• From left: Mo' Better Blues, The Ring, Sleepy Hollow, Kalifornia (SBS Movies)Source: 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 Dec 2019 - 4:20 PM  UPDATED 29 Dec 2019 - 4:38 PM

For highlights on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) from 30 December - 5 January:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 30 December - 5 January
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

MONDAY 30 DECEMBER

B.B. King: On the Road
12:00PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer
Featuring: Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr
What's it about?
A reflection on the trials and tribulations, hilarity and rewarding moments of B.B. King's years of tenacious commitment to his audience, sometimes at great personal cost, but also his life's joy.

TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
8:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: Rhys Thomas
Featuring: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé
What's it about?
Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex, and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is much told, but this new documentary focuses on Freddie and the solo projects he worked on, outside of the band. 

WEDNESDAY 1 JANUARY

The Ring
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Gore Verbinski
Starring: Naomi Watts, Brian Cox, Martin Henderson
What's it about?
This US remake of the cult 1998 Japanese chiller follows a journalist (Watts) who faces a race against time when she investigates the legend of a strange videotape, which allegedly claims the life of the viewer one week after watching it.

Naomi Watts in 'The Ring', which leaves SBS On Demand on September 29th, 2020.

Swamp Thing
11:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1982
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, Louis Jourdan, David Hess, Nicholas Worth
What's it about?
Deep in the Florida everglades, brilliant scientist Dr. Alec Holland (Wise) and government agent Alice Cable (Barbeau), have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis, Arcane, is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. From Wes Craven, director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream.

Kiki, Love to Love
12:10AM, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Paco León
Starring: Belén Cuesta, Candela Peña, Natalia de Molina, Alexandra Jiménez, Paco León
What's it about?
In present day Madrid, against a scorching summer heatwave, five tales of love and lust unfold, in this Spanish remake of the 2014 Australian comedy The Little Death.

Life’s too short to fight says 'Kiki, Love to Love' star Natalia de Molina

THURSDAY 2 JANUARY

Mo' Better Blues
9:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 1990
Genre: Drama, Romance, Music, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Wesley Snipes, Giancarlo Esposito, John Turturro, Samuel L. Jackson
What's it about?
Opens with Bleek as a child learning to play the trumpet, his friends want him to come out and play but mother insists he finish his lessons. Bleek grows into adulthood and forms his own band - The Bleek Gilliam Quartet. The story of Bleek's and Shadow's friendly rivalry on stage which spills into their professional relationship and threatens to tear apart the quartet.

School of Seduction
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Austria, Denmark, Norway, Russia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: Russian
Director: Alina Rudnitskaya
What's it about?
Three Russian women in their 30s who all seek the same: security, a higher social status and eternal happiness. Not an easy wish to fulfil in today's Russia, where the patriarchy dominates. So our heroines take matters into their own hands and join a course in the art of seducing a man - preferably a rich one. Seven years of recordings paint a sometimes tragicomic picture of gender roles and femininity in Putin's Russia.

FRIDAY 3 JANUARY

Buena Vista Social Club
11:40AM, NITV

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

Rabbit-Proof Fence
7:30PM, NITV (repeats Sat 4 Jan, 10:00AM)

PG
Australia, 2002
Genre: History, Adventure
Language: Aboriginal, English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly and Daisy and their cousin, Gracie, who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen hundred miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a brave escape and in a bid to find their way home, following, on foot, the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong.

Rabbit-Proof Fence: Cheat Sheet
Rabbit-Proof Fence Review

In the Shadow of the Moon
8:30PM, SBS

G
USA, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Sington
What's it about?
In the 1960s, US President John F Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavour possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of Humanity's great achievements.  

