• L-R: Rabbit Proof Fence, To Die For, Two Faces Of January, Harold & Maude (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.
7 Jul 2019 - 5:38 PM  UPDATED 7 Jul 2019 - 5:43 PM

For highlights on the newly launched SBS World Movies channel from 8th to 14th July, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 8 – 14 July
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include Oscar-winning contemporary classics (12 Years a Slave), British comedies (What We Did On Our Holiday, Cashback), arthouse favourites (Carol, The Assassin, The Beat That My Heart Skipped) and more.

MONDAY 8 JULY

Night Parrot Stories
11:35AM, 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.

The Song Keepers
7:30PM, NITV (repeats Tues 9 July, 12:25PM)

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Naina Sen
What's it about?
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

The remarkable true story behind 'The Song Keepers'

The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir in action.

WEDNESDAY 10 JULY

Tokyo Ghoul
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2017
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror, Thriller
Language: Japanese
Director: Kentaro Hagiwara
Starring: Masataka Kubota, Fumika Shimizu, Nobuyuki Suzuki
What's it about?
In modern day Tokyo, society lives in fear of Ghouls: creatures who look exactly like humans, yet hunger insatiably for their flesh. None of this matters to Ken Kaneki (Masataka Kubota), a bookish and ordinary boy, until a dark and violent encounter turns him into the first ever Ghoul-human half breed. Trapped between two worlds, Ken must survive the violent conflicts of warring Ghoul factions, while attempting to learn more about his powers. 

Rabbit-Proof Fence
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Thursday 11 July, 11:00AM)

PG
Australia, 2002
Genre: History, Adventure
Language: Aboriginal, English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly and Daisy and their cousin, Gracie, who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen hundred miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a brave escape and in a bid to find their way home, following, on foot, the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong.

Rabbit-Proof Fence: Cheat Sheet
Rabbit-Proof Fence Review

Æon Flux
10:50PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Charlize Theron, Jonny Lee Miller, Sophie Okonedo, Frances McDormand
What's it about?
400 years into the future, disease has wiped out the majority of the world's population, except one walled city, Bregna, ruled by a congress of scientists. When Æon Flux (Theron), the top operative in the underground 'Monican' rebellion, is sent on a mission to kill a government leader, she uncovers a world of secrets. From Karyn Kusama, director of The Invitation and Destroyer.

THURSDAY 11 JULY

Westwind: Djalu's Legacy
9:00PM, NITV (repeats Friday 12 July, 12:00PM)

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary 
Language: English
Director: Ben Strunin
Featuring: Djalu Gurruwiwi, Gotye
What's it about?
Ancient knowledge. A way forward. A legacy shared. An Old Man, Djalu Gurruwiwi warrior, shaman, and father, must find a way to bring two worlds together to save his sons and his culture.

Venus: Let's Talk About Sex
9:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Denmark, Norway, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Danish
Director: Lea Glob, Mette Carla Albrechtsen
What's it about?
During casting sessions, young women from Copenhagen talk candidly about their sexual experiences. Initially, the two female directors wanted to make a film as a way of better understanding their own sexual desires and frustrations. In response to a casting call, more than a hundred ordinary young women turned up and talked straight into the camera about their erotic fantasies. As shooting progressed, the filmmakers realized that these intimate casting sessions should in fact be the final film.

FRIDAY 12 JULY

Harold and Maude
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1971
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles
What's it about?
Deadpan rich boy Harold (Cort) keeps staging elaborate suicide tableaux to get the attention of his mother (Pickles), but she keeps planning his brilliant future for him instead. Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals, where he meets the spirited Maude (Gordon). An eccentric to the core, Maude lives exactly as she pleases, with avid collecting and nude modelling among her many pursuits. To the disgust of Harold's relatives and the befuddlement of Harold's shrink, Harold falls in love with her. 

Storm Boy
7:30PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1976
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
In this Australian classic, Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingley (Rowe), a young free-spirited boy living along the South Australian coast line roams free with his pet pelican Mr. Percival and his secret Indigenous friend, Fingerbone Bill (Gulpilil), until one day, he is forced to choose between a life of continued isolation or the challenges of the outside world.

Storm Boy: Cheat Sheet

Putuparri and the Rainmakers
10:00PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nicole Ma
What's it about?
Tom "Putuparri" Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation. Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions as they fight for their native title claim over the area.

Take This Waltz
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

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 13 JULY

Message from Mungo
12:00AM, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site. This interface has often been deeply troubled and contentious, but within the conflict and its gradual resolution lies a moving story of the progressive empowerment of the traditional custodians of the area.

Bad Words
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013

Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jason Bateman
Starring: Jason Bateman, Kathryn Hahn, Rohan Chand, Philip Baker Hall, Allison Janney
What's it about?
A misanthropic man sets out to exact revenge on his estranged father, by finding a loophole and attempting to win the National Spelling Bee as an adult. Figuring it would destroy his father, and everything he's worked so hard for as head of the Spelling Bee Championship Organization, Guy Trilby (Bateman) eventually discovers winning isn't necessary for revenge, and that friendship is a blessing not a curse.

Bowfinger
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1999
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Terence Stamp, Heather Graham, Jamie Kennedy
What's it about?
Bobby Bowfinger (Martin) is a wannabe movie producer/director, on the outer fringes of Hollywood. With the help of a rapidly assembled assortment of aspiring misfits including an ambitious starlet (Graham), an eager nerd (Kennedy), a has-been diva (Christine Baranski) and a would-be writer (Adam Alexi-Malle), Bowfinger comes up with a unique method to trick one of the world's biggest action movie stars, the paranoid Kit (Murphy), into starring in his (very) low-budget movie, without realising he is actually in it.  

Bullhead
12:05AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Belgium, 2011
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Dutch, French
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
What's it about?
Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Schoenaerts), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. A 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Why You Should Watch: Bullhead

Tudawali
1:45AM, SBS

M
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Jodrell
Starring: Ernie Dingo, Jedda Cole, Peter Fisher
What's it about?
Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. This film traces the life of Tudawali. 

SUNDAY 14 JULY

She Who Must Be Loved
8:30PM, NITV

G
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Erica Glynn
Starring: Freda Glynn
What's it about?
Tells the epic life story of Alfreda Glynn, 78-year-old Aboriginal woman, stills photographer, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), and Imparja TV, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, radical, pacifist, grumpy old woman, who in equal measure loves the limelight and total privacy. Part bio-pic, part social history, it details the life of a woman born beneath a tree north of Alice Springs in 1939, her childhood living under the Aboriginal Protection policies and the impact, both good and bad they had on her life.

The Two Faces of January
9:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Hossein Amini
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst, Yiğit Özşener
What's it about?
Con artist Chester (Mortensen) and his glamorous wife (Dunst) try to flee their holiday destination in Greece with a random stranger (Isaac). One of them has been linked to the murder of a police officer and trying to frame the other for the crime. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith (Carol, The Talented Mr. Ripley).

The Two Faces of January Review
The Two Faces of January: Viggo Mortensen and Hossein Amini interview

Ella
10:30PM, NITV

G
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Watkin
What's it about?
Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Ella charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation of The Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister to join one of the world's foremost ballet companies.

Wiradjuri Ballet dancer, Ella Havelka

To Die For
11:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gus van Sant
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Matt Dillon, Nicole Kidman, Casey Affleck
What's it about?
Susan wants to work in television and will therefore do anything it takes, even if it means killing her husband. A very dark comedy from director Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, Milk) with a brilliant Nicole Kidman in the leading role.

Nicole Kidman is a revelation in 'To Die For', but what exactly does she reveal?