• Christopher Guest's mockumentary classic Waiting for Guffman (1996), showing this Tues (2nd April) at 12:00PM on SBS Viceland (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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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1 Apr 2019 - 8:33 AM  UPDATED 5 Apr 2019 - 2:02 PM

MONDAY 1 APRIL

Raising Bertie
11:00AM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Margaret Byrne
What's it about?
Raising Bertie is a longitudinal documentary feature following three young African American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these boys, this powerful vérité film offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity, and race.

We 3
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Brazil, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Portuguese
Director: Thiango Dottori, Nando Olival
Starring: Gabriel Godoy, Victor Mendes, Juliana Schalch
What's it about?
Camila, Rafael and Cazé all arrive from different parts of Brazil to attend college in São Paulo. Meeting one night at a party, they instantly connect and quickly move into a big apartment together. Soon they are spending every minute together, and are simply known to others as ‘The Three’. There is only one rule: that no sex should ever get in the way of their friendship. But this rule turns out to be a little more complicated than anticipated. 

I Am Not Your Negro
12:45PM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM, Wed 3rd Apr)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Raoul Peck
What's it about?
Based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House - a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. - acclaimed director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States, using meticulously assembled archival footage and driven by stirring voiceover narration from Samuel L. Jackson. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' proves writer James Baldwin's views on racism in America are as relevant as ever

 

I Am Not Your Negro

M
France, Belgium, United States of America, 2017
Genre: documentary
Language: English
Director: Raoul Peck
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Harry Belafonte, Ray Charles, James Baldwin
What's it about?
Working from the text of James Baldwin’s unfinished final novel, director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States.

Documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' proves writer James Baldwin's views on racism in America are as relevant as ever

 

TUESDAY 2 APRIL

Waiting for Guffman
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Christopher Guest
Starring: Christopher Guest, David Cross, Parker Posey, Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy
What's it about?
Almost no one's ever heard of flamboyant, would-be Broadway director Corky St. Clair's hometown of Blaine, Missouri. But Corky fully expects Blaine will be his ticket to Broadway when he writes, directs, choreographs and costumes a local show celebrating Blaine's 150th anniversary in this hilarious mockumentary, from the team behind Best In Show and This Is Spinal Tap.

Waiting for Guffman Review
This & That: 'Waiting For Guffman' & 'A Mighty Wind'

Safety Not Guaranteed
2:20AM, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Colin Trevorrow
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Duplass, 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 likeable 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

WEDNESDAY 3 APRIL

Mojin: The Lost Legend
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Wuershan
Starring: Kun Chen, Angelababy, Qi Shu
What's it about?
At the beginning of the 1990s, famous tomb explorer Hu Bayi decided to retire and move to the United States with his girlfriend Shirley. But before his wedding, Bayi discovers his first love Ding Shitian, who supposedly had died in the "One Hundred Cave" 20 years ago, is actually still alive. Together with Shirley and his old exploration partner, Bayi unravels a terrible millennium-old secret...

The Darjeeling Limited
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jason Schwartzman, Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Bill Murray, Irrfan Khan, Amara Karan
What's it about?
Francis (Wilson) has recently suffered a near fatal motorbike accident. Peter (Brody) is conflicted about becoming a father, while youngest sibling Jack (Schwartzman) is heartbroken at having split up with his girlfriend. Francis wants them all to find spirituality – and he’s got it scheduled on laminated itineraries. From writer/director Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise KingdomThe Grand Budapest Hotel).

The Darjeeling Limited Review

Pootie Tang
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: English
Director: Louis C.K.
Starring: Lance Crouther, Wanda Sykes, Chris Rock, J.B. Smoove, Jennifer Coolidge
What's it about?
Pootie Tang, the musician/actor/folk hero of the ghetto, is chronicled from his early childhood to his battles against evil Corporate America, who try to steal his magic belt and make him sell out by endorsing addictive products to his people. Pootie must learn to find himself and defeat the evil corporation for all the young black children of America.

Bird
11:50PM, SBS VICELAND

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 (Venora), but also features lengthy scenes of Parker improvising on stage, lit with the neon and cigarette smoke of vintage jazz clubs.

A Quiet Passion
12:05AM, SBS 

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Terence Davies
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Emma Bell
What's it about?
The story of American poet Emily Dickinson from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognised artist. From acclaimed director Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives, The House of Mirth).

THURSDAY 4 APRIL

Maggie
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Henry Hobson
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Abigail Breslin, Joely Richardson, Aiden Flowers
What's it about?
There's a deadly zombie epidemic threatening humanity, but Wade (Schwarzenegger), a small-town farmer and family man, refuses to accept defeat even when his daughter Maggie (Breslin) becomes infected. As Maggie's condition worsens and the authorities seek to eradicate those with the virus, Wade is pushed to the limits in an effort to protect her.

Dreamgirls
9:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 2006 
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce Knowles, Eddie Murphy
What's it about?
Based on the Broadway musical, a trio of black female soul singers cross over to the pop charts in the early 1960's. Won Jennifer Hudson an Academy Award in 2007 for Best Supporting Actress.

Bra Boys: Blood Is Thicker Than Water
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sunny Abberton, Macario De Souza
What's it about?
Chronicles the cultural evolution of the Sydney beach side suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle faced by its youth - the notorious surf gang known as the Bra Boys. Narrated by Russell Crowe. 

Sleepless Night
12:20AM, SBS

M
Luxembourg, France, Belgium, 2011
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: French
Director: Frédéric Jardin
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Serge Riaboukine, Julien Boisselier
What's it about?
Vincent (Sisley) seems to be a model citizen: respected cop, doting husband and father. But beneath the surface, Vincent is entangled with mobsters and drug dealers. And he has just been caught stealing a huge amount of cocaine from a drug lord. In a race against time, Vincent must return the stash in order to save his son’s life, his family and his career.

