• From left: Lost Highway, Dave Chappelle's Block Party, The Wave, Electric Dreams (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.
8 May 2020 - 9:53 AM  UPDATED 8 May 2020 - 9:53 AM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 11 - 17 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 11 MAY

The Blood Is at the Doorstep
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 13 May, 10:35pm)

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.

TUESDAY 12 MAY

Dave Chappelle's Block Party
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michel Gondry
What's it about?
In the summer of 2004, an excited crowd of strangers board a bus to Brooklyn to join comedian Dave Chappelle at his block party. Meanwhile, at an undisclosed venue not far away, Dave is greeting musicians such as Jill Scott, The Fugees, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Kanye West and Cody Chestnut, who have all come to perform at the party. Directed by Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Science of Sleep).

Dave Chappelle's Block Party: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

WEDNESDAY 13 MAY

The Wave (2020)
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Gille Klabin
Starring: Justin Long, Tommy Flanagan, Katia Winter, Donald Faison, Sheila Vand, Bill Sage
What's it about?
A man (Long) on the verge of a promotion takes a mysterious hallucinogenic drug that begins to tear down his reality and expose his life for what it really is.

Electric Dreams
10:05pm, SBS VICELAND

G
UK, USA, 1984
Genre: Music, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Barron
Starring: Lenny Von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Maxwell Caulfield, Bud Cort
What's it about?
Miles (van Dohlen) buys himself a state-of-the-art computer that starts expressing thoughts and emotions after a having champagne spilled down on him. Things start getting out of hand when both Miles and Edgar (voiced by Bud Cort), how the computer calls himself, fall in love with Madeline (Madsen), an attractive neighbour.

See You Up There
11:45pm, SBS

MA15+
Canada, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime, Comedy, War
Language: Chinese, French, German
Director: Albert Dupontel
Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Albert Dupontel, Laurent Lafitte, Niels Arestrup, Melanie Thierry
What's it about?
In November 1918, a few days before the Armistice, when Lt. Pradelle (Lafitte) orders a senseless attack, he causes a useless disaster, but his outrageous act also binds the lives of two soldiers who have nothing more in common than the battlefield: Édouard (Biscayart) saves Albert (Dupontel), although at a high cost. They become companions in misfortune who will attempt to survive in a changing world. Pradelle, in his own way, does the same. 

Lost Highway
11:50pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robbert Loggia
What's it about?
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist (Pullman) is framed for the murder of his wife (Arquette) and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic (Getty) and begins leading a new life. Opening to mixed reviews on its initial 1997 release, this cryptic David Lynch film has grown in reputation and has been seen as a companion piece to Lynch's 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive.

Lost Highway reviewed by David (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2) and Margaret (⭐⭐⭐⭐): The Movie Show, Episode 08, 1997

THURSDAY 14 MAY

The Breaker Upperers
9:35pm, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What's it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Executive produced by Taika Waititi.

'The Breaker Upperers': An Anti-Valentine's Day Comedy Delight
The best joke in ‘The Breaker Upperers’ is about the stuff white people laugh at

FRIDAY 15 MAY

Parenthood
7:45pm, NITV

M
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Tom Hulce
What's it about?
An insightful comedy about the trials and tribulations of parenthood as seen from several points of view within a large family. Nominated for two 1989 Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actress (Wiest) and Best Original Song (Randy Newman's "I Love To See You Smile").

David & Margaret review Parenthood (⭐ each) on The Movie Show (Episode 35 1989)

Night Parrot Stories
9:55pm, NITV (also Sat 16 May, 10:00am)

PG
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.

SATURDAY 16 MAY

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
8:35pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Samuel D. Pollard
Featuring: Sammy Davis, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis
What's it about?
Explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression to the 1980s. A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
10:25pm, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Tony Bennett, Robbie Robertson
What's it about?
Tells the story of a profound, essential and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo and more, this documentary unravels the Indigenous influence and talented Native musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Green Room
12:25am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
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.

SUNDAY 17 MAY

The Rape of Recy Taylor
8:35pm, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Nancy Buirski
What's it about?
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story.

Faces of Harassment
10:05pm, NITV

MA15+
Brazil, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Portuguese, International
Director: Paula Sacchetta
What's it about?
On Women's Week, a studio-van was parked in locations across rich and poor areas of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The studio-van was made available to any woman who felt like sharing her story. The film, which is part of a transmedia project, is comprised of a significant number of testimonies, and reflects upon an important part of the filming process: how did these women feel when they were telling their stories?

Active Measures
10:55pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jack Bryan
Starring: Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Hillary Clinton
What's it about?
Tells the story of the interconnected rise of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, while exposing the largest and most effectively executed espionage operation in history. Relying on exclusive testimony from 29 global experts, including Hillary Clinton, Senator John McCain, John Podesta, and Jeremy Bash, Active Measures is a must-see thriller, essential for understanding the full context behind today’s headlines.

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