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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.
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8 Aug 2019 - 5:50 PM  UPDATED 8 Aug 2019 - 5:50 PM

For highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (digital channel 32) from the 12th to 18th of August, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 12 – 18 August
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include Armando Iannucci's profanely hilarious In The Loop, the Oscar-winning 2005 South African crime drama Tsotsi, Colin Farrell and Nicole Kidman in Yorgos Lanthimos' thriller The Killing Of A Sacred Deer, Fatih Akin's 2016 road movie Tschick (aka Goodbye Berlin), the Best Picture-winning Gandhi, and more...

MONDAY 12 AUGUST

The Ninth Floor
11:00AM, 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.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
12:25PM, 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.

WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST

Missing in Action
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, War
Language: English, Vietnamese
Director: Joseph Zito
Starring: Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, David Tress, Lenore Kasdorf, James Hong
What's it about?
American servicemen are still being held captive in Vietnam and it's up to one man to bring them home in this blistering, fast-paced action/adventure starring martial arts superstar Chuck Norris. Following a daring escape from a Vietnamese POW camp, Special Forces Colonel James Braddock (Norris) is on a mission to locate and save remaining MIAs.

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
9:30PM, NITV (repeats 11:00AM, Thurs 15 Aug)

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.

The Delta Force
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Israel, USA, 1986
Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure
Language: English, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew
Director: Menahem Golan
Starring: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Shelley Winters, Martin Balsam, Robert Forster
What's it about?
A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realize is that an elite team of commandos led by Major McCoy (Norris) and by Colonel Alexander (Marvin) has been called into service to eliminate all terrorists on the jetliner.

Till the End of the World
11:50PM, SBS

M
China, 2018
Genre: Romance, Drama, Adventure
Language: Chinese
Director: Wu Youyin
Starring: Mark Chao, Yang Zishan, Anastasia Berestova, Jao Felipe, Sun Di
What's it about?
The unlikely pairing of a spoiled millionaire venture capitalist (Chao) scouting for extreme wedding tour locations and a grounded science photographer (Yang) en route to chronicle the Aurora Australis lights face the ultimate 75 day test for survival and redemption after their twin engine craft crashes during a debilitating snowstorm over the vast desolate nether-regions of Antarctica. Based on the novel by the same name by Wu.

FRIDAY 16 AUGUST

Selkie
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 17 Aug)

PG
Australia, 2000
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Donald Crombie
Starring: Chelsea Bruland, Shimon Moore
What's it about?
An Australian teenager (Moore) is devastated when he learns that his mother (Bruland) has landed a job on a remote island off the mainland and that he must go with her. Upon settling in to his new surroundings he discovers that he is actually a magical creature that is part human and part seal. Before long he embraces his new way of life as a Selkie.

Selkie Review

A Better Man
10:40PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lawrence Jackman, Attiya Khan
Starring: Attiya Khan
What's it about?
Following a series of intimate conversations between a former couple who lived through two years of domestic abuse, this documentary is a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse.

Members Only
12:05AM, SBS

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Director: Mic-go Ngan
Starring: Kyle Li, Yoyo Fung, Julius Brian Siswojo, Carmen Tong Ka-Man, Christy Chan Kit-Ling
What's it about?
Balcony is the most luxurious members-only clubhouse in town, where investment analyst Stephen (Kyle Li) comes across millionaire Lucas, stock broker Master Alan (Julius Brian Siswojo) and prostitute Milo (Yoyo Fung). He learns the tricks of stock market trading from Master Alan and teaches Milo what he has learnt. Stephen and Milo are thrilled with making easy money in the stock market, but both soon realise someone controls everything behind the scenes...

A Gay Girl in Damascus: The Amina Profile
3:40AM, SBS

M
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sophie Deraspe
What's it about?
For months, Sandra in Montreal and Amina, a Syrian-American, bond romantically and intellectually. Encouraged by Sandra, Amina launches a blog called "A Gay Girl in Damascus," representing a marginalised voice in the Middle East on politics, religion, and sexuality. Rapidly garnering worldwide attention, Amina becomes something of a star blogger. But when Syria enters the Arab uprising of 2011, Sandra receives word that Amina has been kidnapped, and soon the search for Amina becomes a global concern and an even larger mystery to solve.

SATURDAY 17 AUGUST

The Hateful Eight
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Thriller, Western, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Quentin Tarantino
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Jennifer Jason Leigh
What's it about?
Set 'six or eight or twelve years' after the Civil War, The Hateful Eight follows bounty hunter John Ruth (Russell) and his fugitive Daisy Domergue (Leigh), who's being taken to town to be hanged. They journey through the Wyoming winterscape in a stagecoach and encounter two strangers: Major Marquis Warren (Jackson), a union soldier-turned-bounty hunter, and Chris Mannix (Goggins), a Southern renegade who insists he's the new sheriff in town. A blizzard soon overtakes their stagecoach on a mountainside stopover, where they meet a handful of dangerous characters who share a deadly connection.

