• The Chant Of Jimmie Blacksmith airs this Thursday 4th July at 9:00PM on NITV (NITV)
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

1 Jul 2019 - 8:33 AM  UPDATED 2 Jul 2019 - 2:13 PM

MONDAY 1 JULY

The Rocket
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, Laos, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Lao
Director: Kim Mordaunt
Starring: Sitthiphon 'Ki' Disamoe, Loungnam Kaosainam, Thep Phongam
What's it about?
A boy who is believed to bring bad luck to everyone around him leads his family and two new friends through Laos to find a new home. After a calamity-filled journey through a land scarred by the legacy of war, to prove he's not bad luck he builds a giant rocket to enter the most exciting and dangerous competition of the year: the Rocket Festival. 

The Rocket lifts the lid on Laos
The Rocket Review

Scottsboro: An American Tragedy
12:35PM, NITV

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 2 JULY

The Monkey King
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, 2014
Genre: Family, Adventure, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Soi Cheang
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Donnie Yen, Aaron Kwok, Joe Chen
What's it about?
Donnie Yen plays the legendary character Sun Wukong, AKA The Monkey King, in the new big budget adaptation of the classic 16th century novel, Journey to the West. After obtaining special superpowers, Sun Wukong goes on an adventure to India and battles duelling armies of gods and demons.

The Monkey King 3D Review

WEDNESDAY 3 JULY

The Monkey King 2
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, China, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Soi Cheang
Starring: Aaron Kwok, Li Gong, Shaofeng Feng
What's it about?
Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to defeat her, the Monkey King must fight in order to save his world!

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
China, Hong Kong, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Mark Chao, Carina Lau, Kenny Lin
What's it about?
Dee, the detective serving Chinese empress Wu Zetian, is called upon to investigate a series of strange events in Loyang, including the appearance of mysterious warriors wearing Chiyou ghost masks, foxes that speak human language and the pillar sculptures in the palace coming alive.

Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection
11:05PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Wuershan
Starring: Xun Zhou, Wei Zhao, Kun Chen
What's it about?
A supernatural fantasy film about passion, transformation and beauty. According to demon lore, it takes hundreds of years to attain human form. However, there is a legend that if a pure human heart is freely offered to a demon, it can become a mortal and experience true life.

Painted Skin 2: The Resurrection Review

In Your Hands
12:15AM, SBS

M
Denmark, 2004
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Annette K. Olesen
Starring: Ann Eleonora Jørgensen, Trine Dyrholm, Nicolaj Kopernikus, Sonja Richter
What's it about?
Anna, a newly ordained minister is married to Frank. For years, they've been desperately trying to have a baby. Anna gets a temporary job as prison chaplain in the women's wing. There she meets Kate, an inmate, who is believed to possess supernatural powers. When Kate spots that Anna is actually pregnant, Anna's faith is severely tested. But Kate also conceals a terrible past, which has disastrous consequences for them both. 

A Month of Sundays
2:05AM, SBS

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Saville
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke
What's it about?
Frank Mollard (LaPaglia) won't admit it, but he can't move on. Divorced but still attached, he can't sell a house in a property boom, much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother. Nothing out of the ordinary - apart from the fact that she died the year before.

A Month of Sundays: Anthony LaPaglia and Matthew Saville (interview)

THURSDAY 4 JULY

11.6
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Philippe Godeau
Starring: Bouli Lanners, Corinne Masiero, François Cluzet
What's it about?
The story of Toni Musulin (Cluzet), the French security van driver who made headlines around the world when he drove off with his security truck one day, which had 11.6 million euros on board, committing what the global press described as the crime of the century. Having spent one year planning his robbery, he takes advantage of the flaws in the system that he knows inside out. Leaving his wife and his only friend, he disappears with the money, seeking revenge against his arrogant boss for humiliating him. 

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
9:00PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1978
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Jack Thompson, Ray Barrett
What's it about?
Jimmie Blacksmith is taken in by a white Minister and his wife, and raised to 'assimilate' into polite white society. He takes a wife and earns a living on local farms. However, he cannot escape prejudice and oppression, and after a series of setbacks, Jimmie erupts with extreme violence.

