• Dohmnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander and Oscar Isaac in 2015's 'Ex Machina', airing this Friday at 11:00pm on SBS (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

7 Jan 2020 - 8:58 AM  UPDATED 7 Jan 2020 - 8:58 AM

WEDNESDAY 8 JANUARY

Sunny and the Dark Horse
12:00PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
The story of an Aboriginal stockman, Sunny Bancroft, and his family at Collum Collum and their growing enthusiasm for "picnic races" on bush tracks in New South Wales. The film follows Sunny and his wife Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don't always go their way.

Biggie and Tupac
9:25PM, 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.

The Fly
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, Canada, 1986
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel
What's it about?
Seth Brundle (Goldblum) is a brilliant but eccentric scientist who attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation. Against all the expectations of the scientific establishment, his experiment has proven successful. But when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, and Brundle finds himself transforming into something beyond human. 

The Fly II
11:15PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, USA, 1989
Genre: Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller
Language: English, Polish
Director: Chris Walas
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson, John Getz, Frank C. Turner
What's it about?
In this oft-forgotten sequel to Cronenberg's smash hit, Martin Brundle (son of Jeff Goldblum's "Brundlefly" in the first film and here played by Eric Stoltz) is adopted by his father's place of employment (Bartok Inc.). While searching for a cure for his mutated genes, the employees are nervous about Martin's mutant chromosomes coming out of their dormant state.

The Other Side of Hope
11:50PM, SBS

M
Finland, Germany, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Arabic, English, Finnish, Swedish
Director: Aki Kaurismaki
Starring: Sakari Kuosmanen, Sherwan Haji, Simon Al-Bazoon, Janne Hyytiäinen
What's it about?
A poker-playing restaurateur and former traveling salesman (Kuosmanen) befriends a group of refugees newly arrived to Finland, in this comedy from cult director Aki Kaurismaki (Le Havre, The Man Without a Past, Leningrad Cowboys) that won the Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival.

Boys
1:05AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Netherlands, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Director: Mischa Kamp
Starring: Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders, Ton Kas
What's it about?
Sieger (Blom), a sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate. Winner of the Dutch Film Critics prize at the Netherlands Film Festival.

THURSDAY 9 JANUARY

Message from Mungo
12:45PM, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

The Soloist
9:35PM, NITV

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander
What's it about?
The incredible true story of a disenchanted journalist's (Downey Jr.) transformative odyssey through the hidden streets of Los Angeles, where he discovers and builds a most unlikely friendship. From Joe Wright, director of Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Darkest Hour and Atonement.

The Coming War on China
2:50AM, SBS

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Pilger
What's it about?
Through key interviews - from Pentagon war planners in what is now Donald Trump's Washington, to members of China's new political class who rarely feature in Western reports - John Pilger's film challenges the notion of the world's newest, biggest trading nation as an enemy.

John Pilger.

FRIDAY 10 JANUARY

The Watsons Go to Birmingham
11:55AM, NITV

PG
USA, 2013
Genre: Family, History
Language: English
Director: Kenny Leon
Starring: Bryce Clyde Jenkins, Harrison Knight, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, David Alan Grier
What's it about?
In the Summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit family. When 15 year-old Byron’s (Knight) antics go over the top, his parents realise enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands' no nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama. So the Watsons load up their 1948 Plymouth Brown Bomber and head South.

The Red Turtle
7:45PM, NITV (repeats Sat 11 Jan, 10:00AM)

G
Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: [no dialogue]
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
What's it about?
This wordless feature from Studio Ghibli (best known for producing Hayao Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) about a stranded castaway pays tribute to what's most important in life: companionship, love, family, and the stewardship of nature. A 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

Interview: The Red Turtle director Michael de Wit, on being backed by Studio Ghibli
The Red Turtle review: Studio Ghibli's new animation a gorgeous island myth

Maker Of Monsters: Meet Beau Dick
10:45PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Natalie Ball
What's it about?
An intimate look into the life of one of Canada’s greatest artists. Beau Dick worked within an ancient tradition and rose to the ranks of international success within the white cube world of contemporary art while never forgetting his roots. Meet Beau Dick illuminates a man whose art and life continue to transcend expectations and boundaries. 

Ex Machina
11:00PM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alex Garland
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander
What's it about?
From acclaimed writer and director Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Annihilation), Ex Machina is a chilling vision of the not-too-distant future of artificial intelligence. In the mountain retreat of a gifted internet billionaire (Isaac), a young man (Gleeson) takes part in a strange experiment: testing an artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl (Vikander). But the experiment twists into a dark psychological battle - a love triangle, where loyalties are torn between man and machine. An Oscar-winner for Best Visual Effects, and a nominee for Best Original Screenplay. 

Ex Machina review: A stealthy gender inquiry

Head On
12:20AM, 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 and 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

SATURDAY 11 JANUARY

Tribal Justice
12:00PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Anne Makepeace
What's it about?
Two formidable Native American women, both chief judges in their tribe's courts, strive to reduce incarceration rates and heal their people by restoring rather than punishing offenders, modelling restorative justice in action.