Quentin Tarantino says he cut two different versions of 'The Hateful Eight'
The Hateful Eight review: A grand, gory vision

Mekko
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:30AM)

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Sterlin Harjo
Starring: Rod Rondeaux, Jamie Loy, Scott Mason, Zahn McClarnon
What's it about?
Mekko (Rondeaux) gets out of prison after 19 years. With no home or family, he makes his way to Tulsa. After unsuccessfully trying to connect with a cousin and with nowhere to go, Mekko ends up sleeping on the streets. He is taken in by the homeless native community, which, while at times jovial, has a dark undercurrent. He begins having issues with a member of this community, a man named Bill (McClarnon). Convinced that Bill is a witch, Mekko turns to the old teachings of his grandmother in order to rid the community of him.

St. Trinian's
10:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2007
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Barnaby Thompson, Oliver Parker
Starring: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Colin Firth, Lena Headey, Russell Brand
What's it about?
St. Trinian’s continues to represent the unacceptable face of British education. When the new Minister of Education (Firth) announces he will sort the place out, he doesn't realise the enormity of the task or that the headmistress is an old flame. The school is threatened with closure by their bank; with the staff clearly a waste of space, the girls realise the responsibility to save the day falls on them. 

St Trinian's Review

The Crimson Wing: Mystery of the Flamingos
11:35PM, SBS

M
UK, USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matthew Aeberhard, Leander Ward
Starring: Mariella Frostrup
What's it about?
In a place like no other on the planet, the dramatic and desolate Lake Natron in northern Tanzania, you'll witness a spectacle unlike anything you've seen before: a million crimson-winged flamingos arrive to continue the circle of life. Focusing on the adventures of a single chick set against a backdrop of never-before-filmed landscapes, The Crimson Wing is a visually stunning journey into the life and struggles of the mysterious and inspiring flamingo.

My Brother the Devil
1:00AM, SBS

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally El Hosaini
Starring: James Krishna Floyd, Elarica Johnson, Fady Elsayed
What's it about?
Set on the streets of Hackney, teenage Mo (Elsayed) idolises his older brother, Rashid (Floyd), but his adulation is misplaced. The handsome Rashid is a gang member and drug dealer, but he loves his little bro' and is determined that the guileless Mo should stay on the straight and narrow. Their Egyptian migrant family has little money to spare, so Rashid helps out, sneaking a few extra bank notes into his mother's purse. One summer, as gang violence heats up, Mo witnesses an incident that rips into the brotherly bond and sets him on a dangerous path.

My Brother the Devil Review

SUNDAY 18 AUGUST

Biggie and Tupac
8:30PM, NITV

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
Starring: Tupac Amaru Shakur, The Notorious B.I.G., Nick Broomfield, Russell Poole
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

The Handmaid's Tale
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, USA, 1990
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Starring: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Victoria Tennant
What's it about?
Following a coup, America is a country still at war with itself and ruled by a repressive Bible-inspired regime. Past pollution means only 1 per cent of women can bear children, and female criminals found to be potential mothers are put into an institution run by 'Aunt Lydia' (Tennant) to be indoctrinated. One such is Kate (Richardson), who then seduces Fred (Duvall), a higher-up in the security forces, to attempt to procreate. The 1990 film version from director Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum). 

Free Solo
8:35PM, SBS

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jimmy Chin, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Featuring: Alex Honnold, Tommy Caldwell, Jimmy Chin, Sanni McCandless
What's it about?
This Oscar-winning documentary provides an intimate and unflinching portrait of professional rock climber Alex Honnold as he prepares to attempt the first ever free solo climb (i.e. without ropes or safety gear) of the 3,200-foot, vertical face of El Capitan, one of the highest peaks in America’s Yosemite National Park. 

Jay-Z: Made in America
10:20PM, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Featuring: Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, Rita Ora, Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Skrillex
What's it about?
A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival, created by rap superstar Jay-Z.

Ron Howard and Jay-Z

Idlewild
10:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Crime, Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Bryan Barber
Starring: Andre Benjamin, Big Boi, Paula Patton, Terrence Howard, Macy Gray, Ving Rhames
What's it about?
A musical set in the Prohibition-era American South, where a speakeasy performer and club manager Rooster (Big Boi) must contend with gangsters who have their eyes on the club while his piano player and partner Percival (Benjamin) must choose between his love, Angel (Patton) or his obligations to his father.

Six Acts
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Jonathan Gurfinkel
Starring: Sivan Levy, Eviatar Mor, Roy Nik, Niv Zilberberg, Tal Grushka
What's it about?
Naive teen Gili (Levy) changes schools and is determined to improve her social status by hooking up with the popular guys. But as she pushes her own limits with every new encounter, the line of consent begins to blur.