• From left: Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Flash Gordon, Get On Up, Lovesong (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.
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19 Dec 2019 - 2:48 PM  UPDATED 19 Dec 2019 - 2:48 PM

For highlights on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) from 23 - 29 December:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 23 - 29 December
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

MONDAY 23 DECEMBER

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
12:00PM, 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 25 DECEMBER

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
9:20PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Samuel D. Pollard
Featuring: Sammy Davis, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis
What's it about?
Explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression to the 1980s. A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

Flash Gordon
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Hodges
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow
What's it about?
In this '80s all-star camp classic, bored alien king Ming the Merciless (von Sydow) keeps the blues at bay by conjuring up a series of disasters on Earth. He doesn't count on coming up against the star footballer and everyday hero Flash Gordon (Jones), who leads the charge to save the earth from certain destruction. Retro-tastic special effects and a soundtrack by Queen make this required viewing for any self-respecting B-movie buff.

Rodin
11:20PM, SBS

M
Belgium, France, USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jacques Doillon
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Izïa Higelin, Séverine Caneele, Magdalena Malina
What's it about?
Auguste Rodin (Lindon), man of the people, autodidact and revolutionary sculptor - the most brilliant of his era. At 42, Rodin meets Camille Claudel (Higelin), a young woman desperate to become his assistant. He quickly acknowledges her as his most able pupil, and treats her as an equal in matters of creation. An Official Competition selection at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey
11:25PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Peter Hewitt
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Joss Ackland, George Carlin, Pam Grier, William Sadler
What's it about?
Amiable slackers Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos (Ackland), a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper (Sadler) to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living.

Margaret Pomeranz reviews Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey on The Movie Show (Episode 32 1991)

THURSDAY 26 DECEMBER

That Sugar Film
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Damon Gameau
What's it about?
Damon Gameau embarks on a unique experiment to document the effects of a high sugar diet on a healthy body, by committing himself to a 60-day diet of "low fat" foods with hidden sugars. Through this entertaining and informative journey, Damon highlights some of the issues that plague the sugar industry, and where sugar lurks on supermarket shelves. 

Damon Gameau on That Sugar Film (interview)

Get on Up
9:30PM, NITV

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
What's it about?
A chronicle of James Brown's (Boseman) rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. It follows the man and his music in flashbacks from his impoverished early years in a shack in rural South Carolina, to living in a brothel run by Aunt Honey (Spencer) and singing in a local church, to his early career performing with the Famous Flames and later international stardom.

Lovesong
12:55AM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: So Yong Kim
Starring: Jena Malone, Riley Keough, Brooklyn Decker
What's it about?
Neglected by her husband, Sarah (Keough) embarks on an impromptu road trip with her young daughter and her best friend Mindy (Malone). Along the way, the dynamic between the two friends intensifies before circumstances force them apart. Years later, Sarah attempts to rebuild their intimate connection in the days before Mindy's wedding.

FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER

Buena Vista Social Club
8:40PM, SBS

G
Cuba, 1999
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Wim Wenders
Featuring: Ry Cooder
What's it about?
In 1996, Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names in the history of Cuban music to collaborate on what became the best selling album 'Buena Vista Social Club'. Inspired by these colourful characters and their extraordinary music, director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) film follows the musicians from Havana to Amsterdam and finally to Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Wim Wenders will bring 'Buena Vista Social Club' sequel to the screen

Chasing the Light
10:45PM, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: 
Comedy
Language: 
English
Director: 
Blackhorse Lowe
Starring: Jason Asenap, Patricia del Rio, Scott Hale 
What's it about?
Riggs, a down on his luck screenwriter, struggles to finish a script. But failed suicide attempts, unstable friends, drug deals and memories of his ex-girlfriend interfere.

Love & Friendship
12:00AM, SBS

PG
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Whit Stillman
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
From Jane Austen’s novella, the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out colourful rumours of her dalliances and to find husbands for herself and her daughter. Two young men, handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel) and wealthy Sir James Martin (Bennett), severely complicate her plans. An acerbic take on Austen from Whit Stillman, writer-director of Metropolitan & The Last Days of Disco.

Love and Friendship: An interview with Whit Stillman

SATURDAY 28 DECEMBER

The Reluctant Fundamentalist
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, Martin Donovan, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland
What's it about?
From Award-winning director Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding), and based on the acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid, this film explores bias and the phenomenon of globalisation. A young Pakistani man (Ahmed) who is chasing corporate success on Wall Street soon finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. 

