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27 Feb 2020 - 12:41 PM  UPDATED 27 May 2020 - 11:08 AM

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 2 - 8 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).


Message from Mungo
11:30AM, 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.

1:00PM, NITV

Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.


Fantome Island
12:30PM, NITV

Australia, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sean Gilligan
What's it about?
In 1945, seven-year-old Joe Eggmolesse was diagnosed with leprosy. He was taken from his family and transported by rail and sea over 1000km to Fantome Island where he was then incarcerated for the next 10 years. His incredible, poignant story offers a profound insight into one of Australia's hidden histories.

Drowning in Plastic

UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary, TV Movie
Language: English
Director: Tom Watt-Smith
Featuring: Liz Bonnin
What's it about?
Liz Bonnin is setting out on a global mission to reveal the full scale of the world’s plastic problem – and explore ways in which this looming environmental disaster might be averted. Can the tide be turned? With millions of tonnes of plastic entering the sea every year, there is now global attention on the problem of marine plastic pollution. But do we really understand the impact of this new environmental crisis?

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Thurs 5 March, 12:30PM)

Canada, 2010

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bob Christie
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.

Masters of the Universe

USA, 1987
Genre: Action, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Gary Goddard
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Frank Langella, Meg Foster, Billy Barty, Courteney Cox
What's it about?
This 1987 film follows the adventures of 'He-Man', known and loved by children around the world. Good and evil clash as He-Man goes after a device that controls time and space. He must ensure that it doesn't get to the wrong hands before it's too late. Starring Dolph Lundgren as the strapping He-Man and Friends' Courteney Cox as Julie, his love interest, the film has grown an immense cult following despite being a commercial failure upon its release. 

12:00AM, SBS

Norway, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Starring: Ine Marie Wilmann, Simon J. Berger, Silje Storstein, Anneke von der Lippe
What's it about?
An unusual family drama about seeking a family, and breaking every rule to be one. When Charlotte (27) meets her half-brother Henrik (35) for the first time as an adult, it becomes an encounter without boundaries, between two people who don't know what a normal family is. How does sibling love manifest itself if you have never experienced it before?

Anchor and Hope
1:50AM, SBS

Spain, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Starring: Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer, Geraldine Chaplin
What's it about?
Eva (Chaplin) and Kat (Tena) enjoy a carefree existence on their houseboat on a London canal, until Eva's dream of becoming a mother is reignited by the death of their pet. Kat just wants to get a new cat. But when Kat's best friend, Roger (Verdaguer), visits from Barcelona, they decide in a moment of drunkenness that he can be Eva's sperm donor. But what are the consequences for the lesbian couple, the biological father, the child and their relationships with one another?


9:35PM, NITV (repeats Friday 6 March, 12:00PM)

New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori, English
Director: Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
What's it about?
From eight female Maori directors come eight connected stories (in Maori, waru means 8), each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver. The eight stories are all subtly linked and follow different female characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community.


Princess Ka'iulani
7:45PM, NITV (repeats Sat 7 March, 10:00AM)

USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marc Forby
Starring: Q'Orianka Kilcher, Barry Pepper, Will Patton, Shaun Evans
What's it about?
A biopic of Princess Ka'iulani (The New World's Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American businessmen. After being sent to England as a child by her Scottish father, Ka'iulani returns to Hawaii and becomes a political activist who fights to retain her throne, even though she must leave her English paramour.

Born to Dance
9:30PM, NITV (repeats Sat 7 March, 12:10PM)

New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tammy Davis
Starring: Tia Maipi, Stan Walker, Kherington Payne, John Tui, Parris Goebel
What's it about?
Coming of age tale told through the eyes of 'Tu' (Maipi), an ambitious young man from Auckland who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer.

10:30PM, SBS

USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Japanese, English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese's long-awaited adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel about 17th century Jesuits (Garfield, Driver) who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan. Nominated for Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto) at the 2017 Academy Awards.


The Villainess

South Korea, 2017
Genre: Drama, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Jung Byung-gil
Starring: Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Bang Sung-Joon, Kim Seo-hyung
What's it about?
A young girl (played as an adult by Ok-bin Kim) is raised as a killer in the Yanbian province of China. She hides her identity and travels to South Korea where she hopes to lead a quiet life but becomes involved with two mysterious men.

