• From left: Barton Fink, Heathers, Mabo: Life Of An Island Man, Beasts of the Southern Wild (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

29 May 2020 - 9:52 AM  UPDATED 29 May 2020 - 9:52 AM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 1 - 7 June
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 1 JUNE

Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: John Maggio
What's it about?
This documentary looks at the factors that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the efforts made by then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President Timothy Geithner, and Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke to save the United States from an economic collapse.

Night Parrot Stories
12:30pm, NITV

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.

Mabo: Life Of An Island Man
9:00pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 2 June, 10:30am)

PG
Australia, 1997
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Trevor Graham
What's it about?
On June 3rd 1992, six months after Eddie "Koiki" Mabo's tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held native title to land in the Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was empty when first occupied by white people had been laid to rest. Mabo-Life of an Island Man tells the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system. Though his greatest victory was won only after his death, it has forever ensured his place - on Murray Island and in Australian history.

WEDNESDAY 3 JUNE

Satellite Dreaming
12:40pm, NITV

PG
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).

Message from Mungo
1:40pm, 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.

Darkland
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Denmark, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
Language: Arabic, Danish, French, English
Director: Fenar Ahmad
Starring: Dar Salim, Ali Sivandi, Roland Møller, Anis Alobaidi, Stine Fischer Christensen
What's it about?
Zaid (Salim) is a successful heart surgeon with an expensive apartment and pregnant girlfriend. One night he gets a visit from his brother Yasin, who is desperate for money, but he refuses. Soon after, Yasin is found beaten to death and Zaid is overcome with guilt. As guilt gives way to anger, Zaid becomes a masked avenger and takes on Copenhagen's criminal underworld in his quest for justice.

Wik vs Queensland
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 4 January, 11:30am)

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dean Gibson
What's it about?
This landmark feature documentary portrays the historical decision in 1996 by the High Court of Australia, granting native title to the Wik People of Cape York, and the demonisation that followed at the hands of politicians and media. With unique access to the key players of that moment in history, and featuring never-before seen footage of the two (then) young lawyers, Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton, Wik Vs Queensland tells a very personal story set against the backdrop of a tumultuous time in Queensland’s history. 

Believer
10:35pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Crime, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Lee Hae-young
Starring: Cho Jin-woong, Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Joo-hyuk, Cha Seung-won
What's it about?
After a traumatic event, a drug trafficker turns sides and conspires with a dangerously ambitious undercover police officer to bring down the mysterious kingpin of a major drug cartel. (Remake of the Chinese film Drug War, directed by Johnnie To.)

A Land Imagined
12:00am, SBS

M
France, Netherlands, Singapore, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Bengali, Chinese
Director: Yeo Siew Hua
Starring: Peter Yu, Liu Xiaoyi, Guo Yue, Jack Tan, Ishtiaque Zico
What's it about?
After forming a virtual friendship with a mysterious gamer, Wang (Liu), a lonely construction worker from China, goes missing at a Singapore land reclamation site. Lok (Yu), a police investigator, has to uncover the truth in order to find him. 

Charles Manson: The Final Words
2:35am, SBS

MA15+
USA, Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: James Buddy Day
What's it about?
Director James Buddy Day spent a year interviewing Manson by phone from his cell in California State Prison. The feature documentary (narrated by Rob Zombie) reveals never before heard details that unveil the true story and motives behind the Manson’s grisly murder spree. 