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Interviews with Mira Nair, Riz Ahmed and Liev Schreiber
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Review: An accurate reflection of post-9/11 realities.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Starring: Thomas Mann, RJ Cyler, Olivia Cooke, Nick Offerman, Molly Shannon, Jon Bernthal, Connie Britton
What's it about?
Greg is coasting through senior year of high school as anonymously as possible, avoiding social interactions like the plague while secretly making spirited, bizarre films with Earl, his only friend. But both his anonymity and friendship threaten to unravel when his mother forces him to befriend a classmate with leukemia. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize (Dramatic Competiton) at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl': Hilarious and Heartbreaking Sundance Winner

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

M
Finland, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Action
Language: Finnish
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi 
What's it about?
This darkly hilarious Christmas tale follows the capture of Santa during an archaeological dig in the depths of Finland’s mountains. But this is a murderous Santa, and his psychotic elves are determined to free him.

Rare Exports review: A witty take on the legend of Santa Claus

Ella
10:00PM, NITV

G
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Watkin
What's it about?
Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Ella charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation of The Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister to join one of the world's foremost ballet companies.

Wiradjuri Ballet dancer, Ella Havelka

Don't Think Twice
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate Micucci
What's it about?
When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group - all best friends - start to realise that not everyone is going to make it after all. From Mike Birbiglia, comic and star/writer/director of 2012's Sleepwalk With Me.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
10:30PM, SBS

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich
What's it about?
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Hailed as a hero, vilified as a traitor, and ostracised by even his closest colleagues, Ellsberg risks life in prison to stop a war he helped plan. This documentary's subject was also addressed in the 2017 Steven Spielberg film The Post.

Pan's Labyrinth
12:10AM, SBS 

MA15+
Spain, 2006
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Language: Spanish
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdu
What's it about?
Accompanied by her parents, Ofelia (Baquero) moves from a large Spanish city to a rural area in the North of the country. Faced with the upheaval of moving home, an abusive stepfather (Lopez) and the general unpleasantness surrounding Franco's victory in 1944, Ofelia enters an imaginary world of creatures and demons, in a bid to escape. From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water), and the winner of three 2007 Academy Awards for cinematography, art direction and makeup.

Pan's Labyrinth Review: Fantasy cinema at its finest

Psycho Raman
12:10AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
India, 2016
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: Hindi, English
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Vicky Kaushal, Sobhita Dhulipala, Amruta Subhash
What's it about?
Mumbai, 2015. Raghav (Kaushal), a drug addict policeman who maintains a turbulent relationship with his girlfriend Simmy (Dhulipala), and Raman (Siddiqui), a serial killer obsessed with the heinous crimes of Raman Raghav (a notorious psychopath convicted in 1969), get caught in a ruthless cat-and-mouse game, a dark path with no return for both of them.

Psycho Raman [also known as Raman Raghav 2.0]

SUNDAY 29 DECEMBER

Being Flynn
8:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Robert De Niro, Paul Dano, Julianne Moore, Olivia Thirlby, Lili Taylor
What's it about?
Nick Flynn (Dano) is a young writer seeking to define himself. His father Jonathan (De Niro), however, scrapes through life on his own terms and has not seen his son in 18 years. Taking a job at a homeless shelter, Nick finds purpose in his own life and work, until one night Jonathan arrives seeking a bed. To give the two of them a shot at a real future, Nick wrestles with the notion of reaching out to his dad. Based on Nick Flynn's acclaimed 2004 memoir "Another Bulls*** Night in Suck City".

B.B. King: On the Road
10:20PM, NITV

PG
USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer
Starring: Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr
What's it about?
A reflection on the trials and tribulations, hilarity and rewarding moments of B.B. King's years of tenacious commitment to his audience, sometimes at great personal cost, but also his life's joy.

Un altro mondo
10:40PM, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, Italy, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian, English
Director: Silvio Muccino
Starring: Silvio Muccino, Michael Rainey Jr., Greta Scacchi, Isabella Ragonese
What's it about?
Wealthy 20-something Andrea (Muccino) is pulled away from his slacker lifestyle in Rome to visit his dying father – a man who abandoned his son and now wants to reconnect before he dies – in Nairobi. When he arrives in Kenya, however, Andrea finds his father is in a coma. He also learns he has an 8-year old half-brother, Charlie (Rainey Jr.). Andrea's girlfriend Livia (Ragonese) is unimpressed by the responsibilities this discovery is going to add to their carefree lives.

Teenage Kicks
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Craig Boreham
Starring: Miles Szanto, Daniel Webber, Anni Finsterer, Nadim Kobeissi
What's it about?
Seventeen year old Miklos Varga's (Szanto) plans to escape his migrant family and run away with his best friend Dan (Weber) are crushed by the accidental death of his older brother Tomi. Only Mik knows the events that led to this tragedy, and he is suddenly forced to navigate his guilt and explosive sexuality to find the man he can become.