The Tracker
8:30PM, NITV

Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Grant Page, Damon Gameau
What's it about?
Fanatic (Sweet) a government trooper who is heading an expedition to find an Aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. Others in the expedition are the Follower (Gameau) a greenhorn trooper, the Veteran (Page), and the Tracker (Gulpilil, who won the AFI award for Best Actor in a Leading Role). Directed by Rolf de Heer, who would collaborate again with Gulpilil on Ten Canoes and Charlie's Country.

The Tracker: Review

9:35PM, SBS

Germany, 2004
Genre: History, Drama
 Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler
What's it about?
Charting the last 10 days of Hitler's (played by Ganz) life, from his 56th birthday on April 20th, 1945 to his suicide on April 30th, Downfall uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a country coming apart at the seams, from Hitler's henchman under the streets of Berlin, to the soldiers and civilians fighting and dying as the Soviet Army ravaged the city above. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005.

Watch original Movie Show review
Downfall: Gripping insight into Hitler's last days

10:15PM, NITV

Australia, 1980
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Honey
Starring: Mawuyul Yanthalawuy, Anna Ralph, Phillip Hinton
What's it about?
Through lyrical images, Manganinnie journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna (Ralph), a white girl, in search of Manganinnie's (Yanthalawuy) vanished tribe. The poignancy of this film derives from the Aboriginal woman's gradual realization that her people and the tribal way of life are forever gone. It is the story of the Black Drive of 1830, the near-genocide of the Tasmanian Aboriginal People.

All Cheerleaders Die

USA, 2013
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Chris Sivertson, Lucky McKee
Starring: Sidney Allison, Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler
What's it about?
When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Maddy Killian shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Maddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller — a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Maddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape. Remake of McKee and Siverston's own 2001 feature film of the same name.

Cutter's Way

USA, 1981
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Ivan Passer
Starring: Jeff Bridges, John Heard, Lisa Eichhorn, Ann Dusenberry, Stephen Elliott
What's it about?
Richard (Bridges) spots a man dumping a body, and decides to expose the man he thinks is the culprit with his friend Alex Cutter (Heard). A cult classic neo-noir in the vein of Chinatown and The Long Goodbye.

Madame Bovary
2:10AM, SBS 

UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sophie Barthes
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes
What's it about?
Adapted from Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor (Lloyd-Hughes) to leave her father’s (Giamatti) pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.


I Origins

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Cahill
Starring: Brit Marling, Steven Yeun, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Archie Panjabi, Michael Pitt
What's it about?
A molecular biologist, Ian Gray (Pitt), meets a beautiful woman (Bergès-Frisbey) at a party and falls deeply in love. Meanwhile, Gray and his lab partners (Marling, Yeun) uncover shocking evidence while researching human eyes that could change how we see the world and cause society to question everything they thought they knew about both science and spirituality.

The eyes have it: Michael Pitt debunks creationism in I Origins
I Origins: Review (4 stars)

9:35PM, NITV

Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Watkin
What's it about?
Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Ella charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation of The Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister to join one of the world's foremost ballet companies.

Wiradjuri Ballet dancer, Ella Havelka


USA, 2008
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: Russian, English
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, T. J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Odette Annable
What's it about?
Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

Refused Classification reviews Cloverfield (4 stars)

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
11:05PM, NITV

Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ros Horin
Featuring: Aminata Conteh-Biger, Yordanos Haile-Michael, Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, Yarrie Bangura
What's it about?
Four African Australian women (former refugees), all victims of sexual abuse and violence, take on the risky and difficult challenge of creating and performing their stories in a professional Theatre production. The film charts their journeys over a 5-year period from tentative and painful beginnings in exploratory workshops through to the eventual triumph of their theatre show against all the odds.


Poland, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Polish
Director: Jacek Borcuch
Starring: Jakub Gierszal, Magdalena Berus, Ángela Molina
What's it about?
Michal (Gierszal) and Karina (Berus) are a pair of Polish students who meet and fall in love while working summer jobs in Spain. But both Michał and Karina return to Poland bearing secrets, one dark and one full of great promise. How they negotiate these secrets will dictate whether they can last together or not.


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