More new and returning titles on multichannels were announced at yesterday’s Upfront presentation.
They include locally-produced food series, acquired documentaries and hit box office movies.
New Acquired Documentary & Series
Malcolm X: Justice By Any Means
5 November 2023
1 x 1hr
As the USA is trying to heal the wounds of a year of racial violence, an over 50-year-old cold case suddenly resurfaces. A short time after a police officer’s deathbed letter revealed the FBI’s involvement in the murder of Malcolm X and following a 22-month investigation conducted by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, two of the men convicted for the killing are exonerated. Based on recently declassified FBI documents, accounts from people close to Malcolm X, and other important witnesses, this documentary reveals this radical leader’s exceptional path. And with it, the chain of events leading to his certain death deciphered.
27 November 2023
A man discovers that he is part of a secret sect of magical beings who hunt down and destroy demons on the internet. Australian film from the creators of Wyrmwood. Stars Monica Belluci, David Wenham and Ben O’Toole.
Number of Episodes: 1 x 30min
A documentary film based around the Bold and Beautiful (B&B) swimming group on the Northern beaches of Manly. It explores the importance of community, connection, andmental health, diving deep into the squad member’s experiences in the brine and the life-changing effects the daily saltwater swim has on their overall health and wellbeing.
Alone: The Skills Challenge Series
5 December 2023
12 x 30mins
Three former Alone participants go head-to-head to complete incredible bushcraft builds using only basic tools and the natural resources around them. Their goal – to prove who has the ingenuity, experience and wilderness skills to craft the most unbelievable survival build.
8 x 1hr
Queer Sports tackles the biggest headlines from the world of sports and the culture surrounding them, taking a deeper look at the people and moments making a particular impact on the LGBTQ+ community. The dialogue around sports will have a new seat at the table while the voices and reports that struggled to find a home in traditional media can now be celebrated in a forum that’s designed to be Left of Sports’ Center. Queer Sports will air in the lead up to Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.
Vikings: The Rise and Fall
8 x 1hr
An unstoppable force for more than 300 years saw the relentless and far-reaching growth of the Viking Empire. Throughout history, Vikings waged war from the seas, notoriously ruthless and with their own set of rules. The Viking expansion was unprecedented in the veracity of its spread. Known for merciless bloodshed, the Norsemen became the most feared people in history. However, their story has always been told from a one-sided, Christian point of view and only now, after rigorous research through mythical sagas and bioarchaeological finds, can we uncover the truth about who the Vikings really were.
Dark Side of the 2000s
10 x 1hr
The Aughts catapulted us into the digital era and stripped our innocence away. Dark Side of the 2000’s delves into the decade’s untold histories, revealing dark secrets and personal insights from the people who witnessed all the train wrecks and triumphs first hand. From outrageous shock jocks and record-breaking reality TV to the rise of celebrity gossip and the downward spiral of a child star, these untold tales of the new millennium all have a dark side.
The Food That Built the World
3 x 90 mins
The fascinating stories of the families behind the food that built America, those whoused brains, muscle, blood, sweat and tears to get to America’s heart through its stomach, those who invented new technologies and helped win wars. Starring Adam Richman and narrated by Campbell Scott.
History’s Greatest Heists with Pierce Brosnan
8 x 1hr
Presented by legendary actor Pierce Brosnan, the series uses dramatic recreations, dynamic storytelling and innovative visual effects, alongside first-person witness accounts from the people who were there to delve into the intricate schemes and audacity of the criminal masterminds behind history’s greatest heists.
Lost Gold of The Aztecs
8 x 1hr
500 years ago, Spanish Conquistadors raided the gold-filled land of the Aztecs. But according to the legend, Emperor Montezuma had already hidden his treasure across several different locations in what is now the American Southwest and placed on it a deadly curse. Now, three different families each with a distinct connection to the gold are closing in on what they believe is the location of the Lost Gold of the Aztecs. The series will intercut each family’s epic adventure as they search for the treasure on three different properties in three different states – the Dillmans in Utah, the Hoaglands in Nevada, and the Villescases in New Mexico. Who will break the curse and find the Aztec Gold?
