• From left: Poltergeist, Train to Busan, The Room, The Descent (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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20 Mar 2020 - 11:33 AM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2020 - 11:33 AM

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights 23 - 29 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).


Next Goal Wins
12:00pm, 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).


Satellite Dreaming
10:00am, NITV

Australia, 1991
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ivo Borum
What's it about?
A film of considerable historic importance, this documentary narrates the emergence of Indigenous broadcast media in Australia, and discusses its role in maintaining Indigenous languages and culture. Including interviews with key participants in the emergence of Aboriginal media, the film is an invaluable historical record of what is now a strong and important part of our national culture, albeit still with financial pressures and competition with mainstream broadcasters. Cinematography by Warwick Thornton (director of Samson & Delilah, Sweet Country).


The Room

USA, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tommy Wiseau
Starring: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman
What's it about?
Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this so-bad-it's-good cult favourite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film's central character (writer-director Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa's materialistic mum. The legendary story of the film's making was the subject of the 2017 Oscar-nominated film The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco as Wiseau.

A viewer's guide to 'The Room'
The one scene that perfectly captures the baffling beauty of 'The Room'

Anger Within: Jonah Lomu - A Rugby Legend
10:35pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 26 March, 1:00pm)

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.

Ismael's Ghosts
12:00am, SBS

France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher
What's it about?
Tells the tale of a widowed film director (Amalric) who is in the middle of making a film about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. While he has started a new life with Sylvia (Gainsbourg), he still mourns the death of a former lover, Carlotta (Cotillard), who passed away 20 years earlier; then Carlotta returns from the dead, causing Sylvia to run away. From acclaimed director Arnaud Despechin (A Christmas Tale, My Golden Days).


The Descent
9:35pm, NITV (repeats 12:30am)

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.


The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe
10:00am, 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.

From suffering to joy: The healing might of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

Buena Vista Social Club
1:00pm, NITV

Cuba, 1999
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Wim Wenders
Featuring: Ry Cooder
What's it about?
In 1996, Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names in the history of Cuban music to collaborate on what became the best selling album 'Buena Vista Social Club'. Inspired by these colourful characters and their extraordinary music, director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) film follows the musicians from Havana to Amsterdam and finally to Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Buena Vista Social Club review: A wonderful documentary

Tia and Piujuq
7:45pm, NITV (repeats Sat 28 Mar, 10:00am)

Canada, 2018
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English, Arabic, Inuktitut
Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk
Starring: Tia Bshara, Nuvvija Tulugarjuk, Eiman Aljaber, Ghaiss Gharibet
What's it about?
Tia (Bshara), a 10 year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl (Tulugarjuk) with whom she immerses herself in a world of Inuit myth and magic.

Love & Mercy
11:00pm, SBS

USA, 2014
Drama, Music, Biography
Bill Pohlad
Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks 
What's it about?
In the mid-60's, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson (played by Dano in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) grapples with his inner demons during the creation of the now-classic “Pet Sounds” album, even as the late 1980s Wilson (played by Cusack) escapes the influence of the domineering Dr. Landy (Giamatti) with the help of protective girlfriend Melinda (Banks).

Love and Mercy review: Paul Dano magnificent as Brian Wilson


Train to Busan

South Korea, 2016
Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Yeon Sang-ho
Starring: Gong Yoo, Ma Dong-seok, Jung Yu-mi, Choi Woo-shik, Ahn So-hee
What's it about?
Martial law is declared when a mysterious viral outbreak pushes Korea into a state of emergency. Those on an express train to Busan, a city that has successfully fended off the viral outbreak, must fight for their own survival.

For those who've become disillusioned with the zombie genre, Train To Busan will restore your faith.

A Haunted House
8:30pm, NITV (repeats 1:30am)

USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Michael Tiddes
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson, Cedric the Entertainer
What's it about?
When overactive man-child Malcolm (Wayans) takes the plunge and lets girlfriend Keisha (Atkins) move into his house, he quickly senses they're no longer alone. A spoof of all the "found-footage/documentary style" films such as [REC] and Paranormal Activity.

The Bounty
9:30pm, SBS

USA, UK, 1984
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Mel Gibson, Anthony Hopkins, Laurence Olivier, Edward Fox, Daniel Day-Lewis
What's it about?
The story of Lieutenant Bligh (Hopkins), whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows both the efforts of Fletcher Christian (Gibson) to get his men beyond the reach of British retribution, and the epic voyage of Lieutenant Bligh to get his loyalists safely to East Timor in a tiny lifeboat. From Australian director Roger Donaldson (Smash Palace, No Way Out).

Breaking a Monster
10:00pm, 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.


USA, 1982
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Richard Lawson, JoBeth Williams, Zelda Rubinstein, Heather O'Rourke
What's it about?
Late one night, 10-year-old Carol Anne Freeling (O'Rourke) hears a voice coming from inside the television set. At first, the spirits that invade the Freeling's home seem like playful children. But then they turn angry, and when Carol Anne is pulled from this world into another, Steve and Diane Freeling (Nelson and Williams) turn to an exorcist (Rubinstein).


Revenge of the Pink Panther

UK, USA, 1978
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: English, French
Director: Blake Edwards
Starring: Peter Sellers, Herbert Lom, Dyan Cannon, Robert Webber, Robert Loggia
What's it about?
Chief Inspector Jacques Clouseau (Sellers) is dead. At least that is what the world—and Charles Dreyfus (Lom)—believe when a dead body is discovered in Clouseau's car after being shot off the road. Naturally, Clouseau knows differently and, taking advantage of not being alive, sets out to discover why an attempt was made on his life.

The Ground We Won
8:35pm, NITV

New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Christopher Pryor
What's it about?
With great bawdiness and backbone, a rugby team made up of farmers strive to redeem themselves from a long run of bitter loses. In the face of the hefty demands of farming and fatherhood, the Saturday game becomes the focus of the men’s passions and the ground on which their worth is proved. A highly authentic, slice of life film about the challenges and joys of manhood, as seen through the rites and rituals of a rural New Zealand rugby club.

Beyond the Mat
10:10pm, NITV

USA, 1999
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Barry W. Blaustein
Featuring: Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Jake Roberts, Jesse Ventura, Dwayne Johnson
What's it about?
This look at professional wrestling focuses on the lives of wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts. The film heavily focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), often criticising it and its chairman Vince McMahon. It also follows Extreme Championship Wrestling, its rise in popularity, and many other independent wrestlers and organisations.

Beyond the Mat: an intimate look into the garish world of wrestling

Super Troopers

USA, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Jay Chandrasekhar
Starring: Jay Chandrasekhar, Steve Lemme, Kevin Heffernan, Brian Cox
What's it about?
Always looking for action, five over-enthusiastic but under-stimulated Vermont State Troopers raise hell on the highway, keeping motorists anxiously looking in their rear-view mirrors. Between an ongoing feud with the local cops over whose you-know-what is bigger, and the state government wanting to shut them down, the Super Troopers find themselves precariously and hilariously heading toward calamity as they try to avoid extinction.

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