• L-R: Flashdance, F/X, Samson & Delilah, Road to Perdition (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

1 Aug 2019 - 4:41 PM  UPDATED 1 Aug 2019 - 4:41 PM

For highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (digital channel 32) from the 5th to 11th of August, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 5 - 11 August
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include the Australian classic Lantana, the BAFTA-nominated 2012 Saudi Arabian landmark Wadjda, Luc Besson's still-electrifying Nikita, Ghibli/Miyazaki favourite Howl's Moving Castle, Jake Gyllenhaal at his scariest in Nightcrawler, and more.

MONDAY 5 AUGUST

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
11:00AM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Mick Jagger, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
What's it about?
Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary from Alex Gibney (Going Clear, Finding Fela) features rare and previously unseen footage, photographs and interviews, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST

Althea
1:00PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English 
Director: Rex Miller
What's it about?
A truant from the rough streets of Harlem, Althea emerged as a most unlikely queen of the highly segregated tennis world in the 1950s. Her roots as a sharecropper’s daughter, her family’s migration north to Harlem in the 1930s, mentoring from Sugar Ray Robinson, David Dinkins and others, and fame that thrust her unwillingly into the glare of the early Civil Rights movement, all bring her story into a much broader realm of the American story.

NITV celebrates trailblazing athlete Althea Gibson

Year of the Dragon
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava
What's it about?
In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White (Rourke) becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai (Lone), an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorized investigation, White grows increasingly willing to violate police protocol, resorting to progressively violent measures. From Michael Cimino, director of The Deer Hunter and the infamous 1980 flop Heaven's Gate.

Maliglutit (The Searchers)
9:30PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Starring: Benjamin Kunuk, Joey Sarpinak, Jocelyne Immaroitok, Karen Ivalu
What's it about?
Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) returns with this Arctic epic inspired by the classic John Ford western The Searchers, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home.

F/X
11:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1986
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Action
Language: English
Director: Robert Mandel
Starring: Bryan Brown, Brian Dennehy, Diane Venora, Tom Noonan, Angela Bassett
What's it about?
A movies special effects man (Brown) is hired by a government agency to help stage the assassination of a well known gangster. When the agency double cross him, he uses his special effects to trap the gangster and the corrupt agents.

Across the Waters
11:55PM, SBS

M
Denmark, 2016
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: Danish, German
Director: Nicolo Donato
Starring: David Dencik, Danica Curcic, Nicolas Bro, Lars Brygmann, Jakob Cedergren
What's it about?
The year is 1943 and rumours have it that the Germans are about to deport all Danish Jews. The Jewish jazz musician Arne Itkin (Dencik), his wife (Curcic), and their 5-year-old son quickly realise that they have to flee to safety in Sweden, in order to avoid the horrors of the concentration camps. But who can be trusted when Gestapo and Danish collaborators are on their heels to stop anyone from fleeing the country?

THURSDAY 8 AUGUST

Anori
9:00PM, NITV (repeats 11:30AM, Fri 9 Aug)

PG
Greenland, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Pipaluk Jorgensen
Starring: Nûkaka Coster-Waldau, Angunnguaq Larsen, Ujarneq Fleischer
What's it about?
Steeped in Greenlandic myths, this is a tragic love story inspired by the old Greenlandic myths. The film tells the story of Anori, a woman who believes only in all that is good in life, but when is confronted by the dark forces of nature is determined to bring back the light. This modern story - set amongst the incredible Greenlandic landscapes and the intensely crowded New York - takes you on a journey where myth comes to life.

Sunny and the Dark Horse
10:35PM, NITV (repeats 1:00PM, Fri 9 Aug)

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 the 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.

FRIDAY 9 AUGUST

Tia and Piujuq
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 10th Aug)

PG
Canada, 2018
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English, Arabic, Inuktitut
Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk
Starring: Tia Bshara, Nuvvija Tulugarjuk, Eiman Aljaber, Ghaiss Gharibet
What's it about?
Tia (Bshara), a 10 year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl (Tulugarjuk) with whom she immerses herself in a world of Inuit myth and magic.

Samson and Delilah
9:35PM, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson
What's it about?
Samson and Delilah's world is small - an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes, they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Winner of the Camera D'or (best debut feature) at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and regularly cited as one of the greatest Australian films of all time.

Samson And Delilah: a symbol of things to come
Samson and Delilah Review

The Eager Bodies
12:00AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2003
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Xavier Giannoli
Starring: Nicolas Duvauchelle, Laura Smet, Marie Denarnaud
What's it about?
Paul (Duvauchelle) and Charlotte (Smet) are in love. Charlotte discovers she has a grave malady and Paul supports her. But Paul is also attracted to Ninon (Denarnaud), another girl. Charlotte accepts Paul to have an affair with her, and the three start a difficult and ambiguous relationship.

