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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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26 Sep 2019 - 12:23 PM  UPDATED 2 Oct 2019 - 11:11 AM

For highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (digital channel 32) from the 30th September to 6th October, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 30 September - 6 October
The week's film highlights on SBS World Movies include Academy award winners Babel and Departures, the acclaimed 2014 dark comedy Calvary, Bollywood hit Bajirao Mastani, the latest and most spectacular of the Detective Dee series, and more...

MONDAY 30 SEPTEMBER

After Mabo
1:30PM, NITV

G
Australia, 1998
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Hughes
What's it about?
Filmed over a ten-month period throughout Australia, this probing documentary examines the political controversy surrounding Native Title and the Australian Federal Governments proposed amendments to the Native Title Act, 1993. It follows the Indigenous representatives in their attempt to fight the amendments in the media, in the bush, and in the halls of Parliament House, Canberra.

Hoop Dreams
9:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 1994
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steve James
What's it about?
Follows two young African-American men through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually playing in the NBA. Regularly cited as one of the greatest documentary films ever made, and selected by renowned American film critic Roger Ebert as the best film of the 1990s.

Hoop Dreams - Review

TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER

Rainbow
12:00PM, NITV

PG
UK, 1996
Genre: Fantasy, Family
Language: English, Russian
Director: Bob Hoskins
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Willy Lavendel, Jacob Tierney, Jonathan Schuman, Dan Aykroyd
What's it about?
When a rainbow appears after a stormy school day, four kids and a dog embark on the adventure of a lifetime -- the search for the rainbow's end. With the aid of computers and an irrepressible belief, they achieve the impossible, finding and riding the multicolored arc.

Housebound
12:30AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gerard Johnstone
Starring: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru
What's it about?
When wayward teen Kylie Bucknell (O'Reilly) is sent under house arrest to live in the home she grew up in, she encounters something even more terrifying than her superstitious blabbermouth mother Miriam (Te Wiata).

WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER

A Waltz Through the Hills
11:55AM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Frank Arnold
Starring: Dan O'Herlihy, Ernie Dingo, Andre Jansen
What's it about?
When Sammy Dean and her older brother Andy are suddenly orphaned, they fear that they will be separated and placed in foster homes. So they set off along on foot, hoping to reach a ship that will take them to England and their only surviving relatives. The two young runaways must make their dangerous journey through some of the world’s harshest terrain-the wilds of the Australian outback.

Shaun of the Dead
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2004
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Edgar Wright
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Dylan Moran, Rob Brydon
What's it about?
Follows the adventures of underachiever Shaun (Pegg) and his best mate Ed (Frost) as they cope with a zombie invasion of North London. Together they attempt to rescue Shaun’s girlfriend Liz (Ashfield) and his Mum, Barbara (Wilton). A cult comedy classic from director Edgar Wright, who would collaborate again with Pegg and Frost on 2007's Hot Fuzz and 2013's The World's End.

Shaun of the Dead Review

Reel Injun
9:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes
What's it about?
A feature-documentary that takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Featuring interviews with film industry luminaries such as Sacheen Littlefeather, Zacharias Kunuk, Clint Eastwood, Adam Beach, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Russell Means, Wes Studi, and scholars Angela Aleiss and Melinda Micco.

The Hunger
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 1983
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tony Scott
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon
What's it about?
Centuries-old Egyptian vampire Miriam (Deneuve) and her centuries-old lover, John (Bowie), feed on urban nightclubbers. But, while Miriam can bestow a very long life on her lovers, she cannot grant them her immortality. When John starts to rapidly age, Miriam seduces Sarah (Sarandon), a doctor researching premature aging. From Tony Scott, director of Top Gun and Crimson Tide.

Secret Ingredient
11:50PM, SBS

MA15+
Macedonia, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Macedonia
Director: Gjorče Stavreski
Starring: Blagoj Veselinov, Anastas Tanovski, Aksel Mehmet, Aleksandar Mikić
What's it about?
Vele (Veselinov) can’t afford to buy the expensive medications for his father who has cancer. Desperate, he steals marijuana from some criminals, makes a cake with it and gives it to his father, hoping it will reduce his pain. His father’s health miraculously improves, but Vele is suddenly confronted by neighbors who demand the recipe for the “remedial” cake and by the criminals who want their drugs back.