Sleepless Night Review

Superclásico
12:30AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Denmark, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: Danish
Director: Ole Christian Madsen
Starring: Mikael Bertelsen, Anders W. Berthelsen, Jamie Morton
What's it about?
Christian, a wine-seller on the brink of bankruptcy, is on a quest to win back his ex-wife Anna. He leaves Denmark for sunny Buenos Aires, where Anna now lives a life of luxury with her boyfriend - Argentina’s star soccer player. Christian arrives under the pretence of signing the divorce papers, but is soon competing for her affections against the handsome Juan Diaz.

The Olive Tree
2:15AM, SBS

M
Germany, Spain, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: German, Spanish
Director: Iciar Bollain
Starring: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutierrez, Pep Ambrós, Manuel Cucala
What's it about?
Alma, 20, works in a chicken farm by the village of Canet, in the province of Castellon, on the East coast of Spain. She has a profound connection with her beloved Grandfather despite the fact he has stopped talking years ago. But when he begins to refuse food too Alma becomes obsessed with an idea: the only way to save her Grandfather is to recover the two thousand year olive tree that the family uprooted and sold 12 years ago against his will.

FRIDAY 5 APRIL

Message from Mungo
11:00AM, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

Submarine
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Richard Aoyade
Starring: Craig Roberts, Paddy Considine, Sally Hawkins, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
In his head, 15-year-old Welsh schoolboy Oliver (Roberts) is a cool literary genius. In reality, he's socially inept and unpopular. He has set himself two tasks over the summer: to lose his virginity and save his parents' marriage. The directorial debut of I.T. Crowd star Richard Aoyade, who then made 2014's The Double.

Submarine Review

Khumba
7:30PM, NITV

G
South Africa, 2013
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Language: English
Director: Anthony Silverston
Starring (voice cast): Jake T. Austin, Steve Buscemi, Liam Neeson, Laurence Fishburne
What's it about?
A half-striped zebra is blamed for the drought and leaves his herd in search of his missing stripes. He is joined on his quest by an overprotective wildebeest and a flamboyant ostrich; they defeat the tyrannical leopard and save his herd.

Churchill
8:30PM, SBS 

PG
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham
What's it about?
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill. Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment. 

Byzantium
12:00AM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones
What's it about?
Eleanor (Ronan) and Clara (Arterton), two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels. Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. From Neil Jordan, director of Interview With The Vampire and The Crying Game.

Midnight in Byzantium: Alicia Brown interview

Norwegian Wood
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Japanese
Director: Anh Hung Tran
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Kiko Mizuhara
What's it about?
Toru Watanabe is a quiet and serious young man in 1960s Tokyo, whose personal life is in tumult, having lost his best friend Kizuki after he inexplicably committed suicide. Seeking an escape, Toru enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, during a walk in a park, Toru meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko, and they grow close. Naoko continues to be devastated by the loss of Kizuki and spirals into a deep spiral of depression. Based on the novel by revered author Haruki Murakami, and directed by Tran Ahn Hung (CycloThe Scent of Green Papaya).

Norwegian Wood Review

SATURDAY 6 APRIL

Gameplay
4:05PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Richard Goldgewicht
What's it about?
From Super Mario Karts to Lara Croft: Tomb Raider to Grand Auto Theft, video games have come a long way since their humble beginning in the early 1970s. In an industry which is worth nearly 100 billion dollars, what is it about video games which have been so captivating and consuming? This feature documentary explores the history of videogames; from its technology origins, to the birth of the arcade games - from Pong to Pac Man to Doom - it chronicles the remarkable story of the fastest evolving new media of all time.

Orgazmo
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, David Dunn, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne Raab
What's it about?
Mormon Joe Young is about to get married, but he needs to find money quickly to be able to give his fiancé the wedding of her dreams. By chance, he knocks on the door of a porn movie producer and is recruited as a sex superhero. However, his "talents" are noticed and when the movie becomes a success, he finds a kind of fame that  wouldn't sit well with his unknowing fiancé. From South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Lean On Me
8:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:05AM)

PG
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John G. Avildsen
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Mike Starr, Michael Imperioli
What's it about?
An arrogant and unorthodox teacher (Freeman) returns as principal to the idyllic high school from which he had earlier been fired to find it a den of drug abuse, gang violence, and urban despair. From the director of Rocky.

The Overnight
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Patrick Brice
Starring: Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman, Judith Godreche
What's it about?
Alex, Emily, and their son, RJ, are new to Los Angeles. A chance meeting at the park introduces them to the mysterious Kurt, Charlotte, and Max. A family “playdate” becomes increasingly interesting as the night goes on.

Raunchy comedy 'The Overnight' tackles sex taboos

Russell Brand: A Second Coming
11:45PM, 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

SUNDAY 7 APRIL

Purple Rain
1:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music
Language: English
Director: Albert Magnoli
Starring: Prince, Apollonia Kotero, Morris Day, Clarence Williams III
What's it about?
In his movie debut, Prince stars as 'the Kid', a Minneapolis musician on the rise with his band, the Revolution, escaping a tumultuous home life through music. While trying to avoid the same mistakes as his truculent father, the Kid navigates the club scene and a rocky relationship with a captivating singer, Apollonia. But another musician, Morris Day, looks to steal the Kid's spotlight - and his girl. 

Purple Rain review: “Dig if You Will the Picture

The Price of Peace
10:00PM, NITV

PG
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Webby
What's it about?
A story of indigenous people reconciling with colonial power, in this moving portrait of Tame Iti, Maori activist, and his fight with the New Zealand Crown to clear his name.