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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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8 Feb 2019 - 4:51 PM  UPDATED 8 Feb 2019 - 4:51 PM

MONDAY 11 FEBRUARY

The Work
12:00PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
What's it about?
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, this acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Here Below
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Denis
Starring: Céline Sallette, François Loriquet, Éric Caravaca
What's it about?
Set amongst the closing months of WWII, everyone is on edge as cracks begin to appear in the German offensive. While working as a hospital nurse, nun Sister Luce (Sallette) meets Father Martial (Caravaca), a priest working with the Resistance. The two experience a passionate connection, but when Martial decides to back away the young woman’s world comes crashing down.

After the Apology
1:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Larissa Behrendt
What's it about?
The rate of Indigenous child removal has actually increased since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. Four grandmothers find each other and start a national movement to place extended families as a key solution to the rising number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care. They are not only taking on the system; they are changing it.

Gimme the Loot
1:20AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Adam Leon
Starring:  Ty Hickson, Tashiana Washington, Joshua Rivera
What's it about?
Malcom and Sofia, two determined teens from the Bronx, are the ultimate graffiti-writers. When a rival gang buffs their latest masterpiece, they hatch a plan to get revenge by tagging an iconic NYC landmark - but they need to raise $500 to pull it off. Over two whirlwind sun-soaked summer days, the duo travel on an epic urban adventure involving black market spray cans, illicit bodegas and stolen sneakers to execute the scheme that'll make them the most famous writers in New York. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for best narrative feature at the 2012 SXSW Festival.

TUESDAY 12 FEBRUARY

Oslo, August 31st
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Norway, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Trier
Starring:  Anders Danielsen Lie, Hans Olav Brenner, Ingrid Olava
What's it about?
Anders is nearing the end of his drug rehabilitation stay in the countryside. Before his release he is allowed into the city for a job interview, but he stays on for a day and night drifting through his old life. Haunted by the opportunities he wasted and the people he hurt, he feels like he has nothing to show for his life at 34 years old. As he visits places and meets people from his old life, he contemplates what will come next when he is released.

Oslo, August 31st Review

That's Not Us
12:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: William Sullivan
Starring: David Rysdahl, Sarah Wharton, Mark Berger, Tommy Nelms, Elizabeth Gray, Nicole Pursell
What's it about?
Three twenty-something couples, one gay, one lesbian, and one straight, travel to a beach house to enjoy the last days of summer, but what should be a fun and carefree weekend becomes an exploration of what it takes to sustain a healthy relationship.

WEDNESDAY 13 FEBRUARY

The Kid with a Bike
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Belgium, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Cecile de France, Fabrizio Rongione, Thomas Doret, Jérémie Renier
What's it about?
Cyril (Doret), almost 12, has only one plan: to find the father who left him temporarily in a children's home. By chance, he meets Samantha (De France), who runs a hairdressing salon and agrees to let him stay with her at weekends. Cyril doesn't recognise the love Samantha feels for him, a love he desperately needs to calm his rage. This winner of the 2011 Cannes Grand Jury Prize comes from the Dardenne brothers, the acclaimed writer-director duo behind Two Days, One Night and L'Enfant.

The Kid with a Bike Review

Spice World
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
UK, 1997
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: English
Director: Bob Spiers
Starring: Victoria Beckham, Melanie Brown, Emma Bunton, Melanie Chisholm, Geri Halliwell, Richard E. Grant
What's it about?
This zany adventure follows The Spice Girls and their entourage (mostly fictional characters) - manager Clifford, his assistant Deborah, and filmmaker Piers (who is trying to shoot a documentary on "the real Spice Girls").

Glitter
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2001 
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Starring: Mariah Carey, Eric Benét, Max Beesley, Da Brat, Terrence Howard
What's it about?
A young singer dates a disc jockey who helps her get into the music business, but their relationship becomes complicated as she ascends to super stardom. A so-bad-it's-good anti-classic, Glitter was nominated for six Razzie awards in 2001 and won Worst Actress for Mariah Carey.

The Workshop
12:00AM, SBS

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Laurent Cantet
Starring: Marina Fois, Matthieu Lucci, Warda Rammach, Florian Beaujean, Julien Souve
What's it about?
Antoine has agreed to follow a writing workshop where some young people in insertion must write a black novel with the help of Olivia, a recognized novelist. The work of writing will bring to life the working-class past of the city. Its shipyard is closed for 25 years, a nostalgia that does not interest Antoine, influenced by the anxiety of the present world. From the acclaimed writer-director of The Class and Time Out.

