• From left: Crimson Peak, Queen of the Damned, The Ice Storm, Bram Stoker's Dracula (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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17 Oct 2019 - 11:59 AM  UPDATED 23 Oct 2019 - 7:01 PM

For highlights on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) from the 21st to 27th of October:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 21 - 27 October
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) include modern horror classic Let the Right One In, multiple Cate Blanchetts in Manifesto, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston as hip vampires in Jim Jarmusch's Only Lovers Left Alive, Bryan Cranston as legendary Hollywood screenwriter-turned-pariah Dalton Trumbo, and more...

MONDAY 21 OCTOBER

Raising Bertie
11:40AM, NITV (repeats 9:30pm, Wed 23 Oct & 12:00pm, Thurs 24 Oct)

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.

Copwatch
1:20PM, 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.

Capitalism: A Love Story
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
What's it about?
Examines the impact of corporate dominance on the everyday lives of Americans. Moore asks the question: What is the price that America pays for its love of capitalism? He finds that families pay the price with their jobs, their homes and their savings. Michael goes into the homes of ordinary people whose lives have been turned upside down; and he goes looking for explanations in Washington and elsewhere. What he finds are the all-too-familiar symptoms of a love affair gone astray: lies, abuse, betrayal - and 14,000 jobs being lost every day.

Capitalism: A Love Story Review

WEDNESDAY 23 OCTOBER

Queen Of The Damned
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau 
What's it about?
After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat (Townsend) awakens only to find that the world has changed, and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star, only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha (Aaliyah), and she wants him to become her king. A co-production between the US and Australia (and directed by Angel Baby's Michael Rymer) that was released posthumously after Aaliyah's tragic death, and dedicated to her memory. 

Dawn of the Dead
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2004
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Sarah Polley, Mekhi Phifer, Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Ty Burrell
What's it about?
During a plague of flesh-hungry zombies, a group of survivors takes refuge in a suburban shopping mall where they must work as a team to fight off the threat. A remake of the 1978 George A. Romero classic of the same name from 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder.

Fanny's Journey
11:50PM, SBS

M
Belgium, France, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Lola Doillon
Starring: Léonie Souchaud, Fantine Harduin, Juliane Lepoureau, Cecile de France
What's it about?
Fanny (Souchaud) is a Jewish girl in a French orphanage in 1943. When she and her friends are no longer safe from the Nazis, they try to flee to Switzerland. After their guide disappears, Fanny has to take the lead and help the other kids make it over the mountains.

THURSDAY 24 OCTOBER

The Descent
9:20PM

MA15+
UK, 2005
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Neil Marshall
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
What's it about?
On an annual extreme outdoor adventure six women meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock fall blocks their exit and there's no way out. The women push on praying for another exit but there is something else lurking under the earth.

FRIDAY 25 OCTOBER

Takeover
10:55AM, NITV

M
Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

Mee-Shee: The Water Giant
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 26 Oct)

PG
UK, Germany, 2005
Genre: Family, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Henderson
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Joel Tobeck, Rena Owen
What's it about?
A New York City oil company troubleshooter is brought to a remote B.C. lake to look for some lost machinery. Cancelling a trip to Disney World with his son, he decides to bring the boy along. They both end up experiencing more excitement than Mickey could ever conjure in Orlando, when they meet up with bad guys and a legendary creature.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bill Siegel
What's it about?
Examines the life of boxer Muhammad Ali outside the ring, beginning with the announcement of his deeply held and controversial Islamic religious beliefs and the decision to change his 'white man's name' of Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. Ali refused to serve in the Vietnam War - even after his status as a conscientious objector was denied - on the grounds of protesting racial injustice at home. This documentary explores what made him such a controversial, charismatic and influential figure, not only in the sporting arena, but in world history generally.

Marfa Girl
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Larry Clark
Starring: Adam Mediano, Drake Burnette, Jeremy St. James
What's it about?
In Marfa, Texas, the clash between the whites and the Mexican Americans intensifies when an eccentric community of artists moves in. The border patrol is a smothering presence for the citizens. From controversial director Larry Clark (Kids, Bully, Ken Park).

