• Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), showing this Friday (Jan 19th) at 8:40pm on SBS (Monty Python and the Holy Grail)Source: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
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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11 Jan 2019 - 11:33 AM  UPDATED 11 Jan 2019 - 3:09 PM

MONDAY 14 JANUARY

Night Parrot Stories
10:00AM, NITV (repeats 10:00PM, 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.

Another Country
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 11:00AM, Tues 15 Jan)

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Molly Reynolds
Featuring: David Gulpilil
What's it about?
The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of 'Another Country', a story of what happened when his people's way of life was interrupted by ours. A companion film to Rolf De Heer's 2014 film Charlie's Country.

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
11:55PM, SBS VICELAND

Australia, 2014
Genre: Horror, Action
Language: English
Director: Kiah Roache-Turner
Starring: Jay Gallagher, Bianca Bradey, Leon Burchill
What's it about?
Barry (Gallagher), a mechanic and a family man, sees his life fall apart after a global disaster triggers a zombie apocalypse. When his sister Brooke (Bradey) is kidnapped by sinister gas mask-wearing soldiers, Barry sets out to find her. With the help of fellow survivors, he navigates the harsh Australian bush, searching for a sanctuary while battling hordes of flesh-eating monsters.

Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead Review

TUESDAY 15 JANUARY

The Big Picture
12:20AM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Eric Lartigau
Starring: Romain Duris, Catherine Deneuve, Niels Arestrup
What's it about?
Paul Exben (Duris) has it all - glamorous wife, loving children and a dream job. But his life is turned upside down when he discovers his wife is cheating on him with a local photographer. In a moment of blind passion he kills his wife’s lover - and realises his perfect life is forever over. Grabbing the opportunity, he flees the country and takes the dead man’s identity - setting up a new life for himself on the beautiful Adriatic Coast. 

WEDNESDAY 16 JANUARY

The Voices
9:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Language: English
Director: Marjane Satrapi
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton
What's it about?
Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds) has just taken a job at a bathtub factory, and has immediately fallen hard for one of the girls in accounting. But things get weird when Jerry goes home and mentions this to his pets, the formidable Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, and they verbally respond. From director Marjane Satrapi (the 2008 Oscar-nominated Persepolis).

7 Boxes
11:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Paraguay, 2012
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: Guarani, Spanish
Director: Juan Carlos Maneglia, Tana Schémbori
Starring: Celso Franco, Lali González, Víctor Sosa, Nico García
What's it about?
17-year-old Víctor dreams of becoming famous, and is often absorbed by the TV in the appliance store in the market. One day, he receives an unusual proposal, to carry seven boxes of unknown content across eight blocks, in exchange for a torn half of a $100 bill. He will get the other half when he finishes the job. Víctor agrees, but things get complicated along the way. 

The Swan
12:00AM, SBS

M
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Icelandic
Director: Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Starring: Thor Kristjansson, Grima Valsdóttir, Þuríður Blær Jóhannsdóttir, Ingvar Eggert Sigurðsson
What's it about?
When young Sól is sent to live with her distant countryside relatives for a summer, she becomes entangled in a dramatic rite of passage with a mysterious farmhand, Jón, and the farmer’s daughter, Ásta.

Joan of Arc
1:45AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 1999
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway
What's it about?
Luc Besson's (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) epic medieval war saga about the iconic French heroin and religious martyr of the 15th century. In 1429, a teenage girl from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil.

SBS: Luc Besson season

THURSDAY 17 JANUARY

Russell Brand: A Second Coming
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ondi Timoner
What's it about?
This documentary (from Dig! director Ondi Timoner) chronicles comedian and activist Russell Brand's journey from addict, self-proclaimed narcissist and Hollywood star living in the fast-lane, to his current and unexpected role as political disruptor and newfound hero to the underserved. Criticised for egomaniacal self-interest, Brand injects his madness into the world and calls for revolution.

Brand: A Second Coming review

Russell Brand in Brand: A Second Coming (2015).

Mad Bastards
9:35PM, NITV (repeats 1:00AM)

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Brendan Fletcher
Starring: Lucas Yeeda, John Watson, Greg Tait, Ngaire Pigram, Dean Daley-Jones
What's it about?
In the frontier town of Five Rivers, TJ the urban street warrior meets his match in Texas, a former Mad Bastard turned local cop. He also finds Bullet, his estranged son, and his personal transformation begins. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema - Dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch interview with Mad Bastards star, Dean Daley-Jones

Zoe.Misplaced
11:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mekelle Mills
Starring: Hannah Raven Smith, Clementine Mills, Harvey Kaska Zielinski
What's it about?
Zoe's regimented life is thrown into upheaval when she unexpectedly falls in love. In doing so, she is faced with making a series of choices whose outcomes not only impact on her independence, but also on the relationships with those most important to her.

