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4 Feb 2020 - 3:31 PM  UPDATED 4 Feb 2020 - 3:51 PM

For movie highlights this week on SBS World Movies (digital channel 32) follow the link below:

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 10 - 16 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).


Reel Injun
12:00PM, NITV (repeats Wed 12 Feb at 9:35PM)

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.


Open Up to Me

Sweden, Finland, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Finnish
Director: Simo Halinen
Starring: Leea Klemola, Peter Franzén, Ria Kataja, Emmi Nivala
What's it about?
Maarit (Klemola) is a beautiful, intelligent woman - and used to be a man. She falls in love with a soccer coach (Suutari), who is forced to confront his own deeply hidden prejudices. 


The Mermaid

China, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: Chinese
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Chao Deng, Show Lo, Yuqi Zhang, Yun Lin, Tsui Hark
What's it about?
A playboy business tycoon, Liu Xuan (Chao Deng), purchases the Green Gulf, a wildlife reserve, for a sea reclamation project, and uses sonar technology to get rid of the sea life in the area. Unknown to him, the Green Gulf is the home of merpeople, and the sonar has caused many of them to succumb to illness or die. Xuan's business ventures in the area are threatened when he crosses paths with the mermaid, Shan (Yun Lin), who is sent to avenge her people. From Stephen Chow, writer-director of Kung Fu Hustle.

'The Mermaid': A Delightful Comic Fantasy

Putuparri and the Rainmakers
11:05PM, NITV

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.

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings

China, Hong Kong, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Mark Chao, Carina Lau, Kenny Lin
What's it about?
Dee (Chao), the detective serving Chinese empress Wu Zetian (Lau), is called upon to investigate a series of strange events in Loyang, including the appearance of mysterious warriors wearing Chiyou ghost masks, foxes that speak human language and the pillar sculptures in the palace coming alive.

'Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings': Faultless Escapist Entertainment

Detective Dee and the Four Heavenly Kings

A Land Imagined
12:00AM, SBS

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. 


Inside Man
9:35PM, NITV

USA, 2006
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Albanian
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Christopher Plummer, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective (Washington) assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing. Directed by Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, BlackKklansman).



Taiwan, 2012
Director: Doze Niu
Starring: Shu Qi, Vicki Zhao, Mark Chao, Wei Zhao
What's it about?
The movie takes the form (ala Love, Actually) of three interlocking stories of romance: three university friends finding their friendship tested when one of them falls pregnant; a successful and commitment-phobe entrepreneur, whose first meeting a single mother and real estate agent goes horribly awry; a stammering waiter rescuing a glamorous socialite from a row with the rich CEO on whom she depends.

Read 4-star review

Lord of the Flies
7:45PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 15 Feb)

UK, 1963
Genre: Drama, Cult
Language: English
Director: Peter Brook
Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
What's it about?
As war in Europe is about to erupt, a group of well-heeled British schoolboys are flown from London to a safe haven in the South Pacific but are forced to fend for themselves after their plane crashes on a remote island and the pilot is killed. Based on Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's classic novel.

Lord of the Flies Review

The Breaker Upperers
9:00PM, SBS

New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What's it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. They’re a platonic, co-dependent couple who keep their cynicism alive by not getting emotionally involved with anybody else. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Produced by Taika Waititi.

'The Breaker Upperers': An Anti-Valentine's Day Comedy Delight
The best joke in ‘The Breaker Upperers’ is about the stuff white people laugh at

Breaking a Monster
9:20PM, NITV

USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Luke Meyer
What's it about?
Chronicles the break-out year of a heavy metal band of 13-year-old African American boys as they first encounter the music industry, leaving childhood to become the rock stars they always dreamed of. The sudden breakout of any band, let alone one of preteens, is an extremely narrow and specific period in time - Breaking a Monster is the story of this rapid transformation.

11:00PM, SBS

Ireland, Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards
What's it about?
An Irish immigrant (Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, from the novel by Colm Tóibín.)


