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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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18 Mar 2019 - 8:33 AM  UPDATED 18 Mar 2019 - 8:33 AM

MONDAY 18 MARCH

Big Wednesday
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1978
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Milius
Starring: Gary Busey, Jan-Michael Vincent, William Katt
What's it about?
Three friends who share a passion and talent for surfing are separated by military service in Viet Nam but return to the same beach ten years after the summer they ruled the waves. Now, with their innocence lost to the deeds they committed on a jungle battlefield, the three grown men rediscover their shared love of the ocean in this coming-of-age story. Written and directed by John Milius, co-writer of Apocalypse Now.

TUESDAY 19 MARCH

The Year My Parents Went On Vacation
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Brazil, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Portuguese, Yiddish, Hebrew
Director: Cao Hamburger
Starring: Michel Joelsas, Germano Haiut, Daniela Piepszyk
What's it about?
In 1970, Brazil is host to both the world cup soccer, plus a political dictatorship. A young boy is left alone during it all in a Jewish neighbourhood. 

WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH

Skylab
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Julie Delpy
Starring: Julie Delpy, Noemie Lvovsky, Emmanuelle Riva
What's it about?
In July 1979, during the summer holidays, in a house somewhere in Brittany, a whole family are gathered to celebrate Granny Amandine's sixty-seventh birthday. Albertine, who was ten years old at the time, vividly recounts this brief but life-changing experience.

Skylab Review

Jane Got a Gun
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Nash Edgerton
What's it about?
After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.

Desperado
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Thriller, Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Joaquim de Almeida, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi
What's it about?
Mariachi (Banderas) plunges headfirst into the dark border underworld when he follows a trail of blood to the last of the infamous Mexican drug lords, Bucho (de Almeida), for an action-packed, bullet-riddled showdown. With the help of his best friend (Buscemi) and a beautiful bookstore owner (Hayek), the Mariachi tracks Bucho, takes on his army of desperados, and leaves a trail of blood of his own. 

Fanny's Journey
12:00AM, SBS

M
Belgium, France, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Lola Doillon
Starring: Léonie Souchaud, Fantine Harduin, Juliane Lepoureau, Cecile de France
What's it about?
Fanny is a Jewish girl in a French orphanage in 1943. When she and her friends are no longer safe from the Nazis, they try to flee to Switzerland. After their guide disappears, Fanny has to take the lead and help the other kids make it over the mountains.

THURSDAY 21 MARCH

Once Upon a Time In Anatolia
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Turkey, 2011
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Starring: Ahmet Mumtaz Taylan, Muhammet Uzuner, Yilmaz Erdogan, Taner Birsel
What's it about?
Turkish director Nuri Bilge Ceylan (Winter Sleep, The Wild Pear Tree) eschews the conventions of the crime-thriller genre to bring us this story of a group of men searching for a body on the Anatolian grasslands. While they look, the men unintentionally philosophise on topics ranging from yoghurt to suicide, making this a truly fascinating and insightful feature film. Critically acclaimed around the world, Once Upon a Time in Anatolia won the Grand Jury prize at Cannes Film Festival 2012. 

Once Upon A Time In Anatolia Review

House Party
9:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Fri 22nd March)

M
USA, 1990
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Martin Lawrence, Robin Harris, A.J. Johnson, Tisha Campbell-Martin
What's it about?
Young Kid has been invited to a party at his friend Play's house. But after a fight at school, Kid's father grounds him. None the less, Kid sneaks out when his father falls asleep. But Kid doesn't know that three of the thugs at school have decided to give him a lesson in behaviour.

FRIDAY 22 MARCH

Electrick Children
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rebecca Thomas
Starring: Julia Garner, Laim Aiken, Bill Sage, Rory Culkin, Billy Zane
What's it about?
A young Mormon virgin awakens to find herself inexplicably pregnant after secretly listening to a forbidden tape of The Nerves' classic hit 'Hanging on the Telephone'. Facing shame in her community and a forced marriage, Rachel flees and, accompanied by her stern cousin, hits the road in search of the singer on the tape - the man she is convinced has made her pregnant through music. Lost in Las Vegas, the oddball pair fall in with a bunch of slacker skater punk-rockers led by dreamy lost boy Clyde, and are thrown into a very different new world full of music, romance and possibility. 

Selkie
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 23 March)

PG
Australia, 2000
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Donald Crombie
Starring: Chelsea Bruland, Shimon Moore
What's it about?
An Australian teenager is devastated when he learns that his mother has landed a job on a remote island off the mainland and that he must go with her. Upon settling in to his new surroundings he discovers that he is actually a magical creature that is part human and part seal. Before long he embraces his new way of life as a Selkie.

Selkie Review

Their Finest
8:30PM, SBS

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Romance, War, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant, Jack Huston,
What's it about?
During the Blitz of World War II, a female screenwriter (Arterton) works on a film celebrating England's resilience as a way to buoy a weary populace's spirits. Her efforts to dramatise the true story of two sisters (Lily Knight and Francesca Knight) who undertook their own maritime mission to rescue wounded soldiers are met with mixed feelings by a dismissive all-male staff.

Let the Sunshine In
12:10AM, SBS

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Gerard Depardieu, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Alex Descas
What's it about?
Isabelle (Binoche), a Parisian artist and divorced mother, goes from one bad romance to another in her quixotic pursuit of true love. From acclaimed director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material), and loosely inspired by on Roland Barthes' book "A Lover's Discourse."

