• From left: Invaders From Mars, Green Room, Platoon, Half Baked (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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SBS Movies

12 Mar 2020 - 4:06 PM  UPDATED 15 Mar 2020 - 10:42 PM

For movies playing this week on SBS World Movies:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 16 - 22 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).



Bee Nation
12:00pm, 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.


Don't Think Twice

USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Mike Birbiglia
Starring: Mike Birbiglia, Gillian Jacobs, Keegan-Michael Key, Kate Micucci
What's it about?
When a member of a popular New York City improv troupe gets a huge break, the rest of the group - all best friends - start to realise that not everyone is going to make it after all. From Mike Birbiglia, comic and star/writer/director of 2012's Sleepwalk With Me.


The X Files: I Want to Believe

Canada, USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Chris Carter
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit
What's it about?
When a group of women are mysteriously abducted, it becomes a case right out of the X-Files. The best team for the job is ex-agents Fox Mulder and Dr. Dana Scully, who have no desire to revisit their dark past. Still, the truth of these horrific crimes is out there somewhere - and it will take Mulder and Scully to find it.

Night Parrot Stories
10:35pm, NITV (also Thurs 19 Mar, 12:30pm)

Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Robert Nugent
What's it about?
In the remote deserts of Australia lives an elusive nocturnal bird called the Night Parrot. Virtually nothing is known of its ecology. It disappeared at the end of the 19th Century. Searching for evidence of its existence became a preoccupation. This documentary was filmed in all the locations where Night Parrots once lived, during a time when stories of extinction were everywhere.

Half Baked

USA, 1998
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Dave Chappelle, Guillermo Diaz, Jim Breuer, Snoop Dogg
What's it about?
This high-as-a-kite comedy centers around three hapless New York City friends who turn to dealing drugs after their friend and roommate is arrested for accidentally killing a police horse. Directed by Tamra Davis (Billy Madison, CB4).

Double Lover
12:00am, SBS

Belgium, France, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Marine Vacth, Jeremie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer
What's it about?
Chloé (Vacht), a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul (Renier). A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. From director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women), this film played in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Francois Ozon's erotic thriller Double Lover leaves SBS On Demand on August 31st


The Descent
9:05pm, NITV (repeats 12:15am)

UK, 2005
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Neil Marshall
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
What's it about?
On an annual extreme outdoor adventure six women meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock fall blocks their exit and there's no way out. The women push on praying for another exit but there is something else lurking under the earth.

Green Room

USA, 2016
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart
What's it about?
Down on their luck rock band The Ain’t Rights are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. From Jeremy Saulnier, director of the acclaimed 2013 indie thriller Blue Ruin.


Chasing the Light
9:30pm, NITV (repeats 12:35am)

USA, 2016
Blackhorse Lowe
Starring: Blackhorse Lowe, Jason Asenap, Patricia del Rio, Scott Hale 
What's it about?
Riggs (Lowe), a down on his luck screenwriter, struggles to finish a script. But failed suicide attempts, unstable friends, drug deals and memories of his ex-girlfriend interfere. From Navajo filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (The 5th World).

The Debt
11:00pm, SBS

UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: John Madden
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Sam Worthington, Helen Mirren, Tom Wilkinson, Ciarán Hinds
What's it about?
The story of Rachel Singer (Mirren), a former Mossad agent who endeavoured to capture and bring to trial a notorious Nazi war criminal—the Surgeon of Birkenau—in a secret Israeli mission that ended with his death on the streets of East Berlin. Now, 30 years later, a man claiming to be the doctor has surfaced, and Rachel must go back to Eastern Europe to uncover the truth. Overwhelmed by haunting memories of her younger self and her two fellow agents, the still-celebrated heroine must relive the trauma of those events and confront the debt she has incurred.

The Debt: Review


The Adventurers

Hong Kong, 2017
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: Mandarin
Director: Stephen Fung
Starring: Andy Lau, Shu Qi, Tony Yang, Zhang Jingchu, Jean Reno, Eric Tsang
What's it about?
The world's top thieves join forces to pull off the heist of a lifetime. But when they find themselves pursued across Europe by a legendary French detective, they'll have to take their game to the next level.

8:30pm, NITV (repeats 1:25am)

Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Jodrell
Starring: Ernie Dingo, Jedda Cole, Peter Fisher
What's it about?
Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. This film traces the life of Tudawali. 

9:35pm, SBS

UK, USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, War, Action
Language: English, Vietnamese
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp
What's it about?
Oliver Stone's Academy Award winning film about the psyche of young soldiers who fought in Vietnam; their camaraderie, their struggle for survival amid terrifying violence and madness of combat. Dealing with the day-to-day existence of an infantry rifle platoon of thirty guys from all walks of life, Platoon examines the fight between good and evil in the outfit and what it was really like to be a foot soldier in Vietnam. 

The incredible true story of the 'Platoon' movie poster

Platoon (1986)

10:05pm, NITV (repeats Wed 22 Jan, 10:00am)

Australia, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Carstairs
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Clarence John Ryan, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Paul Gleeson, Mia Wasikowska
What's it about?
Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, September is about two 15 year-old boys – one black, one white – whose friendship begins to fall apart under the stress of a changing world. The boys try to hold their friendship together in spite of the pressures imposed upon them by a turbulent social and political climate. 

Broken Arrow

USA, 1996
Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: John Woo
Starring: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo
What's it about?
When rogue stealth-fighter pilot Vic Deakins (Travolta) deliberately drops off the radar while on maneuvers, the Air Force ends up with two stolen nuclear warheads -- and Deakins's co-pilot, Riley Hale (Slater), is the military's only hope for getting them back. Traversing the deserted canyons of Utah, Hale teams with park ranger Terry Carmichael (Mathis) to put Deakins back in his box. From Hong Kong director John Woo (Hard-Boiled, Face/Off).

The Movie Show reviews Broken Arrow (Episode 04 1996)


Anger Within: Jonah Lomu - A Rugby Legend
8:35pm, NITV

France, 2013 
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Frederic Khan, Stephane Le Goff
What's it about?
Jonah Lomu is without a doubt the most famous rugby player of all time. His physique, his power, his speed and his determination helped revolutionise the game around the world. From the violence and poverty of southern Auckland to the glamour of international rugby to painful and lonely days of dialysis, friends and family reveal Lomu like never before.

A.I.: Artificial Intelligence

USA, 2001
Genre: Sci-Fi, Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Steven Spielberg
Starring: Haley Joel Osment, Jude Law, Frances O'Connor, William Hurt
What's it about?
In a future world of runaway global warming and awe-inspiring scientific advances, humans share every aspect of their lives with sophisticated companion robots called Mechas. When an advanced prototype robot child named David (Osment) is programmed to show unconditional love, his human family isn't prepared for the consequences. Suddenly, David is on his own in a strange and dangerous world. Befriended by a streetwise Mecha (Law), David embarks on a spectacular quest to discover the startling secret of his own identity. Originally a project that was to be directed by Stanley Kubrick, who handed it to Steven Spielberg in 1995.

Next Goal Wins
10:20pm, NITV

UK, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
What's it about?
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet. An inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life. Soon to be a fictionalised feature film written and directed by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Hunt For The Wilderpeople).

Invaders from Mars

USA, 1986
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Bud Cort, Louise Fletcher
What's it about?
This space-age creature feature from director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) is crawling with horrifying hordes of Martians hell-bent on stealing your soul - as well as your planet. Little David Gardner's starry-eyed dreams turn into an out-of-this-world nightmare when invaders from the red planet land in his backyard and unleash their hostilities on unsuspecting earthlings. 

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