FRIDAY 18 JANUARY

Heart Of Sky, Heart Of Earth
11:45AM, NITV

PG
Germany, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: Spanish, Maya
Director: Eric Black, Frauke Sandig
What's it about?
The great cycle of the ancient Mayan calendar will end on December 21st, 2012. How does the story end? The remote homelands of the present day Maya in Mexico and Guatemala present a perfect microcosm to show how unhindered globalisation is already destroying the Earth and indigenous cultures now under attack for their natural resources from all sides. This film presents another worldview, following six young Mayas into their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment

Felix
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 19 January)

PG
South Africa, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, Xhosa
Director: Roberta Durrant
Starring: Hlayani Junior Mabasa, Linda Sokhulu, Thapelo Mofokeng
What's it about?
13-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil's music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for grade eight at an elite private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father's old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
8:40PM, SBS

PG
UK, 1975
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin
What's it about?
The story of King Arthur and his knights who embark on a low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles, including obnoxious French soldiers, a Three-Headed Giant and the dreaded Knights who say Ni.

Darfur Now
10:15PM, NITV

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: Arabic, English, Spanish
Director: Ted Braun
Featuring: Don Cheadle, Hejewa Adam, Adam Sterling, Ahmed Mahammed Abaka
What's it about?
This acclaimed documentary follows the story of six people who are determined to end the suffering in Sudan's war-ravaged Darfur. The six - an American activist, an international prosecutor, a Sudanese rebel, a sheikh, a leader of the World Food Program and an internationally known actor - demonstrate the power of how one individual can create extraordinary changes.

Double Lover
10:45PM, SBS

MA15+
Belgium, France, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Marine Vacth, Jeremie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer
What's it about?
Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. From director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women), this film played in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Francois Ozon's erotic thriller Double Lover leaves SBS On Demand on August 31st

SATURDAY 19 JANUARY

Jedda
8:35PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall
What's it about?
Jedda is an orphaned Arrernte baby who is adopted by a white family. She grows up, confused over her heritage and place in the world. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. The first Australian feature film to be filmed in colour, and nominated for the Palme D'or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

The Connection
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Belgium, France, 2014
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Cédric Jimenez
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, Mélanie Doutey, Benoit Magimel
What's it about?
Pierre, a relentlessly dedicated magistrate, is reassigned to Marseille in 1975 where the port city is ruled not by law, but by the terrifying mafia boss, Gaetan Zampa. Soon Pierre realises that to make a difference he will need to change his methods. Based on a true story, film tells the little known story of how a ruthless international drug syndicate came undone. 

A Month of Sundays
10:35PM, SBS

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Saville
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke
What's it about?
Frank Mollard (LaPaglia) won't admit it, but he can't move on. Divorced but still attached, he can't sell a house in a property boom, much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary - apart from the fact that she died the year before.

A Month of Sundays: Anthony LaPaglia and Matthew Saville (interview)

Blood Ties
12:00AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis
What's it about?
An ex-con tries to pull away from a life of crime, but the temptation proves too strong, bringing his already-strained relationship with his policeman brother to breaking point. Directed by multitalented actor/director Guillaume Canet (Tell No One, Little White Lies).

SUNDAY 20 JANUARY

Menace II Society
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1993
Genre: Drama, Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes
Starring: Tyrin Turner, Larenz Tate, Glenn Plummer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Samuel L. Jackson
What's it about?
In an unflinching look at the mean streets of the contemporary urban American ghetto, a black youth - despite his dreams for a better life - ultimately succumbs to the cycle of violence that pervades his community. This urban nightmare chronicles several days in the life of Caine Lawson, following his high-school graduation, as he attempts to escape his violent existence in the projects of Watts. The debut feature from The Hughes Brothers (From HellDead Presidents), it was also a critical and commercial hit upon its 1993 release.

Menace II Society, showing 9:00PM on Wednesday, June 6th on SBS VICELAND.

Colors
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1988
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Dennis Hopper
Starring: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, María Conchita Alonso, Don Cheadle, Damon Wayans
What's it about?
Bob Hodges (Duvall) is a seasoned street cop who has learned a lot from long experience while his new, young partner, Danny McGavin (Penn), has learned nothing - yet knows it all. Forced to work together in the L.A.P.D.'s renowned C.R.A.S.H. anti-gang unit, they set out to investigate a brutal gang murder. Hated and hunted by both sides, the cops soon find themselves trapped in the middle of a turf war. 

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
10:35PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1978
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Jack Thompson, Ray Barrett
What's it about?
Jimmie Blacksmith is taken in by a white Minister and his wife, and raised to 'assimilate' into polite white society. He takes a wife and earns a living on local farms. However, he cannot escape prejudice and oppression, and after a series of setbacks, Jimmie erupts with extreme violence.

I Love You Phillip Morris
12:35AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Requa, Glenn Ficarra
Starring: Jim Carrey, Ewan McGregor, Leslie Mann
What's it about?
Steven Russell (Carrey), a married father whose exploits landed him in the Texas criminal justice system, falls madly in love with his cellmate, Phillip Morris (McGregor). From the writing team behind Bad Santa and Crazy Stupid Love.

I Love You Phillip Morris review