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

25 Jan 2019 - 4:33 PM  UPDATED 26 Jan 2019 - 3:48 AM

MONDAY 28 JANUARY

After the Last River
10:30AM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Victoria Lean
What's it about?
In the shadow of a De Beers mine, the remote community of Attawapiskat lurches from crisis to crisis, while facing mounting environmental issues and an inability to benefit from resource revenue. Over five years, filmmaker Victoria Lean follows the community's journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight twice - first when the Red Cross intervenes and again during the protest movement, Idle No More. Weaving together great distances, intimate scenes and archive images, the documentary chronicles the First Nation's fight for justice in the face of hardened indifference.

The Tall Man
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Tues 29 January)

M
Australia, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tony Krawitz
What's it about?
The Tall Man is the Walkley Award-winning documentary about the events on Palm Island that follow the death of local Indigenous man Cameron Doomadgee. On the morning of November 19, 2004, Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for public nuisance. An hour later he lay dead in a watchhouse cell. This film interviews the family, friends and residents of the community on the island as they struggle to understand what happened to Cameron and the tragic events that subsequently followed his death. 

The Tall Man Review

Closet Monster
12:00AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Dunn
Starring: Connor Jessup, Aaron Abrams, Joanne Kelly, Isabella Rossellini
What's it about?
Oscar Madly is a creative and driven teenager who hovers on the brink of adulthood. Destabilised by his dysfunctional parents, unsure of his sexuality, and haunted by horrific images of a tragic gay-bashing he witnessed as a child, Oscar dreams of escaping the town he feels is suffocating him. A talking hamster, imagination and the prospect of love help him confront his surreal demons and discover himself.

TUESDAY 29 JANUARY

The Skin I Live In
12:20AM, 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.

WEDNESDAY 30 JANUARY

Fahrenheit 11/9
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
Featuring: Michael Moore, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Roseanne Barr, Stephen K. Bannon
What's it about?
Renowned filmmaker Michael Moore predicted that Donald Trump would become the 45th President of the United States. Traveling across the country, Moore interviews American citizens to get a sense of the social, economic and political impact of Trump's victory. Moore also takes an in-depth look at the media, the Electoral College, the government agenda and his hometown of Flint, Mich. 

'Fahrenheit 11/9' is a big return to form for Michael Moore

Hardcore Henry
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Russia, 2015
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English, Russian
Director: Ilya Naishuller
Starring: Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett, Danila Kozlovsky
What's it about?
Henry remembers nothing, having just been brought back from the dead by his wife (Bennett). She tells him his name, and minutes later he's being shot at, she's been kidnapped, and he attempts to rescue her. Her captor is Akan (Kozlovsky), a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. In the unfamiliar city of Moscow, everyone wants Henry dead, except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Copley), who may or may not be on Henry's side. 

Jackpot
11:15PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Norway, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Action
Language: Norwegian
Director: Magnus Martens
Starring: Kyrre Hellum, Mads Ousdal, Andreas Cappelen, Arthur Berning, Marie Blokhus
What's it about?
A bunch of scruffy guys – Oscar (Hellum), Thor (Ousdal), Billy (Berning) and Tresko (Cappelen) – who share a criminal past work together in a strange factory in the middle of nowhere producing plastic Christmas trees. But they are also gamblers. And like most gamblers, they never win anything, until now. They quartet actually win 1.739.361 Norwegian Kroner, but the winnings prove impossible to divide into four equal parts.

Jackpot: Magnus Martens interview
Jackpot Review

The Marriage
12:00AM, SBS

M
Albania, Kosovo, 2017
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Albanian
Director: Blerta Zeqiri
Starring: Alban Ukaj, Adriana Matoshi, Genc Salihu, Vjosa Abazi
What's it about?
Their wedding in only two weeks, and Anita and Bekim are adding the final touches to their big day. Despite expecting news of Anita’s parents, declared missing since the 1999 Kosovar War, and with Bekim’s controlling family in turn, the couple seem to manage somehow with the preparations. But when Bekim’s secret gay ex-lover, Nol, returns from abroad unexpectedly, the situation becomes complicated, especially when Bekim realises that Nol is still in love with him.

The Girl King
1:50AM, SBS

M
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: English, French, German
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Starring: Malin Buska, Sarah Gadon, Michael Nyqvist, Lucas Bryant
What's it about?
A portrait of the brilliant, extravagant Kristina of Sweden, queen from age six, who fights the conservative forces that are against her ideas to modernise Sweden and who have no tolerance for her awakening sexuality.

THURSDAY 31 JANUARY

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story
9:00PM, SBS VICELAND

MA
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: James Lester
Featuring: Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gal Friday, Hazel Honeysuckle, James Habacker
What's it about?
Uncovering New York City’s neo-burlesque subculture, this documentary offers a lingering look at several denizens of the nightlife scene, including Gal Friday, Hazel Honeysuckle, and the Schlep Sisters Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda, whose acts range from the classic glamorous striptease to more overtly comedic schtick. 

The Fringe Dwellers
9:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza
What's it about?
Bruce Beresford's (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant) critically-acclaimed adaptation of the Nene Gare novel tells the story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.

The Fringe Dwellers: Movies by the Dardenne Brothers
The Fringe Dwellers review

A Better Life
12:40AM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Cedric Kahn
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Leïla Bekhti, Slimane Khettabi
What's it about?
Yann, a cook, and Nadia, a waitress and mother of a nine-year-old boy, decide to risk everything on the purchase of a restaurant. With plenty of talent, energy and dreams, but no finance of their own, they find themselves pushed into a jungle of financing and bank loans that quickly overwhelms them both.

