• The acclaimed 2016 Studio Ghibli animation 'The Red Turtle' airs this Fri 28 Jun, 7:30pm on NITV (SBS On Demand)
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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24 Jun 2019 - 8:33 AM  UPDATED 24 Jun 2019 - 8:33 AM

MONDAY 24 JUNE

Night Parrot Stories
11:30AM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Robert Nugent
What's it about?
In the remote deserts of Australia lives an elusive nocturnal bird called the Night Parrot. Virtually nothing is known of its ecology. It disappeared at the end of the 19th Century. Searching for evidence of its existence became a preoccupation. This documentary was filmed in all the locations where Night Parrots once lived, during a time when stories of extinction were everywhere.

We Don't Need a Map
1:02PM, NITV (repeats Wed 26 Jun, 9:32pm)

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Warwick Thornton, Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe, Dee Madigan, Ghassan Hage
What's it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and DelilahSweet Country) investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. 

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton's film We Don't Need A Map takes a journey through Australia's cultural and political landscape.

8MM
12:20AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Joel Schumacher
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini
What's it about?
A small, seemingly innocuous plastic reel of film leads surveillance specialist Tom Welles (Cage) down an increasingly dark and frightening path. With the help of the streetwise Max (Phoenix), Welles follows a bizarre trail of evidence to determine the fate of a complete stranger. As his work turns into obsession, he drifts farther and farther away from his wife (Keener), family and simple life as a small-town private eye.  

TUESDAY 25 JUNE

Girls on Top
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, 2001
Genre: Comedy
Language: German
Director: Dennis Gansel
Starring: Diana Amft, Felicitas Woll, Karoline Herfurth
What's it about?
Follows the adventures of three teenage girls and their quest to have their first orgasm. Inken, Victoria and Leona, watch a video of women from the '70s relaying how their orgasms, in addition to giving them immense physical pleasure, liberated them and helped them succeed in life. The girls are more than a little curious and set out on a quest to achieve their elusive climaxes in all manner of comedic ways.

WEDNESDAY 26 JUNE

Bram Stoker's Dracula
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Romance, Horror
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Sadie Frost, Cary Elwes, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
When Dracula leaves the captive Jonathan Harker and Transylvania for London in search of Mina Harker -- the spitting image of Dracula's long-dead wife, Elisabeta -- obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing sets out to end the madness.

Thale
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

Norway, 2012
Genre: Horror, Fantasy, Mystery
Language: Norwegian, Swedish
Director: Aleksander Nordaas
Starring: Silje Reinåmo, Erlend Nervold, Jon Sigve Skard
What's it about?
Two crime-scene cleaners discover a mythical, tailed female creature in a concealed cellar. She never utters a word, unable to tell her story, but the pieces of the puzzle soon come together: she's been held captive for decades for reasons soon to surface. 

Thale Review

Utøya: July 22
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
Norway, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Erik Poppe
Starring: Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Brede Fristad, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osbourne
What's it about?
The movie dramatises the story of a girl who has to hide and survive from terrorist Anders Breivik while looking for her little sister during the terrorist attacks in Norway on the island Utøya, July 22nd.

Girls on Top 2
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, 2004
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Peter Gersina 
Starring: Diana Amft, Karoline Herfurth, Jasmin Gerat 
What's it about?
The girls are back, and this time they're negotiating leaving home, university and finding an apartment together, whilst still putting much effort into finding Mr Right and not getting fooled by Mr Wrong. Inken, Lena and Lucy are three attractive but penniless students who are using their feminine wiles to procure a cheap flat in Munich.

THURSDAY 27 JUNE

Samson and Delilah
9:05PM, NITV (repeats 1:00AM)

MA15+
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson
What's it about?
Samson and Delilah's world is small - an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes, they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Winner of the Camera D'or (best debut feature) at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and regularly cited as one of the greatest Australian films of all time.

Samson And Delilah: a symbol of things to come
Samson and Delilah Review

Blind Alley
12:30AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Spain, 2011
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Action
Language: Spanish
Director: Antonio Trashorras
Starring: Ana de Armas, Diego Cadavid, Leonor Varela
What's it about?
A young girl finds herself trapped in an isolated launderette and hunted by a sadistic serial killer over the course of one terrifying night. As the sun rises on her torturous game of cat and mouse, she makes a horrifying discovery about her tormentor’s true nature. From the writer of The Devil's Backbone.

FRIDAY 28 JUNE

Beatriz's War
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Timor-Leste (East Timor), 2013
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: Tetum
Director: Luigi Acquisto, Bety Reis
Starring: Irim Tolentino, Augusta Soares, José da Costa
What's it about?
East Timor's award-winning first feature film is the haunting, passionate story of one woman's conviction to remain true to the man she loves and the country for which she fought. 16 years after Beatriz's husband disappeared during a brutal massacre by occupying Indonesian forces, she is troubled by his return. Is this mysterious stranger her husband or an imposter? 

