• From left: Army of Darkness, The Beach, Let The Fire Burn, Byzantium (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

22 May 2020 - 11:09 AM  UPDATED 22 May 2020 - 11:12 AM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 25 - 31 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 25 MAY

The Third Industrial Revolution
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Eddy Moretti
What's it about?
Social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a road map to usher in a new era of sustainable development. A Third Industrial Revolution will unfold when three technologies emerge and converge: new communication, new sources of energy, and new modes of mobility. But, in the context of climate change, it needs to happen fast; change of this magnitude requires political will and a profound ideological shift.

Let the Fire Burn
12:00pm, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jason Osder
What's it about?
An account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the Black Liberation organisation MOVE and Philadelphia authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and figuratively devastated an entire community. Winner of the 2014 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.

Let The Fire Burn

Utopia
9:00pm, NITV (repeats Tues 26 May, 10:30am & Thurs 28 May, 12:00pm)

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Pilger
What's it about?
This controversial documentary film by acclaimed filmmaker John Pilger draws on his long association with Indigenous Australians; an investigation into Australia's colonial past and wealthy present, setting out to break the stereotypes of the first people of Australia. Utopia is both a personal journey and a universal story of power and resistance, of how modern societies can be divided between those who conform and the dystopian world of those who do not. 

Why You Should Watch: Utopia

WEDNESDAY 27 MAY

Time Bandits
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
UK, 1981
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: John Cleese, Sean Connery, Michael Palin, Ian Holm, Shelley Duvall, Craig Warnock
What's it about?
Six fractious dwarfs steal a precious map that shows the locations of a series of time holes scattered across the universe, enabling them to travel back in time. Crashing through the bedroom wardrobe of 11 year old Kevin (Warnock) and taking him along with them for the ride, they find themselves involved in a series of eccentric encounters with famous historical figures, amongst them Napoleon, Robin Hood and ancient Greece ruler, Agamemnon. From director Terry Gilliam (BrazilThe Fisher King, 12 Monkeys).

Army of Darkness
10:35pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Sam Raimi
Starring: Bruce Campbell, Embeth Davidtz, Marcus Gilbert
What's it about?
Ash (Campbell), a hapless housewares clerk, is time-warped back to the Dark Ages by the demonic power of the Necronomicon. Now armed with only a '73 Oldsmobile, his trusty chainsaw and a 12-gauge double-barrelled S-Mart shotgun, our knuckleheaded hero must battle vicious she-devils, a diabolical Evil Ash and the relentless hordes of the medieval dead. The third and most broadly comic instalment in director Sam Raimi's cult-classic horror-comedy Evil Dead trilogy.

Rey's Education
11:55pm, SBS

M
Argentina, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Santiago Esteves
Starring: Matías Encinas, Germán de Silva, Jorge Prado, Mario Jara, Martín Arroyo
What's it about?
Escaping from his criminal baptism, Reynaldo Galíndez (Encinas), called el Rey, breaks into the patio of the house where Carlos Vargas (Da Silva), a retired security guard, lives. Carlos proposes Reynaldo a deal: he will repair the damage caused and, in return, Carlos will not call the police.

Prince Avalanche
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Gina Grande, Joyce Payne, Lance LeGault, Lynn Shelton, Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
What's it about?
An odd couple of sorts, Alvin (Rudd), meditative and stern, and his girlfriend’s brother Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the centre of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As the two begin their gradual journey across the landscape, swapping stories and butting heads, what unfolds is a humorous yet moving examination of an unlikely friendship. From David Gordon Green, director of George Washington and Pineapple Express.

Prince Avalanche: David Gordon Green interview

THURSDAY 28 MAY

Sweet Country
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 29 May, 12:35pm)

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After an ill-tempered bully (Leslie) arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

Warwick Thornton talks up his Venice award-winning film, 'Sweet Country'

FRIDAY 29 MAY

The Beach
7:30pm, SBS / SBS VICELAND / NITV

M
Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
What's it about?
Alone on a remote beach in one of the most beautiful yet brutal environments in the world, award-winning film director, Warwick Thornton (Samson & DelilahSweet Country), attempts to change his life. An exclusive world premiere of this unique, immersive documentary experience.

Prepare to be totally captivated by Warwick Thornton’s new documentary The Beach

Warwick Thornton in his immersive documentary 'The Beach'

Byzantium
11:00pm, SBS VICELAND (repeats Sunday 31 May, 12:25am)

MA15+
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones
What's it about?
Eleanor (Ronan) and Clara (Arterton), two mysterious and penniless young women, flee the scene of a violent crime and arrive in a run-down coastal resort. They try to find money and refuge along the tawdry seafront and in the dilapidated hotels. Clara, ever-practical, sells her body. She soon meets shy and lonely Noel, who provides a roof over their heads in his seedy guesthouse, Byzantium. From Neil Jordan, director of Interview With The Vampire and The Crying Game.

 

SATURDAY 30 MAY

Sunny and the Dark Horse
12:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
The story of an Aboriginal stockman, Sunny Bancroft, and his family at Collum Collum and their growing enthusiasm for "picnic races" on bush tracks in New South Wales. The film follows Sunny and his wife Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don't always go their way.

She Who Must Be Loved
7:35pm, NITV

G
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Erica Glynn
Starring: Freda Glynn
What's it about?
Erica Glynn tells the epic life story of her mother Alfreda Glynn, 78-year-old Aboriginal woman, stills photographer, co-founder of the Central Australian Aboriginal Media Association (CAAMA), and Imparja TV, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, radical, pacifist, grumpy old woman, who in equal measure loves the limelight and total privacy. Part bio-pic, part social history, it details the life of a woman born beneath a tree north of Alice Springs in 1939, her childhood living under the Aboriginal Protection policies and the impact, both good and bad they had on her life.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
8:30pm, SBS

PG
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Dinner and a Movie: 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' paired with smoked eel
Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill

Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and hilarious (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

SUNDAY 31 MAY

We Don't Need a Map
8:10pm, NITV

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Warwick Thornton, Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe, Dee Madigan, Ghassan Hage
What's it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and DelilahSweet Country) investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day. 

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton's film We Don't Need A Map takes a journey through Australia's cultural and political landscape.

My Awkward Sexual Adventure
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, 2012
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Sean Garrity
Starring: Jonas Chernick, Emily Hampshire, Sarah Manninen, Vik Sahay
What's it about?
When he is dumped by his girlfriend due to his less-than-satisfactory sexual prowesses, conservative accountant Jordan (Chernick) enlists the help of an exotic dancer to make him a better lover. He enters the world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlours, cross-dressing and S&M, attempting to learn new skills to win back his ex-girlfriend.

Terraferma
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

M
France, Italy, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian, Amharic 
Director: Emanuele Crialese
Starring: Donatella Finocchiaro, Beppe Fiorello, Claudio Santamaria, Mimmo Cuticchio
What's it about?
In Sicily, fishermen are punished for saving immigrants from the sea and, back on shore, letting them go. But when young Filippo decides to help an immigrant family consisting of a mother, a little boy and a newborn baby, his life is turned upside down.

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