• Andie MacDowell in the independent film landmark Sex, Lies & Videotape (1989), airing on SBS this Friday 17th May at 12:10AM (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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SBS Movies

13 May 2019 - 8:33 AM  UPDATED 13 May 2019 - 8:33 AM

MONDAY 13 MAY

Althea
11:45AM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM, Wed 15 May)

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English 
Director: Rex Miller
What's it about?
Althea Gibson’s life and achievements transcend sports. A truant from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.

NITV celebrates trailblazing athlete Althea Gibson

A Royal Affair
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Sweden, 2012
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: Danish, French, German
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Trine Dyrholm, Alicia Vikander
What's it about?
A young queen (Vikander), who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with his physician (Mikkelsen) – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. 2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

A Royal Affair Review: A captivating tale of betrayal, political intrigue and doomed love

Darfur Now
1:15PM, 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.

TUESDAY 14 MAY

Soundtrack to War
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2005
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: George Gittoes
What's it about?
George Gittoes (Snow Monkey) ventures into Iraq to discover first-hand how soldiers and civilians use music to deal with the realities of war.

Locke
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2013

Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Steven Knight
Starring: Tom Hardy, Olivia Colman (voice), Ruth Wilson (voice)
What's it about?
Ivan Locke (Hardy, in a tour-de-force performance) has worked hard to craft a good life for himself. Tonight, that life will collapse around him. On the eve of the biggest challenge of his career, Ivan receives a phone call that sets in motion a series of events that will unravel his family, job, and soul. Taking place over the course of one riveting car ride, this film is directed by Academy-award nominated writer, Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty ThingsEastern Promises).

Locke: An existential road movie in which nothing and everything happens

WEDNESDAY 15 MAY

Declaration of War
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Valerie Donzelli
Starring: Valérie Donzelli, Jérémie Elkaïm, César Desseix
What's it about?
Juliette (Donzelli) and Romeo (Elkaim) are a married couple whose lives are transformed overnight when a visit to their paediatrician results in a shocking verdict: their infant son Adam has a brain tumour. As traumatic as this news is, Juliette & Romeo accept the battle head on, and with the support of their families, friends and dedicated public healthcare workers (many playing themselves), end up revealing their strengths, weaknesses, fears and secrets to each other, as well as the world.

Declaration of War: Valérie Donzelli interview
Declaration of War Review

Jimi: All Is By My Side
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: John Ridley
Starring: Andre Benjamin, Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, Ruth Negga
What's it about?
OutKast's Andre 3000 stars in a flawless performance as the iconic Jimi Hendrix in the directorial debut of the Oscar-winning writer of 12 Years a Slave, John Ridley. In 1966, an unknown guitarist named James Hendrix leaves New York for London, changes his name to Jimi and begins to make his mark in the world of rock music. With his defining performance at Monterey Pop festival still a year away, Hendrix learns the tricks of the trade before eventually transforming into a triumphant icon of sixties counterculture.

Jimi: All is by My Side Review

Idlewild
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Bryan Barber
Starring: Andre Benjamin, Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, Macy Gray, Ving Rhames
What's it about?
A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival must choose between his love, Angel or his obligations to his father.

The Shepherd
12:10AM, SBS

M
Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Jonathan Cenzual Burley
Starring: Alfonso Mendiguchía, Juan Luis Sara
What's it about?
In this slow-burning psychological drama and a parable of corporate greed, which steadily builds to a powerful climax, Anselmo is a taciturn shepherd who lives a spartan life on a small farm in the Spanish plains. When he is approached by a construction company looking to buy his land, his casual refusal sends ripples through the community.

Menace II Society
12:50AM, 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 this 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.

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

THURSDAY 16 MAY

City State
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Iceland, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Icelandic, Serbian
Director: Olaf de Fleur Johannesson
Starring: Zlatko Krickic, Ágústa Eva Erlendsdóttir, Ingvar Sigurdsson
What's it about?
An immigrant vows revenge after losing his unborn child in an attack by a crime syndicate, binding his fate with a troubled policewoman, her corrupt police commander, and a crime lord who's losing his edge. 

Joe Bullet
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 1:00PM, Fri 17 May)

PG
South Africa, 1973
Genre: Crime, Action
Language: English
Director: Louis de Witt
Starring: Ken Gampu, Joe Lopez, Abigail Kubeka
What's it about?
When local soccer team The Eagles fall prey to a series of onslaughts from a mysterious gangster only a week before the championship final, the team turns to the one man that can help save their chances at victory – Joe Bullet (Gampu). Joe will have to battle against villainous henchmen, escape booby-trap bombs and bring his martial arts expertise to the fore in order to survive an attack from a deadly assassin. A rare South African example of the "blaxploitation" subgenre which emerged in the US in the early 1970s.