THURSDAY 4 JUNE

Charlie's Country
9:35pm, NITV (repeats Friday 5 June, 12:10pm)

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford
What's it about?
Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (Gulpilil) is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stronghold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. Directed by Rolf De Heer, who collaborated with Gulpilil previously on The Tracker and Ten Canoes

Charlie’s Country: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

FRIDAY 5 JUNE

Beasts of the Southern Wild
8:00pm, NITV (repeats 12:25am)

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Benh Zeitlin
Starring: Quvenzhané Wallis, Dwight Henry, Levy Easterly
What's it about?
Hushpuppy (Wallis), an intrepid six-year-old girl, lives with her father, Wink (Henry), in 'the Bathtub," a southern Delta community at the edge of the world. Wink’s tough love prepares her for the unraveling of the universe; for a time when he’s no longer there to protect her. With the waters rising, the aurochs coming, and Wink’s health fading, Hushpuppy goes in search of her lost mother. Nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Beasts of the Southern Wild review: A Hurricane Katrina fantasy tale, set on the other side of the levees

Don't Tell
8:30pm, SBS

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Tori Garrett
Starring: Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Jack Thompson, Aden Young
What's it about?
The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school. The film is based on true events and the 2001 legal case that changed how Australia handle child abuse claims. This is the story of a survivor, Lyndal (West), and the last trial by jury of its kind. The case was the catalyst behind the revolutionary Blue Card Childcare System.

Don't Tell review: Compelling tale of church abuse cover-up

Rachel Griffiths and Aden Young in 'Don't Tell'.

Madame Bovary
11:00pm, SBS

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sophie Barthes
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans, Ezra Miller, Henry Lloyd-Hughes
What's it about?
Adapted from Flaubert’s classic novel, Madame Bovary tells the tragic story of Emma (Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries a small-town doctor (Lloyd-Hughes) to leave her father’s (Giamatti) pig farm behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy mate and seeks excitement and status outside the bonds of marriage.

SATURDAY 6 JUNE

Princess Ka'iulani
10:00am, NITV

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.

Pride
8:30pm, SBS

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Warchus
Starring: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West, Paddy Considine, Andrew Scott
What's it about?
Based on a true story set in the summer of 1984 – when Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) is on strike. At the Gay Pride March in London, a group of gay and lesbian activists decides to raise money to support the families of the striking miners. But there is a problem - the union seems embarrassed to receive their support. However, the activists are not deterred and they decide to ignore the union and go direct to the miners. Also starring 1917 lead George Mackay.

Pride: Review

Marni
8:35pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tyson Mowarin
What's it about?
Marni is an immersive art experience in which an intricate dot painting about Country is created by celebrated Pilbara artist, Allery Sandy.

'Marni' is an immersive art experience in which an intricate dot painting about Country is created by celebrated Pilbara artist, Allery Sandy.

Heathers
12:50pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Black Comedy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Lehmann
Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker
What's it about?
A girl (Ryder) who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel (Slater) who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids. A box office failure on its initial release, the film is now regarded as a classic teen film and a trenchant social satire.

The Movie Show reviews Heathers (Episode 35 1989)

SUNDAY 7 JUNE

The Song Keepers
8:30pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Naina Sen
What's it about?
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

The remarkable true story behind 'The Song Keepers'

The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir in action.

Westwind: Djalu's Legacy
10:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary 
Language: English
Director: Ben Strunin
Featuring: Djalu Gurruwiwi, Gotye
What's it about?
Ancient knowledge. A way forward. A legacy shared. An Old Man, Djalu Gurruwiwi warrior, shaman, and father, must find a way to bring two worlds together to save his sons and his culture.

Pornocracy: The New Sex Multinationals
10:20pm, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, French, German, Russian
Director: Ovidie
What's it about?
French feminist icon, filmmaker, and adult film director Ovidie investigates modern changes in the international adult film industry, and how the arrival of websites showing amateur and pirated clips has transformed the way porn is made and consumed. In her investigation, she exposes how a group of programmers hijacked the adult industry to create a mysterious multinational corporation that virtually controls the entire adult industry worldwide. 

Barton Fink
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: John Turturro
What's it about?
An idealistic 1930s New York playwright (Turturro) accepts a Hollywood contract, only to find himself unable to work and seemingly living in a dreamscape beyond his control. The third feature from the Coen brothers, and winner of the the Palme d'Or at the 1991 Cannes Film Festival.

Barton Fink: Movie Show Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2 from David and Margaret)

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