Living Next Door To Putin
19th November 2023
2 x 60 min
In this two part documentary, Katya Adler explores how life is changing for peopleliving on Russia’s border and the consequences of Putin’s war on the west. On a roadtrip from Poland, north through the Baltic states she discovers a region still reeling from the legacy of the Soviet Union, where the war in Ukraine has reopened old wounds. But she also meets the people fighting back against the new threat in any way they can – from those traveling to Ukraine to fight on the front line, to the people making armoured ambulances in their garage.
Race for the Planet S2
5 November 2023
4 x 30mins
The ambitious and innovative worldwide off-road competition returns for season two. Drivers aren’t just battling for first place, but for the future of our planet.
The Swiping Game S4
10 November 2023
3 x 15 mins
From the intimacy of their bedrooms, Australians talk all things dating with startling honesty and humour. With a smorgasbord of apps there is now the promise of love and sex – as well as heartbreak – with a casual swipe.
Beyond Oak Island S3
7 December 2023
12 x 1hr
Beyond Oak Islandseason 3 digs deep into the many treasure quests across the globe,revealing amazing new details and clues from past searches–and in some cases, advancing the hunt.
1 January 2024
230 x 30 mins
New year, new season, new hosts for one of the world’s most iconic games shows. Latest season coming direct from the U.S.
The Curse of Oak Island S10
24 x 1hr
The Curse of Oak Island follows brothers Marty and Rick Lagina as they investigate the mystery of a buried treasure on Oak Island off the coast of Nova Scotia, Canada.
WWE Legends S2
9 x 90 mins
Under the award-winning “Biography” banner, each two-hour episode will tell the intimate, personal stories behind the success of some of WWE’s most memorable Legends and events. Through rare archival footage and in-depth interviews, each episode explores a different Legend and their immense impact in the WWE universe and on pop culture. Legends featured this season include The Undertaker, Goldberg, The Bella Twins, Lex Luger, Edge, Kurt Angle, Rey Mysterio, D-Generation X and a lookat the iconic first-ever WrestleMania.
2023 Pacific Games
20 November 2023
25 x 5hrs
The Pacific Games is a multi-sport event held every 4 years among athletes from Oceania. Various sports include Weightlifting, Rugby, Swimming, Volleyball, Basketball, Football / Soccer, Boxing, Athletics and Netball.
2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships
The 2024 World Athletics Indoor Championships will be the 19th edition of the international indoor track and field competition, organised by the World Athletics. The event will be held between 1st – 3rd March at the Commonwealth Arena in Glasgow, United Kingdom.
New & Returning Australian Commissions:
The Cook Up with Adam Liaw S6
85 x 30 mins
The Cook Up with Adam Liaw is exactly the kind of food delivery your home needs. A delightful half hour of cooking and entertainment with a side of laughs. Each night, two guests join Adam in his kitchen to create delicious food based around a different theme. Naturally, when there’s food, chat follows. The Cook Up with Adam Liaw S6 is an internal production for SBS Food. Financed with support from brand partners.
The Streets: Hong Kong
8 x 30 mins
Time to hit the streets of Hong Kong! Executive Chef Dan Hong scours Hong Kong forfavourite dishes and those close to the heart of locals. He’ll join the queues that snakedown the street for food stalls and hole-in the-walls. From fish balls to egg tarts Danwill sample the most authentic fare and take inspiration to create his own dishes. The Streets: Hong Kong is produced by HSquared for SBS Food.
Silvia’s Tastes Like Home
10 x 30 mins
Silvia Colloca returns with a brand-new series that blends the cherished tastes of the past with the vibrant stories of Italians in Australia today. Silvia’s Tastes Like Home is filled with wonderful recipes and heart-warming nostalgia. Silvia’s Tastes Like Home is produced by Perpetual Entertainment for SBS Food.
