• From left: Phoenix, Gattaca, The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith, The End of the Tour (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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1 Nov 2019 - 2:41 PM  UPDATED 1 Nov 2019 - 2:41 PM

MONDAY 4 NOVEMBER

Check It
12:00PM, 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. 

Who Killed the Electric Car?
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2006
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, French, Hungarian
Director: Chris Paine
What's it about?
In 1996, electric cars began to appear on roads all over California. They were quiet and fast, produced no exhaust, and ran without gasoline. Ten years later, these cars were destroyed. This documentary investigates the birth and death of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in the future.

TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Special Forces
12:35AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Thriller, Action, War
Language: English, German
Director: Stéphane Rybojad
Starring: Diane Kruger, Djimon Hounsou, Benoît Magimel 
What's it about?
When war correspondent Elsa Casanova (Kruger) is taken hostage in Afghanistan by the Taliban and is faced with her imminent execution, a Special Forces unit is dispatched to free her. A relentless pursuit begins between her kidnappers who have no intention of letting their prey escape them, and a group of soldiers who risk their lives in her pursuit. 

WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER

I Origins
8:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Cahill
Starring: Brit Marling, Steven Yeun, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Archie Panjabi, Michael Pitt
What's it about?
A molecular biologist, Ian Gray (Pitt), meets a beautiful woman (Bergès-Frisbey) at a party and falls deeply in love. Meanwhile, Gray and his lab partners (Marling, Yeun) uncover shocking evidence while researching human eyes that could change how we see the world and cause society to question everything they thought they knew about both science and spirituality.

The eyes have it: Michael Pitt debunks creationism in I Origins
I Origins: Review (4 stars)

Backtrack Boys
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Thu 7 Nov)

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.

Red Dawn
10:35PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: English
Director: John Milius
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson
What's it about?
On a peaceful morning, through the windows of a high school classroom, students see paratroopers land on the varsity football field: the invasion of the United States has begun. As their town is overrun by foreign nationals, eight teenagers escape to the mountains. Taking the name of their high school football team, the Wolverines, they wage unremitting guerrilla warfare in defense of their parents, their friends and their country. From John Milius, writer of Apocalypse Now.

When I Saw You
12:10AM, SBS 

M
Palestine, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, English
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Starring: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri, Anas Algaralleh
What's it about?
Jordan, 1967: displaced to a refugee camp after the occupation of their West Bank village, an eleven-year old boy and his mother enact the emancipating dream that every refugee has imagined countless times, in writer-director Annemarie Jacir's passionate and moving follow-up to her prize-winning debut Salt of This Sea.

Wuthering Heights
12:35AM, 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).

THURSDAY 7 NOVEMBER

Manganinnie
9:40PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Fri 8 Nov)

PG
Australia, 1980
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Honey
Starring: Mawuyul Yanthalawuy, Anna Ralph, Phillip Hinton
What's it about?
Through lyrical images, Manganinnie journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna (Ralph), a white girl, in search of Manganinnie's (Yanthalawuy) vanished tribe. The poignancy of this film derives from the Aboriginal woman's gradual realization that her people and the tribal way of life are forever gone. It is the story of the Black Drive of 1830, the near-genocide of the Tasmanian Aborigines.

FRIDAY 8 NOVEMBER

The Loving Story
4:05PM, SBS

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Nancy Buirski
What's it about?
The marriage of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (who was white) was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. They refused to leave one another and, with the help of the ACLU, relentlessly pursued their right to happiness. Their case made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court where, in 1967, it struck down laws against interracial marriage in this country once and for all. Their story was also the basis for the 2016 film Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (in an Oscar-nominated performance.)

Monkey King: Hero Is Back
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 9 Nov)

PG
China, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Tian Xiao Peng
Starring: Lei Zhang, Zijie Lin, Wenlun Wu, Jackie Chan
What's it about?
The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King saves the village from the evil monsters.

The Cove
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Louie Psihoyos
What's it about?
In the 1960's, Richard O'Barry was the world’s leading authority on dolphin training, working on the set of the popular television program Flipper. Day in and day out, O'Barry kept the dolphins working and television audiences smiling. But one day, that all came to a tragic end.

The Cove: Review (4.5 stars)

Phoenix
12:15AM, SBS

M
Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German, English
Director: Christian Petzold
Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf 
What's it about?
Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly (Hoss) returns to her hometown, Berlin. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores her friend’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny (Zehrfeld) – the love of her life who is convinced that his wife is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down, he recognises nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife. From Christian Petzold, director of Barbara and Phoenix.

