• The 1988 cult classic Heathers airs 8:30PM, Sun 26th May on SBS Viceland (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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20 May 2019 - 8:33 AM  UPDATED 20 May 2019 - 8:33 AM

MONDAY 20 MAY

Ever the Land
11:50AM, 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.

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
1:20PM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM, Wed 22 May)

PG
USA, 2000
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Barak Goodman, Daniel Anker
What's it about?
This Academy Award-nominated documentary looks at the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" case that occurred in Alabama in 1931, in which nine young black men were arrested, tried and quickly convicted in the rape of two white women, despite overwhelming evidence that they were falsely accused.

TUESDAY 21 MAY

Once Upon a Time in Vietnam
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Vietnam, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Dustin Nguyen
Starring: Dustin Nguyen, Veronica Ngo, Roger Yuan
What's it about?
While on a mission to retrieve fugitives in Vietnam, Dao, a commander in the Emperor's army, finds himself in the middle of a deadly conflict raging between a tyrannical crime boss, and the peaceful town that he has under his thumb. But when Dao realizes that Ahn, the beautiful monk warrior who fled the Emperor's army is living a secretive new life there, Dao must choose between upholding his oath to the Emperor, and fighting to preserve Ahn's cherished town. 

Once Upon a Time in Vietnam Review

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
12:50AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Brazil, 2010
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: Portuguese 
Director: José Padilha
Starring: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro
What's it about?
Elite Squad 2 continues the 2007 original’s semi-fictional story of the Special Police Squad in Rio de Janeiro, and the difficulties between crime-fighting and politics. Lt. Colonel Roberto Nascimento leads the team against corrupt police officers and drug dealers between the favelas and the highest tiers of government. 

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY

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
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.

England Is Mine
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mark Gill
Starring: Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Simone Kirby, Peter McDonald, Jodie Comer
What's it about?
The 17-year-old Steven Patrick Morrissey is a young dreamer amid the tough, macho world of 1970s northern England. When his parents’ relationship begins to deteriorate, Steven blocks out family life and spends most of his time writing savage music letters to the NME. But what Steven really wants is to become the frontman of a band - this film tells the story of how Morrissey formed The Smiths.

Sunshine on Leith
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Musical
Language: English
Director: Dexter Fletcher
Starring: Paul Brannigan, George MacKay, Kevin Guthrie, Peter Mullan
What's it about?
Based on the sensational stage hit of the same name, featuring music by pop-folk band The Proclaimers, this film follows the stories of Davy and Ally, who have to re-learn how to live life in Edinburgh after coming home from serving in Afghanistan. Both struggle to learn to live a life outside the army and to deal with the everyday struggles of family, jobs and relationships.  

Sunshine on Leith review

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale
12:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Taiwan, 2011
Genre: Drama, Action
Language: Aboriginal, Japanese, Hokkien
Director: Wei Te-sheng
Starring: Masanobu Andô, Jun'ichi Haruta, Sabu Kawahara
What's it about?
This film retells an episode of Taiwanese history not known to many. Between 1895 and 1945 Taiwan was a Japanese colony, but small groups of the original indigenous tribes remained scattered around the island. In 1930 Mouna Rudo, the leader of the Seediq tribe, settled around Mount Chilai, forged a coalition with other Seediq tribal leaders and plotted a rebellion against their Japanese colonial masters. 

Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale Review

Center of My World
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
Austria, Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance
Language: German
Director: Jakob M. Erwa
Starring: Louis Hofmann, Sabine Timoteo, Ada Philine Stappenbeck, Jannik Schümann
What's it about?
A17-year-old Phil lives with his mother and twin sister in an old mansion on the outskirts of town. When he returns from summer camp, the mood in the mansion has soured somehow. Phil doesn’t worry about it, hanging out with his best friend Kat instead. When he starts to feel attracted to a mysterious new student at school, Phil is plunged into emotional turmoil only exacerbated by the trouble at home.