The Lobster

UK, Greece, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Lea Seydoux, John C. Reilly, Ben Whishaw, Olivia Colman
What's it about?
An unconventional love story set in a dystopian near-future, where single people are arrested and transferred to a creepy hotel wherein they are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days. If they fail, they are transformed into an animal of their choice and released into the woods. Written & directed by Yorgos Lanthimos (DogtoothThe Favourite) and nominated for a 2016 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

The Lobster review: An achingly dystopian rom-com

Drop Dead Fred
8:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:00AM)

UK, USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Language: English
Director: Ate de Jong
Starring: Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Carrie Fisher, Ron Eldard, Bridget Fonda
What's it about?
When Elizabeth (Cates) returns to her mother's home after her marriage breaks up, she recreates her imaginary childhood friend, Fred (Mayall), to escape from the trauma of losing her husband and her job. In between the chaos and mayhem that Fred creates, Elizabeth attempts to win back her husband and return to normality.

Funniest Rik Mayall Moments

Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry
9:35PM, SBS

USA, 2019
Genre: Music
Language: English
Director: Ashley S. Gorman
Starring: Dolly Parton
What's it about?
Filmed in front of a live audience at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, this special is a celebration of Dolly’s 50 years as a member of the Opry. It features interviews with Dolly, as well as performances of her biggest hits on the Opry stage. In addition, her superstar friends - Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Hank Williams Jnr, and others appear on stage to pay homage to her amazing career.

The Fringe Dwellers
10:20PM, NITV

Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza
What's it about?
Bruce Beresford's (Driving Miss Daisy, 'Breaker' Morant) critically-acclaimed adaptation of the Nene Gare novel tells the story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.

The Fringe Dwellers reviewed on The Movie Show (October, 1986)

Harold and Maude

USA, 1971
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles
What's it about?
Deadpan rich kid Harold (Cort) keeps staging elaborate suicide tableaux to get the attention of his mother (Pickles), but she keeps planning his brilliant future for him instead. Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals, where he meets the eccentric 79-year-old Maude (Gordon). To the disgust of Harold's relatives and the befuddlement of Harold's shrink, Harold falls in love with her. 

11:15PM, SBS

USA, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, History
Language: English
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: John Boyega, Will Poulter, John Krasinski, Anthony Mackie
What's it about?
A security guard (Boyega) is caught in the crossfire after a late-night police raid sparks a violent revolt that spirals out of control and turns the city into a war zone. From director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).

Kathryn Bigelow's Sweeping, Scalding Detroit Riots Drama 'Detroit'

Charlie Bartlett

USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jon Poll
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings
What's it about?
Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin) is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner (Downey, Jr.). As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm and likeability positions him as the resident 'psychiatrist' dishing out advice, and the occasional prescription, to his fellow students in need.


After the Apology
8:30PM, NITV

Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Larissa Behrendt
Featuring: Debra Swan, Aunty Hazel Collins, Karen Fusi, Suellyn Tighe
What's it about?
The rate of Indigenous child removal has actually increased since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. This documentary follows four grandmothers find as they find each other and start a national movement to place extended families as a key solution to the rising number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.


Belgium, 2016
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Western
Language: English
Director: Martin Koolhoven
Starring: Dakota Fanning, Guy Pearce, Carice van Houten, Kit Harrington
What's it about?
This brutal western follows a frontier woman (Fanning) who turns fugitive when she is wrongly accused of a crime she didn't commit and is hunted by a vengeful preacher (Pearce) in the menacing inferno of the old American West.

10:05PM, NITV

Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Pilger
What's it about?
This controversial documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker John Pilger draws on his long association with Indigenous Australians; an investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present, setting out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not. 

Jane Got a Gun

USA, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Starring: Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Nash Edgerton
What's it about?
After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.


Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Director: Sacha Polak
Starring: Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen
What's it about?
Divided into chapters, this film first chronicles Hemel's (Hoekstra) many sexual conquests, then takes on a different tone as it explores her complicated relationship with her father, Gijs (Dagelet). A dapper auctioneer, Gijs has dated a series of younger women since Hemel's mother's death. But when Gijs starts seeing the charming Sophie (Lodeizen), for the first time Hemel feels that her special relationship with her father is threatened.

Hemel: Review