• A double feature of Conan the Barbarian & Conan the Destroyer (pictured) airs Wednesday 21st August on SBS Viceland from 8:30pm (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

16 Aug 2019 - 1:55 PM  UPDATED 16 Aug 2019 - 1:56 PM

For highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (digital channel 32) from the 19th to 25th of August, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 19 – 25 August
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include Martin Scorsese's Kundun, Lea Seydoux and Vincent Cassel in the 2014 French update of Beauty and the Beast, our Modern Masters season continuing with Paolo Sorrentino (The Great Beauty, The Young Pope) directing Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel in 2015's Youth and more.

MONDAY 19 AUGUST

My Survival as an Aboriginal
11:00AM, NITV

M
Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

Jay-Z: Made in America
12:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Featuring: Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, Rita Ora, Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Skrillex
What's it about?
A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival, created by rap superstar Jay-Z.

Ron Howard and Jay-Z

TUESDAY 20 AUGUST

Accident
12:35AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: Cantonese
Director: Soi Cheang
Starring: Louis Koo, Richie Jen, Stanley Sui-Fan Fung
What's it about?
"The Brain" is renowned for being a hitman who can pull off a murder by making it look like an accident. During one of his highly organised accidents, a bus loses control and nearly kills him. Convinced that his near-death experience was actually an orchestrated attempt to kill him, he begins to investigate his clients to find the would-be culprit.

WEDNESDAY 21 AUGUST

Fire Song
1:00PM, 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.

Conan the Barbarian
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1982
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: English
Director: John Milius
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Mako, Max Von Sydow
What's it about?
Conan (Schwarzenegger) is captured as a child after his parents' savage murder by raiding Vanir led by Thulsa Doom (Jones), head also of the snake-cult of Set. Fifteen years of agony, first chained to the Wheel Of Pain grinding grain and then enslaved as a pit fighter, forge a magnificent body and indomitable spirit. Freed miraculously one day by his owner, Conan, with his companions Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria the Queen of Thieves (Sandahl Bergman), sets forth upon his quest to learn 'the riddle of steel' which, his father has prophesied, will confer ultimate power.

Biggie and Tupac
9:30PM, NITV (repeast 12:00PM, Thurs 22 Aug)

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Conan the Destroyer
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Language: English
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Tracey Walter
What's it about?
This fast-paced sequel to Conan the Barbarian features the hero (Schwarzenegger) as he is commissioned by the evil queen Taramis (Douglas) to safely escort a teen princess (D'Abo) and her powerful bodyguard (Wilt Chamberlain) to a far away castle to retrieve the magic Horn of Dagon. Unknown to Conan, the queen plans to sacrifice the princess when she returns and inherit her kingdom after the bodyguard kills Conan.

A double feature of Conan the Barbarian & Conan the Destroyer (pictured) airs Wednesday 21st August on SBS Viceland from 8:30pm

A Family Submerged
11:50PM, SBS

M
Argentina, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: María Alché
Starring: Mercedes Morán, Marcelo Subiotto, Esteban Bigliardi, Laila Maltz
What's it about?
Marcela’s (Moran) world becomes strange and unfamiliar after her sister Rina dies. She feels lost in her own house, and her relationship with her husband and children seems to suffer. But when Nacho (Bigliardi), a young friend of her daughter’s, unexpectedly drops by, she starts to talk and walk with him. Gradually Marcela begins to have conversations with relatives from another dimension.

FRIDAY 23 AUGUST

Ningla A-Na
12:25PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1972
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alessandro Cavadini
What's it about?
Made in 1972, this documentary records the events surrounding the establishment of the Aboriginal tent embassy on the lawns of Parliament House. A rare addition to the study of Australian History, this is the only film to focus on the tent embassy and is an historic document, integral to comprehension of the Aboriginal political struggle. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 24 Aug)

PG
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyThor Ragnarok), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious

Double Lover
11:00PM, SBS

MA15+
Belgium, France, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Marine Vacth, Jeremie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer
What's it about?
Chloé (Vacht), a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul (Renier). A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. From director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women), this film played in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Francois Ozon's erotic thriller Double Lover leaves SBS On Demand on August 31st

Skinford
1:15AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Nik Kacevski
Starring: Joshua Brennan, Charlotte Best, Goran D. Kleut
What's it about?
An experienced flipper, Jimmy 'Skinny' Skinford (Brennan) is kidnapped, held at gunpoint, and forced to dig his own grave. His fortune turns when a push of his dead man's shovel unearths the opportunity of a lifetime: a woman (Best), buried but still breathing, who just can't seem to die. 

SATURDAY 24 AUGUST

Almost Famous
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Billy Crudup
What's it about?
Chronicles the funny and poignant coming of age of rock'n'roll-obsessed, 15-year-old William (Fugit) in 1973. When his love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone to interview up-and-coming band Stillwater fronted by guitarist Russell Hammond (Crudup) and singer Jeff Bebe (Lee), William embarks on an eye-opening journey on tour with the band, over the objections of his protective mother (McDormand). With the help of the lovely 'band-aid' Penny Lane (Hudson), William finds himself being drawn into the band's inner circle.

The Pianist
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
France, Poland, UK, 2002
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Language: English, German, Russian
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Maureen Lipman, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay
What's it about?
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Winner of the Palme D'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor (Brody) at the 2003 Academy Awards.

The Pianist Review

Colors
8:30PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1988
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Dennis Hopper
Starring: Sean Penn, Robert Duvall, María Conchita Alonso, Don Cheadle, Damon Wayans
What's it about?
Bob Hodges (Duvall) is a seasoned street cop who has learned a lot from long experience while his new, young partner, Danny McGavin (Penn), has learned nothing - yet knows it all. Forced to work together in the L.A.P.D.'s renowned C.R.A.S.H. anti-gang unit, they set out to investigate a brutal gang murder. Hated and hunted by both sides, the cops soon find themselves trapped in the middle of a turf war. 

Backroads
10:30PM, 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.

SUNDAY 25 AUGUST

Andre the Giant
8:30PM, SBS

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.

Get Rich or Die Tryin'
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: 50 Cent, Joy Bryant, Bill Duke, Viola Davis, Terrence Howard
What's it about?
Directed by Jim Sheridan (My Left Foot, In the Name of the Father), the film tells a fictionalised version of rapper 50 Cent's own troubled life story, starring 50 Cent as himself. Marcus is a quiet young man who adores his loving mother (Serena Reeder). But after she is brutally murdered in an apparent drug deal gone wrong, Marcus heads down the wrong road himself. He abandons high school to sell drugs for local kingpin Levar (Bill Duke) and his underling, Majestic. 

Mama Africa
8:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Featuring: Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Nelson Mandela
What's it about?
Mama Africa is the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. From director Mika Kaurismäki (brother of legendary Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.)