• From left: Near Dark, Blue Velvet, Call Me By Your Name, Stoker (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

11 Oct 2019 - 11:06 AM  UPDATED 11 Oct 2019 - 11:23 AM

For highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (digital channel 32) from the 14th to 20th of October, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 14 - 20 October
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) include Aussie animated favourite Mary & Max, US housing crisis thriller 99 Homes, Javier Bardem's Oscar-winning performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu's Biutiful, Tunisian horror film Dachra and more.

MONDAY 14 OCTOBER

Angry Inuk
11:20AM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM, Wed 16 Oct & 11:00AM, Thurs 17 Oct)

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril
What's it about?
With selfies and social media, a new tech-savvy generation of Inuit is wading into the world of activism, using humour and reason to confront aggressive animal rights vitriol and defend their traditional hunting practices. Director Alethea Arnaquq-Baril joins her fellow Inuit activists as they challenge outdated perceptions of Inuit and present themselves to the world as a modern people in dire need of a sustainable economy.

Finding Fela!
12:50PM, NITV

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Featuring: Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti
What's it about?
Tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. From prolific documentarian Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of BeliefEnron: The Smartest Guys In The Room).

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
What's it about?
In 2001, the world's sixth largest corporation filed for bankruptcy, resulting in huge job losses and the scandal of a large number of citizens losing their life savings. Responsibility for this turn of events was wide ranging, though it centered around the company's chief operators. Directed by Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, Finding Fela) and narrated by Peter Coyote.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room Review

TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER

Magic Magic
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Chile, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Sebastian Silva
Starring: Michael Cera, Juno Temple, Emily Browning, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Agustín Silva
What's it about?
When Alicia (Temple) flies from California to Chile in order to spend time with her cousin Sarah (Browning), she finds herself taken on an island holiday with Sarah's friends. Unable to speak the language, Alicia grows anxious at her unfamiliar surroundings and when Sarah has to leave, Alicia's social isolation and insomnia take hold, leading to increasingly erratic behaviour. 

Magic Magic: Juno Temple interview
Magic magic Review

WEDNESDAY 16 OCTOBER

Near Dark
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Adrian Pasdar, Jenny Wright, Lance Henriksen, Bill Paxton
What's it about?
A mid-western farm boy (Pasdar) reluctantly becomes a member of the undead when a girl (Wright) he meets turns out to be part of a band of southern vampires (including Hendriksen and Paxton) who roam the highways in stolen cars. From Kathryn Bigelow, director of Point Break and The Hurt Locker.

The Movie Show reviews Near Dark. The Movie Show Episode 18, 1988

Lace Hendriksen, Jenny Wright and Bill Paxton in 1987's 'Near Dark'

The Serpent and the Rainbow
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Bill Pullman, Cathy Tyson, Zakes Mokae, Paul Winfield, Brent Jennings
What's it about?
A Harvard anthropologist is sent to Haiti to retrieve a strange powder that is said to have the power to bring human beings back from the dead. In his quest to find the miracle drug, the cynical scientist enters the rarely seen netherworld of walking zombies, blood rites and ancient curses. Based on the true life experiences of Wade Davis and filmed on location in Haiti, and directed by Wes Craven (A Nightmare On Elm Street, Scream).

The Movie Show interview with The Serpent and the Rainbow director Wes Craven. The Movie Show Episode 25, 1988

The Marriage
11:50PM, SBS

M
Albania, Kosovo, 2017
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Albanian
Director: Blerta Zeqiri
Starring: Alban Ukaj, Adriana Matoshi, Genc Salihu, Vjosa Abazi
What's it about?
Their wedding in only two weeks, and Anita (Matoshi) and Bekim (Ukaj) are adding the final touches to their big day. Despite expecting news of Anita’s parents, declared missing since the 1999 Kosovar War, and with Bekim’s controlling family in turn, the couple seem to manage somehow with the preparations. But when Bekim’s secret gay ex-lover, Nol (Salihu), returns from abroad unexpectedly, the situation becomes complicated, especially when Bekim realises that Nol is still in love with him.

Blue Velvet
12:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Laura Dern
What's it about?
A college student (MacLachlan) stumbles across a bizarre mystery after discovering a severed ear and wants to know more, perhaps too much more. The strange world he's found lurking beneath his hometown's picture-postcard veneer is about to become much stranger. Controversial upon its initial release, this film remains one of Lynch's signature works, and earned him a Best Director nomination at the 1987 Academy Awards.

THURSDAY 17 OCTOBER

Deep Web
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: German, English
Director: Alex Winter
Featuring: Keanu Reeves, Ross Ulbricht, Andy Greenberg, Nicolas Christin
What's it about?
The inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century: the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the convicted 30-year-old entrepreneur accused to be 'Dread Pirate Roberts', creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. This documentary explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology. 

Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods
1:35PM, 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. 

Black Sheep
9:20PM, NITV

MA15+
New Zealand, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Jonathan King
Starring: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis
What's it about?
Suffering sheep-phobia after his father's death plunge trying to save a sheep, Henry (Meister) returns to his family's farm to sell out to his older brother, who is experimenting with genetic engineering on the sheep with a group of scientists. When a couple of animal activists inadvertently release a mutant lamb into the farm, it spreads a nasty bug which turns all the sheep into bloodthirsty predators.

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER

After Mabo
10:50AM, 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 Government's 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.

First Girl I Loved
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Kerem Sanga
Starring: Dylan Gelula, Brianna Hildebrand, Mateo Arias, Pamela Adlon, Tim Heidecker
What's it about?
Seventeen-year-old Anne (Gelula) just fell in love with Sasha (Hildebrand), the most popular girl at her L.A. public high school. But when Anne tells her best friend, Clifton (Ariad) – who has always harbored a secret crush on her – he does his best to get in the way.

