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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.
28 Jan 2022 - 2:47 PM  UPDATED 28 Jan 2022 - 2:53 PM

SBS World Movies Highlights 31 January - 6 February
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

  • Audio Description (AD) available for My Survival as an AboriginalAmerican Gangster, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, March of the Penguins and Australia Burns: Silence of the Land 
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Third Industrial Revolution, Magic in the Mountains, Get the Gringo, Her Smell, American Gangster, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Australia Burns: Silence of the Land and I Am JFK Jnr.



My Survival as an Aboriginal
11:00am, NITV (repeats Sunday 6 February, 8:30pm)

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.

To the Ends of the Earth
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 2 February, 9:30pm)

Canada, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
What's it about?
The people who denounce the rise of extreme energy share their stories and show how they envision a new future, from the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada's high Arctic, to an environmental lawyer in Alberta.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Third Industrial Revolution

USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Eddy Moretti
What's it about?
Social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a road map to usher in a new era of sustainable development. A Third Industrial Revolution will unfold when three technologies emerge and converge: new communication, new sources of energy, and new modes of mobility. But, in the context of climate change, it needs to happen fast. Change of this magnitude requires political will and a profound ideological shift.



Magic in the Mountains
8:40pm, SBS

USA, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Cody Stokes
What's it about?
Against all odds, and to the shock of the world, tiny little Squaw Valley, California, won the right to host the 1960 Winter Olympics. Leveraging the genius of visionaries like Walt Disney, not only were these Games a huge success but they also changed the world of sports forever.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



Drunken Master

China, 1978
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang
What's it about?
Wong Fei-Hong's (Chan) father has been trying to teach him kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach. He sends him off to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu. After much suffering, the son comes back to rescue the father from an assassin who has previously humiliated Naughty Panther.

NOTE: No Catch-Up At SBS On Demand

Get the Gringo

MA15+, CC
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Action
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Adrian Grunberg
Starring: Peter Stormare, Kevin Hernandez, Dean Norris, Mel Gibson
What's it about?
Driver (Gibson) is a career criminal, who during a high-speed car chase with the U.S. Border Patrol with a bleeding body in his back seat, crashes into the border wall as he tries to escape. He survives, only to be arrested by the Mexican authorities and placed inside a hard-core prison where he enters the strange and dangerous world of 'El Pueblito'. There, he finds unlikely survival guidance from a 9-year-old kid who shows him the ropes.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Mel’s Get the Gringo could set a trend
Mel Gibson’s new movie is getting an innovative release in the US, a model that will probably be replicated in Australia. 
Get the Gringo Review
B-movie caper rises above its cliché elements.

Train to Busan

South Korea, 2016
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee
What's it about?
Martial law is declared when a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival.

This & That: Monster flicks with heart and Seoul – ‘Colossal’ and ‘Train to Busan’
South Korea is plunged into chaos in two very different films, now streaming at SBS On Demand.



God Help the Girl

UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical
Language: English
Director: Stuart Murdoch
Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger
What's it about?
Life has never been easy for Eve (Browning), but this troubled young girl has a talent and songwriting becomes her way forward. Through her passion for music, she's led to Glasgow where she meets James (Alexander) and Cassie (Murray), two kindred spirits each at a crossroads of their own. Together they storm the city's music scene as their lives and lyric intertwine. What follows is a toe-tapping, heart-warming story of renaissance, friendship and romance over a long, dream-like summer.

God Help the Girl: Stuart Murdoch and Emily Browning interview
Belle and Sebastian frontman turned director Stuart Murdoch tells how he came to make his first film and why he wanted Australia's Emily Browning for the lead.

Rock the Kasbah
9:30pm, NITV

USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Leem Lubany
What's it about?
A washed-up music producer (Murray) finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl (Lubany) in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



Blinky Bill the Movie
7:45pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 5 February, 10:15am)

Australia, 2015
Genre: Family, Animation, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Deane Taylor
Voice Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Barry Humphries, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman
What's it about?
Blinky Bill is a little koala with a big imagination. An adventurer at heart, he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his missing father’s footsteps. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



Herbs: Songs of Freedom
7:30pm, NITV

New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tearepa Kahi
What's it about?
Director Tearepa Kahi’s follow-up to the infectious Poi E is a rousing celebration of Pacific reggae legends Herbs, the band’s members and its action as an inspiring musical front for social rights and harmony.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Queen Of The Damned
9:10pm, NITV

USA, 2002
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: Aaliyah, Stuart Townsend, Marguerite Moreau 
What's it about?
After many years of sleeping in his coffin, the vampire Lestat (Townsend) awakens only to find that the world has changed, and he wants to be a part of it. He gathers a following and becomes a rock star, only to find that his music awakens the ancient Queen Akasha (Aaliyah), and she wants him to become her king. A co-production between the US and Australia (and directed by Angel Baby's Michael Rymer) that was released posthumously after Aaliyah's tragic death, and dedicated to her memory. 