Norwegian Wood
12:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Japanese
Director: Anh Hung Tran
Starring: Rinko Kikuchi, Ken'ichi Matsuyama, Kiko Mizuhara, Kengo Kôra
What's it about?
Toru Watanabe (Matsuyama) is a quiet and serious young man in 1960s Tokyo, whose personal life is in tumult, having lost his best friend Kizuki (Kôra) after he inexplicably committed suicide. Seeking an escape, Toru enters a university in Tokyo. By chance, during a walk in a park, he meets Kizuki's ex-girlfriend Naoko (Kikuchi), and they grow close. Naoko continues to be devastated by the loss of Kizuki and spirals into a deep spiral of depression. Based on the novel by revered author Haruki Murakami, and directed by Tran Ahn Hung (CycloThe Scent of Green Papaya).

Norwegian Wood Review

THURSDAY 3 OCTOBER

Thunderstruck
12:25PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Whitesell
Starring: Kevin Durant, Taylor Gray, James Belushi, Brandon T. Jackson
What's it about?
Brian (Gray) is a 16 year-old who can't play basketball, but he still wants to play like his hero, Kevin Durant. At an Oklahoma City Thunder game, Brian gets chosen to shoot a half court shot which he misses and hits the mascot in the process. Later on, he gets a chance to meet Durant and expresses his desire to play just like him. When Kevin gives Brian the ball, the two unknowingly switch talents.

Beasts of the Southern Wild
9:20PM, NITV

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
What's it about?
Hushpuppy (Wallis), an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink (Henry), in 'the Bathtub," a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. When Wink contracts a mysterious illness, nature flies out of whack— temperatures rise, and the ice caps melt, unleashing an army of prehistoric creatures called aurochs. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Beasts of the Southern Wild review: A Hurricane Katrina fantasy tale, set on the other side of the levees

FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER

Frog Dreaming
12:25PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1986
Genre: Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Henry Thomas, Tony Barry, Rachel Friend
What's it about?
American boy Cody (Thomas) lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza (Barry). Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes across some strange events happening in Devil's Knob national park associated with an aboriginal myth about "frog dreamings", and decides to investigate. This Aussie family classic was initially released under the titles The Quest and The Go Kids in the US and UK, respectively.

Why You Should Watch: Frog Dreaming

Battle for Terra
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 5 Oct)

PG
USA, 2007
Genre: Science Fiction, Animation, Action
Language: English
Director: Aristomenis Tsirbas
Starring (voices of): Danny Glover, Brian Cox, James Garner, Evan Rachel Wood, Chris Evans
What's it about?
A peaceful alien planet faces annihilation, as the homeless remainder of the human race sets its eyes on Terra. Mala, a rebellious Terrian teenager, will do everything she can to stop it.

Planet B-Boy
9:55PM, NITV (repeats 11:20AM, Sat 5 Oct)

M
France, USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Benson Lee
What's it about?
This documentary rediscovers one of the most incredible dance phenomena the world has ever seen. Originally known as "B-boying", breakdancing was an urban dance form that originated from the streets of New York City during the birth of hip-hop in the seventies. Three decades later, B-boying is back in full force and has evolved into an art form, reaching a level never seen before. 

Yvonne's Perfume
12:00AM, SBS 

MA15+
France, 1994
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Patrice Leconte
Starring: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Hippolyte Girardot, Sandra Extercatte
What's it about?
In the early 1950s, on the shores of a lake wedged between France and Switzerland, a handful of characters, seemingly suspended in time by the holiday atmosphere, meet, clash, fall into friendship and love. From Patrice Leconte, acclaimed director of Monsieur Hire and The Girl On The Bridge.

Kiss of the Damned
1:00AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance, Horror
Language: English
Director: Xan Cassavetes
Starring: Josephine de La Baume, Roxane Mesquida, Milo Ventimiglia
What's it about?
Two beautiful vampire sisters live separately in a huge summer house in Connecticut. One of them, Djuna (de La Baume), tries to resist the advances of the handsome screenwriter Paolo (Ventimiglia), who wants to join her in eternity, but she eventually gives in to their passion. When her trouble-making sister (Mesquida) unexpectedly barges in their lives, her maleficent presence starts to destroy their love.

