• The crowdpleasing hit romantic comedy Ali's Wedding airs Fri 14 June, 8:35PM on SBS (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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10 Jun 2019 - 8:33 AM  UPDATED 10 Jun 2019 - 8:33 AM

MONDAY 10 JUNE

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

Wik vs Queensland
12:00PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dean Gibson
What's it about?
This landmark feature documentary portrays the historical decision in 1996 by the High Court of Australia, granting native title to the Wik People of Cape York, and the demonisation that followed at the hands of politicians and media. With unique access to the key players of that moment in history, and featuring never-before seen footage of the two (then) young lawyers, Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton, Wik Vs Queensland tells a very personal story set against the backdrop of a tumultuous time in Queensland’s history. 

Takeover
1:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

After Mabo
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 1:00PM, Tues 11 June)

G
Australia, 1998
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Hughes
What's it about?
Filmed over a ten-month period throughout Australia, this probing documentary examines the political controversy surrounding Native Title and the Australian Federal Governments proposed amendments to the Native Title Act, 1993. It follows the Indigenous representatives in their attempt to fight the amendments in the media, in the bush, and in the halls of Parliament House, Canberra.

TUESDAY 11 JUNE

Kung Fu Jungle
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, China, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Teddy Chan
Starring: Donnie Yen, Baoqiang Wang, Charlie Yeung
What's it about?
A martial arts instructor working at a police academy gets imprisoned after killing a man by accident. But when a vicious killer starts targeting martial arts masters, the instructor offers to help the police in return for his freedom.

Mood Indigo
11:05PM, SBS

MA15+
France, Belgium, 2013
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: French 
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Omar Sy
What's it about?
The surreal and poetic tale of Colin, an idealistic and inventive young man, and Chloé, a young woman who seems like the physical embodiment of the eponymous Duke Ellington tune. Their idyllic marriage is turned on its head when Chloé falls sick with a water lily growing in her lung. From Michel Gondry, director of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

Mood Indigo Review

WEDNESDAY 12 JUNE

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...

Zombeavers
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror, Action, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jordan Rubin
Starring: Rachel Melvin, Cortney Palm, Lexi Atkins, Bill Burr, John Mayer
What's it about?
An action packed horror-comedy about three college girls who go on a care-free vacation of drinking games, topless sunbathing, and sexual exploration. Their frolicking fun comes to an abrupt end when toxic zombie beavers try to eat them.

The Spy Gone North
12:05AM, SBS

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Korean
Director: Yoon Jong-bin
Starring: Hwang Jung-min, Lee Sung-min, Cho Jin-woong, Ju Ji-hoon
What's it about?
This engrossing Cold War thriller centres on a South Korean army major who poses as a businessman to infiltrate a North Korean nuclear facility in 1993, and gets caught in a political vortex plotted by the ruling classes of North and South Korea.

THURSDAY 13 JUNE

Gimme Shelter
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ron Krauss
Starring: Vanessa Hudgens, Rosario Dawson, Brendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd
What's it about?
Agnes "Apple" Bailey has been in and out of foster care for years, and her mother June is an abusive addict who only wants her for the welfare money she provides. She decides to run away and go in search of her absent father, whom she discovers is now a wealthy Wall Street broker with a family. He agrees to take her in, but she's quickly forced out again when he and his wife learn she's pregnant and don't agree with her decision to keep the baby.

LUV
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Fri 14 Jun)

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Sheldon Candis
Starring: Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good
What's it about?
With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future. Soon Vincent finds himself pulled back into the violent world he is trying to escape - and Woody has to decide whether to follow his hero or become his own man. Nominated for the Grand Jury Dramatic Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Backroads
10:40PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1977
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Bill Hunter, Zack Martin
What's it about?
The first feature by Phillip Noyce (Rabbit Proof Fence, Newsfront) is a tale of two outsiders on the run – one white, one black – heading for nowhere fast in a stolen car. Shot on location in north western NSW, Backroads features Bill Hunter in his earliest lead role, and Gary Foley, Koori political activist. A cult classic of the 70s new wave of Australian cinema.