SATURDAY 10 AUGUST

Pacific Warriors
12:30PM, NITV

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: James Marquand
What's it about?
An insight into the origins and stories of Pacific Island rugby teams such as Tonga, Samoa and Fiji. This documentary explores the backgrounds of a wide variety of players, past and present.

Road to Perdition
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2002
Genre: Drama, Crime, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Sam Mendes
Starring: Jude Law, Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig, Jennifer Jason Leigh
What's it about?
Michael Sullivan (Hanks) is a hit man for an Irish gang in the Depression-era Midwest. When his work crosses into his private life, leading to the death of his beloved wife and son, Sullivan and his surviving son (Hoechlin) set out on a journey of retribution and redemption. From Sam Mendes, director of American Beauty and Skyfall.

Road To Perdition Review

Flashdance
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1983
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Jennifer Beals, Michael Nouri, Lilia Skala, Kyle T. Heffner
What's it about?
A young woman (Beals) works as a welder by day and an erotic dancer by night, while pursuing her dream of dancing with the Pittsburgh Ballet. One of the biggest box office hits of the 80s, and winner of the 1984 Academy Award for Best Original Song ("Flashdance... What a Feeling").

Charlie Bartlett
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jon Poll
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings
What's it about?
Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin) is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner (Downey, Jr.). As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm and likability positions him as the resident 'psychiatrist' dishing out advice, and the occasional prescription, to his fellow students in need.

The Iceman
12:10AM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ariel Vromen
Starring: Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder, Chris Evans, David Schwimmer, Ray Liotta, James Franco
What's it about?
Richard Kuklinski (Shannon) is a bit player in the porn industry. He comes to the attention of a mob boss (Liotta) who appreciates Richard's iciness. Soon Richard is contracting hits, often partnering with Robert (Evans), who has an ingenious method of body disposal. All the while, Richard appears to be a loving family man, keeping his sociopathic tendencies away from his devoted wife (Ryder) and children. Based on a true story.

The Iceman: Michael Shannon interview
The Iceman Review

SUNDAY 11 AUGUST

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
8:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Tony Bennett, Robbie Robertson
What's it about?
Tells the story of a profound, essential and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo and more, this documentary unravels the Indigenous influence and talented Native musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Black Cop
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Canada, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Cory Bowles
Starring: Ronnie Rowe, Jr., Sophia Walker, Sebastien Lebel, Simon Paul Mutuyimana
What's it about?
A black police officer (Rowe, Jr.) is pushed to the edge, taking out his frustrations on the privileged community he's sworn to protect.

Woodstock
8:35PM, SBS

M
USA, 2018
Genre: History, Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron
What's it about?
In August 1969, nearly half a million people gathered at a farm in upstate New York to hear music. What happened over the next three days, however, was far more than a concert. It would become a legendary event - one that would define a generation and mark the end of one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. Occurring just weeks after an American set foot on the moon, the Woodstock music festival took place against a backdrop of a nation in conflict over sexual politics, civil rights, and the Vietnam War. 

Pariah
10:15PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dee Rees
Starring: Adepero Oduye, Pernell Walker, Aasha Davis, Kim Wayans
What's it about?
A Brooklyn teenager (Oduye) juggles conflicting identities and risks friendship, heartbreak, and family in a desperate search for sexual expression. The acclaimed directorial debut of Dee Rees, director of 2016's Mudbound.

The Ninth Floor
10:15PM, NITV 

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mina Shum
What's it about?
In her first feature-length documentary, director Mina Shum (Double Happiness) takes a penetrating look at the Sir George Williams University riot of February 1969, when a protest against institutional racism snowballed into a 14-day student occupation at the Montreal university.

The Wolfpack
10:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Crystal Moselle
What's it about?
Locked away from society in an apartment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the Angulo brothers learn about the outside world through the films that they watch. Nicknamed ‘The Wolfpack’, the brothers spend their childhood reenacting their favorite films using elaborate home-made props and costumes. Their world is shaken up when one of the brothers escapes and everything changes. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Call Girl
11:50PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Sweden, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Language: Swedish
Director: Mikael Marcimain
Starring: Sofia Karemyr, Simon J. Berger, Josefin Asplund
What's it about?
Stockholm, late 70's. The model utopian society. But under the polished surface, desires are eager to be fulfilled. Within a stone's throw of government buildings and juvenile homes lies a world of sex clubs and strip shows. A young girl (Karemyr) is recruited from the bottom rung of society, into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.

Call Girl Review