• From left: Elle, The Sapphires, Storm Boy (1976), '71 (NITV)
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

17 Jan 2020 - 4:15 PM  UPDATED 17 Jan 2020 - 4:35 PM

For films showing on SBS World Movies this week:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 20 - 26 January
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 20 JANUARY

Gurrumul
12:00PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Damien Williams
Featuring: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sting, Michael Hohnen, Mark Grose
What's it about?
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. 

Why Gurrumul is Australia's most important documentary

TUESDAY 21 JANUARY

September
8:30PM, NITV (repeats Wed 22 Jan, 10:00AM)

M
Australia, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Carstairs
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Clarence John Ryan, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Paul Gleeson, Mia Wasikowska
What's it about?
Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, September is about two 15 year-old boys – one black, one white – whose friendship begins to fall apart under the stress of a changing world. The boys try to hold their friendship together in spite of the pressures imposed upon them by a turbulent social and political climate. 

Etched in Bone
10:05PM, NITV (repeats Wed 22 Jan, 11:30AM)

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Martin Thomas, Béatrice Bijon
Starring: Jacob Nayinggul, Joe Gumbula, Martin Thomas
What's it about?
Drawing on original footage from National Geographic, Etched in Bone explores the impact of one notorious bone theft by a member of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. Hundred of bones were stolen and deposited in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, until it became known to Arnhem elders in the late 1990s. The return of the sacred artefacts was called for, resulting in a tense standoff between indigenous tribespeople and the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian.

Etched in Bone

WEDNESDAY 22 JANUARY

Slither
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, USA, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English, French
Director: James Gunn
Starring: Nathan Fillion, Don Thompson, Elizabeth Banks, Gregg Henry
What's it about?
The sleepy town of Wheelsy could be any small town in America-somewhat quaint and gentle, and peopled with friendly folks who mind their own business. But just beneath the surface charm, something unnamed and evil has arrived and is growing. The debut feature of Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, this creature feature is a sci-fi nightmare realised with an obvious appreciation for classic pulp horror films.

Message from Mungo
10:35PM, NITV (repeats Thurs 23 Jan, 12:00PM)

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

Brain Damage
11:10PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Frank Henenloter
Starring: Rick Hearst, Gordon MacDonald, Jennifer Lowry, Theo Barnes
What's it about?
One morning, a young man (Hearst) wakes to find that a small, disgusting creature has attached itself to the base of his brain stem. The creature gives him a euphoric state of happiness but demands human victims in return. From Frank Henenloter, writer-director of cult 1982 horror Basket Case.

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

M
China, 2018
Genre: Romance, Drama, Adventure
Language: Mandarin
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.

Revenge of the Pink Panther
12:45AM, SBS VICELAND

PG
UK, USA, 1978
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Language: English, French
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber, Robert Loggia
What's it about?
Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Sellers) is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus (Lom)—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, sets out to discover why an attempt was made on his life.

THURSDAY 23 JANUARY

Marni
7:30PM, NITV (repeats Friday 24 January, 10:00AM)

PG
Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tyson Mowarin
What's it about?
Marni is an immersive art experience in which an intricate dot painting about Country is created by celebrated Pilbara artist, Allery Sandy.

'Marni' is an immersive art experience in which an intricate dot painting about Country is created by celebrated Pilbara artist, Allery Sandy.

Mao's Last Dancer
8:30PM, SBS

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Mandarin
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Chi Cao, Joan Chen, Shuangbao Wang, Kyle MacLachlan, Bruce Greenwood
What's it about?
 In 1972, 11-year-old Li Cunxin (Cao) is living with his parents, Niang (Chen) and Dia (Wang), and six siblings while attending a tumbledown school in Shandong province. Li's life changes when representatives of Madame Mao's Beijing Dance Academy visit his school, and he is one of several students believed to have promise as a dancer. Based on a true story, and directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant).

FRIDAY 24 JANUARY

Storm Boy
7:45PM, NITV (repeats Saturday 25 January, 10:00AM)

PG
Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison
What's it about?
Mike (Rowe) is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father (Cummins). In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner (Gulpilil) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

Storm Boy: Cheat Sheet

Sweet Country
9:20PM, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

Warwick Thornton talks up his Venice award-winning film, 'Sweet Country'

My Brother the Devil
10:50PM, SBS (also Sunday 26 January at 12:30am, SBS Viceland)

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. 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 (4 stars)

We Don't Need a Map
11:20PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Warwick Thornton, Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe
What's it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and DelilahSweet Country) investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. 

