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21 Jan 2020 - 12:11 PM  UPDATED 23 Jan 2020 - 2:09 PM

For films screening this week on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32):

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 27 January - 2 February
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).


Another Country
11:00AM, NITV

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 Thing

USA, 1982
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Wilford Brimley, T. K. Carter, Keith David, Keith David, Richard Dysart
What's it about?
Scientists in the Antarctic are confronted by a shape-shifting alien that assumes the appearance of the people that it kills. A critical and commercial failure upon its original release, this adaptation of John W. Campbell Jr's short story "Who Goes There?" is now regarded as one of the canonical films of the horror genre and one of the greatest achievements of legendary director John Carpenter (HalloweenAssault on Precinct 13, They Live).

Vice Guide To Film: John Carpenter (SBS On Demand)

9:35PM, NITV (repeats Thursday 30 January, 12:00PM)

Australia, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lawrence Johnston
What's it about?
Combining beautiful and arresting images with a lush symphonic score, this documentary celebrates the wondrous world at night. It shows society in all its forms, people and places, urban and rural, and explores the universal nature of night and how we experience night. From acclaimed documentarian Lawrence Johnston (Eternity, Fallout).

An interview with Lawrence Johnston, director of Night (The Movie Show, 2008)

Eight Legged Freaks

USA, 2002
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Ellory Elkayem
Starring:  David Arquette, Kari Wuhrer, Scott Terra, Kari Wuhrer, Scarlett Johansson
What's it about?
The residents of a rural mining town discover that an unfortunate chemical spill has caused hundreds of little spiders to mutate overnight to the size of trucks. It's up to mining engineer Chris McCormack (Arquette) and Sheriff Sam Parker (Wuhrer) to mobilise the townspeople into battle against the bloodthirsty eight-legged creatures.

11:50PM, SBS

Chile, Argentina, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Spanish
Director: Pablo Larraín
Starring: Gael Garcia Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba
What's it about?
It’s 1948 and the Cold War has arrived in Chile. In the Congress, prominent Communist Senator and popular poet Pablo Neruda (Gnecco) accuses the government of betraying the Party and is stripped of his parliamentary immunity by President González Videla. The Chief of Investigative Police instructs inspector Óscar Peluchonneau (Bernal) to arrest the poet, who tries to escape from the country with his wife, the painter Delia del Carril (Morán). From Pablo Larraín, acclaimed director of Jackie (2016) and No (2012).

Latino powerhouses Gael Garcia Bernal and Pablo Larraín re-team for another must-see movie


Netherlands, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Director: Mischa Kamp
Starring: Gijs Blom, Ko Zandvliet, Jonas Smulders, Ton Kas
What's it about?
Sieger (Blom), a sexually awakening gay teen athlete finds himself in a budding relationship with his mutually attracted relay race teammate. Winner of the Dutch Film Critics prize at the Netherlands Film Festival.


The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
8:30PM, SBS

USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright
What's it about?
A discredited journalist (Craig) and a mysterious computer hacker (Mara) discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder in this remake of the 2009 Swedish thriller of the same name, directed by David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7en, Zodiac).

Do the Right Thing
9:35PM, NITV (repeats 1:00AM)

USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito
What's it about?
This award-winning and critically acclaimed drama, written and directed by Spike Lee (who earned a 1990 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay) takes place on the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Everyone's hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence. 

Do the Right Thing review: A remarkable achievement (The Movie Show, 1989)
Vice Guide To Film: Spike Lee


The Watsons Go to Birmingham
7:45PM, NITV (repeats Saturday 1 February, 10:00AM)

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 realise 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.

My Survival as an Aboriginal
10:15PM, NITV (Saturday 20 January, 1:00PM)

Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

Mr. Holmes
10:40PM, SBS

UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes (McKellen) living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes' memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Mr. Holmes review: Ian McKellen gives one of his finest performances

Mr. Holmes airs Tuesday 9th July at 7:30pm on SBS World Movies


South Korea, 2010
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Kim Min-suk
Starring: Kang Dong-won, Go Soo, Jung Eun-chae, Choi Duk-moon, Byun Hee-bong
What's it about?
Cho-In (Kang) has a secret: he's capable of controlling other people's minds with just a look. When trying to rob a pawn shop he discovers someone immune to his power, beginning a confrontation that pushes his limits.


