• From left: Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Something Wild, Coal Miner's Daughter, The Godfather Part II (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

5 Dec 2019 - 3:33 PM  UPDATED 5 Dec 2019 - 4:22 PM

MONDAY 9 DECEMBER

Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock 'n' Roll
12:00PM, NITV (repeats: Wed 11 Dec, 9:35PM)

M
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer 
What's it about?
In this highly anticipated feature length documentary, the absolute instigator of rock 'n' roll, Chuck Berry, is truly revealed, with unprecedented exclusive access. Featuring Steven Van Zandt, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Nile Rodgers, Johnnie Johnson, Marshall Chess, Gene Simmons, Johnny Rivers, Alice Cooper, Gary Clark Jr., Nils Lofgren, Joe Perry, Steve Jones and more.

Bruce Springsteen with Chuck Berry in 'Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock 'n' Roll'

My Survival as an Aboriginal
1:45PM, NITV

M
Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER

Capitalism: A Love Story
8:30PM, 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 11 DECEMBER

Krampus
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: German, English
Director: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, David Koechner
What's it about?
When a dysfunctional family comes together to celebrate the holidays, they unwittingly trigger the rage of Krampus - an ancient demon of European folklore. Krampus and his evil underlings torment naughty people at Christmas time, turning the joyous holiday season into a nightmare of terror. Twisted doppelgangers of beloved holiday icons emerge to prey on the unsuspecting family, forcing them to fight for their survival.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
11:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1978
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum
What's it about?
When filmy spores fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extraterrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for the earth: slowly the invaders are cloning human bodies and disposing of the originals. Matthew Bennell (Sutherland) and his friends must escape lest they suffer the same fate. 

3000 Nights
11:55PM, SBS

M
Palestine, France, Jordan, Lebanon, 2015

Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, Hebrew
Director: Mai Masri
Starring: Maisa Abd Elhadi, Rakeen Saad, Karim Saleh, Alicia Sánchez
What's it about?
A young Palestinian schoolteacher (Elhadi) gives birth to her son in an Israeli prison where she fights to protect him, survive and maintain hope.

THURSDAY 12 DECEMBER

Coal Miner's Daughter
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Fri 13 Dec, 11:40AM)

PG
USA, 1980
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Beverly D'Angelo
What's it about?
Loretta Webb (Spacek, in an Oscar-winning performance), a poor coal miner's talented daughter, gets married at the age of 15 to Doolittle Lynn (Jones). Her supportive husband recognises her musical talent and encourages her to become a musician.

Seventeen
12:40AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Austria, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Monja Art
Starring: Elisabeth Wabitsch, Anaelle Dézsy, Leo Plankensteiner, Alexander Wychodil
What's it about?
Lower Austria, just before the summer holiday. Boarding school student Paula (Wabitsch) is secretly in love with her girlfriend Charlotte (Dézsy) - but she's going out with Michael (Plankensteiner). Meanwhile Tim (Wychodil) is making a play for Paula. Paula must decide if she wants to follow her own feelings or yield to other people's.

FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER

Selkie
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 14 Dec)

PG
Australia, 2000
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Donald Crombie
Starring: Chelsea Bruland, Shimon Moore
What's it about?
An Australian teenager (Moore) is devastated when he learns that his mother (Bruland) has landed a job on a remote island off the mainland and that he must go with her. Upon settling in to his new surroundings he discovers that he is actually a magical creature that is part human and part seal. Before long he embraces his new way of life as a Selkie.

John & Yoko: Above Us Only Sky
8:40PM, SBS

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Epstein
Starring: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Julian Lennon, Elliot Mintz, David Bailey
What's it about?
This documentary tells the untold story of John Lennon's iconic Imagine album. It's also a story about Yoko meeting John and East meeting West. This is about two artistic minds connecting and inspiring each other both personally and professionally, ultimately co-authoring a radical worldview.

Born to Dance
9:00PM, NITV (repeats Sat 14 Dec, 11:30AM)

PG
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tammy Davis
Starring: Tia Maipi, Stan Walker, Kherington Payne, John Tui, Parris Goebel
What's it about?
Coming of age tale told through the eyes of 'Tu', an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

13 Minutes
11:50PM, SBS 

MA15+
Germany, 2015
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow
What's it about?
The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler tricked millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance fighters. From the director of Downfall (2004).

SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER

Brigsby Bear
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Dave McCary
Starring: Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg
What's it about?
Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James (Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

'Brigsby Bear': An Exhilirating Viewing Experience

Buena Vista Social Club
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 1:10AM)

G
Cuba, 1999
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Wim Wenders
Featuring: Ry Cooder
What's it about?
In 1996, Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names in the history of Cuban music to collaborate on what became the best selling album 'Buena Vista Social Club'. Inspired by these colourful characters and their extraordinary music, director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) film follows the musicians from Havana to Amsterdam and finally to Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Buena Vista Social Club review: A wonderful documentary
Wim Wenders will bring 'Buena Vista Social Club' sequel to the screen

The Godfather: Part II
8:35PM, SBS

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire
What's it about?
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

How ‘The Godfather’ changed cinema forever

Sleepwalk with Me
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Mike Birbiglia, Seth Barrish
Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Lauren Ambrose, Carol Kane, James Rebhorn
What's it about?
Matt (Birbiglia) is a promising stand-up comedian struggling with the stress of a stalled career, a souring relationship with girlfriend Abby (Ambrose), and the wild episodes of severe sleepwalking he is desperate to ignore.  

Sleepwalk with Me: Ira Glass interview

Putuparri and the Rainmakers
10:20PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nicole Ma
What's it about?
Tom "Putuparri" Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation. Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions as they fight for their native title claim over the area.

Haunters
11:55PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
South Korea, 2010
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Kim Min-suk
Starring: Kang Dong-won, Go Soo, Jung Eun-chae, Choi Duk-moon, Byun Hee-bong
What's it about?
Cho-In (Kang) has a secret: he's capable of controlling other people's minds with just a look. When trying to rob a pawn shop he discovers someone immune to his power, beginning a confrontation that pushes his limits.

Kon-Tiki
12:15AM, SBS

M
UK, Norway, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Action
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård
What's it about?
The story of the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's (Hagen) epic 101 day, 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947. Along with 5 adventurous companions, Heyerdal sought to prove his theory that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning interview

SUNDAY 15 DECEMBER

Drowning in Plastic
8:30PM, SBS

PG
UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary, TV Movie
Language: English
Director: Tom Watt-Smith
Featuring: Liz Bonnin
What's it about?
Liz Bonnin is setting out on a global mission to reveal the full scale of the world’s plastic problem – and explore ways in which this looming environmental disaster might be averted. Can the tide be turned? With millions of tonnes of plastic entering the sea every year, there is now global attention on the problem of marine plastic pollution. But do we really understand the impact of this new environmental crisis?

Midnight Run
8:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Martin Brest
Starring: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano
What's it about?
When bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) is charged with grabbing bail jumper Jon Mardukas (Grodin), he has no idea the Mob and the FBI have the same idea. Nominated for two 1988 Golden Globes (Best Picture - Comedy or Musical and Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for De Niro).

David & Margaret review Midnight Run (5 stars each) on The Movie Show (Episode 34 1988)

A Better Man
10:40PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lawrence Jackman, Attiya Khan
What's it about?
Following a series of intimate conversations between a former couple who lived through two years of domestic abuse, this documentary is a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse.

Something Wild
10:55PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1986
Genre: Crime, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Charles Napier, John Sayles, John Waters
What's it about?
A repressed young businessman's (Daniels) joyride with a mysterious girl ends in tragedy. The tax consultant meets the eccentric girl (Griffith) outside a diner, where she persuades him to take to the road with her. An afternoon of kinky sex and a bizarre clothes-buying session follow, and he even plays along as her husband when she takes him home. The fun ends when her real husband (Liotta) - a twisted ex-con - turns up to claim her back. Dircted by the late Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense, The Silence of the Lambs).

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
1:25AM, SBS

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Anna Chai, Nari Kye
Featuring: Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali
What's it about?
See how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps and rejects into incredible dishes that feed more people and create a more sustainable food system.