Plat du Tour S5
4 x 21 mins on SBS / 2 x 30 mins on SBS Food
For 21 days every year, the most beautiful sporting event in the world captivates Australia. But the Tour de France is much more than a cycling race. It is a celebration of the Joie de Vivre of French culture – the food, the travel, the lifestyle. Renowned French-Australian chef Guillaume Brahimi take us on a delectable culinary journey, following the route of the Tour. He creates a beautiful dish inspired by the location ofeach stage. Bon appétit! Plat du Tour is produced by Blink TV for SBS and SBS Food.
Taste of the Tropics
Taste of the Tropics is a Screen Queensland initiative delivered by Screenworks inassociation with SBS and supported by Cutting Edge. The initiative empowers threemid-career filmmaking teams from North and Far North Queensland to create acaptivating and distinctive episode that showcases their unique interpretation of theTaste of the Tropics.
Taste of the Tropics – Iconic FNQ
1 x 30 mins
Get ready to journey through the vibrant food scene of Far North Queensland and its community. Guided by the knowledgeable First Nations host Samantha Martin, talented chefs and food enthusiasts create tantalising recipes amidst breathtaking outdoor landscapes, inspiring viewers to visit and savour the local cuisine first hand. Taste of the Tropics – Iconic FNQ is produced by Maura Mancini, Alison George and Kim Knox for SBS Food.
Taste of the Tropics – Troppo Kitchen
1 x 30 mins
Chef Nick Holloway is on the hunt to find the best ingredients in Far North Queensland for his tropical feast. Along the way he’ll meet and discover the people, places, and stories that make up this beautiful part of Australia. Including a Cambodian-Australian rice farmer, Aunty Cherry who runs a First Nations Bush Camp and Marco who originally hails from Italy and runs the family Mango farm. Taste of the Tropics – Troppo Kitchen is produced by Ewan Cutler and team TameraSimpson, Shontell Ketchell, Glen Saggers and Josaphine Seale for SBS Food.
Taste of the Tropics – Food, Family & Friends
1 x 30 mins
Join Davy O’Rourke, the charismatic Cairns-based chef, originally from Papua New Guinea, as he spends the day preparing a delectable traditional Mumu to welcome new family members. Venturing to the rainforest to uncover exotic tropical ingredients, and uniting with locals from diverse backgrounds, who share their culinary traditions and contribute dishes to the heart-warming celebration. Taste of the Tropics – Food, Family & Friends is produced by Alvaro del Campo an dNick Lorentzen for SBS Food.
Newly Acquired Food Series
In The Spirit with Lindsay & Curtis
6 x 30 mins
Chef Curtis Stone and his wife, actress Lindsay Price-Stone, are the ultimate dinnerparty duo. They know the hors d’oeuvres that will fly off the plate, the hottest wine pairing, and the environment that brings a party all together. Now, they’re extending YOU an invitation to get In the Spirit with Lindsay & Curtis — and this is one star-studded invite list! Join Curtis, Lindsay, and a host of their famous, celebrity friends, for a holiday party full of merrymaking and intimate conversations surrounding time-honoured traditions and unique heritages. Make memories (and food!) — and maybe even get some tips on how to throw a swinging holiday celebration of your own!
Nadiya’s Simple Spices
6 x 30 mins
Great British Bake Off series six winner Nadiya Hussain has a brand-new cookery series on the way. Titled Nadiya’s Simple Spices, the new series will see the beloved TV chef set out to “simplify spices for the nation”. In the series, Nadiya will use eight simples pices to transform bland dishes into tasty meals. She’ll use Bangladeshi influences from her childhood combined with British flavours to teach viewers how to cook with spices effortlessly.
