• From left: The Fifth Element, West Side Story, Conan the Barbarian, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (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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SBS Movies

14 May 2020 - 8:17 PM  UPDATED 14 May 2020 - 8:17 PM

FOR HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK ON SBS WORLD MOVIES
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 18 - 24 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 18 MAY

Fantome Island
12:00pm, NITV

PG
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.

China's Megatomb Revealed
2:45am, SBS

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Chen Kaige
What's it about?
Unearths the terrible secrets that lie hidden in the tomb of China's first Emperor. The Terracotta Warriors are just the tip of the iceberg in this mausoleum the size of Manhattan, that has gone largely unexcavated - until now. These silent statues guard explosive, macabre findings that rewrite history and paint a very different picture of the ancient world from what we thought we knew.

China's Megatomb Revealed

TUESDAY 19 MAY

Attack on Titan: Part 1
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

M
Japan, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Language: Japanese
Director: Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Satomi Ishihara, Kiko Mizuhara, Jun Kunimura
What's it about?
In a world where giant humanoid Titans prey on humans, Eren (voiced by Bryce Papenbrook) joins the scouting legion to get revenge on the monsters who killed everyone in his town. 

WEDNESDAY 20 MAY

Conan the Barbarian
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1982
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: English
Director: John Milius
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, James Earl Jones, Mako, Max Von Sydow
What's it about?
Conan (Schwarzenegger) is captured as a child after his parents' savage murder by raiding Vanir led by Thulsa Doom (Jones), head also of the snake-cult of Set. Fifteen years of agony, first chained to the Wheel Of Pain grinding grain and then enslaved as a pit fighter, forge a magnificent body and indomitable spirit. Freed miraculously one day by his owner, Conan, with his companions Subotai the Mongol (Gerry Lopez) and Valeria the Queen of Thieves (Sandahl Bergman), sets forth upon his quest to learn 'the riddle of steel' which, his father has prophesied, will confer ultimate power.

The Rape of Recy Taylor
10:35pm, 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.

Conan the Destroyer
10:55pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1984
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Language: English
Director: Richard Fleischer
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Grace Jones, Wilt Chamberlain, Tracey Walter
What's it about?
This fast-paced sequel to Conan the Barbarian features the hero (Schwarzenegger) as he is commissioned by the evil queen Taramis (Douglas) to safely escort a teen princess (D'Abo) and her powerful bodyguard (Wilt Chamberlain) to a far away castle to retrieve the magic Horn of Dagon. Unknown to Conan, the queen plans to sacrifice the princess when she returns and inherit her kingdom after the bodyguard kills Conan. 

A double feature of Conan the Barbarian & Conan the Destroyer (pictured) airs Wednesday 21st August on SBS Viceland from 8:30pm

Herstory
11:50pm, SBS

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Korean
Director: Min Kyu-dong
Starring: Kim Hee-ae, Kim Hae-sook, Ye Soo-jung, Mun Suk, Lee Yong-nyeo
What's it about?
In 1991, Busan, Bae Jung-gil (Hae-sook Kim), who had been working as a housekeeper for Moon (Kim Hee-ae), the owner of a leading travel agency, suddenly disappears. After following rumours here and there, Moon finally finds Bae hiding in the house of her son and discovers that she was once a comfort woman. After realising that the only cure for these women are the Japanese government’s official statement of apology and compensation, Moon strives to help the victims by preparing for trial on her own expense.

Attack on Titan: Part 2
12:45am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2015
Genre: Science Fiction, Action
Language: Japanese
Director: Shinji Higuchi
Starring: Haruma Miura, Hiroki Hasegawa, Kanata Hongo
What's it about?
Eren (Miura) leaves to restore a break in the wall destroyed by a Titan. He comes under attack by the Titans and is cornered. Shikishima (Hasegawa) comes to his aid. The titans never stops attacking. Eren is now injured and tries to protect Armin (Hongo), but is swallowed by a titan. A Titan with black hair appears and begins to expel the other titans.

'Attack On Titan: Part 2' is here to save your Wednesday, the world

THURSDAY 21 MAY

Takeover
12:00pm, NITV

M
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.

Get on Up
9:35pm, NITV

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
What's it about?
A chronicle of James Brown's (Boseman) rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. It follows the man and his music in flashbacks from his impoverished early years in a shack in rural South Carolina, to living in a brothel run by Aunt Honey (Spencer) and singing in a local church, to his early career performing with the Famous Flames and later international stardom. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).

FRIDAY 22 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. From Soi Cheang, director of Accident.