THURSDAY 23 MAY

Being Evel
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Junge
Featuring: Evel Knievel, George Hamilton, Johnny Knoxville
What's it about?
In the history of sports, few names are more recognisable than that of Evel Knievel. Long after the man hung up his famous white leather jumpsuit and rode his Harley into the sunset, his name is still synonymous with the death-defying lifestyle he led. Notoriously brash, bold, and daring, Knievel stared death in the face from the seat of his motorcycle, but few know the larger-than-life story of the boy from Butte, Montana.

Purple Rain
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Fri 24 May on SBS VICELAND and 12:30PM on NITV)

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

FRIDAY 24 MAY

Twice Upon a Time
7.30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 1988

Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Korty, Charles Swenson
Starring (voice cast): Lorenzo Music, Judith Kahan, Marshall Efron
What's it about?
Two wannabe heroes and their friends must stop a madman from giving everyone nightmares. This animated fantasy was produced by George Lucas.

Blue Jasmine
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Sally Hawkins, Bobby Cannavale, Alec Baldwin, Andrew Dice Clay, Peter Sarsgaard
What's it about?
After her marriage to a wealthy businessman collapses, New York socialite Jasmine (Blanchett, in an Oscar-winning performance) flees to San Francisco and the modest apartment of her sister, Ginger (Hawkins). Although she's in a fragile emotional state and lacks job skills, Jasmine still manages to voice her disapproval of Ginger's boyfriend, Chili. Jasmine begrudgingly takes a job in a dentist's office, while Ginger begins dating a man who's a step up from Chili. 

Cate Blanchett wins best actress Oscar for 'Blue Jasmine'
Blue Jasmine Review

The Duke of Burgundy
11:50PM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Strickland
Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Monica Swinn
What's it about?
Two women act out a simple yet provocative daily ritual that ends in both pleasure and pain. When one of the women yearns for a more conventional relationship, her partner's obsession with erotic spell-making quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to its breaking point. A playful and emotionally resonant homage to European sexploitation films from the 60's and 70's, from the director of Berberian Sound Studio.

The Duke of Burgundy review: 70s erotic cinema is resuscitated

Bald Mountain
12:30AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Brazil, 2013
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: Portuguese
Director: Heitor Dhalia
Starring: Wagner Moura, Matheus Nachtergaele, Sophie Charlotte, Juliano Cazarré
What's it about?
In 1980 friends Juliano and Joaquim leave São Paulo to chase their gold dreams. Both of them arrive at the mining region of Floresta Amazônica just like thousands of other people, full of hopes and dreams of the future. But soon their obsession for wealth and power changes everything. Juliano becomes caught up in the gang world, meanwhile Joaquim leaves all his values behind. Eventually their pursuit for money destroys them - and their friendship.

SATURDAY 25 MAY

A Serious Man
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Richard Kind, Michael Stuhlbarg, Adam Arkin, George Wyner
What's it about?
A Kafka-esque black comedy from the Coen brothers set in 1967 and centered on on Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg), a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother (Kind) won't move out of the house. Nominated for Best Picture at the 2010 Academy Awards.

A Serious Man Review

Mad Bastards
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:20AM)

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Brendan Fletcher
Starring: Lucas Yeeda, John Watson, Greg Tait, Ngaire Pigram, Dean Daley-Jones
What's it about?
In the frontier town of Five Rivers, TJ the urban street warrior meets his match in Texas, a former Mad Bastard turned local cop. He also finds Bullet, his estranged son, and his personal transformation begins. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema - Dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch interview with Mad Bastards star, Dean Daley-Jones

Black Dynamite
10:10PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: English, Italian
Director: Scott Sanders
Starring: Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Tommy Davidson, Nicole Ari Parker, Bokeem Woodbine
What's it about?
This is the story of 1970s African-American action legend Black Dynamite. The Man killed his brother, pumped heroin into local orphanages, and flooded the ghetto with adulterated malt liquor. Black Dynamite was the one hero willing to fight The Man all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House. A hilarious parody of the 1970's blaxploitation genre, that went on to spawn an animated series of the same name.

