• From left: Army of Darkness, Head On, Barb Wire, River's Edge, Vacant Possession (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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25 Oct 2019 - 3:48 PM  UPDATED 25 Oct 2019 - 3:48 PM

MONDAY 28 OCTOBER

Utopia
12:00PM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM, Wed 30 Oct)

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Pilger
What's it about?
This controversial documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker John Pilger draws on his long association with Indigenous Australians; an investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present, setting out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not. 

Why You Should Watch: Utopia

Inside Job
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Charles Ferguson
What's it about?
Narrated by Matt Damon, Inside Job is the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia.

Inside Job review: Astonishing account of financial meltdown yields great returns.

TUESDAY 29 OCTOBER

River's Edge
12:35AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Tim Hunter
Starring: Dennis Hopper, Crispin Glover, Keanu Reeves, Daniel Roebuck, Ione Skye
What's it about?
A group of high school friends discover that they are in the presence of a killer. One of them, Samson (Roebuck), has murdered his girlfriend Jamie. He brags to his friends about killing her, and when they discover he is telling the truth, their reactions vary.

WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER

Priest
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Scott Charles Stewart
Starring: Paul Bettany, Lily Collins, Karl Urban, Maggie Q, Christopher Plummer, Cam Gigandet
What's it about?
A warrior priest (Bettany) sets out to save his niece (Collins) from a pack of murderous vampires. To do so, he must set aside his sacred vows and embark on a quest, joined by his niece's boyfriend (Gigandet), a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff (Urban), and a former Warrior Priestess (Q) who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.  

Call Girl
12:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Sweden, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Language: Swedish
Director: Mikael Marcimain 
Starring: Sofia Karemyr, Simon J. Berger, Josefin Asplund
What's it about?
Stockholm, late 70's. The model utopian society. But under the polished surface, desires are eager to be fulfilled. Within a stone's throw of government buildings and juvenile homes lies a world of sex clubs and strip shows. A young girl (Karemyr) is recruited from the bottom rung of society, into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.

Call Girl Review: One of the biggest political scandals ever witnessed in the Sweden

The Swan
12:25AM, SBS

M
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Icelandic
Director: Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir
Starring: Grima Valsdóttir, Thor Kristjansson, Þuríður Blær Jóhannsdóttir
What's it about?
When young Sól (Valsdóttir) is sent to live with her distant countryside relatives for a summer, she becomes entangled in a dramatic rite of passage with a mysterious farmhand, Jón (Kristjansson), and the farmer’s daughter, Ásta (Jóhannsdóttir).

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER

The Descent: Part 2
9:20PM, NITV

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jon Harris
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Michael J. Reynolds, Jessika Williams
What's it about?
Distraught, confused, and half-wild with fear, Sarah Carter (MacDonald) emerges alone from the Appalachian cave system where she encountered unspeakable terrors. Unable to plausibly explain to the authorities what happened - or why she's covered in her friends' blood - Sarah is forced back to the subterranean depths to help locate her five missing companions.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Tirola
Starring: Judd Apatow, Kevin Bacon, Chevy Chase, John Belushi, Richard Belzer
What's it about?
Explores the hidden and forgotten secrets of the iconic National Lampoon. Starting in the '70s, the ground-breaking humour magazine pushed the limits of taste and acceptability, parodying everything from politics, religion, entertainment and the American lifestyle. The print publication even branched out into successful radio shows, record albums, live stage revenues and iconic movies, including Animal House and the Vacation films, also launching the careers of legends like John Belushi, Bill Murray and Chevy Chase.

FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER

Felix
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 2 Nov)

PG
South Africa, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, Xhosa
Director: Roberta Durrant
Starring: Hlayani Junior Mabasa, Linda Sokhulu, Thapelo Mofokeng
What's it about?
13-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil's music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for grade eight at an elite private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father's old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Blackfish
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
What's it about?
Blackfish, orca, killer whale - for decades these awesome beasts have been captured, transferred to sea parks, and trained to perform for our entertainment. In 2010, a five-tonne male named Tilikum killed one of his trainers at Florida's SeaWorld. It was not a singular event, though there are no recorded cases of orcas injuring humans in the wild. This documentary follows Tilikum's tragic story and that of his fellow captives. 

Blackfish review: Orca abuse exposed once and for all

The Untamed
12:15AM, SBS

MA15+
Mexico, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Horror
Language: Spanish
Director: Amat Escalante
Starring: Kenny Johnston, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Ruth Ramos, Eden Villavicencio
What's it about?
A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction. Winner of the Silver Lion (second prize) at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Cowboys & Aliens
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Sci-Fi, Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Sam Rockwell, Paul Dano
What's it about?
In 1873, a stranger with no memory of his past (Craig) stumbles into the harsh desert town of Absolution run by Colonel Dolarhyde (Ford). When Absolution is attacked by marauders from the sky, and its residents begin to suffer, the lonely gunman remembers who is and where he's been. From Jon Favreau, director of Iron Man, Elf and Chef.