Princess Ka'iulani
7:45pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 17 May, 10:00AM)

PG
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.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
8:30pm, SBS

M
Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China, 2000
Genre: Martial Arts, Drama, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Chen Chang
What's it about?
When a politician's daughter steals a legendary warrior's precious sword, a sequence of events is triggered to recover the sword, which leads to a deadly encounter with the thief's witch-like minder. From renowned director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), the film received four Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon review (by Margaret Pomeranz for The Movie Show, 2001)

The Burma Conspiracy
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, Belgium, Germany, 2011
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English, French, Serbian, Thai
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Tomer Sisley, Sharon Stone, Ulrich Tukur, Olivier Barthelemy
What's it about?
Propelled to the head of the W Group after the death of his adoptive father, Largo Winch (Sisley) decides, to everyone's surprise, to sell it, and use the proceeds to create an ambitious humanitarian foundation. But on the very same day, he finds himself accused of crimes against humanity by a mysterious witness. To prove his innocence, Largo will have to retrace the steps of his past life, in the heart of the Burmese jungle.

SATURDAY 23 MAY

West Side Story
8:30pm, SBS

PG
USA, 1961
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Robert Wise, Jerome Robbins
Starring: Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Russ Tamblyn, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris
What's it about?
In the slums of the upper West Side of Manhattan, New York, a gang of Polish-American teenagers called the Jets compete with a rival gang of recently immigrated Puerto Ricans, the Sharks, to "own" the neighbourhood streets. Tensions are high between the gangs but two kids, one from each rival gang, fall in love leading to tragedy. Winner of ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
8:40pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Starring: Mick Jagger, James Brown, Bootsy Collins, Chuck D, Ahmir-Khalib Thompson
What's it about?
Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, this documentary from Alex Gibney (Going Clear, Finding Fela) features rare and previously unseen footage, photographs and interviews, chronicling the musical ascension of “the hardest working man in show business,” from his first hit, “Please, Please, Please,” in 1956, to his iconic performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show, the Paris Olympia and more.

Mama Africa
10:40pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Featuring: Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Nelson Mandela
What's it about?
Mama Africa is the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. From director Mika Kaurismäki (brother of legendary Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.)

Adolf & Eva: Love & War
11:20pm, SBS

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Benb Reid
Starring: Anton Saunders, Hannah Warren-Green, Diana Vladu, Cezar Grumazescu
What's it about?
This historical drama reveals the shocking lengths to which Nazi Germany’s secret First Lady went to rise to, and cling to, power. The Nazis kept Eva Braun’s (Warren-Green) affair with Hitler (Saunders) hidden until the very end. But the Fuhrer’s inner circle knew she had survived against the odds to become the most powerful woman in Germany. Revealing the truth behind the influential, ambitious and manipulative Nazi bride, this is the story of Eva’s rise and fall.

Adolf & Eva: Love & War

With Heart & Soul
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Greece, 2009
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Greek
Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Starring: Christos Karteris, Yorgos Angelkos, Vangelis Mourikis, Victoria Haralabidou
What's it about?
During the 1946-49 Greek Civil War, young brothers Anestis (Karteris) and Vlassis (Angelkos) are recruited by opposing sides. Anestis joins the National Army while Vlassis becomes a soldier in the Democratic Army. Fighting in the countryside they grew up in, the boys become increasingly fanatical as the war progresses.

Last Days Of Solitary
1:05am, SBS

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Edge, Lauren Mucciolo
What's it about?
The US is the world leader in solitary confinement, with more than 80,000 American prisoners being held in isolation. In recent years, more than 30 states have begun to experiment with reforms aimed at reducing the use of solitary. Filmed over three years, this searing documentary offers the most comprehensive exploration of this controversial practice, with immersive, unprecedented access to the solitary unit at Maine State Prison.

Last Days Of Solitary

SUNDAY 24 MAY

The Fifth Element
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND (repeats 2:15pm, 4:30pm, 6:50pm, 9:10pm, 11:30pm)

PG
France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth. 

My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element

Burn Motherfucker, Burn!
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sacha Jenkins
What's it about?
This provocative documentary looks at the 1992 Los Angeles riots, exploring the roots of civil unrest in California and the relationship between African Americans and LAPD.

Let the Fire Burn
10:15pm, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jason Osder
What's it about?
Jason Osder makes an impressive feature film debut through his unbiased and thorough account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the extremist African-American organisation MOVE and Philadelphia authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and figuratively devastated an entire community. Let the Fire Burn is a real-life Wild West story absent the luxury of identifying its heroes by the color of their hats.

Let The Fire Burn

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