Godzilla: Final Wars
10:10PM, SBS

M
Japan, 2004
Genre: Action
Language: Japanese
Director: Ryûhei Kitamura
Starring: Masahiro Matsuoka, Rei Kikukawa, Akira Takarada
What's it about?
Evil Space Aliens called the Xilians unleash all the Earth's monsters to lay waste to most of the world's major cities, including Tokyo, New York, Sydney, Shanghai and Paris. It is up to Godzilla and the Earth Defence Force to vanquish the monsters and aliens to rescue the world in the ultimate battle.

Compliance
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Craig Zobel
Starring: Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Ann Dowd, Bill Camp
What's it about?
When a young manager at a Mid-West US fast food chain answers the phone one day at work, she is met with the demands of a police officer. He instructs her that one of her employees is a robbery suspect, and must be detained while he searches her house. Based on a true story, where 70 such phone calls were made to restaurants around America last decade. 

Compliance review: A delectably unnerving cinematic experience
Why You Should Watch: Compliance

Haunters
12:30AM, SBS

MA15+
South Korea, 2010
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Kim Min-suk
Starring: Kang Dong-won, Go Soo, Jung Eun-chae, Choi Duk-moon
What's it about?
Cho-In has a secret: he's capable of controlling other people's minds with just a look. When trying to rob a pawn shop he discovers someone immune to his power, beginning a confrontation that pushes his limits. 

House of Pleasures
12:35AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Starring: Hafsia Herzi, Céline Sallette, Jasmine Trinca
What's it about?
Follows the lives of a group of prostitutes living in a luxurious Parisian brothel in the dawn of the 20th century. From pregnancy scares, to marriage proposals, to drug use and violent clients, this film explore the drama of this hidden world. From acclaimed director Bertrand Bonello (Saint Laurent, Nocturama).

SUNDAY 26 MAY

Heathers
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Black Comedy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Lehmann
Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker
What's it about?
A girl who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids. A box office failure on its initial release, the film is now regarded as a classic teen film and a trenchant social satire.

That Sugar Film
8:30PM, SBS

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Damon Gameau
What's it about?
Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, by committing himself to a 60-day diet of "low fat" foods with hidden sugars. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. 

Damon Gameau on That Sugar Film (interview)

After the Apology
8:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Larissa Behrendt
Featuring: Debra Swan, Aunty Hazel Collins, Karen Fusi, Suellyn Tighe
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. This documentary follows four grandmothers find as they 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.

Ningla A-Na
10:00PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1972
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alessandro Cavadini
What's it about?
Made in 1972, this documentary records the events surrounding the establishment of the Aboriginal tent embassy on the lawns of Parliament House. It incorporates interviews with black activists, the work of the National Black Theatre, Aboriginal Legal Service and Aboriginal Medical Service, plus footage from the demonstrations and arrests at the embassy. A rare addition to the study of Australian History, this is the only film to focus on the tent embassy and is an historic document, integral to comprehension of the Aboriginal political struggle. 

Jennifer's Body
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Megan Fox, Adam Brody, Amanda Seyfried, J.K. Simmons
What's it about?
Jennifer (Fox) and Needy’s (Seyfried) friendship is compromised when Jennifer falls victim to a band’s insatiable need for recognition. Needy must stop the now-demonic Jennifer before it’s too late. From Karyn Kusama, director of Destroyer and The Invitation.

Jennifer's Body Review

Sightseers
1:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Steve Oram, Alice Lowe, Kenneth Hadley
What's it about?
Chris (Oram) and Tina (Lowe) take a longed-for caravanning holiday together in Yorkshire. Events soon conspire against the couple and their romantic freedom morphs into something else: a strange and sociopathic taste for violence. From Ben Wheatley, writer-director of Kill List and A Field In England.

Sightseers: Ben Wheatley interview
Five reasons you must watch 'Sightseers'