The Red Turtle
7:30PM, NITV (repeats Sat 29 June, 10:00AM)

G
Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: [no dialogue]
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
What's it about?
Gorgeously animated, this wordless feature from Studio Ghibli (best known for producing Hayao Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) about a stranded castaway pays tribute to what's most important in life: companionship, love, family, and the stewardship of nature. A 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

Interview: The Red Turtle director Michael de Wit, on being backed by Studio Ghibli
The Red Turtle review: Studio Ghibli's new animation a gorgeous island myth

Syriana
8:35PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian-Farsi, French, Mandarin
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Starring: Matt Damon, George Clooney, Jeffrey Wright, Christopher Plummer, Chris Cooper, Amanda Peet
What's it about?
Starring George Clooney in an Oscar-winning performance, this acclaimed political thriller from the screenwriter of Traffic takes a penetrating look at the efforts of the U.S. intelligence-gathering community in the Middle East, weaving together several storylines ranging from American foreign policy and the CIA's role in it to the oil industry and terrorism.

Syriana Review

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief
8:55PM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Featuring: Alex Gibney, Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe
What's it about?
Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney (Taxi To The Dark Side, Finding Fela) turns his gaze to Scientology in Going Clear, based on the book of the same name by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright. Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, including their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief review

Turn It Up
10:00PM, NITV (repeats 1:30AM)

MA15+
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Language: English
Director: Robert Adetuyi
Starring: Pras Michel, Ja Rule, Jason Statham, Chris Messina
What's it about?
Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond, a rap musician. With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate studio time.

Blood Ties
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Clive Owen, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Billy Crudup
What's it about?
An ex-con tries to pull away from a life of crime, but the temptation proves too strong, bringing his already-strained relationship with his policeman brother to breaking point. Directed by multitalented actor/director Guillaume Canet (Tell No One, Little White Lies) and written by James Gray (Two Lovers, The Lost City of Z).

Who Am I - No System is Safe
12:40AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, 2014
Genre: Thriller
Language: English, German
Director: Baran bo Odar
Starring: Tom Schilling, Elyas M’Barek, Trine Dyrholm, Antoine Monot Jr., Wotan Wilke Möhring
What's it about?
Benjamin is a nobody, an outsider, but all this changes when he invited to join a subversive hacker group that wants to be noticed on the world's stage. But what starts out as fun soon turns deadly serious, when the group are suddenly investigated by the German Secret Service and Europol. With the leading cybercrime investigators at their heels, Benjamin begins to realise that he is no longer a nobody, but one of the most wanted hackers in the world. 

SATURDAY 29 JUNE

Precious
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Sage
What's it about?
Set in Harlem in 1987. Precious (Sidibe, in an Oscar nominated lead performance) endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. She's pregnant for the second time to her abusive father; at home she must wait hand and foot on a poisonously angry mother (Mo'Nique, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). In these conditions she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, overweight, unloved and generally unnoticed. But underneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.

Why You Should Watch: Precious

The Fringe Dwellers
9:05PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza
What's it about?
Bruce Beresford's (Driving Miss Daisy, 'Breaker' Morant) critically-acclaimed adaptation of the Nene Gare novel tells the story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.

The Fringe Dwellers review

Fresh Meat
10:40PM, NITV

MA15+
New Zealand, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Danny Mulheron
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Kate Elliott, Hanna Tevita
What's it about?
A dysfunctional gang of criminals takes a middle class Maori family hostage and discovers too late that they are cannibals. Starring Once Were Warriors'  Temuera Morrison.

The Broken Circle Breakdown
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. They remember their love at first sight, courtship and passion, coming closer through their bluegrass band, braving marriage, pregnancy and the joy of parenthood. But as the stress and sorrow of Maybelle's treatment takes its toll, Didier and Elise begin to respond in different ways - their love in threat, just when they need it most. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Broken Circle Breakdown review: A wildly emotional rollercoaster ride

SUNDAY 30 JUNE

Teen Wolf
6:50PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1985
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Rod Daniel
Starring: Michael J. Fox, James Hampton, Susan Ursitti, Jerry Levine
What's it about?
Like all teenagers, Scott Howard (Michael J. Fox) is going through some changes. But unlike the rest of the students at Beacontown High School, Scott's changes include long hair that covers his entire body, claw-like fingernails, fangs, a heightened sense of smell, superhuman strength, and the extraordinary ability to play basketball. Naturally, these uncanny new features turn this loveable loser into the most popular kid in school. 

Flashdance
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1983
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Kyle T. Heffner
What's it about?
A young woman (Beals) works as a welder by day, an erotic dancer by night, while pursuing her dream of dancing with the Pittsburgh Ballet. One of the huge box office hits of the 80s, and winner of the 1984 Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Flashdance...What a Feeling").

Bolero
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1984
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Derek
Starring: Bo Derek, George Kennedy, Andrea Occhipinti 
What's it about?
The exploits and adventures of a 23-year-old 'goody two shoes' in her search for adventure and romance in exotic Morocco. A so-bad-it's-good slice of sexploitation from the 80's, which won Worst Picture, Worst Director Worst Screenplay and Worst Actress for Bo Derek at the 1984 Razzie Awards.

Bolero (1984)

Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
10:25PM, SBS

M
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Holmes
What's it about?
This is an intimate but explosive story about the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport and the truth. But the former friends whose lives and careers he destroyed would prove to be his nemesis.