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
7:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
UK, 1975
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin
What's it about?
From the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python, comes the story of King Arthur and his knights who embark on a low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles, including obnoxious French soldiers, a Three-Headed Giant and the dreaded Knights who say Ni.

The Death of Stalin
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, History
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Adrian McLoughlin
What's it about?
When tyrannical dictator Josef Stalin (McLoughlin) dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweebish Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Buscemi) and Lavrenti Beria (Beale), the sadistic secret police chief. From Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, In the Loop and Veep.

Interview: Michael Palin & Armando Iannucci (from 29:00)

Tracker
8:35PM, NITV

M
UK, New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Ian Sharp
Starring: Ray Winstone, Temuera Morrison, Nicholas McGough, Gareth Reeves
What's it about?
An Afrikaner veteran (Winstone) immigrates to NZ and is hired to track a man (Morrison) accused of killing a soldier. While hunting through the countryside he captures his fugitive, only to learn that he's innocent.

Monty Python's Life of Brian
9:10PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1979
Genre: Comedy
Language: English, Latin
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Brian Cohen (Chapman) is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.

Jay-Z: Made in America
10:20PM, 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

The Other Son
10:30PM, SBS

M
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Lorraine Lévy
Starring: Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbé, Jules Sitruk
What's it about?
While preparing to carry out his military service for the Israeli army, Joseph (Sitruk) discovers that he was switched at birth with Yacine (Dehbi) who has been raised by Joseph’s real parents- who are Palestinian. The revelation causes turmoil in both families and forces them to examine their identities, values and beliefs. 

The Other Son review: An identity tale told with true passion

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1983
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Monty Python's hilarious final film returns to the group's original sketch comedy roots with side-splitting, irreverent vignettes on the stages and trials of life. Oscar-nominee Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones direct all your Monty Python favourites: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and Oscar-nominee John Cleese.

SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER

A LEGO Brickumentary
5:55PM, SBS VICELAND

G
USA, Denmark, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge
What's it about?
A journey through the Lego universe, like you have never seen before. This documentary delves into the extraordinary impact of the Lego brick and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up all over the world. The film takes us to art galleries full of Lego creations, introduces us to Master Builders making movies, into the world of Lego therapy, and brings us along to meet Adult Fans of Lego, each with amazing stories to tell. 

After the Last River
8:25PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Victoria Lean
What's it about?
In the shadow of of a De Beers diamond mine, a remote indigenous community lurches from crisis to crisis, as their homeland transforms into a modern frontier. Rosie Koostachin delivers donations to families who live in uninsulated sheds, overgrown with toxic mold. She is determined to raise awareness, believing that if only Canadians knew, her hometown's dire situation would improve. Over five years, filmmaker Victoria Lean follows Attawapiskat's journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight.

Friday the 13th
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1980
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Starring: Betsy Palmer, Kevin Bacon, Adrienne King, Harry Crosby
What's it about?
In this film that helped define the modern horror genre - and more specifically, the 'slasher' subgenre - camp counselors are stalked and murdered by an unknown assailant while trying to reopen a summer camp that was the site of a child's drowning.

'Friday The 13th' and the history of the slasher film

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four
9:55PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Paula Sacchetta
Starring: Deborah Esquenazi
What's it about?
In 1994, four women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls—as one newscaster puts it, “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borne of homophobic prejudice and a late-’90s mania about covens, cults, and child abuse.

Eight Legged Freaks
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Ellory Elkayem
Starring:  David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra, Kari Wuhrer, Scarlett Johansson
What's it about?
The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of trucks. It's up to mining engineer Chris McCormack (Arquette) and Sheriff Sam Parker (Wuhrer) to mobilise the townspeople into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged creatures.

Eight Legged Freaks Review

Wuthering Heights
12:05AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2011
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Andrea Arnold
Starring: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Solomon Glave
What's it about?
A poor boy of unknown origins (Glave) is rescued from poverty and taken in by the Earnshaw family where he develops an intense relationship with his young foster sister, Cathy (Scodelario). Theirs is a passionate tale of elemental love that creates a storm of vengeance. From acclaimed director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, American Honey).

Wuthering Heights Review