'The Workshop', written and directed by Laurent Cantet

Athena: The Goddess of War
12:15AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
South Korea, 2011
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Young-jun Kim
Starring: Seung-won Cha
What's it about?
Jung-woo, an anti-terrorism agent, is assigned on a mission in Italy while he was getting involved with Hae-in, who works at the National Intelligence Service. They are drawn into an international incident when the South Korean president’s daughter is kidnapped by terrorists when Korea develops a new nuclear technology that will shake the world energy market.

Lisa Limone and Maroc Orange, a Rapid Love Story
3:10AM, SBS

PG
Estonia, 2013
Genre: Animation
Language: Estonian, French, Italian
Director: Mait Laas
Starring: Iiris Vesik, Omar Nõmm, Risto Joost, Peeter Volkonski
What's it about?
This 3D animated opera deals in a socially critical manner with the topic of illegal immigrants fleeing from Africa to Europe; it's also a story of impossible love between orange boy Maroc, a singing boat refugee, and lemon girl Lisa, who collects singing seashells and dreams about love. Maroc is the brave hero-type, bound by prejudice and poverty. Lisa is the daughter of a rich businessman and tomato ketchup plantation owner.

THURSDAY 14 FEBRUARY

Kiss Me
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Sweden, 2011
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Swedish
Director: Alexandra-Therese Keining
Starring: Lena Endre, Krister Henriksson, Ruth Vega Fernandez, Joakim Nätterqvist, Josefine Tengblad
What's it about?
When Mia meets Frida she is about to announce her engagement to Tim. Unlike Frida, who is openly gay, Mia has led a straight life – so when Frida captures her attention it is quite a shock. To make matters more complicated, through their parents’ engagement, Mia and Frida are about to become stepsisters. But sometimes love is unavoidable, and never easy. In order to be with each other, Mia and Frida are set to struggle through heartbreaking challenges.

Kiss Me Again Review

Freedomland
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Fri 15th Feb)

M
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Language: English, Italian
Director: Joe Roth
Starring: Julianne Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Edie Falco, Ron Eldard, William Forsyth
What's it about?
A mother blames the disappearance of her child on a black man from the projects after she reports a carjacking. A detective suspects the woman is hiding something.

Firestarter
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Mark L. Lester
Starring: Drew Barrymore, Martin Sheen, George C. Scott, David Keith, Heather Locklear
What's it about?
As youths, Andy McGee (Keith) and his future wife, Vicky (Locklear), participated in secret experiments, allowing themselves to be subjected to mysterious medical tests. Years later, the couple's daughter, Charlie (Barrymore), begins to exhibit the ability of setting fires solely with her mind. This volatile talent makes the youngster extremely dangerous and soon she becomes a target for the enigmatic agency known as "The Shop." Adapted from the novel by Stephen King.

FRIDAY 15 FEBRUARY

Ginger & Rosa
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening, Elle Fanning, Alessandro Nivola, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
London, 1962. Two teenage girls – Ginger and Rosa (Fanning, Englert) – play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered – by the clash of desire and the determination to survive. From Sally Potter, director of Orlando and The Party.

Ginger & Rosa: Sally Potter interview
Why You Should Watch: Ginger & Rosa

Jungle Shuffle
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Feb 16th)

PG
Korea DPR, 2014
Genre: 
Drama
Language: 
English
Directors: 
Taedong Park, Mauricio De la Orta
Starring: 
Drake Bell, Jessica DiCicco, Brianne Brozey
What's it about?
1960 Lacedon Jungle in Mexico. Manu and Sacha are best friends. Mischievous Manu is exiled from the empire for breaking a statue ordered to be made by the king then Sacha is captured by hunters. 

12 Years a Slave
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free Black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada changes Solomon's life forever. Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

12 Years a Slave: Interview

SATURDAY 16 FEBRUARY

Curse of the Golden Flower
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2007
Genre: Drama, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Yun-Fat Chow, Li Gong, Jay Chou
What's it about?
A Chinese emperor returns to his palace to discover his wife is having an affair with her stepson, the Crown Prince, who is himself actually in love with the Imperial doctor's daughter. In the lead up to the Chong Yang festival, an army of golden-plated warriors lay siege to the palace. From director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero).

Forbidden Lie$
8:30PM, SBS

M
Australia, 2007
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anna Broinowski
What's it about?
The winner of Best Documentary at the 2007 AFI awards, this film explores whether Norma Khouri's bestselling memoir 'Forbidden Love' is fact or fiction. The book deals with the supposed honour killing of Khouri's Muslim best friend Dalia in Jordan. Australian filmmaker Anna Broinowski gives Norma Khouri a chance to explain. 

