• From left: Calvary, Wadjda, Once Were Warriors, The Company of Wolves (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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SBS Movies

21 Jul 2019 - 11:06 AM  UPDATED 30 Jul 2019 - 10:26 AM

For highlights on the newly launched SBS World Movies channel from 22nd to 28st July, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 22 - 28 July
Next week's highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (Digital Channel 32) include biographical dramas (Love & Mercy, Final Portrait, Downfall, Violette), heartwarming small-scale stories of triumph over adversity (The Finishers, The Drummer and the Keeper) sweeping epics (2009's Wei Zhao-led Mulan, 2002 Bollywood classic Devdas) and more.

MONDAY 22 JULY

The Price of Peace
11:00AM, NITV

PG
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Webby
What's it about?
A story of indigenous people reconciling with colonial power, in this moving portrait of Tame Iti, Maori activist, and his fight with the New Zealand Crown to clear his name.

Pacific Warriors
12:30PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: James Marquand
What's it about?
An insight into the origins and stories of Pacific Island rugby teams such as Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. This documentary explores the backgrounds of a wide variety of players, past and present.

The Miscreants of Taliwood
12:15AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, Pakistan, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: George Gittoes
What's it about?
George Gittoes (Soundtrack to War, Snow Monkey) takes us on an extraordinary journey into a forbidden zone: the remote tribal belt of Pakistan's northwest frontier, along the mountainous Afghan border. Gittoes agrees to become an actor in a low-budget Pashto tele-movie, thereby giving him access to this dangerous region and allowing him to obtain a unique perspective on regional popular culture. 

WEDNESDAY 24 JULY

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Thurs 25 July)

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Samuel D. Pollard
Featuring: Sammy Davis, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis
What's it about?
Explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression to the 1980s. A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

The Lookout
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Belgium, France, Italy, 2012
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Language: French, Italian
Director: Michele Placido
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivier Gourmet, Francis Renaud
What's it about?
A major police operation to take down a notorious gang of bank robbers goes horribly wrong when a rooftop sniper opens fire, killing several police officers and causing an explosive distraction in which the robbers make their getaway. Commissioner Mattei (Auteuil) launches a large-scale manhunt for the sniper and his team, and is thrown into the seedy Parisian underworld of criminals and fallen souls. 

THURSDAY 25 JULY

Once Were Warriors
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 1:30AM)

MA15+
New Zealand, 1994
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Cliff Curtis
What's it about?
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedevilled by a violent father (Morrison) and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. This 1994 drama opened the eyes of audiences world-wide to the reality of life for a small section of New Zealand, broke domestic box office records, and was followed by the 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.

Once Were Warriors review: An absolutely devastating film

FRIDAY 26 JULY

Ginger & Rosa
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
London, 1962. Two teenage girls – Ginger and Rosa (Fanning, Englert) – play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered – by the clash of desire and the determination to survive. From Sally Potter, director of Orlando and The Party.

Ginger and Rosa: Sally Potter interview
Why You Should Watch: Ginger and Rosa

The Incredible Adventure of Jojo (And His Annoying Little Sister Avila)
7:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Family, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Brian Schmidt
Starring: Joseph Ogando, Dan Adams, John Brown, Mark de Salvo
What's it about?
A six-year-old boy named Jojo (Ogando) wakes up from a car crash deep within the woods. He reluctantly pulls his baby sister from the wreckage, plops her into his back pack, and together they try to make it home alive

Black And White
9:50PM, NITV

M
UK, Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama
Language: English 
Director: Craig Lahiff
Starring: David Ngoombujarra, Robert Carlyle, Charles Dance, Ben Mendelsohn, Kerry Fox
What's it about?
Based on a real event in the late 50s in South Australia. When a 9-year-old girl is found raped and murdered in a cave at Ceduna beach not far from Adelaide, police arrest Aboriginal Max Stuart (Ngoombujarra), who signs a confession under duress, after claiming to be innocent of the crime. Local Irish migrant lawyer David O’Sullivan (Carlyle) and partner Helen Devaney (Fox) are assigned to the hopeless case as legal aid defence lawyers.

Black and White review: One man's conviction divided a nation.

SATURDAY 27 JULY

Wadjda
10:00AM, NITV

M
Saudi Arabia, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Reem Abdullah
What's it about?
A rebellious Saudi girl (Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The story is tailored to highlight the pressures and difficulties faced by women in Saudi Arabia, with a rare glimpse into the lives of women behind closed doors and the warm relationships between mothers and daughters. Nominated for a 2013 BAFTA award for Best Film Not In The English Language.

Wadjda: Haifaa Al-Mansour interview

Your Highness
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Danny McBride, Justin Theroux, Natalie Portman, James Franco, Zooey Deschanel
What's it about?
Thadeous (McBride) has spent his life watching his perfect older brother Fabious (Franco) embark upon valiant journeys and win the hearts of his people. Tired of being passed over for adventure, adoration and the throne, he’s settled for a life of wizard’s weed, hard booze and easy maidens. But when Fabious’ bride-to-be, Belladonna (Deschanel), gets kidnapped by the evil wizard Leezar (Theroux), the king gives his deadbeat son an ultimatum: Man up and help rescue her or get cut off. 

The Little Hours
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jeff Baena
Starring: Aubrey Plaza, Alison Brie, Dave Franco, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Fred Armisen
What's it about?
In the Middle Ages, a young servant (Franco) fleeing from his master takes refuge at a convent full of emotionally unstable nuns (played by Brie, Plaza and Kate Micucci). Introduced as a deaf mute man, he must fight to hold his cover as the nuns try to resist temptation.

The Company of Wolves
12:05AM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1984
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Sarah Patterson
What's it about?
Adapted by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With A Vampire) and author Angela Carter from stories in Carter's anthology The Bloody ChamberThe Company of Wolves gives a hallucinatory, Freudian charge to the Little Red Riding Hood story. In her dreams, a young girl finds herself in a fairy-tale world where her kindly old grandmother (Lansbury) presents her with a red cape and the advice to beware of men whose eyebrows meet. 

Calvary
2:05AM, SBS

MA15+
Ireland, UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) is a good-natured priest but finds himself being tormented by members of the local community. One day, when his life is threatened during a confession, the priest decides it's time to fight back against the dark forces around him. From John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of The Guard.

Calvary Review
Calvary - John Michael McDonagh Interview

SUNDAY 28 JULY

Black Sea
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
This thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the VoidLast King of Scotland) follows a captain (Jude Law), who puts together a misfit crew to search for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the depths of the Black Sea. But greed and desperation soon take hold onboard their claustrophobic vessel and the men start turning on each other, putting them as risk of never making it to the surface alive.

B.B. King: On the Road
8:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer
Starring: Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr
What's it about?
A reflection on the trials and tribulations, hilarity and rewarding moments of B.B. King's years of tenacious commitment to his audience, sometimes at great personal cost, but also his life's joy.

Catfish
9:35PM, SBS

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
What's it about?
In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. At once a documentary that plays like a thriller and a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. 

Catfish Review

The Ninth Floor
10:15PM, NITV 

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mina Shum
What's it about?
In her first feature-length documentary, director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal university.

The Hunt for Red October
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1990
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: English
Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Scott Glenn
What's it about?
A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it - because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller and directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard).