TV Movie Guide: 21 December – 17 January


  • Audio Description (AD) available for Get Santa, Her, The Untouchables, What We Do in the Shadows and If Beale Street Could Talk
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for 2001: A Space Odyssey, Get Santa, Her, Amy, Some Kind of Heaven, The Beach, The Father and What We Do in the Shadows


2001: A Space Odyssey

Wednesday 21 December, 8:30pm on SBS VICELAND / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

UK, USA, 1968
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Stanley Kubrick
Starring: Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter
What’s it about?
Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece traces an expedition to the moon, Jupiter and beyond, and imagines the future evolution of humanity. A group of ape-like creatures – primitive humans – discover the use of bones as weapons in a quarrel over a waterhole. Jump forward 1000s of years, and an American expedition finds a mysterious black monolith – an obvious alien artefact – on the Moon. Another expedition is sent to Jupiter, where a second monolith has been discovered. But during the journey the ship’s computer, HAL 9000, develops paranoia.


Get Santa

Friday 23 December, 8:00pm on NITV / Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand

UK, USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: Christopher Smith
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kit Connor, Warwick Davis, Jodie Whittaker, Stephen Graham
What’s it about?
A father (Spall) and son (Connor) must team up to save Christmas when they discover Santa Claus (Broadbent) sleeping in their garage, having crashed his sleigh and found himself on the run from the police.



Friday 23 December, 11:10pm on SBS VICELAND / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Scarlett Johansson (voice), Amy Adams, Olivia Wilde, Rooney Mara
What’s it about?
In future Los Angeles, Theodore (Phoenix) is a lonely man who has had his heart broken. He uses his savings to invest in a personalised computer operating system called Samantha (voiced by Johansson), who is designed to meet his every requirement. Theodore and Samantha have a fulfilling life together, serving each others needs but over time, their relationship develops and deepens, becoming more complicated that anyone could have predicted. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.



Sunday 25 December, 10:05pm on SBS / Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+, CC
UK, 2015
Genre: Biography, Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Asif Kapadia
What’s it about?
From the team behind acclaimed documentary Senna comes this portrait of one of Britain’s great music icons. Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a rare musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. With rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, Amy takes us behind the sensationalised headlines to reveal a prodigiously talented young woman whose life ended far too soon.


Some Kind of Heaven

Tuesday 27 December, 8:30pm on SBS / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

USA, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lance Oppenheim
What’s it about?
America’s seniors have discovered the fountain of youth. It’s in The Villages – America’s largest retirement community in Florida. Home to over 130,000 seniors, The Villages offers residents a utopian version of the American yesteryear – wide, safe streets, perfectly manicured lawns, and countless activities all in service of enjoying their golden years. This documentary invests in the dreams and desires of a small group of residents – and one interloper – who are unable to find happiness within the community’s pre-packaged paradise.



Wednesday 28 December, 8:30pm on SBS VICELAND / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

USA, 2012
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Jeff Daniels, Paul Dano, Piper Perabo
What’s it about?
In the future, time travel has been invented – but it is illegal and only available on the black market. When the mob wants to get rid of someone, they send their target 30 years into the past, where a ‘looper’ – a hired gun, like Joe (Gordon-Levitt) – is waiting to mop up. Joe is getting rich and life is good until the day the mob decides to ‘close the loop,’ sending back Joe’s future self (Willis) for assassination. Directed by Rian Johnson (Knives Out).


Tale of Tales

Wednesday 28 December, 10:45pm on SBS VICELAND / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

UK, Italy, France, 2015
Genre: Romance, Fantasy, Horror
Language: English, Russian
Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Salma Hayek, Vincent Cassel, Toby Jones, Shirley Henderson, John C. Reilly
What’s it about?
A trilogy of fairytales inspired by the works of Giambattista Basile. These fantastical tales span from the kingdom of Longtrellis where the king and queen have difficulty conceiving, to Highhills where the king becomes obsessed with taming a giant flea. Directed by Matteo Garrone (Gomorrah, Dogman).


Willie Nelson: American Outlaw

Saturday 31 December, 10:40pm on SBS / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

USA, 2020
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Gregg Gelfand
What’s it about?
Captures the most iconic moments from a one-night-only concert event honouring Willie Nelson and his music. This two-hour program is packed with over 20 original performances, never before seen interviews and captivating behind-the-scenes footage with Willie Nelson and some of music’s biggest superstars.


The Beach

Monday 1 January, 12:00pm on SBS VICELAND / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
What’s it about?
Alone on a remote beach in Jilirr, on the Dampier Peninsula in remote north-western WA — one of the most beautiful yet brutal environments in the world — award-winning film director Warwick Thornton (Samson & DelilahSweet Country) attempts to change his life. A unique, immersive documentary experience.