FRIDAY 5 JULY

Two Days, One Night
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
In her Academy-award nominated role, Marion Cotillard stars as Sandra, a young woman assisted by her husband, who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. From the acclaimed, multiple-Cannes-prize-winning directing team the Dardenne brothers (The Child, The Kid With a Bike).

Two Days, One Night Review

Monkey King: Hero Is Back
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 6 Jun)

PG
China, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Tian Xiao Peng
Starring: Lei Zhang, Zijie Lin, Wenlun Wu, Jackie Chan
What's it about?
The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King saves the village from the evil monsters.

Walt Disney
8:40PM, SBS

PG
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sarah Colt
What's it about?
Walt Disney was uniquely adept at art as well as commerce, a master filmmaker who harnessed the power of technology and storytelling. This new film examines Disney's complex life and enduring legacy. Features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, interviews with biographers and animators, and the designers who helped turn his dream of Disneyland into reality.

One Thousand Ropes
10:00PM, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Frankie Adams, Nathaniel Lees, Uelese Petaia, Beulah Koale
What's it about?
The father of a deeply troubled household that endured tragedy both from without and within, seeks to reconcile with his youngest daughter by making a journey to both symbolically and culturally lay the family "ghosts" to rest.

Live Flesh
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Liberto Rabal
What's it about?
After coming out of jail, drug dealer Victor is still in love with his ex-partner Elena. However, she's now married to the former policeman he shot and paralysed, and is now a wheelchair basketball star player. Victor swears revenge, and decides to insinuates himself in to the couple's lives with the intention to make her fall in love with him. From writer-director Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother, The Skin I Live In), this heart-rending thriller/melodrama based on Ruth Rendell's novel brims with lust, betrayal and murder.

SATURDAY 6 JULY

Napoleon Dynamite
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2004
Genre: Comedy
Language: English 
Director: Jared Hess
Starring: Jon Heder, Diedrich Bader, Aaron Ruell, Efren Ramirez, Tina Majorino
What's it about?
Napoleon Dynamite (Heder) is a listless and geeky teen living in the backwater town of Preston, Idaho, with his grandmother and unemployed older brother. Granny skips town, so Napoleon's uncle Rico comes to stay with them and proceeds to interfere in their lives. Meanwhile, Napoleon's busy trying to help his best friend, Pedro, get elected class president. 

Napoleon Dynamite Review
Current Attractions: Napoleon Dynamite turns 10, and the best drug scenes in movies

The Diary of a Teenage Girl
10:10PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marielle Heller
Starring: Bel Powley, Kristen Wiig, Alexander Skarsgard, Christopher Meloni
What's it about?
Minnie Goetze (Powley) is a 15-year-old aspiring comic-book artist, coming of age in the haze of 1970s San Francisco. Insatiably curious about the world around her, Minnie is a pretty typical teenage girl: except that she’s sleeping with her mother’s boyfriend. Based on the acclaimed graphic novel by Phoebe Gloeckner.

The Hunt
1:20AM, SBS

MA15+
Denmark, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
What's it about?
A teacher (Mikkelsen) lives a lonely life following a difficult divorce, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. This acclaimed film (written & directed by Festen's Thomas Vinterberg) was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

The Hunt: Mads Mikkelsen interview

SUNDAY 7 JULY

Berlin Syndrome
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Language: English, German
Director: Cate Shortland
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading
What's it about?
Alone and adrift in Berlin, Australian photographer Clare meets charismatic local Andi, and there is an instant attraction between them. But what begins as a passionate romance takes a sinister turn when Clare wakes up one morning to discover Andi has locked her in his apartment, and he has no intention of letting her leave, ever. From Cate Shortland, director of Somersault, Lore and Marvel's upcoming Black Widow film.

Gurrumul
8:35PM, NITV & SBS

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Damien Williams
Featuring: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sting, Michael Hohnen, Mark Grose
What's it about?
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. 

Finding Fela!
10:20PM, NITV

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Featuring: Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti
What's it about?
Tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. From acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Going ClearTaxi to the Darkside).

2014 Sydney Film Festival: Finding Fela! - Review