighbourhood in Inglewood, California filled with gangsters and drug dealers, while juggling his senior year of college applications, interviews and the SAT. However, a chance invitation to a big underground party leads Malcolm and his friends on an adventure filled with offbeat characters and bad choices. 

Fruitvale Station
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ryan Coogler
Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer
What's it about?
This is the true story of Oscar (Jordan), a 22-year-old Bay Area resident who wakes up on the morning of December 31, 2008 and feels something in the air. He takes it as a sign to get a head start on his resolutions: being a better son to his mother (Spencer), being a better partner to his girlfriend (Diaz), and being a better father to T, their daughter. He starts out well, but as the day goes on, he realises that change is not going to come easy. He crosses paths with friends, family, and strangers, each exchange showing us that there is much more to Oscar than meets the eye. The feature debut from director Ryan Coogler (CreedBlack Panther).

Fruitvale Station review: Indie drama shines a light on victim of violence

Night Parrot Stories
11:35PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Robert Nugent
What's it about?
In the remote deserts of Australia lives an elusive nocturnal bird called the Night Parrot. Virtually nothing is known of its ecology. It disappeared at the end of the 19th Century. Searching for evidence of its existence became a preoccupation. This documentary was filmed in all the locations where Night Parrots once lived, during a time when stories of extinction were everywhere.

Welcome To The South
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

Italy, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Luca Miniero 
Starring: Claudio Bisio, Alessandro Siani, Angela Finocchiaro
What's it about?
Frustrated postal manager Alberto (Bisio) is looking for a transfer to the city of his dreams, Milano. He concocts an elaborate ruse to force the hand of management but it backfires and for his penance, he is demoted with a posting to a backwater in the south. This Italian comedy of errors confronts prejudices, in the vein of French fish-out-of-water hit Welcome To The Sticks.