Forbidden Lie$ Review

The Wolfpack
10:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Crystal Moselle
What's it about?
Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed ‘The Wolfpack’, the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate home-made props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2013
Genre: Crime, Action
Language: Mandarin
Director: Hark Tsui
Starring: Carina Lau, Angelababy
What's it about?
From legendary action director Tsui Hark (The River, Green Snake) comes the captivating tale of Dee Renjie's beginnings in the Imperial police force. Detective Dee's first assignment with the Imperial police finds the city in fear of sea monsters, which is only the beginning. His investigation finds more earthbound threats from the highest corridors of power.

Young Detective Dee: Rise of the Sea Dragon Review

Safety Not Guaranteed
12:15AM, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Mark Duplass, Aubrey Plaza, Jake M. Johnson, Karan Soni
What's it about?
When an unusual classified ad inspires three cynical Seattle magazine employees (Plaza, Soni and Johnson) to look for the story behind it, they discover a mysterious eccentric named Kenneth (Duplass), a likable but paranoid supermarket clerk, who believes he’s solved the riddle of time travel and intends to depart again soon. Together, they embark on a hilarious, smart, and unexpectedly heartfelt journey that reveals how far believing can take you.

Safety Not Guaranteed: Colin Trevorrow interview
Safety Not Guaranteed Review

Weekend
1:00AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Tom Cullen, Chris New, Jonathan Race
What's it about?
On a Friday night after hanging out with his straight mates, Russell (Cullen) heads out to a gay club, alone and on the pull. Just before closing time he picks up Glen (New) and that weekend, in bars and in bedrooms, getting drunk and taking drugs, telling stories and having sex, the two men get to know each other. It is an encounter that will resonate throughout their lives.

Weekend Review

The Bridge On The River Kwai
1:50AM, SBS

PG
UK, USA, 1957
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: English, Japanese, Thai
Director: David Lean
Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa
What's it about?
The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans. Winner of Best Picture at the 1958 Academy Awards.

SUNDAY 17 FEBRUARY

All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, and the Spirit of I.F. Stone
6:05PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Fred Peabody
What's it about?
Vancouver-based filmmaker and TV news veteran Fred Peabody explores the life and legacy of the maverick American journalist I.F. Stone, whose long one-man crusade against government deception lives on in the work of such contemporary filmmakers and journalists as Laura Poitras, Glenn Greenwald, David Corn, and Matt Taibbi.

Seventeen
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Austria, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Monja Art
Starring: Elisabeth Wabitsch, Anaelle Dézsy, Martina Poel, Alexandra Schmidt, Christopher Schärf
What's it about?
Paula, an above-average intelligent student, is in love with her classmate Charlotte. At the same time she feels permanently provoked by dissolute Lilly to challenge her limits.

Dreamcatcher
8:35PM, NITV

M
USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Longinotto
What's it about?
Longinotto's documentary is about Brenda Myers-Powell, who fights against sexual exploitation and supports sex workers in Chicago. Brenda knows what she is talking about: her own story, involving teenage prostitution and a life of violence and abuse, is in stark contrast to her dauntless energy and optimism. Winner of the Directing Award in the World Cinema - Documentary section at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Copwatch
10:15PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Camilla Hall
What's it about?
The true story of We Copwatch, an organization whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular people take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and hold law enforcement to accountability.

Deep Water: The Real Story
10:20PM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Amanda Blue
What's it about?
In this documentary, individual stories are woven together to explore a spate of violence and crime, which bloodied Sydney's coastline in the 1980s and 1990s. Disturbing gang assaults were being carried out on coastal cliffs around Sydney, and mysterious deaths officially recorded as 'suicide', 'disappearance' and 'misadventure'. Survivors, witnesses, families of victims and many of those involved at the time including ex-police, investigative journalists, forensic pathologists and the ex-Deputy State Coroner are now candidly speaking out on the events of the past in the hope that new evidence might rise to the surface.

First Girl I Loved
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Kerem Sanga
Starring: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Pamela Adlon, Tim Heidecker
What's it about?
Seventeen-year-old Anne just fell in love with Sasha, the most popular girl at her L.A. public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend, Clifton—who has always harbored a secret crush on her—he does his best to get in the way.

3 Seasons in Hell
12:00AM, SBS

M
Slovakia, Czech Republic, 2009
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: Czech
Director: Tomás Masín
Starring: Krystof Hádek, Karolina Gruszka, Martin Huba
What's it about?
A 19 year old nonconformist poet living in 1947 Czechoslovakia is blind to the Communist behemoth looking over him, and instead lives a bohemian life with sexually liberated girls.

The Impossible
2:10AM, SBS

M
Spain, USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Thai
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin
What's it about?
Maria (Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin the winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in a tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the centre of the earth. Based on the true story of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 

The Impossible Review