• From left: Heathers, American Gigolo, Crooklyn, The Proposition (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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SBS Movies

31 Jan 2020 - 2:28 PM  UPDATED 27 May 2020 - 11:10 AM

For films showing this week on SBS World Movies:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 3 - 9 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).

MONDAY 3 FEBRUARY

Bee Nation
12:00PM, NITV

PG
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.

Naa Muru Gurung
1:25PM, NITV

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Gillian Moody
What's it about?
This inspiring film celebrates the courage and resilience of those who, for over a century, have fought for the right of Aboriginal children to public education.

Naa Muru Gurung celebrates the courage and resilience of those who, for over a century, have fought for the right of Aboriginal children to public education.

WEDNESDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Lousy Little Sixpence
8:30PM, NITV (repeats Thurs 6 Feb, 11:00AM)

PG
Australia, 1983
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alec Morgan
What's it about?
Tells of Aboriginal peoples' removal from their families to be sent to work as servants for white people and the rise of the first Aboriginal organisations in the 1930's, in particular the Aborigines Progressive Association (APA).

Lousy Little Sixpence, 1983, Alec Morgan and Gerry Bostock, documentary.

League of Gods
9:25PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, Hong Kong, 2016
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Koan Hui On
Starring: Jet Li, Fan Bingbing, Louis Koo, Angelababy, Tony Leung Ka-Fai
What's it about?
During the reign of King Zhou (Tony Leung Ka-fai), an official enters his bedchamber, and is devoured by the monstrous tails of Daji (Fan Bingbing), his concubine. Outside their city, several warriors within a metal wagon discuss their strategies to free the Invisible People and their Chief, when Jiang Ziya (Jet Li) appears to them. He tells them that when King Zhou was younger, he let himself become possessed by the Black Dragon for his quest for power.

Hoop Dreams
9:35PM, NITV

M
USA, 1994
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steve James
What's it about?
Follows two young African-American men through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually playing in the NBA. Regularly cited as one of the greatest documentary films ever made, and selected by renowned American film critic Roger Ebert as the best film of the 1990s.

Hoop Dreams review

Drunken Master
11:30PM, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 1978
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang
What's it about?
Wong Fei-Hong's (Chan) father has been trying to teach him kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach. He sends him off to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu. After much suffering, the son comes back to rescue the father from an assassin who has previously humiliated Naughty Panther.

A Little Chaos
11:55PM, SBS

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Alan Rickman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle
What's it about?
The world’s greatest landscape architect, Le Notre (Schoenaerts) - designer of the Versailles gardens - is unfulfilled in love. Madame Sabine de Bara (Winslet) is pioneering and fiercely independent - her visionary ideas for design seem anarchic to King Louis’ (Rickman) formal court. It takes a little chaos for nature to blossom and love to heal and ignite.

THURSDAY 6 FEBRUARY

Crooklyn
9:35PM, NITV (repeats Fri 7 Feb, 12:00PM)

M
USA, 1994
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris, Carlton Williams
What's it about?
From Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, BlacKkKlansman) comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a school-teacher (Woodard), her stubborn jazz-musician husband (Lindo) and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

The Shadow World
3:20AM, SBS

M
Belgium, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Johan Grimonprez
What's it about?
Based on the globally acclaimed book by Andrew Feinstein, Shadow World reveals how the international trade in weapons - with the complicity of governments and intelligence agencies, investigative and prosecutorial bodies, weapons manufacturers, dealers and agents - fosters corruption, determines economic and foreign policies, undermines democracy and creates widespread suffering.

FRIDAY 7 FEBRUARY

Watership Down
7:45PM, NITV (repeats Friday 8 February, 10:00AM)

PG
USA, 1978
Genre: Animated
Language: English
Director: Martin Rosen
Starring (voice cast): John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson
What's it about?
The timeless animated classic based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Threatened with destruction of their warren, the rabbits are forced to leave their idyllic home in search of a new one. Features Art Garfunkel's hit song "Bright Eyes".