Tribal Justice (2017)

The Running Man
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto
What's it about?
By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. A convicted murderer (Schwarzenegger) could win his freedom by participating in a survival game show. The rules are simple - to fight a team of trained assassins in a desolate section of Los Angeles. However, things become ugly when the game show host doesn't play by the rules.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
8:40PM, SBS

PG
UK, 1975
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin
What's it about?
From the legendary comedy troupe Monty Python, comes the story of King Arthur and his knights who embark on a low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles, including obnoxious French soldiers, a Three-Headed Giant and the dreaded Knights who say Ni.

The Express
10:00PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Gary Fleder
Starring: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Darrin Henson, Charles S. Dutton, Chadwick Boseman
What's it about?
Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect changed the face of American sport.

Largo Winch II: The Burma Conspiracy
10:15PM, SBS

MA15+
France, Belgium, Germany, 2011
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English, French, Serbian, Thai
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Sharon Stone, Ulrich Tukur, Olivier Barthelemy
What's it about?
Propelled to the head of the W Group after the death of his adoptive father, Largo Winch (Sisley) decides, to everyone's surprise, to sell it, and use the proceeds to create an ambitious humanitarian foundation. But on the very same day, he finds himself accused of crimes against humanity by a mysterious witness. To prove his innocence, Largo will have to retrace the steps of his past life, in the heart of the Burmese jungle.

The Saint
10:20PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Romance, Adventure
Language: English, Russian
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue, Rade Serbedzija, Henry Goodman
What's it about?
Emma Russell (Shue), a young scientist, has discovered a secret that will enable the Russian billionaire Ivan Tretiak (Serbedzija) to crown himself the first Czar of the new Russian Empire, and he will do anything to neutralise the danger she represents. The normally cold and cynical Templar (Kilmer), stirred by long dormant feelings, desperately fights to protect Emma while struggling to master the one identity he cannot assume with ease - himself. Based on the cult '60s TV series of the same name.

Hemel
12:25AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Director: Sacha Polak
Starring: Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen
What's it about?
Divided into chapters, this film first chronicles Hemel's (Hoekstra) many sexual conquests, then takes on a different tone as it explores her complicated relationship with her father, Gijs (Dagelet). A dapper auctioneer, Gijs has dated a series of younger women since Hemel's mother's death. But when Gijs starts seeing the charming Sophie (Lodeizen), for the first time Hemel feels that her special relationship with her father is threatened.

Hemel Review

The Shadow World
1:50AM, SBS

M
Belgium, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Johan Grimonprez
What's it about?
Based on the globally acclaimed book by Andrew Feinstein, Shadow World reveals how the international trade in weapons - with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents - fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.

SUNDAY 12 JANUARY

Westwind: Djalu's Legacy
8:35PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary 
Language: English
Director: Ben Strunin
Featuring: Djalu Gurruwiwi, Gotye
What's it about?
Ancient knowledge. A way forward. A legacy shared. An Old Man, Djalu Gurruwiwi warrior, shaman, and father, must find a way to bring two worlds together to save his sons and his culture.

The Song Keepers
10:05PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Naina Sen
What's it about?
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

The remarkable true story behind 'The Song Keepers'

The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir in action.

Manhunter
10:50PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1986
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Horror
Language: English
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Dennis Farina, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan
What's it about?
Former FBI profiler Will Graham (Petersen) reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as 'The Tooth Fairy' (Noonan). But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Hannibal Lecktor (Cox), the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost cost Graham his life, and whose insights into 'The Tooth Fairy' could prove as dangerous as the killer himself. Based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon (the precursor to The Silence of the Lambs), and directed by Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans).

Lovesong
1:05AM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: So Yong Kim
Starring: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker, Cary Joji Fukunaga
What's it about?
Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend Mindy (Malone). Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy's wedding.

Life, Animated
1:45AM, SBS

PG
France, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Roger Ross Williams
Featuring: Ron Suskind, Gilbert Gottfried
What's it about?
Owen Suskind is an autistic young man who could not speak for years as a child and yet slowly emerged from his isolation by immersing himself in Disney animated movies. The subject of his father Ron Suskind’s New York Times bestseller, Owen used these films as a roadmap to reconnect with his loving family and the wider world. This Oscar-nominated documentary tells the remarkable story of how Owen found in Disney animation a pathway to language and a framework for making sense of the world.

Life, Animated review: a warm testament to a family's love and resilience

Red Obsession
3:20AM, SBS

PG
Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Roach, Warwick Ross
What's it about?
For centuries, Bordeaux's wine has been synonymous with wealth, power and influence, but its prosperity has always been linked to the capricious nature of markets and the shifting fortunes of global economies. Now change is coming to Bordeaux, as China's voracious appetite for this rare wine pushes prices to stratospheric levels. 

Red Obsession Review