• From left: The Godfather, Barbara, Raging Bull, Suffragette (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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29 Nov 2019 - 12:40 PM  UPDATED 29 Nov 2019 - 12:40 PM

MONDAY 2 DECEMBER

Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark
11:55AM, NITV (repeats Wed 4 Dec, 9:30pm)

G
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer
Featuring: Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Ralph Carmichael, Harry Belafonte
What's it about?
At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in The US, with a weekly primetime show acknowledging his unique natural talent. Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story is told of the man whose charm and genius for performance made him a role model and a pinnacle of American cultural society.

Mavis!
1:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jessica Edwards
Starring: Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Bob Dylan, Chuck D
What's it about?
Documents soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers who through music helped to propel the civil rights movement. From the early hits ‘I’ll Take You There’, to her collaborations with Prince and recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots and continues to inspire with her message of equality and love. Featuring live performances, rare archival footage and conversations with artists including Bob Dylan and Prince. 

TUESDAY 3 DECEMBER

Where To Invade Next
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Moore
Featuring: Michael Moore
What's it about?
Academy Award-winning director Michael Moore returns with another provocative, subversive and hilarious documentary. Here, Moore plays the role of the 'invader', visiting a host of nations including Italy, France, Germany and Tunisia to commandeer policies and ideas that will improve prospects in America. What he finds is that the solutions to America's most entrenched problems already exist in the world - they're just waiting to be captured.

Michael Moore on 'Where to Invade Next' censorship row: 'I will make no cuts'

WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER

Don Verdean
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jared Hess
Starring: Sam Rockwell, Jemaine Clement, Amy Ryan, Danny McBride, Will Forte
What's it about?
Hired by a local church to find religious relics to boost church attendance, Don (Rockwell) ventures to the Holy Land in search of the skull of Goliath. When Don’s efforts to find the skull prove unsuccessful, he devises a clever forgery to fool the faithful masses. But one big lie begets another, and Don’s hoax quickly spirals out of control. A satirical comedy from the creators of Napoleon Dynamite and Nacho Libre.

Piranha 3D
11:10PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2010
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Elisabeth Shue, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Christopher Lloyd, Adam Scott
What's it about?
Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers; a new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the areas new razor-toothed residents.

Piranha 3D Review

Giraffada
12:05AM, SBS

M
France, Germany, Italy, Palestine, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, English, Hebrew, Italian
Director: Rani Massalha
Starring: Mohamad Bakri, Saleh Bakri, Ahmad Bayatra, Roschdy Zem
What's it about?
Yacine is the veterinarian of the only zoo remaining in the Palestinian West Bank. He lives alone with his 10-year old son, Ziad. The kid has a special bond with the two giraffes in the zoo. He seems to be the only one to communicate with them. After an air raid in the region the male giraffe dies. His mate, Rita, won’t survive unless the veterinarian finds her a new companion, and the only zoo that might provide this animal is located in Tel Aviv.

THURSDAY 5 DECEMBER

CB4
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Fri 6 Dec, 12:00PM)

M
USA, 1993
Genre: Music, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, Ice-T, Halle Berry, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav, Shaquille O'Neal
What's it about?
After many failed attempts to establish themselves as rappers, Albert, Euripedes and Otis get their big break when nightclub owner Gusto is arrested. This hilarious mockumentary is often described as the This Is Spinal Tap of rap music.

FRIDAY 6 DECEMBER

Barbara
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Christian Petzold
Starring: Nina Hoss. Ronald Zehrfeld, Rainer Bock
What's it about?
Directed by Christian Petzold (Phoenix, Transit), Barbara stars Nina Hoss as a talented young doctor in 1980s Germany, who has applied for an exit visa from the GDR and, as punishment, has been transferred from her prestigious post in Berlin to a small paediatric hospital in the country. Despite being constantly aware of the shadowy presence of Stasi officers chronicling her every move, she arrives at her new post having already planned a series of secret meetings with her lover (Waschke), with whom she plans to escape to Denmark.

Barbara: Christian Petzold interview
Why You Should Watch: Barbara

Tia and Piujuq
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 7th Dec)

PG
Canada, 2018
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English, Arabic, Inuktitut
Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk
Starring: Tia Bshara, Nuvvija Tulugarjuk, Eiman Aljaber, Ghaiss Gharibet
What's it about?
Tia (Bshara), a 10 year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl (Tulugarjuk) with whom she immerses herself in a world of Inuit myth and magic.