FRIDAY 14 JUNE

Rampage
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2006
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: George Gittoes
What's it about?
Following his film about music and war in Iraq, Soundtrack to War, director George Gittoes makes another journey into the forbidden zones: America’s war in Iraq, and life in a Miami hood. An exploration of hip hop’s musical innovations, as important as blues and jazz, all of which also began in the black ghettos and went on to evolve as major music styles.

Princess Ka'iulani
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 15 Jun)

PG
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director:
Starring: Q'Orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Shaun Evans
What's it about?
Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher, The New World), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American businessmen. After being sent to England as a child by her Scottish father, Ka'iulani returns to Hawaii and becomes a political activist who fights to retain her throne, even though she must leave her English paramour.

Ali's Wedding
8:35PM, SBS

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: English, Persian, Arabic
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Starring: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires, Robert Rabiah
What's it about?
After a "white lie" which spirals out of control, neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son Ali (Sami) must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.

How Osamah Sami turned his life into Australian Muslim rom-com, 'Ali's Wedding'

The crowdpleasing hit romantic comedy Ali's Wedding airs Fri 14 June, 8:35PM on SBS

Fire Song
10:00PM, 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.

Take This Waltz
12:05AM, SBS

MA15+
Canada, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sarah Polley
Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby
What's it about?
When Margot (Williams), 28, meets Daniel (Kirby), their chemistry is intense and immediate. But Margot suppresses the sudden attraction: she is happily married to Lou (Rogen), a celebrated cookbook writer. When Margot learns that Daniel lives across the street from them, the certainty about her domestic life shatters. She and Daniel steal moments throughout the steaming Toronto summer, their eroticism heightened by their restraint. Margot discovers some unsettling truths about herself. From acclaimed actor/director Sarah Polley (Away From Her, Stories We Tell).

Take This Waltz Review

SATURDAY 15 JUNE

Jedda
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
Jedda is an orphaned Arrernte baby who is adopted by a white family. She grows up, confused over her heritage and place in the world. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. The first Australian feature film to be filmed in colour, and nominated for the Palme D'or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Meet the Hitlers
9:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matt Ogens
What's it about?
Examines the relationship between names and identity, by exploring the lives of people who are linked by the name ‘Hitler’. The film raises important questions about the meaning of names, and explores complex issues like immigration, racism, and tolerance. Yet it's ultimately a character-driven story, offering an intimate portrait of its subjects, whose reactions to their name span the spectrum of human experience, from tragedy to comedy, and heartbreak to hope. 

Comeback Dad
10:30PM, NITV 

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Russ Parr
Starring: Donna Biscoe, Elizabeth Omilami, Jael Roberson, Charles S. Dutton, E. Roger Mitchell
What's it about?
Nima, an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school, seems to have it all. She cannot admit that she has never recovered from her alcoholic father's abandonment, and when he returns trying to make amends, Nima begins an eye-opening journey.

SUNDAY 16 JUNE

Andre the Giant
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jason Hehir
What's it about?
A documentary examining the life and career of one of the most beloved legends in WWE history. This ambitious, wide-ranging feature explores Andre’s upbringing in France, his celebrated WWE career, and his forays into the entertainment world. Includes interviews with Vince McMahon, Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Billy Crystal, Rob Reiner, family members, and more.

Vitamania: The Sense and Nonsense of Vitamins
8:40PM, SBS

G
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sonya Pemberton
What's it about?
Dr. Derek Muller takes us on an epic journey, a world-spanning investigation of vitamin science and history from molecules to marketing, from colds to chemotherapy. What he uncovers will confound opinions on all sides of the vitamin debate.

Utopia
9:45PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Pilger
What's it about?
This controversial documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker John Pilger draws on his long association with Indigenous Australians; an investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present, setting out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not. 

Why You Should Watch: Utopia

Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party
11:30PM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Chinese
Director: Ian MacMillan
What's it about?
Uncover the true story of the seven-week period that changed China forever. On June 4, 1989, a violent and bloody pro-democracy demonstration ended, leaving thousands dead, and laying the foundation for China’s future.