SBS teams up with Nick Cave to promote its new film timeslot

SBS One has teamed up with Australian musician Nick Cave and his band The Bad Seeds to create a new promo for its 9.30pm Saturday film timeslot, presented by film journalist and ex-Encore editor Sandy George who recently joined the network.

SBS creative director Noel Davis told Encore that movies had been neglected on SBS One for some time.

“We wanted to create something more than a movie montage and I wanted to get the message across that we have put a renewed focus on film,” he said.

“I also wanted to use a Nick Cave song, and we were delighted when he agreed to it. It’s from his upcoming album and it’s called Jubilee Road. He and The Bad Seeds have gotten back together, and that’s a metaphor for us again showing more movies.”

The network has licensed the song for two months while it airs in cinemas and on SBS.

The promo features a scriptwriter sitting at a typewriter suffering writer’s block, trying to work out where to take his story: should it be romance, guns, boy-meets-boy and more. This is interspersed with footage from various films matching the subject matter he is pondering. The 90 second spot is currently screening nationally in Palace Cinemas to promote the new timeslot.

This feature first appeared in the tablet edition of Encore. To download click on the links below.


  1. Jubilee Street
    7 Feb 13
    1:14 pm

  2. The song is called “Jubilee Street” not Jubilee Road.

  3. PeteyPie
    7 Feb 13
    1:40 pm

  4. The promo is OK but the song is awful. So lifeless, makes me want to kill myself not watch films on SBS

  5. Marcus Casey
    7 Feb 13
    2:55 pm

  6. Hey – my mistake. Jubilee Street/Road has been corrected. Apology to Noel Davis as well – it was in his quote