The Father

Monday 1 January, 9:10pm on SBS / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

France, UK, USA, 2020
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Florian Zeller
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams, Imogen Poots
What’s it about?
A man (Hopkins, in an Oscar-winning performance) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Colman) as he ages. While he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.


Lies, Politics and Democracy

Tuesday 3 January, 8:30pm on SBS / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

USA, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Kirk
Starring: Vanessa Fica, Tim Alberta, Jelani Cobb, Will Lyman
What’s it about?
Investigates American political leaders and choices they’ve made that have undermined and threatened democracy in the U.S. In a two-hour documentary special premiering ahead of the 2022 midterms, this feature-length episode of Frontline examines how officials fed the public lies about the 2020 presidential election and embraced rhetoric that led to political violence.


Sgwaaway K’uuna (Edge Of The Knife)

Tuesday 3 January, 10:35pm on NITV / Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Canada, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Haida, English
Director: Helen Haig-Brown, Gwaai Edenshaw
Starring: Tyler York, William Russ, Adeana Young, Trey Rorick, Delores Churchill
What’s it about?
Island of Haida Gwaii, northern Canada, 19th century. During a fishing gathering, Adiits’ii (York) commits an unfortunate act. Tormented, he runs away to the wilderness as his mind embraces madness.


The Untouchables

Wednesday 4 January, 8:30pm on SBS VICELAND / NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

USA, 1987
Genre: Crime, Drama, History, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Andy Garcia, Charles Martin Smith, Robert De Niro
What’s it about?
Young Treasury Agent Eliot Ness (Costner) arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone (De Niro), but it’s not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his pocket. Ness meets Jimmy Malone (Connery), a veteran patrolman and probably the most honourable one on the force. He asks Malone to help him get Capone, but Malone warns him that if he goes after Capone, he is going to war. Directed by Brian De Palma (Scarface, Carlito’s Way).

Original 1987 Movie Show Review (VIDEO)


I Called Him Morgan

Wednesday 4 January, 9:40pm on NITV / Now streaming at SBS On Demand

Sweden, USA, 2016
Genre: Music, Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Kasper Collin
Featuring: Lee Morgan, Helen Morgan, Wayne Shorter, Larry Reni Thomas, Judith Johnson
What’s it about?
Part jazz history, part true-crime tale, Kasper Collin’s documentary employs extensive archival footage and new interviews to tell the tragic story of the magnificently talented trumpeter Lee Morgan and his common-law wife Helen, who murdered him in a New York bar in 1972.


What We Do in the Shadows

Wednesday 4 January, 10:40pm on SBS VICELAND / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Jemaine Clement
What’s it about?
Three flatmates, Viago (Waititi), Deacon (Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement), are all vampires, hundreds of years old. The trio are finding modern society is not agreeing with them particularly well and it’s creating conflict in the house they share together. Written & directed by Taika Waititi (Thor: RagnarokHunt for the Wilderpeople and Jojo Rabbit).



Thursday 5 January, 9:50pm on NITV / Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand

Australia, 1998
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Rachael Maza
What’s it about?
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother’s funeral. Cressy (Maza), the eldest of the three, is a diva – an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae (Morton-Thomas), has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona (Mailman), the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family. Based on the play by Louis Nowra.


If Beale Street Could Talk

Saturday 7 January, 8:45pm on NITV / Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand

MA15+, AD
USA, 2018
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Teyonah Parris, Colman Domingo, Ethan Barrett
What’s it about?
In early 1970s Harlem, Tish (Layne) scrambles to prove her fiancé Fonny’s (James) innocence while carrying their first child in this drama from Oscar-winning Moonlight writer-director Barry Jenkins, based on the 1974 James Baldwin novel of the same. While seeking justice for Fonny, a pregnant Tish relies on her Harlem community for support. Winner of the 2019 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Regina King).


Miami Connection

Wednesday 11 January, 9:25pm on SBS VICELAND / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

USA, Hong Kong, 1987
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Y.K. Kim, Richard Park Wu-Sang
Starring: Y.K. Kim, Vincent Hirsch, Joseph Diamand, Maurice Smith, Angelo Janotti, Kathy Collier
What’s it about?
In a world where ninjas dream of being rock stars and rock stars dream of being ninjas, a martial arts rock band goes up against a band of motorcycle ninjas who have tightened their grip on Florida’s narcotics trade. Who will emerge victorious and neon-lit?


Leigh-Anne: Race, Pop and Power

Wednesday 11 January, 9:45pm on NITV / Streaming after at SBS On Demand

UK, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tash Gaunt
What’s it about?
This powerful documentary follows pop star Leigh-Anne Pinnock as she confronts her experience as the only Black member of Little Mix, and as a Black woman in the music industry. She embarks on her own very personal journey to understand how she can use her platform and privilege to combat the profound racism she sees in society around her. 

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