• From left: Biggie & Tupac, Man on Wire, Anger Within: Jonah Luma - A Rugby Legend, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (Supplied)Source: Supplied
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

17 Jul 2020 - 10:46 AM  UPDATED 17 Jul 2020 - 10:51 AM

THIS WEEK'S HIGHLIGHTS ON SBS WORLD MOVIES:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 20 - 26 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).

MONDAY 20 JULY

Takeover
12:00pm, NITV

M
Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

Message from Mungo
10:05pm, 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.

WEDNESDAY 22 JULY

Sky Captain And The World of Tomorrow
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2004
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Kerry Conran
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Bai Ling
What's it about?
In this science fiction adventure set in the 1930s, New York City reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) starts to investigate why so many famous scientists are being reported missing. Soon, she gets clues, as strange flying machines and giant robots threaten the city. Luckily, her old flame, aviator Captain Joseph Sullivan aka Sky Captain (Law), is there to battle the bad guys with the Flying Legion, in his Warhawk P-40.

Anger Within: Jonah Lomu - A Rugby Legend
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thurs 23 July, 12:00pm)

M
France, 2013 
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Frederic Khan, Stephane Le Goff
What's it about?
Jonah Lomu is without a doubt the most famous rugby player of all time. His physique, his power, his speed and his determination helped revolutionise the game around the world. From the violence and poverty of southern Auckland to the glamour of international rugby to painful and lonely days of dialysis, friends and family reveal Lomu like never before.

Nineteen Eighty-Four
10:25pm, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1984
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack, Gregor Fisher
What's it about?
A man (Hurt), whose daily work is rewriting history, searches for hope amid a repressive totalitarian society that he can neither comprehend nor tolerate. He dares to fall in love and is hunted down for heinous 'crimes of the mind'. Based on George Orwell's classic novel of the same name.

1987: When the Day Comes
12:05am, SBS

MA15+
South Korea, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Jang Joon-hwan
Starring: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Tae-ri, Park Hee-soon, Lee Hee-joon
What's it about?
In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth. Despite a systematic attempt to silence everyone involved in the case, the truth gets out, causing an eruption of public outrage.

THURSDAY 23 JULY

Chasing the Light
9:35pm, NITV (repeats 12:35am)

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: 
Comedy
Language: 
English
Director: 
Blackhorse Lowe
Starring: Blackhorse Lowe, Jason Asenap, Patricia del Rio, Scott Hale 
What's it about?
Riggs (Lowe), a down on his luck screenwriter, struggles to finish a script. But failed suicide attempts, unstable friends, drug deals and memories of his ex-girlfriend interfere. From Navajo filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (The 5th World).

FRIDAY 24 JULY

Night Parrot Stories
11:00am, 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.

Almost Christmas
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: David E. Talbert
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins
What's it about?
A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died. In a review for Variety, Owen Gleiberman described it as "a heartwarming gripe-and-grouchfest that pushes a lot of buttons, though with a vivacity that’s exuberantly funny and sincere."

My Awkward Sexual Adventure
11:20pm, 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 prowess, 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.

SATURDAY 25 JULY

Chappaquiddick
8:30pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Taylor Nichols
What's it about?
A piercing reexamination of the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days of Senator Ted Kennedy's (Clarke) career when he drove off a bridge, ending the life of his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara), a promising political strategist who had worked on his brother Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign the year prior. From John Curran, director of Tracks and Praise.

'Chappaquiddick': Tense and Absorbing Ted Kennedy Saga

Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy in 'Chappaquiddick'

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
8:35pm, NITV

M
Finland, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Action
Language: Finnish
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi 
What's it about?
This darkly hilarious Christmas tale follows the capture of Santa during an archaeological dig in the depths of Finland’s mountains. But this is a murderous Santa, and his psychotic elves are determined to free him.

Rare Exports review: A witty take on the legend of Santa Claus

Biggie and Tupac
10:05pm, NITV

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

The Delta Force
12:05am, SBS VICELAND

M
Israel, USA, 1986
Genre: Action, Thriller, Adventure
Language: English, Arabic, Greek, Hebrew
Director: Menahem Golan
Starring: Chuck Norris, Lee Marvin, Shelley Winters, Martin Balsam, Robert Forster
What's it about?
A 707 aircraft jetliner on its way from Athens to Rome and then to New York City is hijacked by Lebanese terrorists. The terrorists demand that the pilot take them to Beirut. What the terrorists don't realise is that an elite team of commandos led by Major McCoy (Norris) and by Colonel Alexander (Marvin) has been called into service to eliminate all terrorists on the jetliner.

SUNDAY 26 JULY

Pompeii Life Before Death
8:30pm

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Presenter: Mary Beard
What's it about?
Pompeii is nestled in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, whose massive eruption in 79 AD simultaneously destroyed and preserved this bustling Roman town. It is one of the world’s most iconic sites, a city frozen in time that has revealed more about everyday Roman life than anywhere else. But despite centuries of research and endless scrutiny, Pompeii still has its secrets.

Pompeii: Life Before Death

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1986
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Language: English, Finnish
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: William Shatner, Catherine Hicks, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan
What's it about?
Fugitives of the Federation for their daring rescue of Spock from the doomed Genesis Planet, Admiral Kirk (William Shatner) and his crew begin their journey home to face justice for their actions. But as they near Earth, they find it at the mercy of a mysterious alien presence whose signals are slowly destroying the planet. In a desperate attempt to answer the call of the probe, Kirk and his crew race back to the late twentieth century. However they soon find the world they once knew to be more alien than anything they've encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy!

Man on Wire
10:15pm, SBS

PG
UK, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: James Marsh
What's it about?
A maverick, a dreamer, an artist: Philippe Petit is all of these things and more. On a slightly windy day in the summer of 1974, a lone figure appeared high above the heads of the people of Manhattan, balancing perfectly on a high wire strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. For almost an hour, Petit danced on the wire, ignoring the pleas from police to get down, simply rejoicing in his artistic expression. Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Man on Wire: Interview

Daughters of the Sexual Revolution: The Untold Story of the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders
10:40pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dana Adam Shapiro
What's it about?
The never-before-told story of Suzanne Mitchell, the fiercely-loyal den mother of the original Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. Seen by many as regressive and exploitative, this diverse sisterhood of small-town 'girls next door' became a controversial pop culture phenomenon at the height of the Sexual Revolution, changing the game of football - and America - forever.

With Heart & Soul
12:05am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Greece, 2009
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Greek
Director: Pantelis Voulgaris
Starring: Christos Karteris, Yorgos Angelkos, Vangelis Mourikis, Victoria Haralabidou
What's it about?
During the 1946-49 Greek Civil War, young brothers Anestis (Karteris) and Vlassis (Angelkos) are recruited by opposing sides. Anestis joins the National Army while Vlassis becomes a soldier in the Democratic Army. Fighting in the countryside they grew up in, the boys become increasingly fanatical as the war progresses.

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