• From left: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Watership Down, I Am Ali, Young & Beautiful (SBS Movies)Source: 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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6 Sep 2019 - 1:39 PM  UPDATED 12 Sep 2019 - 10:42 AM

MONDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

The Ground We Won
1:05PM, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Christopher Pryor
What's it about?
With great bawdiness and backbone, a rugby team made up of farmers strive to redeem themselves from a long run of bitter loses. In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game becomes the focus of the men’s passions and the ground on which their worth is proved. A highly authentic, slice of life film about the challenges and joys of manhood, as seen through the rites and rituals of a rural New Zealand rugby club.

TUESDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

Three Steps Above Heaven
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Spain, 2010
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Fernando González Molina
Starring: María Valverde, Mario Casas, Álvaro Cervantes, Marina Salas
What's it about?
A troubled teen with violent tendencies begins to fall for a wealthy girl. With high hopes, secrets and love and violence lingering, their relationship may not survive. Based on the novel by Federico Moccia.

WEDNESDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

A Serious Game
10:40PM, SBS

M
Denmark, Norway, Sweden, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Pernilla August
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Karin Franz Körlof, Liv Mjönes, Michael Nyqvist
What's it about?
The story of a young couple, journalist Arvid Stjärnblom (Gudnason) and Lydia Stille (Körlof), who fall madly in love. They are both drawn to the dream of pure, great and untainted love. Yet, the dream demands greater sacrifice than they could ever imagine. A passionate and fiery love story about the choices we have, the ones we don't, the choices we make and the consequences that follow. 

THURSDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

Otelo Burning
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 12:25PM, Friday 13 September)

M
South Africa, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Zulu
Director: Sara Blecher
Starring: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi
What's it about?
When 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi (Mamabolo), his best friend, New Year (Gumede), and his 12 year old brother, Ntwe (Mohlomi), are invited to the beach-house of their new friend, Tau Modise (Xaba), they step into a world previously closed to them. It is exactly the opposite of their township: a place under a constant and growing threat from political violence, driven by Inkatha hostel dwellers on one side and township United Democratic Front comrades on the other. Soon, everyone recognizes that Otelo is gifted on the water, a god in waiting for his purpose.

FRIDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

Soundtrack to War
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2005
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: George Gittoes
What's it about?
George Gittoes (Snow Monkey) ventures into Iraq to discover first-hand how soldiers and civilians use music to deal with the realities of war.

Watership Down
7:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 1978
Genre: Animated
Language: English
Director: Martin Rosen
Starring (voice cast): John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson
What's it about?
The timeless animated classic based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Threatened with destruction of their warren, the rabbits are forced to leave their idyllic home in search of a new one. Features Art Garfunkel's hit song "Bright Eyes".

Young And Beautiful
12:25AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Marine Vacth, Charlotte Rampling, Nathalie Richard
What's it about?
Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In The House) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Vacht) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes, while Ozon slyly refrains from offering easy answers.

SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2011
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Gary Oldman, John Hurt, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch
What's it about?
George Smiley (Oldman, in an Oscar-winning performance), a recently retired MI6 agent, is doing his best to adjust to a life outside the secret service. However, when a disgraced agent reappears with information concerning a mole at the heart of the Circus, Smiley is drawn back into the murky field of espionage. Tasked with investigating which of his trusted former colleagues has chosen to betray him and their country, Smiley narrows his search to four suspects – all experienced, urbane, successful agents – but past histories, rivalries and friendships make it far from easy to pinpoint the man who is eating away at the heart of the British establishment.

Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Tomas Alfredson interview
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy: Review

Narc
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Jason Patric, Ray Liotta, Chi McBride, Busta Rhymes, Dan Leis
What's it about?
Suspended undercover narcotics officer Nick Tellis (Patric) is reluctantly drawn back into the force to find out the truth behind the murder of a young Detroit police officer killed in the line of duty. Nick is teamed with the slain officer’s partner Henry Oak (Liotta), who will stop at nothing to avenge his death. But as the case unravels, the dark underbelly of the world of narcotics reveals itself in surprising and devastating ways.  

Samson and Delilah
9:35PM, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson
What's it about?
Samson (McNamara) and Delilah's (Gibson) 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

Big Game
10:55PM, SBS

M
Finland, Germany, UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: Finnish, English
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman
What's it about?
Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, leaving the President of the United States (Jackson) stranded in the wilderness. 13-year old Oskari is also in that wilderness, on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk by tracking down a deer, but instead discovers the President in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their prize, the unlikely duo team up to escape their hunters.

Drunktown's Finest
11:20PM, NITV

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sydney Freeland
Starring: Jeremiah Bitsui, Carmen Moore, MorningStar Angeline 
What's it about?
On a desolate Navajo reservation in New Mexico, three young people – a college-bound, devout Christian; a rebellious and angry father-to-be; and a trans woman who dreams of being a model - search for love and acceptance.

SUNDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

The Connection
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Belgium, France, 2014
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Cédric Jimenez
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Céline Sallette, Mélanie Doutey, Benoit Magimel
What's it about?
Pierre (Dujardin), a relentlessly dedicated magistrate, is reassigned to Marseille in 1975 where the port city is ruled not by law, but by the terrifying mafia boss, Gaetan Zampa (Lellouche). Soon Pierre realises that to make a difference he will need to change his methods. Based on a true story, film tells the little known saga of how a ruthless international drug syndicate came undone. 

I Am Ali
8:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Clare Lewins
Featuring: Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Mike Tyson, Tom Jones
What's it about?
Hero, Traitor, Scoundrel, Zealot, Philosopher, Rabble-rouser, Prophet - Muhammad Ali was all these things. Above all, he was the most remarkable and charismatic sports figure the world has ever seen. This documentary offers unprecedented access to Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

Backtrack Boys
8:35PM, SBS

M
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Scott 
What's it about?
A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course towards jail, until they meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural town in Australia. On the road, the boys find their voice, make great friendships, and the dogs become national champions. But as the boys sleep under the stars at night, the trauma is never too far away.

The Good Son
10:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2013
Genre: Documentary 
Language: English, Korean
Director: Jesse James Miller
Featuring: Mickey Rourke, Ray Mancini, Ed O'Neill
What's it about?
This documentary is based on the book of the same name and deals with the death of Duk Koo Kim who was killed in a fight against Ray Boom Boom Mancini in 1982 in Las Vegas. Ray travels to meet Duks’ son and widow in a very moving scene. 

Accident
10:55PM, 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.