 

FRIDAY 1 FEBRUARY

The Watsons Go to Birmingham
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 2nd Feb)

PG
USA, 2013
Genre: Family, History
Language: English
Director: Kenny Leon
Starring: Bryce Clyde Jenkins, Harrison Knight, Skai Jackson, Anika Noni Rose
What's it about?
In the Summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit family. When 15 year-old Byron’s antics go over the top, his parents realize enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands' no nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama. So the Watsons load up their 1948 Plymouth Brown Bomber and head South. When they finally make it to Birmingham, they meet Grandma Sands and her friend, Mr. Robert and discover that life is very different there than in Flint.

Gangs of New York
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson, Cameron Diaz
What's it about?
As waves of immigrants swell the population of 1860s New York, lawlessness and corruption thrive in Manhattan's Five Points section. After years of incarceration, young Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) returns, seeking revenge against the rival gang leader who killed his father, William Cutting aka 'Bill the Butcher' (Day-Lewis, in an Oscar-nominated performance).

Rhymes for Young Ghouls
10:10PM, NITV

MA15+
Canada, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Barnaby
Starring: Devery Jacobs, Glen Gould, Brandon Oakes
What's it about?
At 15, Aila is the weed princess of Red Crow. Hustling with her uncle Burner, she sells enough dope to pay Popper her truancy tax. When Aila's drug money is stolen her only options are to run or fight.

Live Flesh
12:00AM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Liberto Rabal
What's it about?
After coming out of jail, drug dealer Victor is still in love with his ex-partner Elena. However, she's now married to the former policeman he shot and paralysed, and is now a wheelchair basketball star player. Victor swears revenge, and decides to insinuates himself in to the couple's lives with the intention to make her fall in love with him. From writer-director Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother, The Skin I Live In), this heart-rending thriller/melodrama based on Ruth Rendell's novel brims with lust, betrayal and murder.

SATURDAY 2 FEBRUARY

The Grandmaster
9:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, 2013
Genre: Drama, Biography, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese
Director: Wong Kar Wai
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Chen Chang
What's it about?
Ip Man's peaceful life in Foshan changes after Gong Yutian seeks an heir for his family in Southern China. Ip Man then meets Gong Er who challenges him for the sake of regaining her family's honour. After the Second Sino-Japanese War, Ip Man moves to Hong Kong and struggles to provide for his family. In the meantime, Gong Er chooses the path of vengeance after her father was killed by Ma San. From acclaimed director Wong Kar-Wai (In The Mood For Love, 2046).

The Grandmaster Review

Ip Man: The Final Fight
11:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, China, 2013
Genre: Drama, Action
Language: Cantonese
Director: Herman Yau
Starring: Eric Tsang, Gillian Chung
What's it about?
In postwar Hong Kong, legendary Wing Chun grandmaster Ip Man is called into action once more, and a series of simple challenges from rival kung fu styles draws him into the dark and dangerous underworld of the Triads. Now, to defend life and honour, he has no choice but to fight.

Strawberry Days
2:45AM, SBS

MA15+
Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Polish, Swedish
Director: Wiktor Ericsson
Starring: Nelly Axelsson, Staszek Cywka, Julia Kijowska, Ola Cywka
What's it about?
15-year-old Wojtek travels to Sweden from Poland with his parents to work on a farm picking strawberries. He encounters a dark underworld where foreign guest workers are exploited by indifferent Swedes. But against all odds he forms a connection with the farmer’s daughter, Anneli. The teenagers start to meet behind the backs of their parents, their young love breaking down the invisible barrier that exists between them. But they soon find themselves trapped on opposite sides when the slowly brewing conflict between the Swedes and the guest workers erupts in a sudden violent confrontation.

 

SUNDAY 3 FEBRUARY

BPM (Beats per Minute)
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Robin Campillo
Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Félix Maritaud
What's it about?
In Paris in the early 1990s, a group of activists goes to battle for those stricken with HIV/AIDS, taking on sluggish government agencies and major pharmaceutical companies in bold, invasive actions. The organisation is ACT UP, and its members, many of them gay and HIV-positive, embrace their mission with a literal life-or-death urgency. Amid rallies, protests, fierce debates and ecstatic dance parties, the newcomer Nathan falls in love with Sean, the group's radical firebrand, and their passion sparks against the shadow of mortality as the activists fight for a breakthrough. 

Angry Inuk
10:20AM, NITV

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
What's it about?
With selfies and social media, a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit is wading into the world of activism, using humour and reason to confront aggressive animal rights vitriol and defend their traditional hunting practices. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Viva
11:10PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Ireland, Cuba, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Paddy Breathnach
Starring: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García
What's it about?
Jesús, a young hairdresser, works at a Havana nightclub for drag performers, and dreams of being a performer himself. Encouraged by his mentor, Mama, Jesús finally gets his chance to take the stage. But when Angel, his estranged father, abruptly reenters his life, his world is quickly turned upside down. The macho Angel, recently released from a 15-year stint in prison, tries to squelch his son’s ambition to perform in drag. Father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, struggling to understand one another and reconcile as a family.

Still Crazy
12:55AM, SBS

M
UK, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: English, Hungarian
Director: Brian Gibson
Starring: Stephen Rea, Billy Connolly, Jimmy Nail, Bill Nighy, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
In the seventies Strange Fruit were it. They lived the rock lifestyle to the max, groupies, drugs, internal tension and an ex front man dead from an overdose. Even their demise was glamorous; when lightning struck the stage during an outdoor festival. 20 years on and these former rock gods they have now sunk deep into obscurity when the idea of a reunion tour is lodged in the head of Tony, former keyboard player of the Fruits. Tony sets out to find his former bandmates with the help of former manager Karen to see if they can recapture the magic and give themselves a second chance.

Still Crazy Review