• From left: Toomelah, The Godfather Part II, Homesick, I Am Not Your Negro (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

19 Jun 2020 - 8:57 AM  UPDATED 19 Jun 2020 - 10:55 AM

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS ON SBS WORLD MOVIES:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 22 - 28 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 22 JUNE

Etched in Bone
11:55am, NITV (Wed 24th, 10:35pm / Thur 25th, 12:00pm)

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Martin Thomas, Béatrice Bijon
Starring: Jacob Nayinggul, Joe Gumbula, Martin Thomas
What's it about?
Drawing on original footage from National Geographic, Etched in Bone explores the impact of one notorious bone theft by a member of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. Hundred of bones were stolen and deposited in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, until it became known to Arnhem elders in the late 1990s. The return of the sacred artefacts was called for, resulting in a tense standoff between indigenous tribespeople and the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian.

Etched in Bone

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.

Dave Chappelle's Block Party
12:30am, 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 (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

TUESDAY 23 JUNE

Satellite Dreaming
12:55pm, 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).

The Godfather: Part II
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire
What's it about?
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone (De Niro) grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone (Pacino) attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

How ‘The Godfather’ changed cinema forever

WEDNESDAY 24 JUNE

Fantome Island
12:30pm, 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.

The Counselor
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Motivated by greed and status, The Counsellor (Fassbender) starts working with infamous drug lord Reiner (Bardem) and middleman Westray (Pitt) as a way of paying for his wedding to girlfriend Laura (Cruz). Things soon spiral out of control however and the lawyer-turned-criminal soon finds himself in over his head. Original screenplay by Cormac McCarthy (author of The Road and No Country For Old Men), and directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator).

Kalifornia
10:40pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1993
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Dominic Sena
Starring: Juliette Lewis, David Duchovny, Brad Pitt, Michelle Forbes, Kathy Larson
What's it about?
A journalist duo (Duchovny, Forbes) go on a research tour of serial killer murder sites with two companions (Pitt & Lewis), unaware that one of them is a serial killer himself. A box office failure on its initial release, the film has since acquired cult status, and legendary film critic Roger Ebert praised Pitt and Lewis' performance as "among the best I have ever seen".

Margaret & David review Kalifornia / Cast & crew interviews - 1993 Venice Film Festival (The Movie Show, Episode 19, 1994)

Homesick
10:50pm, SBS

MA15+
Norway, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Anne Sewitsky
Starring: Ine Marie Wilmann, Simon J. Berger, Silje Storstein, Anneke von der Lippe
What's it about?
When Charlotte (27) meets her half-brother Henrik (35) for the first time as an adult, it becomes an encounter without boundaries, between two people who don't know what a normal family is. How does sibling love manifest itself if you have never experienced it before? An unconventional family drama about seeking a family, and breaking every rule to be one.

THURSDAY 25 JUNE

Toomelah
9:35pm, NITV 

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Director: Ivan Sen
Starring: Michael Connors, Christopher Edwards, Daniel Connors
What's it about?
Daniel is a small ten year old boy who dreams of being a gangster. He is kicked out of school and befriends a local gang leader, until a rival arrives back from jail to reclaim his turf. From acclaimed director Ivan Sen (Beneath CloudsMystery Road), the film premiered in the coveted Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

Toomelah: Review

Stop at Nothing: The Lance Armstrong Story
12:00am, SBS

M
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Holmes
What's it about?
This is an intimate but explosive story about the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport and the truth. But the former friends whose lives and careers he destroyed would prove to be his nemesis. 

Queen of the Desert
1:50am, SBS

M
Morocco, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Arabic, English, Turkish
Director: Werner Herzog
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Robert Pattinson, Damian Lewis, Jenny Agutter, James Franco
What's it about?
A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's (Kidman) life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century. From legendary director Werner Herzog (Aguirre: The Wrath of GodFitzcarraldoGrizzly Man).

FRIDAY 26 JUNE

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
12:00pm, 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.

Mee-Shee: The Water Giant
7:45PM, NITV (repeats 10:00AM, Sat 27th)

PG
UK, Germany, 2005
Genre: Family, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Henderson
Starring: Bruce Greenwood, Joel Tobeck, Rena Owen
What's it about?
A New York City oil company troubleshooter is brought to a remote B.C. lake to look for some lost machinery. Cancelling a trip to Disney World with his son, he decides to bring the boy along. They both end up experiencing more excitement than Mickey could ever conjure in Orlando, when they meet up with bad guys and a legendary creature.

I Am Not Your Negro
10:50pm, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Raoul Peck
What's it about?
Based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House - a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. - acclaimed director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States, using meticulously assembled archival footage and driven by stirring voiceover narration from Samuel L. Jackson. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' proves writer James Baldwin's views on racism in America are as relevant as ever

Rey's Education
2:30am, 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.

SATURDAY 27 JUNE

Barton Fink
12:00am, 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 fourth feature from the Coen brothers (Fargo, No Country For Old Men), 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)

SUNDAY 28 JUNE

Teach a Man to Fish
8:30pm, NITV

M
Australia, 2018 
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Grant Saunders
What's it about?
Concerned that he has been away from his home town of Taree for over twenty years, a son decides to quit everything to go fishing with his father and salvage a relationship spoiled some time ago. Nominated for best documentary at the 2018 Sydney Film Festival.

The Tall Man
10:00pm, NITV

M
Australia, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tony Krawitz
What's it about?
The Tall Man is the Walkley Award-winning documentary about the events on Palm Island that follow the death of local Indigenous man Cameron Doomadgee. On the morning of November 19, 2004, Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for public nuisance. An hour later he lay dead in a watchhouse cell. This film interviews the family, friends and residents of the community on the island as they struggle to understand what happened to Cameron and the tragic events that subsequently followed his death. 

The Tall Man: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Kingpin
10:10pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Bobby Farrelly, Peter Farrelly
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Randy Quaid, Vanessa Angel, Bill Murray, Chris Elliott
What's it about?
After bowler Roy Munson (Harrelson) swindles the wrong crowd and is left with a hook for a hand, he settles into impoverished obscurity. That is, until he uncovers the next big thing: an Amish kid named Ishmael (Quaid). So, the corrupt and the hopelessly naïve hit the circuit intent on settling an old score with Big Ern (Murray). Written & directed by the Farrelly brothers (Dumb & DumberThere's Something About Mary).

The Machinist
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, France, UK, USA, 2004
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: English
Director: Brad Anderson
Starring: Christian Bale, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Aitana Sanchez-Gijon, Michael Ironside
What's it about?
In this psychological thriller (from Session 9 director Brad Anderson), an industrial worker (Bale) hasn't slept in a year and is living a nightmare where cryptic notes appear and he has visions of a co-worker no one else can see. Are these mysteries part of a plot to drive him mad? Or, has fatigue simply robbed him of reason?

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