• From left: A Royal Affair, Mongol, WarGames, Public Enemies (SBS Movies)Source: 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.
By
SBS Movies

23 Aug 2019 - 3:08 PM  UPDATED 23 Aug 2019 - 3:34 PM

For highlights on the SBS World Movies channel (digital channel 32) from the 26th of August to 1st of September, follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 26 August - 1 September
This week's highlights on SBS World Movies include the Iranian masterpiece A Separation, Almodovar's 2016 Alice Munro adaptation Julieta, the 2018 multiple-Cannes-award-winner Girl, Marion Cotillard in the Dardenne brothers' Two Days One Night, plus Studio Ghibli faves, Pan's Labyrinth, and more...

MONDAY 26 AUGUST

Mama Africa
11:00PM, NITV (repeats 9:30PM, Wed 28 Aug)

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Featuring: Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Nelson Mandela
What's it about?
Mama Africa is the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. From director Mika Kaurismäki (brother of legendary Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.)

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
9:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Tues 27 Aug)

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Deborah Riley Draper
What's it about?
In 1936, 18 African American athletes dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler defied Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. The world remembers Jesse Owens. But, Olympic Pride American Prejudice shows how all 18 are a seminal precursor to the modern Civil Rights Movement.

WEDNESDAY 28 AUGUST

A Royal Affair
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Sweden, 2012
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: Danish, French, German
Director: Nikolaj Arcel
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Trine Dyrholm, Alicia Vikander
What's it about?
A young queen (Vikander), who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with his physician (Mikkelsen) – and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever. 2013 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

A Royal Affair Review: A captivating tale of betrayal, political intrigue and doomed love

WarGames
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1983
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: John Badham
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Barry Corbin
What's it about?
High School student David Lightman (Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions. Together with his girlfriend (Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent - and prevent a nuclear Armageddon. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Sound at the 1984 Academy Awards.

A Land Imagined
11:50PM, SBS

M
France, Netherlands, Singapore, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Bengali, Chinese
Director: Yeo Siew Hua
Starring: Peter Yu, Liu Xiaoyi, Guo Yue, Jack Tan, Ishtiaque Zico
What's it about?
After forming a virtual friendship with a mysterious gamer, Wang (Liu), a lonely construction worker from China, goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site. Lok (Yu), a police investigator, has to uncover the truth in order to find him. 

The Waiting City
1:40AM, SBS

M
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English 
Director: Claire McCarthy
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Radha Mitchell, Isabel Lucas
What's it about?
Tells the story of an outwardly happy Australian couple (Edgerton and Mitchell) who journey to India to collect their adopted baby. When they arrive in Kolkata they discover that the adoption arrangements have still to be finalised. Soon the intoxicating mystic power of the city pulls them in separate and unexpected directions and the vulnerability of their marriage begins to reveal itself.

THURSDAY 29 AUGUST

Into the Blue
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: John Stockwell
Starring: Paul Walker, Jessica Alba, Scott Caan, Ashley Scott, Josh Brolin
What's it about?
When they take some friends on an extreme sport adventure, the last thing Jared (Walker) and Sam (Alba) expect to see below the shark-infested waters is a legendary pirate ship rumored to contain millions of dollars in gold. But their good fortune is short-lived, as a ruthless gang of criminals gets word of what they have uncovered.

FRIDAY 30 AUGUST

The Watsons Go to Birmingham
7:30PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 31 Aug)

PG
USA, 2013
Genre: Family, History
Language: English
Director: Kenny Leon
Starring: Bryce Clyde Jenkins, Harrison Knight, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, David Alan Grier
What's it about?
In the Summer of 1963, Flint, Michigan is home to the Watsons, a close knit family. When 15 year-old Byron’s (Knight) antics go over the top, his parents realize enough is enough and they decide the family needs a dose of Grandma Sands' no nonsense approach in Birmingham, Alabama. So the Watsons load up their 1948 Plymouth Brown Bomber and head South. When they finally make it to Birmingham, they meet Grandma Sands (Jackson) and her friend, Mr. Robert (Grier) and discover that life is very different there than in Flint.

The Passion of Augustine
12:30AM, SBS

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Léa Pool
Starring: Céline Bonnier, Diane Lavallée, Valérie Blais, Pierrette Robitaille
What's it about?
Simone Beaulieu, better known as Mother Augustine (Bonnier), runs a convent school for girls in the Canadian province of Quebec in the 1960s. She has turned the little convent into a musical treasure where the students have won every prestigious music competition in the region. When her talented but rebellious niece joins the convent, and when the government threatens to shut down the school in favour of public education, her world is suddenly turned upside down. 

