• From left: Marshall, The King's Speech, Lord Of The Flies, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (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

24 Jul 2020 - 2:30 PM  UPDATED 24 Jul 2020 - 2:31 PM

SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 27 July - 2 August
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 27 JULY

Grab
9:00pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Billy Luther
Starring: Parker Posey
What's it about?
A look at the little-documented Grab Day in the villages of the Laguna Pueblo tribe, who annually throw water and food from the rooftop to people standing below.

Grab

TUESDAY 28 JULY

Stolen Glory: The Tale of Porky Brooke
1:35pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Aaron Lester Ellis
What's it about?
It was always Graeme's dream to follow his famous cousin, Lionel Rose into the ring, and that he did. This is the first time he has spoken about his career, which was tragically cut short.

Stolen Glory: The Tale of Porky Brooke

WEDNESDAY 29 JULY

I Am Ali
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thurs 30 July, 12:00pm)

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Clare Lewins
What's it about?
Hero, Traitor, Scoundrel, Zealot, Philosopher, Rabble-rouser, Prophet - Muhammad Ali was all these things. Above all, he was the most remarkable and charismatic sports figure the world has ever seen. This documentary offers unprecedented access to Ali's personal archive of "audio journals" as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend's life story.

I Am Ali

Invasion of the Body Snatchers
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1978
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Philip Kaufman
Starring: Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum
What's it about?
When filmy spores fall from space and take root in San Francisco, the city is transformed by spectacular and exotic flowers. But these lovely extraterrestrial blossoms have gruesome plans for the earth: slowly the invaders are cloning human bodies and disposing of the originals. Matthew Bennell (Sutherland) and his friends must escape lest they suffer the same fate. Based on the classic Jack Finney novel.

Invaders from Mars
10:35pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1986
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Karen Black, Hunter Carson, Timothy Bottoms, Bud Cort, Louise Fletcher
What's it about?
This space-age creature feature from director Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Poltergeist) is crawling with horrifying hordes of Martians hell-bent on stealing your soul - as well as your planet. Little David Gardner's starry-eyed dreams turn into an out-of-this-world nightmare when invaders from the red planet land in his backyard and unleash their hostilities on unsuspecting earthlings. 

C'est la vie!
12:00am, SBS

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Suzanne Clement
What's it about?
Max (Bacri) is a battle-weary veteran of the wedding-planning racket. His latest – and last – gig is a fête involving stuffy period costumes for the caterers, a vain, hyper-sensitive singer who thinks he's a Gallic James Brown, and a morose, micromanaging groom determined to make Max's night as miserable as possible. From the writer/director duo behind The Intouchables.

THURSDAY 30 JULY

The Panther Within
10:00am, NITV

G
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

5th World
9:35pm, NITV

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Navajo
Director: Blackhorse Lowe
Starring: Livandrea Knoki, Sheldon Silentwalker, Ernest Tsosie III
What's it about?
Two young Navajos hitch hike home through the Navajo reservation, falling in love along the way. This debut feature from maverick Navajo filmmaker Blackhorse Lowe (Chasing the Light) premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.

FRIDAY 31 JULY

Boeing 777: The Heavy Check
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

G
France, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Josselin Mahot
What's it about?
Follows each stage of a massive operation in which a Triple Seven is completely taken apart, inspected, and entirely refurbished. It’s an incredible surgical procedure that is carried out every 16 years of use and tens of thousands of flight hours so the aircraft can remain at the cutting edge of technology, comfort and safety.

Lord of the Flies
7:30pm, NITV (repeats 10:00am, Sat 1 Aug)

PG
UK, 1963
Genre: Drama, Cult
Language: English
Director: Peter Brook
Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
What's it about?
As war in Europe is about to erupt, a group of well-heeled British schoolboys are flown from London to a safe haven in the South Pacific but are forced to fend for themselves after their plane crashes on a remote island and the pilot is killed. The original film based on Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's classic novel.

Lord of the Flies: Review

Marshall
8:30pm

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, James Cromwell
What's it about?
In the year 1941, as the nation teeters on the brink of entering WWII, a nearly bankrupt NAACP sends its only lawyer, thirty-two year old Thurgood Marshall (Boseman), to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur against charges of rape and attempted murder brought by his wealthy socialite employer. In need of a high profile victory, but muzzled by the trial court, Marshall is joined by Samuel Friedman (Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never before tried a criminal case. Based on a true story.

Sasquatch'n
9:40pm, NITV (repeats 12:30pm, Sat 1 Aug)

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kerr Lee Sugiyama
What's it about?
A groundbreaking investigative documentary that dives deep inside secret Native societies to uncover knowledge about the Sasquatch never revealed before.

Sasquatch'n

SATURDAY 1 AUGUST

The King's Speech
8:30pm

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle
What's it about?
After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie (Firth), who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Rush). Winner of Best Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards.

The King's Speech review: Full of wit, grace and emotion

Inside Man
10:35pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English, Albanian
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective (Washington) assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing. A nail-biting heist thriller from legendary director Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, BlackKklansman).

Mr. Six
12:05am, SBS

M
China, 2015
Genre: Crime, Action, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Guan Hu
Starring: Feng Xiaogang, Zhang Hanyu, Li Yi Feng, Kris Wu, Xu Qing, Liu Hua
What's it about?
Many years ago Mr. Six (Feng Xiaogang) was a notorious gangster. That was back when there was still such a thing as honour among thieves, when criminals earned respect and maintained principles. These days Mr. Six is all but forgotten, a living relic residing in a narrow alley. One day Six's son, Xiaobo (Li Yifeng), is abducted by spoiled punks after he scratches their precious Ferrari. Mr. Six realizes that he must do whatever it takes to get his son back.

SUNDAY 2 AUGUST

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1989
Genre: Science Fiction, Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English
Director: William Shatner
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, James Doohan, Walter Koenig
What's it about?
The crew of the Federation starship Enterprise is called to Nimbus III, the Planet of Intergalactic Peace. They are to negotiate in a case of kidnapping only to find out that the kidnapper is a relative of Spock. This man is possessed by his life long search for the planet Shaka-Ri which is supposed to be the source of all life. Together they begin to search for this mysterious planet.

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
10:55pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: Rhys Thomas
Featuring: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé
What's it about?
Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex, and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is much told, but this new documentary focuses on Freddie and the solo projects he worked on, outside of the band. 

The Dirty War on the NHS
11:35pm, SBS

M
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Pilger
Featuring: John Pilger
What's it about?
Britain's National Health Service, the NHS, was the world's first universal public health service. Designed to give millions of people freedom from fear, the NHS today is under threat of being sold off and converted to a free market model inspired by America's disastrous health insurance system, which results in the death every year of an estimated 45,000 people. This timely, compelling documentary reveals what may be the last battle to preserve the most fundamental human right.

Salvador
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: James Woods, James Belushi, Michael Murphy, John Savage, Tony Plana
What's it about?
A freelance photographer (Woods, in an Oscar-nominated performance) gets an eye-opening look at the turbulent political situation in early 1980s El Salvador. One of the two war films from 1986 (including Platoon) that confirmed Oliver Stone as a key American filmmaker.

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