SATURDAY 26 OCTOBER

The Ice Storm
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes
What's it about?
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives are steadily becoming more and more beyond their control. From director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain), and based on the acclaimed 1994 novel by Rick Moody.

David and Margaret review The Ice Storm (The Movie Show, 1997)

Crimson Peak
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Romance, Horror
Language: English
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston
What's it about?
This gothic horror story directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) stars Mia Wasikowska as an aspiring author who, following a family tragedy, tries to escape the ghosts of her past and finds herself swept away by a mysterious outsider to a house filled with secrets.

Guillermo del Toro on monsters, 'Crimson Peak' and being a fanboy (interview)

Primal
8:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Josh Reed
Starring: Zoe Gameau, Krew Boylan, Lindsay Farris
What's it about?
A group of friends travel to the bush to view ancient cave paintings but soon find a horrible sickness gripping one of their own, which leaves them with nothing in their mind but a primal blood lust. Their only hope of survival is through a cave, where one of them learns too late the meaning of the paintings they came to study.

LUV
10:05PM, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Sheldon Candis
Starring: Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Danny Glover, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good
What's it about?
With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, young Woody Watson (Rainey Jr.) lives with his grandmother (McKee) in suburban Baltimore and longs for his family to be reunited. His charismatic Uncle Vincent (Common) has recently returned home after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by opening a high-end crab shack that will establish him as a solid citizen with a legitimate future. Nominated for the Grand Jury Dramatic Award at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Chaotic Ana
10:35PM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2007
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Language: Spanish, Arabic, French
Director: Julio Medem
Starring: Manuela Vellés, Nicolas Cazalé, Charlotte Rampling
What's it about?
Ana (Vellés), an artist, leaves her hippie life of Ibiza for Madrid and eventually arrives in New York. As her journey progresses she is confronted with memories and images of young women meeting violent deaths throughout history. From Julio Medem, director of Sex & Lucia and Room in Rome.

Housebound
10:40PM, 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). "By turns creepy, silly, inventive, darkly funny and, at one point, mind-blowingly bloody." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times.

Calvary
12:45AM, SBS

MA15+
Ireland, UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) is a good-natured priest but finds himself being tormented by members of the local community. One day, when his life is threatened during a confession, the priest decides it's time to fight back against the dark forces around him. From John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of The Guard.

Calvary Review: Caustic and sharply written
Calvary: John Michael McDonagh Interview

Deep Web
2:40AM, SBS

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. 

SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER

The Frighteners
8:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
New Zealand, USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Peter Jackson
Starring: Michael J. Fox, Peter Dobson, Trini Alvarado
What's it about?
After a car accident in which his wife is killed, Frank (Fox) develops psychic abilities that allow him to see and talk to ghosts. Putting these skills to use, he befriends a few ghosts and gets them to haunt local houses so that he can perform a exorcism for a fee. After he discovers another ghost resembling the Grim Reaper, Frank tries to help the people for whom death is after. The last feature film Peter Jackson made before directing the Lord of the Rings trilogy.

The Movie Show (Margaret & David) reviews The Frighteners (Episode 06, 1997)

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
10:25PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ros Horin
Featuring: Aminata Conteh-Biger, Yordanos Haile-Michael, Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, Yarrie Bangura
What's it about?
Four African Australian women (former refugees), all victims of sexual abuse and violence, take on the risky and difficult challenge of creating and performing their stories in a professional Theatre production. The film charts their journeys over a 5-year period from tentative and painful beginnings in exploratory workshops through to the eventual triumph of their theatre show against all the odds.

From suffering to joy: The healing might of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Bram Stoker's Dracula
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Horror, Romance
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, Keanu Reeves, Richard E. Grant, Sadie Frost, Cary Elwes, Tom Waits, Monica Bellucci
What's it about?
When Dracula (Oldman) leaves the captive Jonathan Harker (Reeves) and Transylvania for London in search of Mina Harker (Ryder) -- the spitting image of Dracula's long-dead wife, Elisabeta (also Ryder) -- obsessed vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing (Hopkins) sets out to end the madness. From Francis Ford Coppola, director of the Godfather trilogy and Apocalypse Now.

The Movie Show (Margaret & David) reviews Dracula (Episode 44, 1992)

Kiss of the Damned
1:05AM, 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.