SATURDAY 23 MARCH

Children of Men
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Danny Huston
What's it about?
This sci-fi epic from Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Roma) envisages a future world that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population that has made humankind face the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence, the film follows an unlikely champion of Earth's survival: Theo (Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope for a future generation. 

Why 'Children of Men' is the most relevant film of 2017

Fire Song
8:40PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Adam Garnet Jones
Starring: Andrew Martin, Jennifer Podemski, Harley Legarde
What's it about?
Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager in Northern Ontario, is struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister's suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between his family's home and his own future. Premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 ImageNative Film Festival.

Frost/Nixon
9:40PM, SBS

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Frank Langella, Michael Sheen, Oliver Platt, Sam Rockwell, Kevin Bacon
What's it about?
The story of the battle of wills between the world’s most powerful man, Richard Nixon, and the journalist who attempted to extract the truth behind the most famous political scandal of all time. Nominated for five 2008 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Frank Langella) and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Frost/Nixon Review

Sin City: A Dame to Kill For
10:30PM, 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. 

Too Hard to Handle
11:55PM, SBS

M
Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: German
Director: Laura Lackmann
Starring: Claudia Eisinger, Katja Riemann, Barbara Schöne, Detlev Buck
What's it about?
It's no surprise when Karo is fired. She is loud, over-emotional and egocentric, more so than the average Berliner wise-ass, says her best friend Anna. Karo is not one to give up easily, though: she opts for radical change and goes into therapy. Although her therapist advises her to keep calm, Karo throws herself into it.

Fursonas
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dominic Rodriguez
What's it about?
Delight in infiltrating the fun and sometimes-dark secrets of an escapist group - furry fandom. This documentary transcends its bizarre premise to tell a universal story of identity and community, with friends in the most unusual places and unexpected enemies around every corner. Fursonas is a journey into the world of furries - a network of people united by a love of cartoon animals.

A Prominent Patient
12:15AM, SBS

Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Czech, Slovak, French, English
Director: Julius Ševčík
Starring: Karel Roden, Arly Jover, Oldrich Kaiser, Hanns Zischler
What's it about?
A period in the life of diplomat and politician Jan Masaryk, who was the son of Czechoslovakia's founder, served as the country's minister of foreign affairs and is believed by many to have been killed by the Communists in 1948.

 

SUNDAY 24 MARCH

Still Alice
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Alec Baldwin
What's it about?
Fifty-year-old Alice Howland (Moore, whose performance won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actress) leads a seemingly perfect life, with a happy marriage and three grown children, and a successful career as a renowned linguistics professor. However, that life is turned upside down when she starts forgetting words, before receiving a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. This puts Alice and her family through the test, as she struggles to remain the woman she once was.

Julianne Moore on Still Alice, on getting inside the mind of Alzheimer's sufferers
Still Alice review

Chi-Town
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Budabin
What's it about?
An underdog basketball player from Chicago goes on a meteoric rise to become one of the best college point guards in the nation. But while he pursues dreams of the NBA, his success contrasts with the effects of gun violence on his friends back home.

Diana: In Her Own Words
8:40PM, SBS

PG
UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tom Jennings
Featuring: Princess Diana, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince William, Prince Charles
What's it about?
Princess Diana lived her life in front of the cameras. Now, on the 20th anniversary of her untimely death in 1997, revisit her emotional journey from childhood through to her rocky marriage to Prince Charles and subsequent emergence as the popular "People's Princess." From Peabody award-winning producer Tom Jennings, this touching tribute relies solely on archival footage and recordings to explore her profound impact on the world and on the future of Britain's monarchy. 

Hoop Dreams
10:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 1994
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steve James
What's it about?
Follows two young African-American men through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually play in the NBA. Regularly cited as one of the greatest documentary films ever made, and selected by renowned American film critic Roger Ebert as the best film of the 1990's.

Hoop Dreams - Review

Rust and Bone
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Corinne Masiero
What's it about?
Lonely and destitute, Ali (Schoenaerts) leaves the north of France for his sister's house in Antibes after becoming the sole guardian of his estranged five-year-old son Sam. When Ali lands a job as a bouncer in a nearby nightclub, things start to look up for the itinerant father and son. A chance meeting with Stephanie (Cotillard), a beautiful killer whale trainer, develops into an unlikely romance after Stephanie suffers a tragic accident. Nominated for two Golden Globe awards in 2013, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Actress.

Rust and Bone Review

The Pink House
10:45PM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sascha Ettinger-Epstein
What's it about?
Tells the story of Kalgoorlie's last original goldrush brothel through the eyes of the colourful Madam Carmel, 70, and her longest-serving lady of the night, BJ. Filmed over several years and with unprecedented access to the inner workings of this unique brothel, this offers an intimate portrait of two women bound together by the past and their precarious future. And when darker forces begin to exert pressure, their fragile relationship is tested to its limits.

For the Good of Others
12:40AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Language: Spanish
Director: Oskar Santos
Starring: Eduardo Noriega, Belén Rueda, Angie Cepeda
What's it about?
Diego is an emergency room doctor whose work has forced him to become shut off from his family and friends. When he gets into a fight with a patient’s lover, the man pulls a gun and brutally shoots Diego. However, when doctors rush to save his life, there is no bullet wound and Diego has inexplicably healed. He soon finds that this second chance at life has left him with supernatural healing powers, and patients in the hospital that he treats miraculously recover from comas and injuries.

Russell Brand: A Second Coming
2:20PM, SBS

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).