Princess Ka'iulani
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 19 Oct)

PG
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marc Forby
Starring: Q'Orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Shaun Evans
What's it about?
A biopic of Princess Ka'iulani (The New World's Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American businessmen. After being sent to England as a child by her Scottish father, Ka'iulani returns to Hawaii and becomes a political activist who fights to retain her throne, even though she must leave her English paramour.

A Blast
11:50PM, SBS

M
Greece, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, German, Greek
Director: Syllas Tzoumerkas
Starring: Angeliki Papoulia, Vassilis Doganis, Maria Filini
What's it about?
Running away on the highway, Maria (Dogtooth and The Lobster's Angeliki Papoulia) is alone in her roaring SUV. Behind her, fire and a case full of money. In front of her, the hopeless vastness of the motorway. Only a day before she was a caring mother, a loving wife, a responsible daughter. Today she has gone rogue.

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER

Call Me By Your Name
8:30PM, SBS

M
Italy, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
Elio Perlman (Chalamet) is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father (Stuhlbarg) hires a handsome doctoral student (Hammer), the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man.

Luca Guadagnino talks 'Call Me By Your Name'
Timothée Chalamet reveals the secrets of 'Call Me By Your Name'
Call Me By Your Name review: Story of first love is a cinematic swoon

Stoker
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver
What's it about?
Following the death of her father, India Stoker (Wasikowska) meets her charismatic uncle (Goode), whom she never knew existed. When he moves in to comfort India and her mother, the two find that the newest member of their family might actually be their worst nightmare. The first English language film from cult South Korean director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, The Handmaiden).

Stoker: Park Chan-wook and Mia Wasikowska interview

Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
8:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco
What's it about?
In this Spike Lee re-imagining of Bill Gunn's 1973 cult classic Ganja & Hess, Dr. Hess Green (Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.

The Voices
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Horror
Language: English
Director: Marjane Satrapi
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Anna Kendrick, Jacki Weaver, Gemma Arterton
What's it about?
Jerry Hickfang (Reynolds) has just taken a job at a bathtub factory, and has immediately fallen hard for one of the girls in accounting (Kendrick). But things get weird when Jerry goes home and mentions this to his pets, the formidable Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, and they verbally respond. From director Marjane Satrapi (the 2008 Oscar-nominated Persepolis).

A Haunted House 2
10:40PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Michael Tiddes
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer, Missi Pyle
What's it about?
The sequel to the 2013 hit parody movie. Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm (Wayans) is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

The ABCs of Death
12:15AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Horror
Language: French, German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, English
Directors: Various
Starring: Ingrid Bolsø Berdal
What's it about?
Inspired by children's educational ABC books, this anthology is comprised of 26 individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors – including Ben Wheatley (Kill List), Adam Wingard (The Guest) and Nacho Vigalondo (Colossal) – were then given free reign in choosing a word to create a story involving death.

In Between
1:55AM, SBS

MA15+
France, Israel, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Director: Maysaloun Hamoud
Starring: Mouna Hawa, Shaden Kanboura, Sana Jammalieh, Mahmoud Shalaby
What's it about?
Laila (Hawa) is a chain-smoking, leather-jacketed lawyer who can drink and snort the boys under the table. She lives with Salma (Jammalieh), an aspiring DJ whose strict Christian parents don’t know she’s gay. When strait-laced and studious Nour (Kanboura) arrives from Umm al-Fahm in northern Israel, the ultra-conservative Muslim lifestyle she leads is out of step with that of her new flatmates. 

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER

Raising Bertie
8:25PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Margaret Byrne
What's it about?
Raising Bertie follows three young African American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these boys, this powerful vérité documentary offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity, and race.

Pet Sematary
8:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
US, 1989
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: English
Director: Mary Lambert
Starring: Dale Midkiff, Fred Gwynne, Denise Crosby, Brad Greenquist
What's it about?
Dr. Louis Creed's (Midkiff) family moves into the country house of their dreams and discover a pet cemetery at the back of their property. The cursed burial ground deep in the woods brings the dead back to life - with "minor" problems. At first, only the family's cat makes the return trip, but an accident forces a heartbroken father to contemplate the unthinkable. Based on the novel by Stephen King.

Pet Sematary (1989)

Copwatch
10:05PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Camilla Hall
What's it about?
The true story of We Copwatch, an organization whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular people take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and hold law enforcement to accountability.

Land of the Dead
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2005
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: George A. Romero
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Simon Pegg, Asia Argento, John Leguizamo, Simon Baker
What's it about?
A new society has been built by a handful of ruthless opportunists, who live in the towers of a skyscraper, high above the existence on the streets below. But outside the city walls, an army of the dead is evolving. Inside, anarchy is on the rise. With the very survival of the city at stake, a group of hardened mercenaries is called into action to protect the living from an army of the dead. The fourth in George A. Romero's legendary zombie series, following 1968's Night of the Living Dead, 1978's Dawn of the Dead and 1985's Day of the Dead.

Land of the Dead is the best Romero zombie film yet

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Us
12:20AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Sweden, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Mani Maserrat Agah
Starring: Gustaf Skarsgård, Anna Åström, Rebecca Ferguson
What's it about?
Ida (Åström) and Krister (Skarsgård) are schoolteachers who fall madly in love, move in together and begin a life full of optimism and happiness. They start to absorb each other, delving into a sexual dependency that becomes more and more intense. And then, bit by bit, everything begins to break down; happiness turns to sadness, passion becomes aggression, and sex turns into a hurtful tool for expressing emotions. In the end, the only way out is an act of complete and utter humiliation.