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10 Jul 2020 - 10:59 AM  UPDATED 10 Jul 2020 - 11:18 AM

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 13 - 19 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).


Mama Africa
11:55am, NITV (repeats Saturday 18 July, 8:35pm)

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 Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.)


March of the Penguins
3:55pm, SBS

France, 2005
Genre: Documentary, Family
Language: English
Director: Luc Jacquet
What's it about?
At the end of each Antarctic summer, the emperor penguins of the South Pole journey to their traditional breeding grounds in a fascinating mating ritual that is captured in this Oscar-winning documentary. The journey across frozen tundra proves to be the simplest part of the ritual, as after the egg is hatched, the female must delicately transfer it to the male and make her way back to the distant sea to nourish herself and bring back food to her newborn chick. Narrated by Morgan Freeman.



USA, 1997
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law
What's it about?
In the 21st century, genetic engineering makes possible the creation of biologically superior human specimens ("valids"), who then grow to positions of power and prestige. Would-be astronaut Vincent (Hawke), who was born the old-fashioned way, can only hope for a janitorial position at the elite Gattaca Corporation – until he buys the blood, urine, and identity of a perfect but paralysed athlete. But a murder in the company's ranks attracts the attention of a detective (law) who threatens to sniff Vincent out. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol (writer of The Truman Show).

David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz review Gattaca: Review (The Movie Show, Episode 36, 1997)

The Fall
9:00pm, NITV

UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Gordon
What's it about?
Their rivalry and meet in the 3000m run was hyped by the media as the event to watch at the 1984 Olympics. 32 years after that race, the real story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd is finally told.

Code 46

UK, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Togo Igawa, Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar
What's it about?
In a futuristic world, an insurance investigator (Robbins) embarks on a brief but dangerous affair with a woman (Morton) wanted for holding a fake DNA identity and passport. He overlooks her crime but soon finds out that she stands accused of violating a reproductive code. From director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Trip).


The Fringe Dwellers
9:35pm, NITV

Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza
What's it about?
Bruce Beresford's (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant) critically-acclaimed adaptation of the Nene Gare novel tells the story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.

The Fringe Dwellers: 1986 Movie Show Review


Sunny and the Dark Horse
12:00pm, NITV

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.

Missing in Action

USA, 1984
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, War
Language: English, Vietnamese
Director: Joseph Zito
Starring: Chuck Norris, M. Emmet Walsh, David Tress, Lenore Kasdorf, James Hong
What's it about?
American servicemen are still being held captive in Vietnam and it's up to one man to bring them home in this blistering, fast-paced action/adventure. Following a daring escape from a Vietnamese POW camp, Special Forces Colonel James Braddock (Norris) is on a mission to locate and save remaining MIAs.


Otelo Burning
10:10pm, NITV

South Africa, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Zulu
Director: Sara Blecher
Starring: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi
What's it about?
When 16 year old Otelo (Mamabolo), his best friend, New Year (Gumede), and his 12 year old brother, Ntwe (Mohlomi), are invited to the beach-house of their new friend, Tau Modise (Xaba), they step into a world previously closed to them. It is exactly the opposite of their township- a place under a constant and growing threat from political violence, driven by Inkatha hostel dwellers on one side and township United Democratic Front comrades on the other.

A Pelada

Brazil, Belgium, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: Portuguese
Director: Damien Chemin
Starring: Tuca Andrada, Kika Farias, Karen Junqueira
What's it about?
Frightened by the routine of marriage, an ordinary young couple thinks they can revive the flame of their passion through new sexual experiences. Regrettably, the confrontation with their own taboos is going to complicate their relationship. The inevitable intimate revelations made over the course of these misadventures threaten to push the couple over the edge of the abyss.

Live Flesh
2:40am, SBS

Spain, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Nero, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz
What's it about?
After coming out of jail, drug dealer Victor (Rabal) is still in love with his ex-partner Elena (Neri). However, she's now married to the former policeman (Bardem) he shot and paralysed, and is now a wheelchair basketball star player. Victor swears revenge, and decides to insinuates himself into the couple's lives with the intention to make her fall in love with him. From writer-director Pedro Almodovar (All About My Mother, Volver), and based on the novel by Ruth Rendell.

1998 The Movie Show review of Live Flesh (David & Margaret: ⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

USA, 1984
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English, Russian
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: William Shatner, DeForest Kelley, Robin Curtis, Merritt Butrick, Christopher Lloyd
What's it about?
The defeat of Khan and the creation of the Genesis planet are empty victories. Spock is dead and McCoy is inexplicably being driven insane. A surprise visit from Spock's father provides a startling revelation about Spock's life force. With friends in limbo and in pain, Kirk squares off with the Klingons in a deadly rendezvous.

Atlantis Rising
10:30pm, SBS

Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Simcha Jacobovici
What's it about?
For thousands of years, the legend of Atlantis has fascinated the public and the historical community alike. There is plenty of controversy surrounding its existence and whether or not there was ever any evidence of it to begin with. Atlantis Rising follows executive producer and Oscar-winner James Cameron; filmmaker Simcha Jacobovici; and a group of archaeologists, scientists and historians as they set out to search for the true ‘Atlantean’ civilisation and for a possible location for the lost city itself.

The September Issue
2:50am, SBS

USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: R.J. Cutler
Featuring: Anna Wintour
What's it about?
Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue for 20 years, is the most powerful and polarising figure in fashion. Director R.J. Cutler delivers a rare insider account of the nine months leading up to the printing of the highly anticipated September issue of the magazine, which promises to be the biggest one ever. At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two-decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington. Through them, we see close up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever-changing fashion field.

The September Issue review: Rag trade doc a portrait of grace under pressure

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