Malaysia Gourmet with Justine Schofield
8 x 30 mins
Embark on a tantalising adventure in this new eight-part series through Malaysia with Justine Schofield in Malaysia Gourmet with Justine Schofield. Explore the rich tapestry of Malay, Chinese, Indian, and indigenous flavours as Justine dives into the heart of Malaysia. From bustling markets to tranquil beaches, she immerses herself in local traditions, learns from talented chefs, and creates mouth-watering Malaysian dishes in exotic locations. Join Justine as she uncovers hidden gems and embraces thet rue essence of Malaysia. Malaysia Gourmet with Justine Schofield is a journey that promises to indulge your senses and leave you craving more.
Jimmy Doherty’s New Zealand Escape
4 x 1hr
Travelling from the frozen south to the tropical north, English farmer, restaurant owner and farming advocate Jimmy Doherty is taking to the roads to experience the extraordinary beauty of Kiwi-dom. Jimmy is out to discover what constitutes the true Kiwi spirit, exploring a country that is every bit as wild and beautiful as any place on the planet – and sampling some of the world’s finest and most surprising foods along the way.
The Next Thing You Eat
6 x 30 mins
From chef David Chang and Academy Awarding-winning documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville, The Next Thing You Eat
is a six-part docuseries that explores the seismic changes happening all around us and what they mean for the way we’ll eat in the future. Chang and guests dive head first into what lies ahead, including everything from robots to lab-grown fish, to artificial intelligence calling all the shots.
How Do They Really Do It?
3 x 1hr
This series takes a deep dive into the stories and secrets behind three food iconic brands, including KFC and Domino’s. These hugely popular companies dominate their respective markets – but how did they get to be the massive successes they are today? How do they maintain their success and keep ahead of the competition?
Michel Roux’s French Country Kitchen S3
6 x 1hr
Chef Michel Roux takes us on a culinary adventure through the South of France to create the simple French food he loves to eat when he’s relaxing on holiday. Following Michel to the rural retreat in the Ardeche where he escapes each summer, he will share how he likes to cook simple French country cooking from home.
Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted S3
10 x 1hr
In Gordon Ramsay: Uncharted, chef Gordon Ramsay journeys to some of the most incredible and remote locations on Earth in search of culinary inspiration, epic adventures, and cultural experiences he will never forget.
Marcus Wareing’s Tales from a Kitchen Garden S3
10 x 30 mins
Marcus Wareing steps back from his hectic schedule and embraces a slower pace oflife on his Sussex small holding. With the help of some of the UK’s very best farmers, gardeners and producers, he sets out to expand his range of produce and bring in arange of new livestock that will provide him with meat, milk and eggs. Over the cours eof the series, the Michelin-starred chef will travel the length and breadth of the country to discover the secrets of planting, rearing animals and growing vegetables, then turn them into delicious meals.
Remarkable Places to Eat S3
6 x 1hr
Some of the world’s most highly respected chefs and foodies open up their little black books to give us the ultimate guide on where in the world to eat, as they reveal their absolute favourite places from tiny, tucked-away family-run trattorias to restaurants at the cutting edge of innovation. Whether it’s a once-in-a-lifetime-tasting menu showcasing locally foraged flavours, or an unforgettable snack elevated to something extraordinary. Presented by Fred Sirieix, French maître d’hôtel best known forappearing on Channel 4’s First Dates, and BBC Two’s Million Pound Menu.
Mary Makes It Easy S3
25 x 30 mins
The kitchen is Mary Berg’s happy place, and she wants it to be yours too: whether you’re bored of your repertoire or scared to try something new. On Mary Makes It Easy, join Mary as she takes you step by step through recipes guaranteed to impress without the stress.
The Drover’s Wife (also on NITV)
Molly Johnson’s husband is away droving sheep, leaving her alone to care for their four children in the remote Snowy Mountains. Despite being heavily pregnant, Molly must keep various threats, from nature and other people, at bay.