FRIDAY 17 MAY

The Woman of My Dreams
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Italy, 2010
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Luca Lucini
Starring: Stefania Sandrelli, Luca Argentero, Alessandro Gassman, Valentina Lodovini
What's it about?
Stefania Sandrelli (The First Beautiful Thing) stars as Alba, the mother of two very different adult sons. While Giorgio (Gassman) is a playboy who constantly cheats on his wife, Leonardo (Argentero, Eat Pray Love) is always unlucky in love. When Leonardo finally meets the woman of his dreams, Sara (Lodovini), he brings her home to meet the family, but it appears this is not the first time that Sara has met Giorgio.

A Waltz Through the Hills
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 18 May)

PG
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Frank Arnold
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Ernie Dingo, Andre Jansen
What's it about?
When Sammy Dean and her older brother Andy are suddenly orphaned, they fear that they will be separated and placed in foster homes. So they set off along on foot, hoping to reach a ship that will take them to England and their only surviving relatives. The two young runaways must make their dangerous journey through some of the world’s harshest terrain-the wilds of the Australian outback.

Rosewood
9:40PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: John Singleton
Starring: Ving Rhames, Robert Patrick, Jon Voight, Michael Rooker, Bruce McGill, Don Cheadle
What's it about?
In 1923, predominantly black Rosewood, Florida, is razed by an enraged mob when a white woman lies, saying a black man attacked her. But even at the height of the senseless massacre, a white shopkeeper and a black war veteran heroically rescue women and children. A train that runs through Rosewood is commandeered in the middle of the disaster to carry them to safety. Based on a true story, and directed by the late John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood).

Sex, Lies and Videotape
12:10AM, SBS

M
USA, 1989
Genre: Cult, Drama
Language: English
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: James Spader, Laura San Giacomo, Andie MacDowell, Peter Gallagher
What's it about?
The story of Graham, a long-lost college friend who drifts back into town, and a look into the lives of philanderer John, his wife Ann, and her sister Cynthia. One by one, each is drawn into the very personal project Graham is working on, leaving the relationships between them forever transformed. This landmark American indie film was the debut feature for director Steven Soderbergh (TrafficErin BrockovichThe Knick) and won the Palme D'or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival.

SATURDAY 18 MAY

Bird
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 1:15AM)

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.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: John Turturro, Holly Hunter, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman, George Clooney
What's it about?
Everett Ulysses McGill (Clooney) is a silver-tongued petty criminal eager to make his escape from the chain gang in Mississippi, serving a term of hard labour. Still shackled together, McGill and fellow convicts, the simple Delmar (Nelson) and maladjusted Pete (Turturro), he makes a dash for freedom and embark on a mission to recover a fortune in buried treasure, but the trio get entangled in a series of unexpected and sometimes bizarre adventures along the way.

Cutter's Way
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1981
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Ivan Passer
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott
What's it about?
Richard (Bridges) spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter (Heard). A cult classic neo-noir in the vein of Chinatown and The Long Goodbye.

SUNDAY 19 MAY

Clueless
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1995
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Amy Heckerling
Starring: Stacey Dash, Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Breckin Meyer, Brittany Murphy
What's it about?
If anyone in Beverly Hills is 'clued in' it's Cher. She's almost 16, rich, way popular, and loves letting the world benefit from her expertise in life's important issues - like dating, fashion, and looking good. She believes in 'doing stuff for other people', but when it comes to matters of the heart, especially her own, she's well - clueless.

Ever the Land
10:10PM, NITV

PG
New Zealand, 2015

Genre: Documentary
Language: Maori, English
Director: Sarah Grohnert
What's it about?
Explores the sublime bond between people and their land through a landmark architectural undertaking by one of New Zealand's most passionately independent Maori tribes - Ngai Tuhoe.

The Final Girls
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson
Starring: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Nina Dobrev, Alia Shawkat, Thomas Middleditch
What's it about?
A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.

Brotherhood of Blades
12:05PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2014
Genre: Romance, Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Lu Yang
Starring: Chang Chen, Wang Qian-Yuan, Liu Shishi, Li Dongxue, Chin Shih-Chieh
What's it about?
In the late Ming Dynasty, three close friends who serve as Jinyiwei guards are dispatched to hunt down Wei Zhongxian, a eunuch politician who had been forced to resign from his influential post and exiled from Beijing. The Jinyiwei brothers return successfully from their quest, only to find that their task was but the beginning of a strange conspiracy.

Still Crazy
12:30AM, SBS

M
UK, 1998
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: English
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. 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