Her Smell

USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Alex Ross Perry
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Amber Heard, Agyness Deyn
What's it about?
A self-destructive punk rocker (Moss) struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. From writer-director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up PhillipQueen of Earth).

See Elisabeth Moss rage as an imploding musician in ‘Her Smell’
The star of ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ delivers a powerful performance as a '90s rocker in a spiral.

American Gangster
12:20am, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ruby Dee
What's it about?
In 1970s America, detective Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas (Washington), a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drugs into the country in the coffins of soldiers from the Vietnam War. Nominated for two Academy Awards (including Ruby Dee for Best Supporting Actress) and directed by Ridley Scott (Blade RunnerGladiator).

NOTE: No Catch-up At SBS On Demand

3:10am, SBS

Germany, France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: German, French
Director: Christian Petzold
Starring: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman
What's it about?
In an attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France, Georg (Rogowski) assumes the identity of a dead author but soon finds himself stuck in Marseilles, where he falls in love with Maria (Beer), a young woman searching for her missing husband. From Christian Petzold, writer-director of Phoenix and Barbara.

In ‘Transit’: Christian Petzold’s period-less WWII period drama
Taking a deeper look at his uniquely anachronistic 2018 film, ‘Transit’, now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Hunt for the Wilderpeople
12:00pm, 1:50pm, 3:40pm, 5:30pm, 7:20pm, 9:15pm & 11:05pm on SBS VICELAND

New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious
Taika Waititi's latest is funny, sweet and harks back to a certain kind of innocent 80s action-adventure.
Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Sam Neill talks to Fiona Williams about the daggy retro appeal of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ -- and reveals which movie from his storied career is considered "the absolute low point".

March of the Penguins
4:00pm, SBS

France, 2005
Genre: Documentary, Family
Language: English
Director: Luc Jacquet
What's it about?
At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this Oscar-winning documentary. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Australia Burns: Silence Of The Land
8:30pm, SBS

Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Shane McLachlan
What's it about?
In 2019, into 2020, Australia experienced a catastrophic bushfire season - one of the worst on record. This documentary focuses not only on the fires and their devastating effect on Australia’s unique wildlife and ecosystem, but whether climate change played a role, why the fires were so random and merciless, and whether this horrific event represents an inevitable future for Australia if action is not taken now.

Australia Burns: Silence of the Land

Once Were Warriors
9:55pm, NITV

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?.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Once Were Warriors review: An absolutely devastating film

I Am JFK Jr.
11:30pm, SBS

USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Derik Murray, Steve Burgess
What's it about?
This documentary tells the story of a life cut tragically short, the story of a little boy whose salute transfixed a nation, a boy who would grow to become the embodiment of American hopes for the future. Those who knew him (including Robert De Niro, Cindy Crawford and Mike Tyson, who are interviewed here) paint a picture of a man who handled the intense glare of fame with a rare grace and poise that reflected both of his famous parents.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Always Was, Always Will Be: First Nations films for all the family
Mark the evening of 26 January with a triple bill of films that celebrate First Nations voices.
This and That: Settle in for samurai action with ‘Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai’ and ‘Blade of the Immortal’
Samurai cinema has been a screen staple for decades – but, as ever, the really interesting stuff happens at the edges of the genre.
Ex-boxer Mickey Rourke packs a punch in three heavy-hitting movies
The troubled Hollywood star shows how devilishly good he can be in ‘Angel Heart’, ‘Fall Time’ and ‘Animal Factory’ at SBS On Demand.
With ‘Black Book’, director Paul Verhoeven brings his trademark excess to World War II
After he left Hollywood, the provocateur behind ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘Showgirls’ crafted one of the most transgressive war movies ever made.
These four real-life spies show James Bond how secret agents really operate
In the SBS World Movies 'Secrets & Spies' collection, four secret agents get the job done by using their brains, not high-tech gadgets. See them 9.30pm from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 January.
Celebrate some of the best SBS On Demand movies turning 10 in 2022
We take a closer look at great films that have marked their first decade on screens worldwide.
Long-time love, secrets and lies are at the heart of films, ‘The Leisure Seeker’ and ‘45 Years’
Four screen legends star in these two moving films at SBS On Demand.
This and That: ‘J.T. LeRoy’ and ‘Tomboy’
Two movies at SBS On Demand tell stories of gender and identity.
Filmmaker Sean Baker on community and men behaving badly in darkly comic misadventure 'Red Rocket'
The 'Florida Project' and 'Tangerine' director talks casting luck and tales driven by the locals as his new film hits screens.