SATURDAY 31 AUGUST

Mongol
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan, 2007
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: Mongolian, Mandarin
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun
What's it about?
A sweeping epic, Mongol delves into the dramatic early years of Genghis Khan (Asano), who was born as Temudgin in 1162. As it follows him from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multi-dimensional portrait of the future conqueror, revealing him not as the evil brute of legend, but as an inspiring and visionary leader. Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Mongol Review

Fire Song
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

M
Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Adam Garnet Jones
Starring: Andrew Martin, Jennifer Podemski, Harley Legarde
What's it about?
Shane, a gay Anishnabe teenager in Northern Ontario, is struggling to support his family in the aftermath of his sister's suicide. If he fails, he will be forced to choose between his family's home and his own future. Premiered at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, and winner of the Audience Award at the 2015 ImageNative Film Festival.

Kill Your Friends
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Owen Harris
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Craig Roberts, Georgia King, Tom Riley, James Corden
What's it about?
Based on John Niven's best-selling novel, Kill Your Friends is a jet-black comedy about a music executive (Hoult) at the height of the Britpop era who will stop at nothing to further his career. 

Supernova
10:50PM, SBS

M
Netherlands, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Director: Tamar van den Dop
Starring: Gaite Jansen, Tamar van den Dop, Bob Schwarze, Elise van't Laar
What's it about?
Meis (Jansen) is fifteen, lives in the back of beyond and aspires to a grand and stirring life, but all that happens is the passing of the time, waiting for the next car to run into the front of the house.

A Secret World
12:50AM, SBS

M
Mexico, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Gabriel Mariño
Starring: Lucía Uribe Bracho, Roberto Mares, Olivia Lagunas
What's it about?
Eighteen-year-old Maria (Uribe) is a lonely dreamer struggling to make sense of her life. On the last day of high school, she leaves her world behind to begin a secret journey of self-discovery. On an epic road trip from Mexico City's urban chaos to the oceans of La Paz, she is embraced by love and the natural world with pure poetic force. 

Deep Web
2:25AM, SBS VICELAND (repeast 1:00AM, Sun 1 Sep)

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: German, English
Director: Alex Winter
Featuring: Keanu Reeves, Ross Ulbricht, Andy Greenberg, Nicolas Christin
What's it about?
The inside story of one of the most important and riveting digital crime sagas of the century: the arrest of Ross William Ulbricht, the convicted 30-year-old entrepreneur accused to be 'Dread Pirate Roberts', creator and operator of online black market Silk Road. This documentary explores how the brightest minds and thought leaders behind the Deep Web are now caught in the crosshairs of the battle for control of a future inextricably linked to technology. 

SUNDAY 1 SEPTEMBER

Public Enemies
8:30PM, SBS

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Language: English
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Christian Bale, Lili Taylor, Billy Crudup
What's it about?
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider) directs this adaptation of Brian Burrough's best-seller about famed government agent Melvin Purvis (Bale) and his attempt to stop John Dillinger (Depp) and his gang. The 1930s-set drama depicts a lawless time in American history that made a stable of gangsters, of whom Dillinger was most notorious, front page celebrities. Efforts to thwart the high profile criminals led to the formation of what is now known as the FBI. 

Public Enemies Review

Beyond the Mat
8:30PM, NITV

PG
USA, 1999
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Barry W. Blaustein
Featuring: Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Jake Roberts, Jesse Ventura, Dwayne Johnson
What's it about?
This look at professional wrestling focuses on the lives of wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts. The film heavily focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), often criticising it and its chairman Vince McMahon. It also follows Extreme Championship Wrestling, its rise in popularity, and many other independent wrestlers and organisations.

Ghosthunter
8:35PM, SBS

M
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ben Lawrence
Featuring: Jason King
What's it about?
Part true-crime, part family mystery, Ghosthunter is a real-life ghost story of one man unearthing his past in order to reclaim his future. It is an emotional, peculiar and at times darkly humorous journey of catharsis through haunted lives - culminating in a confrontation with inner demons and the first steps on the road to healing. 

Next Goal Wins
10:15PM, NITV

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
What's it about?
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet. An inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life.