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

M
Australia, 1995
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Margot Nash
Starring: Pamela Rabe, John Stanton, Toni Scanlan
What's it about?
Following the death of her mother Tessa (Rabe), a young woman, returns after many years to the weather-beaten family home on the shores of Sydney's Botany Bay. But the old family home begins to bring old wounds more and more to life. The story unfolds through flashbacks yet as it progresses the flashbacks merge into the present as it becomes apparent that the situation Tessa has returned to is very much the result of that which passed before.

David and Margaret review Vacant Possession (The Movie Show, Episode 11, 1996)

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk
9:40PM, SBS

MA15+
China, UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin
What's it about?
Based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel, the film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. From Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

Beneath Clouds
10:15PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Ivan Sen
Starring: Dannielle Hall, Damian Pitt, Jenna Lee Connors
What's it about?
Lena (Hall) has an absent Irish father she longs to see and an Aboriginal mother she finds disgusting. When she breaks away, she meets up with petty crim Vaughn (Pitt) who’s just escaped from low security prison to reluctantly visit his dying mother. An uneasy relationship begins to form as they hit the road heading to Sydney, taking them on a journey that’s as emotional as it is physical, as revealing as it is desperate. From Ivan Sen, director of Mystery Road and Goldstone.

Beneath Clouds: A superb Australian film

Army of Darkness
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
What's it about?
Ash (Campbell), a hapless housewares clerk, is time-warped back to the Dark Ages by the demonic power of the Necronomicon. Now armed with only a '73 Oldsmobile, his trusty chainsaw and a 12-gauge double-barreled S-Mart shotgun, our knuckleheaded hero must battle vicious she-bitches, a diabolical Evil Ash and the relentless hordes of the medieval dead. The third and most broadly comic instalment in director Sam Raimi's cult-classic horror-comedy Evil Dead trilogy.

Jappeloup
11:40PM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Christian Duguay
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Daniel Auteuil, Marina Hands, Tcheky Karyo
What's it about?
A true sports story that utterly defies the odds, Duguay’s film captures the wild ups and downs of the Olympics-bound career of legendary equine star Jappeloup and his troubled rider (Canet), locked in a tense relationship with his horseman father (Auteuil) and forever uncertain of his own skills as an equestrian.

Head On
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 1998
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Greek
Director: Ana Kokkinos
Starring: Alex Dimitriades, Paul Capsis, Elena Mandalis, Damien Fotiou
What's it about?
In this brilliant but confronting film, Ari (Dimitriades) is caught between his Greekness, his Australianness, his gayness and his city of Melbourne. Ari jams all his energy and defiance, pain and joy into one high velocity night of dancing, sex and drugs. Nominated for 9 Australian Film Institute awards, and winner of one (Best Editing).

Head On review: Shocking, confronting and dazzling (The Movie Show, Episode 24, 1998)

LBJ
2:00AM, SBS

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rob Reiner
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bill Pullman, Richard Jenkins, Jeffrey Donovan
What's it about?
After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. That all changes on Nov. 22, 1963, when Kennedy is assassinated and Johnson is suddenly thrust into the presidency.

SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER

Backtrack Boys
8:25PM, NITV

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.

A Perfect Day
8:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Serbian, English, Spanish, French, Bosnian
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry
What's it about?
Somewhere in the Balkans, 1995. A team of aid workers must solve an apparently simple problem in an almost completely pacified territory that has been devastated by a cruel war, but some of the local inhabitants, the retreating combatants, the UN forces, many cows and an absurd bureaucracy will not cease to put obstacles in their way.

Check It
10:10PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dana Flor, Toby Oppenheimer
What's it about?
Fed up with being pushed around, a group of gay and trans teens of colour form a gang and fight back on the brutal streets of Washington D.C. They call their gang ‘Check it’ and this group of one-time victims of bullying, rape and abuse have turned the tables on anyone trying to hurt them. The group formed to provide its members safety in numbers and let people know that if they jump a queer kid in D.C., they may get beaten into a coma. 

Barb Wire
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1996
Genre: Science Fiction, Comedy
Language: English
Director: David Hogan
Starring: Pamela Anderson, Temuera Morrison, Udo Kier, Steve Railsback, Xander Berkeley
What's it about?
A sexy nightclub owner, Barb Wire (Anderson) moonlights as a mercenary in Steel Harbor, one of the last free zones in the now fascist United States. When scientist Cora Devonshire wanders into Barb's establishment, she gets roped into a top-secret government plot involving biological weapons. Soon Barb is reunited with her old flame Axel Hood, who is now Cora's husband and a guerrilla fighter, resulting in plenty of tense action.

Margaret Pomeranz reviews Barb Wire (The Movie Show Episode 24 1996)

Norwegian Wood
12:25AM, 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: A deeply personal, romantic adaptation