Written, starring and directed by Leah Purcell, The Drover’s Wife is a period Western with an Indigenous lens and marks the first Australian feature film with an Indigenous woman writing, directing and performing the lead role. Also starring Rob Collins and Sam Reid.
During WWII, two intelligence officers use a corpse and false papers to outwit German troops. BAFTA nominated war drama directed by John Madden and starring Colin Firth, Matthew Macfadyen and Kelly Macdonald.
From director Eva Husson, the events of Graham Swift’s novel take place over thecourse of one day—the holiday Mothering Sunday. Maid Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) has the day off, as her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman) are attending an event to celebrate the engagement of their neighbours’ son, Paul (Josh O’Connor). Jane is an orphan, so has no mother to spend the day with—but she does have Paul, with whom she’s been having a years-long secret affair. The story unfolds as they spend their final day together as lovers.
The debut feature from multi-award-winning (including Cannes Un Certain Regard) writer-director Saim Sadiq, Joyland
explores the many sides of love and desire in a patriarchal society. Gentle and timid, Haider (Ali Junejo) lives with his wife Mumtaz (Rasti Farooq), his father, and his elder brother’s family in Lahore, Pakistan. Following along spell of unemployment, Haider finally lands a job at a Bollywood-style burlesque, telling his family he is a theatre manager, when in actuality, he is a backup dancer. The unusual position shakes up the steadfast traditional dynamics of his household and enables Haider to break out of his shell. As he acclimates to the new job, Haider becomes infatuated with the strong-willed trans woman Biba (Alina Khan) who runs the show—an unforeseen partnership that opens his eyes and ultimately his worldview, in ways both unexpected and intimate.
Triangle of Sadness
Things are not always as Instagrammable as they first appear…. In Ruben Östlund’s wickedly funny Palme d’Or winner, social hierarchy is turned upside down, revealing the tawdry relationship between power and beauty. Celebrity model couple, Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean), are invited on a luxury cruise for the uber-rich, helmed by an unhinged boat captain (Woody Harrelson). What first appeared instagrammable ends catastrophically, leaving the survivors stranded on a desertisland and fighting for survival.
This BAFTA-nominated fictional drama chronicles the later years of Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Vicky Krieps). On Christmas Eve 1877, Elisabeth turns 40 and is officially deemed an old woman and starts trying to maintain her public image, once idolised for her beauty. Also starring Colin Morgan as George “Bay” Middleton.
The Worst Person in The World
This Norwegian romantic comedy was nominated for countless awards all over the world, including the Oscars, and winner of Best International Independent Film at the BIFAs in 2022. Joachim Trier’s The Worst Person in the World chronicles four years in the life of Julie (Renate Reinsve), a young woman who navigates the troubled waters ofher love life and struggles to find her career path, leading her to take a realistic look at who she really is.
Ali & Ava
Ali & Ava, both lonely for different reasons, meet and sparks fly. Over a lunar month adeep connection begins to grow, despite the legacy of Ava’s past relationship, and Ali’s emotional turmoil at the breakdown of his marriage. Enveloped in music and imbued with humour, Ali & Ava is a compelling contemporary love story written and directed by BAFTA-nominated Clio Barnard (The Arbor, The Selfish Giant, Dark River).
From writer, director, and producer Jesse Miceli, Coalesce follows three young peopleliving in modern day Phnom Penh and Cambodia, three perspectives, three routes. Songsa is sent to the capital by his family to sell clothes in a tuk-tuk. Phearum goes into debt to buy a taxi and confronts the unexpected. Thy dives into the nightlife and dreams of joining a biker crew. Coalesce draws a portrait of a youth who faces a fast-changing world.
Crimes of the Future
From famed director David Cronenberg and nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or.’ As the human species adapts to a synthetic environment, the body undergoes new transformations and mutations. With his partner Caprice (Léa Seydoux), Saul Tenser (Viggo Mortensen), celebrity performance artist, publicly showcases the metamorphosis of his organs in avant-garde performances. Timlin (Kristen Stewart), an investigator from the National Organ Registry, obsessively tracks their movements, which is when a mysterious group is revealed… Their mission – to use Saul’s notoriety to shed light on the next phase of human evolution.
Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear winning fantasy-drama written and directed by Céline Sciamma. Eight-year-old Nelly (Joséphine Sanz) has just lost her beloved grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods where her mom, Marion, used to play and built the treehouse she’s heard so much about. One day her mother abruptly leaves. That’s when Nelly meets a girl her own age in the woods building a treehouse. Her name is Marion.
When Adam’s (Mark Duplass, who is also the director) husband surprises him with weekly Spanish lessons, he’s unsure about where or how this new element will fit into his already structured life. However, when tragedy strikes, his Spanish teacher, Cariño (Natalie Morales, who also wrote the screenplay), becomes a lifeline he didn’t know he needed. Adam develops an unexpected and complicated emotional bond with Cariño—but do you really know someone just because you’ve experienced a traumatic moment with them? Bittersweet, honest, and at times darkly funny, Language Lessons is a disarmingly moving exploration of platonic love.
Emily delves into the imagined life of one of the world’s most famous authors, Emily Brontë. The film stars Emma Mackey (Sex Education, Death on the Nile) as Emily, a rebel and misfit, as she finds her voice and writes the literary classic ‘Wuthering Heights’. The film explores the relationships that inspired her – her raw, passionate sisterhood with Charlotte (Alexandra Dowling – The Musketeers) and Anne (Amelia Gething– The Spanish Princess); her first aching, forbidden love for Weightman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen– The Lost Daughter, The Haunting of Bly Manor) and her care for her maverick brother Branwell (Fionn Whitehead – The Duke, Dunkirk), whom she idolises. Frances O’Connor makes her directorial debut with Emily, from her own original screenplay. The film also stars Adrian Dunbar (Line of Duty) and Gemma Jones (Bridget Jones’s Baby, Gentleman Jack).
At the dawn of the French Revolution, a chef who has been sacked by his noble master finds the strength to free himself from his position as a servant and opens the first ever restaurant with the help of a talented young woman. Starring Grégory Gadebois, Isabelle Carré and Benjamin Lavernhe.
When a billionaire entrepreneur impulsively decides to create an iconic movie, he demands the best. Renowned filmmaker Lola Cuevas ( Penélope Cruz) is recruited to mastermind this ambitious endeavour. Completing the all-star team are two actor swith massive talent but even bigger egos: Hollywood heartthrob Félix Rivero (Antonio Banderas) and radical theatre actor Iván Torres (Oscar Martínez). Through a series of increasingly eccentric trials set by Lola, Félix and Iván must confront not only each other, but also their own legacies.
The Lost King
Directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, Florence Foster Jenkins), starring Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan, In 2012, having been lost for over 500 years, the remains of King Richard III were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester. The search had been orchestrated by an amateur historian, Philippa Langley (Sally Hawkins, nominated for a BAFTA for this role), whose unrelenting research had been met with in comprehension by her friends and family and with scepticism by experts and academics. The Lost King is the life-affirming true story of a woman who refused to be ignored and who took on the country’s most eminent historians, forcing them to think again about one of the most controversial kings in England’s history.
Golden Globe nominated drama centring on Peter (Hugh Jackman), whose hectic life with his infant and new partner Beth (Vanessa Kirby) is upended when his ex-wife Kate (Laura Dern) appears with their son Nicholas (Zen McGrath), who is now a teenager.The young man has been missing from school for months and is troubled, distant, and angry. Peter strives to take care of Nicholas as he would have liked his own father to have taken care of him while juggling work, his and Beth’s new son, and the offer of his dream position in Washington. However, by reaching for the past to correct its mistakes, he loses sight of how to hold onto the Nicholas in the present.
2024 Upfronts: SBS / NITV