In the Shadow of the Moon Review

After the Last River
10:40PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Victoria Lean
What's it about?
In the shadow of of a De Beers diamond mine, a remote indigenous community lurches from crisis to crisis, as their homeland transforms into a modern frontier. Rosie Koostachin delivers donations to families who live in uninsulated sheds, overgrown with toxic mold. She is determined to raise awareness, believing that if only Canadians knew, her hometown's dire situation would improve. Over five years, filmmaker Victoria Lean follows Attawapiskat's journey from obscurity and into the international spotlight.

Haunters
11:50PM, SBS

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.

Special Forces
12:25AM, 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. 

SATURDAY 4 JANUARY

Monty Python's Life of Brian
8:30PM, SBS

M
UK, 1979
Genre: Comedy
Language: English, Latin
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Brian Cohen (Chapman) is an average young Jewish man, but through a series of ridiculous events, he gains a reputation as the Messiah. When he's not dodging his followers or being scolded by his shrill mother, the hapless Brian has to contend with the pompous Pontius Pilate and acronym-obsessed members of a separatist movement. Rife with Monty Python's signature absurdity, the tale finds Brian's life paralleling Biblical lore, albeit with many more laughs.

Sleepy Hollow
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery, Horror
Language: English
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Miranda Richardson, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien
What's it about?
Based on the classic tale, Ichabod Crane (Depp) is a professor whose wild theories get him discredited and exiled to an upstate New York hamlet where he happens on a myth that comes to life: A headless horseman who has taken the heads of four people tries to find one that fits him perfectly.

David and Margaret review Sleepy Hollow on The Movie Show (Episode 43 1999)

Born to Dance
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

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' (Maipi), an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

WarGames
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1983
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: John Badham
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Barry Corbin
What's it about?
High School student David Lightman (Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions. Together with his girlfriend (Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (John Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent - and prevent a nuclear Armageddon.

Novitiate
11:10PM, SBS

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Latin
Director: Margaret Betts
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron
What's it about?
Raised by a vehemently non-religious, single mother (Nicholson) in rural Tennessee during the '50s, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen (Qualley) drawn into all the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns’ lives. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and the changing administration.

'Novitiate': Engrossing, Superbly Acted Convent Drama

Unit 7
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2012
Genre: Drama, Action
Language: German, Spanish, French
Director: Alberto Rodríguez
Starring: Antonio de la Torre, Mario Casas, Julián Villagrán, José Manuel Poga, Joaquín Núñez
What's it about?
Angel (Casas) is young, intelligent and kind, and aims to be a police inspector. Rafael (de la Torre), on the other heand, is an expeditious, forceful and arrogant policeman. Meanwhile, Miguel (Poga) and Mateo (Núñez) are part of Group 7, a group of rogue cops ready to do anything to achieve their goals.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
1:25AM, SBS

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

SUNDAY 5 JANUARY

Disturbia
8:45PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: D.J. Caruso
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss 
What's it about?
A teen (LaBeouf) living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbour (Morse) is a serial killer and decides to investigate, in this teen-oriented spin on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

Sarah Roemer and Shia LaBeouf in 'Disturbia' (2007)

Biggie and Tupac
10:00PM, NITV

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

Kalifornia
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1993
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Dominic Sena
Starring: Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny, Brad Pitt, Michelle Forbes, Kathy Larson
What's it about?
A journalist duo (Duchovny, Forbes) go on a tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions (Pitt & Lewis), unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself.

Margaret & David review Kalifornia / David interviews Dominic Sena and Michelle Forbes from the 1993 Venice Film Festival (The Movie Show, Episode 19, 1994)

Accidental Anarchist
3:20AM, SBS

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: Arabic, English
Director: Clara Glynn, John Archer
Featuring: Carne Ross, Rory Stewart, Michael Premo, Tammy Shapiro, Noam Chomsky
What's it about?
Carne Ross was a government highflyer. A career diplomat who believed Western Democracy could save us all. But working inside the system he came to see its failures, deceits and ulterior motives. He felt at first hand the corruption of power. After the Iraq war Carne became disillusioned, quit his job and started searching for answers.