• From left: The Imposter, The Teacher, Les Miserables, Whitney (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.
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30 Apr 2020 - 9:06 PM  UPDATED 30 Apr 2020 - 9:24 PM

FOR HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK ON SBS WORLD MOVIES
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 4 - 10 May
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

MONDAY 4 MAY

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Music, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Michael Cera, Andy Samberg, Kat Dennings, Ari Graynor, John Cho, Alexis Dziena
What's it about?
Nick (Cera) cannot stop obsessing over his ex-girlfriend, Tris (Graynor), until Tris' friend Norah (Dennings) suddenly shows interest in him at a club. Thus beings an odd night filled with ups and downs as the two keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend while searching for Norah's drunken friend, Caroline, with help from Nick's band mates. As the night winds down, the two have to figure out what they want from each other.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Review ( ⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Raising Bertie
12:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Margaret Byrne
What's it about?
Raising Bertie follows three young African American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these boys, this powerful vérité documentary offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity, and race.

TUESDAY 5 MAY

Invaders from Mars
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
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. 

I Am Evel Knievel
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Derik Murray, David Ray
What's it about?
This is the highflying tale of the greatest daredevil who ever lived, the soaring superstar who is universally recognised as the godfather of extreme sports. From the moment he stepped foot into his first auto show as a young child, there was no turning back for the man who was destined to become the "King of the Daredevils".

I Am Evel Knievel

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
12:05am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1992
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, David Bowie, Kyle Maclachlan
What's it about?
In this prequel to David Lynch’s cult television series, a young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer. Critically savaged upon its Cannes premiere and initial theatrical release, this precursor to the events in Lynch's cult TV series has grown in reputation with time.

Interview with David Lynch from Cannes on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (The Movie Show, Episode 37, 1993)
David Lynch: Vice Guide To Film

The Imposter
1:55am, SBS

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Documentary, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bart Layton
What's it about?
In 1994, Nicholas Barclay, a 13-year-old Texas boy vanishes from his home without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, far from home in Spain, disclosing horrific stories of kidnap and torture. His ecstatic family accept him without question, and he integrates back into their lives. Yet why do the family not seem to notice the glaring physical and personality differences between Nicholas and the person who claims to be him? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t Nicholas, then who is he?  

The Imposter Review ( ⭐⭐⭐⭐)

WEDNESDAY 6 MAY

Motorway
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, 2012
Genre: Crime, Action
Language: Cantonese, English
Director: Soi Cheang
Starring: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Shawn Yue, Xiaodong Guo
What's it about?
Sean (Shawn Yue), an overconfident rookie with a need for speed, works for a covert police unit consisting of the best drivers in the force who tackle underworld racing and fugitives on the run. Jensen (Xiaodong Guo) is one such target, a legendary escape driver for criminals, who has never been caught. As the body count and wrecked cars begin to pile, Sean turns to veteran cop Lo (Anthony Chau-Sang Wong) who almost lost his life years ago while chasing Jensen. Together they work to bring him down and the diamond heist being planned.

Reel Injun
12:00pm, NITV

M
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.

Rampant
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Action, Horror, Drama, Fantasy
Language: Korean, Chinese, Dutch
Director: Kim Sung-hoon
Starring: Hyun Bin, Jang Dong-gun, Jo Woo-jin, Jeong Man-sik, Lee Sun-bin
What's it about?
Ancient Korea, 17th century. While the paranoid King Lee Jo of Joseon, vassal of the Qing dynasty, feels surrounded by conspirators and rebels, a dark evil emerges from the bowels of a merchant ship and the exiled Prince Lee Cheung returns to the royal court, ignoring that he will have to lead the few capable of defeating the ambitious humans and the bloody monsters who threaten to destroy the kingdom.

Copwatch
10:35pm, NITV (repeats Thurs 7 May, 12:00pm)

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Camilla Hall
What's it about?
The true story of We Copwatch, an organisation whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular people take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and hold law enforcement to accountability.

The Wolfman
10:45pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Joe Johnston
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Hugo Weaving, Emily Blunt, Anthony Hopkins
What's it about?
A haunted nobleman (Del Toro) is lured back to his family estate after his brother vanishes. Reunited with his estranged father (Hopkins), he sets out to find his brother, and discovers a horrifying destiny for himself. A reimagining of the 1941 Universal horror film of the same name.

The Teacher
12:00am, SBS

MA15+
Czech Republic, Slovakia, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Russian, Slovak
Director: Jan Hrebejk
Starring: Zuzana Mauréry, Csongor Kassai, Zuzana Konečná, Tamara Fischer
What's it about?
The principal of an elementary school calls a special parents meeting after it’s alleged that the seemingly empathetic and kindly-looking teacher Mrs. Drazděchová uses her students to manipulate their parents.

THURSDAY 7 MAY

The Monkey King 2
12:00PM, SBS VICELAND

M
Hong Kong, China, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Soi Cheang
Starring: Aaron Kwok, Li Gong, Shaofeng Feng
What's it about?
Taking place 500 years after the Havoc in Heaven, the Tang Priest is appointed by Buddha to go to the West to fetch the sacred scriptures, only to accidentally free the Monkey King. With Lady White (Gong Li) aiming to break up the team assembled to defeat her, the Monkey King must fight in order to save his world!