The Grand Budapest Hotel
8:30PM, SBS

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray, Willem Dafoe, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Saoirse Ronan, Léa Seydoux, Tony Revolori, Owen Wilson, Jude Law
What's it about?
Adventures are in store for legendary concierge Gustave H (Fiennes), who works at a famous European hotel between the wars. His problems begin when one of the hotel's guests that he has had a romantic encounter with suddenly dies. The deceased woman (Swinton) leaves Gustave a valuable painting, much to the horror of her son (Brody). Written and directed by Wes Anderson (RushmoreThe Royal Tenenbaums, Moonrise Kingdom) and nominated for 9 Academy Awards (including Best Picture).

The Grand Budapest Hotel Review
The Grand Budapest Hotel: Wes Anderson interview

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

USA, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Jim Carrey, Kate Winslet, Kirsten Dunst, Mark Ruffalo, Elijah Wood
What's it about?
Joel is stunned to discover that his girlfriend, Clementine, has had their tumultuous relationship erased from her mind. Out of desperation, he contacts the inventor of the process, Dr Howard Mierzwiak, to get the same treatment. But as his memories of Clementine begin to fade, Joel suddenly realises how much he still loves her. Winner of the Academy Award Best Original Screenplay for Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation, Anomalisa),

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind review: Love story told beautifully and backwards

Otelo Burning
8:30PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

South Africa, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Zulu
Director: Sara Blecher
Starring: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi
What's it about?
When 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi, his best friend, New Year, and his 12 year old brother, Ntwe, are invited to the beach-house of their new friend, Tau Modise, they step into a world previously closed to them. It is exactly the opposite of their township- a place under a constant and growing threat from political violence, driven by Inkatha hostel dwellers on one side and township United Democratic Front comrades on the other.

Comeback Dad
10:00PM, NITV

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Russ Parr
Starring: Donna Biscoe, Elizabeth Omilami, Jael Roberson, Charles S. Dutton, E. Roger Mitchell
What's it about?
Nima, an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school, seems to have it all. She cannot admit that she has never recovered from her alcoholic father's abandonment, and when he returns trying to make amends, Nima begins an eye-opening journey.

10:20PM, SBS

UK, India, 1982
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Candice Bergen, Edward Fox, John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Martin Sheen, John Mills
What's it about?
In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi (Kingsley), a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of 'passive resistance', endeavouring to win freedom for his people without resorting to bloodshed. Winner of the 1982 Academy Award for Best Picture.

What ‘Gandhi’ means today


USA, 1987
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Michael Gottlieb
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Kim Cattrall, Estelle Getty, James Spader
What's it about?
Jonathan Switcher, an unemployed artist, finds a job as an assistant window dresser for a department store. When Jonathan happens upon a beautiful mannequin he previously designed, she springs to life and introduces herself as Emmy, an Egyptian under an ancient spell. Despite interference from the store's devious manager, Jonathan and his mannequin fall in love while creating eye-catching window displays to keep the struggling store in business.

Revenge of the Pink Panther

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.


Bee Nation
8:35PM, NITV

Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lana Slezic
What's it about?
Through the first province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee in Saskatchewan, a group of students have an opportunity to compete against the nation’s best at the Toronto finals.

The Long Riders

USA, 1980
Genre: Western, History
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid
What's it about?
The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge. From cult action master Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours).

Goal of the Dead

France, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: French
Director: Thierry Poiraud, Benjamin Rocher
Starring: Alban Lenoir, Charlie Bruneau, Tiphaine Daviot, Ahmed Sylla, Bruno Salomone
What's it about?
For the Olympique de Paris soccer team, this away match scheduled against Caplongue was merely supposed to be one last chore before the end of the professional season. Yet no one could ever have imagined that an unknown rabies-like infection was going to spread like wildfire, turning this small town’s inhabitants into ultra-violent and highly contagious creatures.

Forbidden Lie$
1:20AM, SBS

Australia, 2007
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anna Broinowski
What's it about?
The winner of Best Documentary at the 2007 AFI awards, this film explores whether Norma Khouri's bestselling memoir 'Forbidden Love' is fact or fiction. The book deals with the supposed honour killing of Khouri's Muslim best friend Dalia in Jordan. Australian filmmaker Anna Broinowski gives Norma Khouri a chance to explain. 

Forbidden Lie$ Review: A riveting, compelling character study