Once Were Warriors
9:10PM, NITV (repeats 12:30AM)

MA15+
New Zealand, 1994
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Cliff Curtis
What's it about?
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedevilled by a violent father (Morrison) and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. This 1994 drama opened the eyes of audiences world-wide to the reality of life for a small section of New Zealand, broke domestic box office records, and was followed by the 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.

Once Were Warriors review: An absolutely devastating film

Suffragette
11:00PM, SBS

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw
What's it about?
A working wife and mother's (Mulligan) life is forever changed when she joins the UK's growing suffragette movement. She becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women's civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation.

Suffragette review: A steely punch to the gut

SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER

The Godfather
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 1972
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan
What's it about?
Don Vito Corleone (Brando) is a man trying to protect his children Michael (Pacino), Sonny (Caan), and Fredo (Cazale) from the horrors of the family 'business', while Michael attempts to care for his new wife Kay (Keaton).

How ‘The Godfather’ changed cinema forever

The Family Fang
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Jason Bateman
Starring: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken
What's it about?
Annie (Kidman) and Baxter (Bateman), the adult children of the controversial husband and wife conceptual performance art couple famous for their quirky macabre public performances, have never got over the fact that their parents kept using them during their childhood in their often gory and disturbing satirical public performances. They often clash with their now elderly parents over this and blame them for their problems in their adult life. However, the two become worried when they're told by the police that their parents have gone missing during their trip outside of town.

The Vicious Kind
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, J.K. Simmons, Alex Frost
What's it about?
Caleb (Scott) reluctantly picks up his brother Peter at college and brings him and his new girlfriend Emma (Snow) home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Caleb, who recently broke up with his long-time girlfriend is very wary of relationships, and warns Peter (Frost) that Emma will hurt him. Caleb can’t stop himself from becoming infatuated with her; as his feelings grow, he must decide whether to act on his feelings or protect his brother’s first love.

Bedevil
10:30PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1993
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tracey Moffatt
Starring: Lex Marinos, Tracey Moffatt, Riccardo Natoli 
What's it about?
BeDevil is a trilogy of ghost stories that follows characters pestered by visions - real, remembered and imagined. These contemporary tales travel from the sparseness of the outback, through the murky, rotting swamps of the islands, to the Brisbane docks in a stylish vision from writer/director and celebrated visual artist Tracey Moffatt.

BeDevil review: A strange, exciting film

Harry Brown
11:50PM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Daniel Barber
Starring: Michael Caine, Ben Drew, Jack O'Connell, Emily Mortimer
What's it about?
Harry Brown is an elderly ex-marine living in a dingy English housing estate apartment. The escalating crime and violence has made him so frightened that he won’t even use the underpass near his home. Shortly after his wife dies, Harry's best friend is murdered, prompting Harry to seek revenge on the criminal lowlifes who have made his life hell. 

Why You Should Watch: Harry Brown

Norwegian Wood
12:15AM, 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

Macbeth
1:50AM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Justin Kurzel
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Michael Fassbender, Paddy Considine
What's it about?
Justin Kurzel's (Snowtown) adaptation of the Shakespeare play, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2015.

Macbeth review: Fassbender and Cotillard in a fearsomely visceral rendition

SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER

Raging Bull
8:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1980
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Cathy Moriarty, Frank Vincent
What's it about?
Loosely based on the life and career of boxer Jake LaMotta, Raging Bull focuses on Jake's rage and violence that makes him virtually unstoppable in the ring. The same anger also drives Jake to beat his wife and his brother Joey, and sends Jake down a self-destructive spiral of paranoia and rage. 

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
10:15PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Tony Bennett, Robbie Robertson
What's it about?
Tells the story of a profound, essential and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo and more, this documentary unravels the Indigenous influence and talented Native musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

My Brother the Devil
11:10PM, SBS VICELAND

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)

Babycall
1:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Norway, Germany, Sweden, 2011
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Language: Swedish, Polish
Director: Pål Sletaune
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Kristoffer Joner, Vetle Qvenild Werring, Maria Bock
What's it about?
After escaping an abusive husband, Anna (Rapace) and her 8 year old son move to a secret location in a giant apartment building. Terrified that her ex-husband will find them she buys a baby monitor to keep in her son's room at all times. But strange noises echo in the baby monitor from elsewhere in the building. Reliving the nightmare she recently escaped, Anna will need to figure out what's real and what isn't before she loses her sanity and her child.