Phoenix: Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss interview

SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER

Gattaca
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law
What's it about?
In the 21st century, genetic engineering makes possible the creation of biologically superior human specimens ("valids"), who then grow to positions of power and prestige. Would-be astronaut Vincent (Hawke) born the old-fashioned way, can only hope for a janitorial position at the elite Gattaca Corporation – until he buys the blood, urine, and identity of a perfect but paralysed athlete. But a murder in the company's ranks attracts the attention of a detective (law) who threatens to sniff Vincent out.  

David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz review Gattaca: Review (The Movie Show, Episode 36, 1997)

Churchill
8:35PM, SBS

PG
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham
What's it about?
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill (Cox). Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment.

Dark Age
8:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:10AM)

MA15+
Australia, 1987
Genre: Horror, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Arch Nicholson
Starring: Burnham Burnham, David Gulpilil, John Jarratt, Nikki Coghill, Max Phipps
What's it about?
A pair of rangers (Burnham & Gulpilil) help Steve (John Jarratt) search for a giant killer crocodile. Their mission? To try and safely relocate the sacred croc to a wildlife sanctuary before a bunch of bloodthirsty redneck poachers find it first.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith
10:10PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1978
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Tommy Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Angela Punch McGregor, Jack Thompson
What's it about?
Jimmie Blacksmith (Lewis) is taken in by a white Minister (Thompson) and his wife, and raised to 'assimilate' into polite white society. He takes a white wife (McGregor) and earns a living on local farms. However, he cannot escape prejudice and oppression, and after a series of setbacks, Jimmie erupts with extreme violence.

Imperium
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Daniel Ragussis
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Toni Collette, Tracy Letts, Sam Trammell
What's it about?
Idealistic FBI agent Nate Foster (Radcliffe) goes undercover to take down a radical white supremacy terrorist group. The up-and-coming analyst must confront the challenge of sticking to a new identity while maintaining his real principles as he navigates the dangerous underworld of white supremacy.

What We Did on Our Holiday
10:35PM, SBS

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Starring: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly
What's it about?
Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike) take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

The Broken Circle Breakdown
12:20AM, SBS

MA15+
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Broken Circle Breakdown review: A wildly emotional rollercoaster ride (4 stars)

Milocrorze: A Love Story
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Yoshimasa Ishibashi
Starring: Takayuki Yamada, Anna Ishibashi, Sayaka Fukita
What's it about?
Three separate stories are interspersed with a series of irreverent sketches based on the anxieties of young men in love: Ovreneli Vreneligare’s young world is rocked by a mysterious woman; Kumagai Besson is an unorthodox youth counselor who offers idiosyncratic advice to young men about romance; and Tamon is a one-eyed ronin who falls in love with a florist and is drawn into a quest to recover her when she is kidnapped.

My Brother the Devil
2:25AM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally El Hosaini
Starring: James Krishna Floyd, Elarica Johnson, Fady Elsayed
What's it about?
Set on the streets of Hackney, teenage Mo (Elsayed) idolises his older brother, Rashid (Floyd), but his adulation is misplaced. The handsome Rashid is a gang member and drug dealer, but he loves his little bro' and is determined that the guileless Mo should stay on the straight and narrow. One summer, as gang violence heats up, Mo witnesses an incident that rips into the brotherly bond and sets him on a dangerous path.

My Brother the Devil: Review (4 stars)

SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER

The Work
8:25PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
What's it about?
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, this acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

The End of the Tour
8:45PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: James Ponsoldt
Starring: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Ron Livingston, Joan Cusack
What's it about?
Based on the true story of when Rolling Stone reporter David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) joined acclaimed novelist David Foster Wallace (Jason Segal) on his book tour for a five-day tour. As the two men share laughs and reveal hidden frailties, they are forever bonded in this fascinating and ultimately heartbreaking story.

Dreamcatcher
10:00PM, NITV

M
USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Longinotto
What's it about?
Longinotto's documentary is about Brenda Myers-Powell, who fights against sexual exploitation and supports sex workers in Chicago. Brenda knows what she is talking about: her own story, involving teenage prostitution and a life of violence and abuse, is in stark contrast to her dauntless energy and optimism. Winner of the Directing Award in the World Cinema - Documentary section at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Team Spirit
10:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2016
Genre: Thriller
Language: French
Director: Christophe Barratier
Starring: Arthur Dupont, François-Xavier Demaison, Sabrina Ouazani
What's it about?
2008. The world economy is hit by the worst crisis since 1929. Jérôme Kerviel (Dupont), a young trader, is allegedly responsible for the first and most extravagant in a series of scandals that will shake the financial markets worldwide. Hired as a simple clerk at the same bank, 8 years earlier, no one could have predicted that the 31-year-old Kerviel would go so far as to gamble – supposedly alone, and in secret - 50 billion euros. 

Whiplash
12:50AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist
What's it about?
Andrew Neiman (Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (Simmons, in an Oscar-winning performance), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing his life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and sanity. Nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Whiplash treats music school like a warzone (interview)