• From left: The Counselor, Wild, 28 Days Later..., Hell or High Water (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.
By
SBS Movies

12 Sep 2019 - 3:58 PM  UPDATED 12 Sep 2019 - 3:58 PM

For highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (digital channel 32) from the 16th to 22nd of September, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 16 - 22 September
Highlights on SBS World Movies (Digital Channel 32) this week include Oscar-nominated Belgian drama The Broken Circle Breakdown, the acclaimed Danish thriller The Guilty, Baz Lurhmann's 1996 Shakespeare revision Romeo + Juliet, an animated look at Iranian sex lives in Tehran Taboo, and more.

MONDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

I Am Ali
11:00AM, 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.

The Good Son
1:00PM, 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. 

TUESDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

I Want You
12:20AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Spain, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Fernando González Molina
Starring: Mario Casas, Clara Lago, María Valverde, Álvaro Cervantes
What's it about?
Sequel to Three Steps Above Heaven. Hache (Casas) spends a few years in London before he returns to Barcelona. He meets up with Babi (Valverde), and their mutual affection is still there. Hache decides to win back her heart before she marries another man.

WEDNESDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

Cheap Thrills
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: E.L. Katz
Starring: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner
What's it about?
At the centre of the twisted tale is Craig (Healy), a broke family man who's drowning his sorrows in a bar when he bumps into Vince (Embry), an old school buddy working as a low-rent debt collector. Enter cashed-up Colin (Koechner) and glamorous Violet (Paxton), a couple celebrating their anniversary by throwing money around and buying drinks for strangers. That's when the nightmarish fun starts. The duo invite their new best friends home and offer large sums of legal tender in return for certain 'tasks' performed. 

Cheap Thrills Review

The Fall
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Thurs 19 Sept)

M
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Gordon
What's it about?
Their rivalry and meet in the 3000m run was hyped by the media as the event to watch at the 1984 Olympics. 32 years after that race, the real story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd is finally told.

Mean Machine
10:05PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, USA, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, Italian
Director: Barry Skolnick
Starring: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown
What's it about?
Disgraced ex-England football captain, Danny 'Mean Machine' Meehan (Jones), is thrown in jail for assaulting two police officers. He keeps his head down and has the opportunity to forget everything and change the lives of the prisoners. When these prisoners have the chance to put one over the evil guards during a prison football match, Danny takes the lead.

Pop Aye
11:55PM, SBS

Singapore, Thailand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Thai
Director: Kirsten Tan
Starring: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Bong
What's it about?
On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect (Warakulnukroh) bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand in search of the farm where they grew up together with his family.

THURSDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

The Express
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 12:25PM, Fri 20 Sept)

PG
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Gary Fleder
Starring: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Darrin Henson, Charles S. Dutton, Chadwick Boseman
What's it about?
Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect changed the face of American sport.

FRIDAY 20 SEPTEMBER

Rampage
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Australia, 2006
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: George Gittoes
What's it about?
Following his film about music and war in Iraq, Soundtrack to War, director George Gittoes makes another journey into the forbidden zones: America’s war in Iraq, and life in a Miami hood. An exploration of hip hop’s musical innovations, as important as blues and jazz, all of which also began in the black ghettos and went on to evolve as major music styles.

Lord of the Flies
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 21 Sept)

PG
UK, 1963
Genre: Drama, Cult
Language: English
Director: Peter Brook
Starring: Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
What's it about?
As war in Europe is about to erupt, a group of well-heeled British schoolboys are flown from London to a safe haven in the South Pacific but are forced to fend for themselves after their plane crashes on a remote island and the pilot is killed. Based on Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's classic novel.

Lord of the Flies Review

The Miscreants of Taliwood
11:10PM, 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. 

28 Weeks Later
12:50AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2007
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Starring: Robert Carlyle, Jeremy Renner, Rose Byrne, Idris Elba, Imogen Poots
What's it about?
In this sequel to 28 Days Later from Spanish director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo (Intacto), refugees are returning to Britain six months after the rage virus annihilated the country. The US Army considers the situation to be under control but the calm is shattered once the virus manifests itself once again and the army calls Code Red.

In Bed with Victoria
12:05AM, SBS

M
France, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English, French
Director: Justine Triet
Starring: Virginie Efira, Vincent Lacoste, Melvil Poupaud
What's it about?
Victoria (Efira) is a thirty-something divorced lawyer who's struggling to raise her two daughters. She is canny and cynical but on the verge of an emotional breakdown, battling to survive in the wild and unpredictable worlds of the courtroom and the bedroom. Suffering from low sexual libido, Victoria’s life is thrown into even more chaos when she attends a friend’s wedding and reconnects with Vincent (Poupaud), an old friend, and Sam (Lacoste), an old client.

SATURDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

Bra Boys: Blood Is Thicker Than Water
12:00PM, SBS

M
Australia, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sunny Abberton, Macario De Souza
What's it about?
Chronicles the cultural evolution of the Sydney beach side suburb of Maroubra and the social struggle faced by its youth - the notorious surf gang known as the Bra Boys. Narrated by Russell Crowe. 