Finding Fela!
9:20PM, NITV

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Featuring: Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti
What's it about?
Tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. From acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Going ClearTaxi to the Darkside).

Mongol
10:55PM, 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

Teenage Kicks
12:20AM, 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.

SATURDAY 8 FEBRUARY

Heathers
8:30PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Black Comedy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Lehmann
Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker
What's it about?
A girl (Ryder) who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel (Slater) who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids. A box office failure on its initial release, the film is now regarded as a classic teen film and a trenchant social satire.

The Movie Show reviews Heathers (Episode 35 1989)

American Gigolo
10:25PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1980
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul Schrader
Starring: Richard Gere, Lauren Hutton, Héctor Elizondo, Bill Duke, Brian Davies
What's it about?
Julian (Gere) makes a lucrative living as an escort to older women in the Los Angeles area. He begins a relationship with Michelle (Hutton), a local politician's wife, without expecting any pay. One of his clients is murdered and Detective Sunday (Elizondo) begins pumping him for details on his different clients, something he is reluctant to do considering the nature of his work. Julian begins to suspect he's being framed. Meanwhile Michelle begins to fall in love with him.

Viva
12:35AM, SBS VICELAND

M
Ireland, Cuba, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Paddy Breathnach
Starring: Héctor Medina, Jorge Perugorría, Luis Alberto García
What's it about?
Jesus (Medina) does make up for a troupe of drag performers in Havana, but dreams of being a performer. When he finally gets his chance to be on stage, a stranger emerges from the crowd and punches him in the face. The stranger is his father Angel (Perugorría), a former boxer, who has been absent from his life for 15 years. As father and son clash over their opposing expectations of each other, Viva becomes a love story as the men struggle to understand one another and become a family again.

Young And Beautiful
12:40AM, SBS

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Marine Vacth, Charlotte Rampling, Nathalie Richard
What's it about?
Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In The House) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Vacht) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes, while Ozon slyly refrains from offering easy answers.

Young & Beautiful: François Ozon interview (SBS On Demand)

Yvonne's Perfume
2:25AM, SBS 

MA15+
France, 1994
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Patrice Leconte
Starring: Jean-Pierre Marielle, Hippolyte Girardot, Sandra Extercatte
What's it about?
In the early 1950s, on the shores of a lake wedged between France and Switzerland, a handful of characters, seemingly suspended in time by the holiday atmosphere, meet, clash, fall into friendship and love. From Patrice Leconte, director of The Man On The Train and The Girl On The Bridge.

SUNDAY 9 FEBRUARY

Reel Injun
8:35PM, NITV

M
Canada, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes
What's it about?
A feature-documentary that takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Featuring interviews with film industry luminaries such as Sacheen Littlefeather, Zacharias Kunuk, Clint Eastwood, Adam Beach, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Russell Means, Wes Studi, and scholars Angela Aleiss and Melinda Micco.

The Proposition
8:45PM, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime, Western
Language: English
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Tom Budge, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
In the harsh outback of 1880s Australia, the brutal Burns brothers are wanted for a vicious crime. When Charlie Burns (Pearce) is captured, the officer arresting makes a startling proposition in order to end the cycle of violence: Charlie must hunt down and murder his violent older brother Arthur (Huston), in order to save his youngest brother from the noose.

Why You Should Watch: The Proposition

Putuparri and the Rainmakers
10:05PM, NITV

M
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nicole Ma
What's it about?
Tom "Putuparri" Lawford is a man caught between two worlds: his past and present in modern society, where he battles with alcoholism and domestic violence; and his future as a leader of his people, reconnecting with his ancestral lands and shouldering his responsibility to pass this knowledge on to the next generation. Director Nicole Ma spent more than a decade documenting Putuparri's journey, travelling with him and his family on numerous occasions as they fight for their native title claim over the area.