Strangerland
9:35pm, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kim Farrant
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Joseph Fiennes
What's it about?
Newly arrived in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine (Kidman) and Matt Parker (Fiennes) are trying to adjust, when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear in the desert, just as a massive dust storm is about to hit. Rumours start swirling about what could have happened to children and, with temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink.

Kim Farrant, on the 5 reasons she had to make Strangerland

FRIDAY 8 MAY

Daria: Is It College Yet?
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2002
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Karen Disher
Starring: Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes
What's it about?
All vile things must come to an end, and for Daria Morgendorffer that means it's time to look beyond high school to college. Our little girl has grown up so fast. It's time for higher learning, lowered expectations, and a heavy dose of sarcasm in this special movie presentation. Follow Daria as she visits a college campus, councils her friend Jane, sets things straight with her boyfriend Tom, and comforts her sister Quinn in a college controversy of her own.

Message from Mungo
1:15pm, NITV

G
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.

Adventures of Jojo
7:45pm, NITV

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: Bengali
Director: Raj Chakraborty
Starring: Rudranil Ghosh, Samiul Alam, Jashojeet Banerjee, Padmanabha Dasgupta
What's it about?
From the backwoods of America, comes the age-old-story of a boy, his sister, and a pack of wild wolves, in this children's adventure film that narrates the journey of Jojo, a young boy of twelve as he travels to Baropahari to visit his uncle.

The Broken Circle Breakdown
10:55pm, SBS

MA15+
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

The Broken Circle Breakdown review: A wildly emotional rollercoaster ride ( ⭐⭐⭐⭐)

SATURDAY 9 MAY

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

PG
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

Les Misérables (2012)
8:35pm, SBS

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Musical, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Sacha Baron Cohen, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
Prisoner 24601, known as Jean Valjean (Jackman), is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert (Crowe). Set in early revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.

Precious
8:35pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Sage
What's it about?
Set in Harlem in 1987. Precious (Sidibe, in an Oscar nominated lead performance) endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. She's pregnant for the second time to her abusive father; at home she must wait hand and foot on a poisonously angry mother (Mo'Nique, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). In these conditions she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, overweight, unloved and generally unnoticed. But underneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.

Why You Should Watch: Precious

Mavis!
10:25PM, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jessica Edwards
Starring: Mavis Staples, Jeff Tweedy, Bonnie Raitt, Prince, Bob Dylan, Chuck D
What's it about?
Documents soul music legend Mavis Staples and her family group The Staple Singers who through music helped to propel the civil rights movement. From the early hits ‘I’ll Take You There’, to her collaborations with Prince and recent albums with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy, Mavis has stayed true to her roots and continues to inspire with her message of equality and love. Featuring live performances, rare archival footage and conversations with artists including Bob Dylan and Prince. 

The Stepford Wives
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken
What's it about?
Joanna Everhart (Kidman) is an ambitious television executive. When she's fired from her job, her world comes crashing down. Her husband Walter (Broderick), decides on a fresh start in the suburban paradise known as Stepford. Here, all the women conform to the male ideal of wife and mother. And the Stepford Men's association, run by Christopher Walken hides a frightening secret. A sophisticated and comic remake of the 1975 classic of the same name.

SUNDAY 10 MAY

The Blood Is at the Doorstep
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Erik Ljung
What's it about?
After Dontre Hamilton, a black, unarmed man diagnosed with schizophrenia, was shot 14 times and killed by police in Milwaukee, his family embarks on a quest for answers, justice and reform as the investigation unfolds.

Whitney
9:20pm, SBS

M
UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Featuring: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston, Clive Davis, L.A. Reid, Kevin Costner
What's it about?
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void) and from two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn, the film gives audiences an unprecedented and unique look into Whitney’s life. An unflinching and honest portrait of a rare talent told by those closest to her, showcasing exclusive audio and never-before-seen video archive from her time as a recording artist and performer.

Assholes: A Theory
10:40pm, SBS VICELAND

M
Canada, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Walker
Featuring: John Cleese, Vladimir Luxuria, Geoffrey Nunberg, Mary Sarnataro
What's it about?
Some people grapple with the moral challenges of treating human beings decently. Others are just… assholes. Inspired by Aaron James’ New York Times bestseller of the same name, this documentary investigates the breeding grounds of contemporary ‘asshole culture’ — and locates signs of civility in an otherwise rude and nasty universe. 

Highway of Tears
11:00pm, NITV

M
Canada, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matthew Smiley
Narrated by: Nathan Fillion
What's it about?
In Canada, more than 500 cases of Aboriginal women have gone missing or been murdered since the 1960s. Half the cases have never been solved. Now find out what First Nation leaders are doing to try and swing the pendulum in the other direction.

Alias Ruby Blade
11:30pm, SBS

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Meillier
What's it about?
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times.

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