Wild
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann
What's it about?
Following a divorce, the death of her mother and years of destructive behaviour and drug addiction, Cheryl (Witherspoon, in an Oscar-nominated performance) decides to heal herself by hiking solo for than a thousand miles across the Pacific Crest Trail. Based on the memoir of Cheryl Strayed, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail.

The Counselor
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Motivated by greed and status, The Counsellor (Fassbender) starts working with infamous drug lord Reiner (Bardem) and middleman Westray (Pitt) as a way of paying for his wedding to girlfriend Laura (Cruz). Things soon spiral out of control however and the lawyer-turned-criminal soon finds himself in over his head.

The Counselor Review

Turn It Up
9:35PM, NITV (repeats 1:30AM)

MA15+
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Language: English
Director: Robert Adetuyi
Starring: Pras Michel, Ja Rule, Jason Statham, Chris Messina
What's it about?
Trying to bootstrap his way out of Brooklyn's mean streets is Diamond (Michel), a rap musician. With his long-time pal Gage acting as his manager, he's trying to lay down a demo tape with cut-rate studio time.

The Secret Scripture
10:40PM, SBS

M
Ireland, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Rooney Mara, Theo James, Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Bana, Jack Reynor
What's it about?
The hidden memoir of Rose (Redgrave), an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital, reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s (during which Rose is played by Rooney Mara).

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Lindsay Sloane
What's it about?
Eric (Sudeikis) is a thirty-something party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father's swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric's dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it's time for one last bash to go out with a proverbial bang - a good old-fashioned orgy.

In My Country
11:05PM, NITV

M
UK, Ireland, South Africa, 2004
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Afrikaans, English
Director: John Boorman
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson
What's it about?
Can the deep wounds of Apartheid be healed through reconciliation? Anna Malan and Langston Whitfield must both question their sense of identity, where they belong and their personal responsibility. From renowned director John Boorman (ExcaliburDeliverance).

28 Days Later...
12:30AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomi Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns
What's it about?
After a virus wipes out most of the planet, a handful of survivors try to save the human race from extinction. Jim (Murphy), a cycle courier, joins a group of virus stragglers, and together they must survive to save the world. From Danny Boyle, director of Trainspotting and Slumdog Millionaire.

Review: 28 Days Later is a top horror-thriller

The Thieves
12:45AM, SBS

MA15+
South Korea, 2012
Genre: Crime, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Dong-Hoon Choi
Starring: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-jae Lee, Hye-su Kim
What's it about?
In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye (Jung-Jae Lee) and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves.    

The Thieves Review

SUNDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods
1:00PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Language: French
Director: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier
Starring: Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch, Laurent Lafitte, Alain Chabat
What's it about?
Diminutive comic-book hero Asterix and his oversized pal Obelix attempt to protect their Gaulish village from Roman invasion, doing anything necessary to thwart Caesar's plans in this animated adventure. 

Hell or High Water
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Chris Pine, Ben Foster, Jeff Bridges, Gil Birmingham
What's it about?
After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Pine) and Tanner (Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. For them, the hold-ups are part of a last-ditch scheme to take back a future that was stolen from under them. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his partner Alberto (Birmingham). Nominated for 4 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Screenplay and Supporting Actor (Bridges).

Hell or High Water review: A haunting, humanist western

'Hell or High Water' was a high point of 2016.

Chi-Town
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Budabin
What's it about?
An underdog basketball player from Chicago goes on a meteoric rise to become one of the best college point guards in the nation. But while he pursues dreams of the NBA, his success contrasts with the effects of gun violence on his friends back home.

The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce
10:00PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Baron Davis
Featuring: Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Baron Davis
What's it about?
The incredible story of the unlikely rise of The Drew League from humble beginnings in the crime and gang infested streets of South Central Los Angeles to the nation's foremost pro-am basketball league. Crossing racial, cultural and socioeconomic barriers, The Drew celebrates the value of basketball, persistence, loyalty and above all, community.

Metro Manila
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, Philippines, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Filipino
Director: Sean Ellis
Starring: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega
What's it about?
Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez (Macapagal) and his family decide to move from the poverty-stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arriving in the big city, it isn't long before they fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. After landing a job as a driver for a truck company, he befriends Ong (Arcilla) who forces Oscar to help in a robbery of the company.

Weiner
3:20AM, SBS

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg
What's it about?
With unprecedented access to Anthony Weiner, his family, and his campaign team as they mount his New York City mayoral campaign, this film documents the impending political meltdown of epic proportions. What begins as an unexpected comeback from a disgraced ex-congressman takes a sharp turn once Weiner is forced to admit to new sexting allegations.

Weiner review: a sobering look at Anthony Weiner’s implosion
'Weiner' director Josh Kriegman on bearing witness to political disaster- and why Donald Trump is changing the game

'Weiner'