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21 Feb 2020 - 12:37 PM  UPDATED 21 Feb 2020 - 12:45 PM

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 24 February - 1 March
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).


12:00PM, NITV

Sweden, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sara Jordenö
What's it about?
25 years after Paris is Burning, we dive back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, we’re granted exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC.

Why You Should Watch: Kiki


Geography Club

USA, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gary Entin
Starring: Marin Hinkle, Scott Bakula, Meaghan Jette Martin, Nikki Blonsky
What's it about?
At Goodkind High School, a group of students of varying sexual orientation form an after-school club a as a discrete way to share their feelings and experiences.

Lan Kwai Fong 3

MA 15+
Hong Kong, 2013
Genre: Romance
Language: Cantonese
Director: Wilson Chin
Starring: Jeana Ho, Pak-yu Chan, Alex Lam, Jason Chan, Ava Yu
What's it about?
Director Wilson Chin returns to Hong Kong's famed nightclub district to follow the lives of numerous twenty-somethings as they navigate love, friendship and the future.

Lan Kwai Fong 3 Review


Message from Mungo
11:10AM, NITV

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.

Ip Man 3

Hong Kong, 2015
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: , Cantonese, English
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Jin Zhang, Mike Tyson
What's it about?
When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen in this soon-to-be genre classic.

Killing Patient Zero
9:35PM, NITV (repeats 12:00PM, Thursday 27 February)

Canada, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Laurie Lynd
What's it about?
When a new, deadly virus spreads across North America at an alarming rate, one man is singled out for bringing the disease to the country. Skilfully revealing the homophobia behind the headlines, this doc traces the devastating impact of the 1980s AIDS epidemic and clears the name of the Québécois flight attendant who was infamously known as “patient zero.”

Killing Patient Zero

Legend of the Naga Pearls

China, 2017
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Language: Chinese
Director: Yang Lei
Starring: Darren Wang, Zhang Tianai, Sheng Guansen, Simon Yam, Xing Yu, Jiang Luxia
What's it about?
After being defeated by humans centuries ago, the Winged Tribe has lost their ability to fly. Seeking vengeance, a royal descendant of the tribe has begun searching for the magical Naga Pearls, which he plans to use to destroy the humans. When the legendary pearls fall into - and out of - the hands of Heiyu, a wily human street punk, he must join a team of unlikely heroes as they race to prevent the destruction of their people in this magical fantasy adventure.


Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
9:35PM, NITV

USA, 2014
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco
What's it about?
In this Spike Lee re-imagining of Bill Gunn's 1973 cult classic Ganja & Hess, Dr. Hess Green (Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.

Vice Guide To Film: Spike Lee


Wallis: The Queen That Never Was
3:40PM, SBS

UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Paul Olding
Starring: Georgina Rich, Alex Avery, Miranda Wilson, Samantha Coughlan
What's it about?
Based on Wallis Simpson’s letters and diaries, this feature-length drama-documentary follows Edward VIII’s American mistress (then wife) from humble origins in Baltimore, an abusive first marriage and a loving second marriage, to catching the eye of a Prince, bringing a nation to crisis, abdication and exile, the war years, retirement and loss.

Georgina Rich in 'Wallis: The Queen That Never Was'

Mee-Shee: The Water Giant
7:45PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 29 Feb)

UK, Germany, 2005
Genre: Family, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Henderson
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Joel Tobeck, Rena Owen
What's it about?
A New York City oil company troubleshooter is brought to a remote B.C. lake to look for some lost machinery. Cancelling a trip to Disney World with his son, he decides to bring the boy along. They both end up experiencing more excitement than Mickey could ever conjure in Orlando, when they meet up with bad guys and a legendary creature.

Planet B-Boy
9:25PM, NITV (repeats 12:10PM, Sat 29 Feb)

France, USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Benson Lee
What's it about?
This documentary rediscovers one of the most incredible dance phenomena the world has ever seen. Originally known as "B-boying", breakdancing was an urban dance form that originated from the streets of New York City during the birth of hip-hop in the seventies. Three decades later, B-boying is back in full force and has evolved into an art form, reaching a level never seen before. 


Dead Ringers

Canada, USA, 1988
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeremy Irons
What's it about?
Twin gynaecologists (both played by Irons) take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart, until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman (Bujold). From director David Cronenberg (Videodrome, A History of Violence).

Dead Ringers review: Cool, clinical and confrontational
Vice Guide to Film: David Cronenberg

11:30PM, SBS

USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Sean Penn,  Josh Brolin, Emile Hirsch, James Franco, Victor Garber
What's it about?
Academy Award nominee Gus Van Sant (Good Will Hunting, My Own Private Idaho) directs Sean Penn in an Oscar winning performance as gay rights icon Harvey Milk, an activist and a politician who became the first openly homosexual man to be elected to public office in the U.S. as the city supervisor of San Francisco in 1977. The following year, Milk and San Francisco mayor George Moscone were assassinated by a fellow city official.

Vice Guide To Film: Gus Van Sant

The Falcon and the Snowman

UK, USA, 1985
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten
What's it about?
The idealistic son (Hutton) of an ex-FBI agent and his volatile, dope dealing friend (Penn), pull off the most brazen act of espionage since World War II when they sell some of America's most sensitive secrets to the KGB. From director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man).

Dallas Buyers Club
1:55AM, SBS

USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Steve Zahn, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto
What's it about?
1986, Texas. Homophobic womaniser Ron Woodruff (McConaughey, in an Oscar-winning performance) is completely oblivious of AIDS, even as it spreads through the world, terrifying the public. So when Ron contracts HIV, he is blindsided. Given just 30 days to live, he tries in vain to be included in the AZT drug trial. Ron seeks out other untested, alternative medications in Mexico, and establishes an underground network of drug supply for the growing increasing numbers of HIV and AIDS. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.Wild, Big Little Lies).

Dallas Buyers Club: Interview
Vice Guide To Film: Jean-Marc Vallée


Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief

USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Alex Gibney, Paul Haggis, Jason Beghe
What's it about?
Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney profiles eight former members of the Church of Scientology, whose most prominent adherents include A-list Hollywood celebrities, shining a light on how the church cultivates true believers, including their experiences and what they are willing to do in the name of religion. The film covers a broad range of material from the church's origins—punctuated by an intimate portrait of founder L. Ron Hubbard—to present-day practices and alleged abuses as reported in the media.

Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief review

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride
9:05PM, NITV

Canada, 2010

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bob Christie
Starring: Ken Coolen
What's it about?
Over the course of a year, film follows Vancouver Pride Society president Ken Coolen to various international Pride events, including Poland, Hungary, Russia, Sri Lanka and others where there is great opposition to pride parades. In North America, Pride is complicated by commercialisation and a sense that the festivals are turning away from their political roots toward tourism, party promotion and entertainment. Christie documents the ways larger, more mainstream Pride events have supported the global Pride movement and how human rights components are being added to more established events.

The Guy with the Knife
10:35PM, NITV

USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alison Armstrong
What's it about?
Twenty years after he helped put Jon Buice in a Texas prison, Ray Hill is fighting to free him. Filmed over the course of eight years, The Guy With The Knife, traces the friendship between a prominent gay rights activist and a convicted ‘gay bash’ murderer, set against the backdrop of gay rights, victims’ rights, and prisoners’ rights and the harsh Texas justice system. This film casts a fascinating spotlight on how the flaws of the system – and the court of public opinion – affect justice.


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