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton's film We Don't Need A Map takes a journey through Australia's cultural and political landscape.

War of the Arrows
12:20AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
South Korea, 2011
Genre: History, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Han-min Kim
Starring: Hae-il Park, Seung-ryong Ryu, Mu-Yeol Kim
What's it about?
Set during the second Manchurian invasion of Korea. On his sister’s wedding day, young archer Nam-Yi’s (Hae-il Park) village is destroyed and his sister Ja-in (Chae-won Moon) kidnapped.  With only a day to save Ja-in and avenge his village, Nam-Yi sets out with the bow bequeathed to him by his father. Standing in Nam-Yi’s way is Jyu Shin-Ta (Seung-yong Ryoo), a fierce warrior and leader of the elite enemy troop.  

The War of the Arrows Review: Epic Korean chase film races to finale

SATURDAY 25 JANUARY

Elle
10:20PM, SBS 

MA15+
Belgium, France, Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling
What's it about?
When Michèle (Huppert, in her first Oscar nominated performance), the CEO of a gaming software company, is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, she refuses to let it alter her precisely ordered life. She manages crises involving family, all the while becoming engaged in a game of cat and mouse with her stalker. 

'Elle': Isabelle Huppert Stakes Claim As Greatest Living Actor

Isabelle Huppert in 2016's 'Elle'

The Pink House
12:45AM, SBS

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sascha Ettinger-Epstein
What's it about?
Tells the story of Kalgoorlie's last original goldrush brothel through the eyes of the colourful Madam Carmel, 70, and her longest-serving lady of the night, BJ. Filmed over several years and with unprecedented access to the inner workings of this unique brothel, this offers an intimate portrait of two women bound together by the past and their precarious future. And when darker forces begin to exert pressure, their fragile relationship is tested to its limits.

SUNDAY 26 JANUARY

Another Country
4:00PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Molly Reynolds
Featuring: David Gulpilil
What's it about?
The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of 'Another Country', a story of what happened when his people's way of life was interrupted by ours. A companion film to Rolf De Heer's 2014 film Charlie's Country.

The Sapphires
8:30PM, SBS & NITV

PG
Australia, 2012
Genre: Music, Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wayne Blair
Starring: Miranda Tapsell, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens, Chris O'Dowd
What's it about?
Set in the heady days of 1968, four young, talented singers (Tapsell, Mailman, Mauboy and Sebbens) from a remote Aboriginal mission, are discovered by an unlikely talent scout (O'Dowd). Plucked from obscurity and branded as Australia’s answer to The Supremes, The Sapphires grasp the chance of a lifetime when they’re offered their first real gig – entertaining the troops in Vietnam. For the girls, a whole new world of sex, war, politics and soul opens before them.

The Sapphires review: Good times rule in Wayne Blair’s soulful adaptation

'71
10:50PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, Sam Reid, Barry Keoghan
What's it about?
A young and disoriented British soldier (O'Connell, star of Starred Up and Unbroken) is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Nominated for a BAFTA award for Best British Film.

Jack O’Connell Suffers (Again) and Shines in Northern Ireland Thriller ’71

Us
12:40AM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Sweden, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Mani Maserrat Agah
Starring: Gustaf Skarsgård, Anna Åström, Rebecca Ferguson
What's it about?
Ida (Åström) and Krister (Skarsgård) are schoolteachers who fall madly in love, move in together and begin a life full of optimism and happiness. They start to absorb each other, delving into a sexual dependency that becomes more and more intense. And then, bit by bit, everything begins to break down; happiness turns to sadness, passion becomes aggression, and sex turns into a hurtful tool for expressing emotions. In the end, the only way out is an act of complete and utter humiliation.

Human
1:45AM, SBS

PG
France, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: Italian, English, Hebrew, Arabic, Portuguese, French, Russian, Greek, Spanish
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Starring: Luis Cancu
What's it about?
Following the success of Home, discover the new film project by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Human is a combination of testimonies and exclusive aerial images. This sensitive experience is an introspection into who we are today as a community but also and most importantly, as an individual. Through wars, inequalities, discriminations, but also love, family, Human confronts us with the realities and the diversity of our human conditions.