• From left: Gurrumul, Storm Boy, Coal Miner's Daughter, Watchmen (Supplied)Source: Supplied
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SBS Movies

3 Jul 2020 - 10:57 AM  UPDATED 3 Jul 2020 - 11:40 AM

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 6 - 12 July
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).


1:05pm, NITV

Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Damien Williams
Featuring: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sting, Michael Hohnen, Mark Grose
What's it about?
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. 

Why Gurrumul is Australia's most important documentary

The Panther Within
9:00pm, NITV

Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Allan Collins, Edoardo Crismani
What's it about?
A family's quest to unravel the mystery of Joe Murray, an Aboriginal boxer and vaudevillian known as, 'The Black Panther'.

The Panther Within



USA, 2009
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode
What's it about?
In a gritty and alternate 1985, the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. From the graphic novel series by Alan Moore, and directed by Zack Snyder (300, Justice League).

Watchmen review: The superheroes we need right now (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)

9:30pm, NITV

Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Watkin
What's it about?
Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Ella charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation of The Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister to join one of the world's foremost ballet companies.

Wiradjuri Ballet dancer, Ella Havelka

Capricorn One

UK, USA, 1977
Genre: Action, Drama, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Peter Hyams
Starring: Elliott Gould, James Brolin, Brenda Vaccaro, Sam Waterston, O.J. Simpson, Karen Black
What's it about?
In order to protect the reputation of the American space program, a team of scientists stages a phoney Mars landing. Willingly participating in the deception are a trio of well-meaning astronauts, who become liabilities when their space capsule is reported lost on re-entry. Now, with the help of a crusading reporter, they must battle a sinister conspiracy that will stop at nothing to keep the truth.


9:35pm, NITV (repeats Friday 10 June, 1:30pm)

Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
Jedda is an orphaned Arrernte baby who is adopted by a white family. She grows up, confused over her heritage and place in the world. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. The first Australian feature film to be filmed in colour, and nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.


Storm Boy
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 11 July, 10:00am)

Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison
What's it about?
Mike (Rowe) is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father (Cummins). In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner (Gulpilil) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

Storm Boy: Cheat Sheet


Coal Miner's Daughter
9:35pm, NITV

USA, 1980
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Beverly D'Angelo
What's it about?
Loretta Webb (Spacek, in an Oscar-winning performance), a poor coal miner's talented daughter, gets married at the age of 15 to Doolittle Lynn (Jones). Her supportive husband recognises her musical talent and encourages her to become a musician. Nominated for Best Picture at the 1981 Academy Awards.

Year of the Dragon

USA, 1985
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Cimino
Starring: Mickey Rourke, John Lone, Ariane, Leonard Termo, Raymond J. Barry, Caroline Kava
What's it about?
In New York, racist Capt. Stanley White (Rourke) becomes obsessed with destroying a Chinese-American drug ring run by Joey Tai (Lone), an up-and-coming young gangster as ambitious as he is ruthless. While pursuing an unauthorised investigation, White grows increasingly willing to violate police protocol, resorting to progressively violent measures. From Michael Cimino, director of The Deer Hunter and the infamous 1980 flop Heaven's Gate.


Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

USA, 1982
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure 
Language: English
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, James Doohan
What's it about?
The Starship U.S.S. Enterprise is on a routine training mission when Admiral James T. Kirk learns that a top-secret device named Project Nemesis has been appropriated by Kirk's old enemy Khan, a brilliant renegade from the 20th century, who uses this universe-threatening device in a deadly game of revenge. Aided by his band of genetic supermen, Khan sets out in pursuit of the Enterprise, determined to kill Kirk.

Mama Africa
8:30pm, NITV

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.)

I Am Richard Pryor

USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jesse James Miller
Featuring: Lily Tomlin, Tiffany Haddish, Howie Mandel, Mike Epps, Sandra Bernhard
What's it about?
This documentary tells the story of the legendary performer and iconic social satirist, who transcended race and social barriers by delivering his honest irreverent and biting humour to America's stages and living rooms until his death at 65. Featuring a cast of comedians, historians, activists and artists, this film dives deep into the psyche of a comedic genius.

I Am Sam Kinison

USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Adrian Buitenhuis
What's it about?
This feature-length documentary film explores the life and legacy of shock comic Sam Kinison, a former Pentecostal preacher turned stand-up comic who repurposed his pulpit-honed chops to the brazen rock ’n’ roll world of MTV-era comedy. Following a steep trajectory from obscurity to fame, excess, despair and near-redemption, Sam meets a sudden and early death when struck by a drunk driver in 1992.

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