• From left: Spotlight, The Insult, American Animals, Eureka (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

31 Jul 2020 - 10:57 AM  UPDATED 31 Jul 2020 - 10:57 AM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 3 - 9 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 3 AUGUST

Croker Island Exodus
9:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steven McGregor
What's it about?
1942, Croker Island, as Japanese bomb the North, 95 Aboriginal children and their missionary carers make a remarkable journey to safety 3000 miles across the Australian continent.

As Japanese bomb Australia in 1942, children and carers from the Croker Island Mission embarked on a 5,000 mile journey

In the House
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Fabrice Luchini, Emmanuelle Seigner, Ernst Umhauer
What's it about?
A 16-year-old teenager (Umhauer) sneaks into a classmate’s house. He then writes about the event in stories for his French teacher (Luchini). Inspired and confronted by the student, the teacher finds renewed joy in his job. Yet the teenager’s intrusion unleashes a series of uncontrollable events. Directed by François Ozon (Swimming Pool, Frantz) and inspired by the Spanish play The Boy in the Last Row.

In the House: Review

TUESDAY 4 AUGUST

Something Wild
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1986
Genre: Crime, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Demme
Starring: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Charles Napier, John Sayles, John Waters
What's it about?
A repressed young businessman's (Daniels) meets an eccentric girl (Griffith) outside a diner, where she persuades him to take to the road with her. An afternoon of kinky sex and a bizarre clothes-buying session follow, and he even plays along as her husband when she takes him home. The fun ends when her real husband (Liotta) - a twisted ex-con - turns up to claim her back. Directed by Jonathan Demme (Stop Making Sense, The Silence of the Lambs).

False Confessions
3:15am, SBS

M
Denmark, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Katrine Philp
Featuring: Jane Fisher-Byrialsen, Jason Flom, Saul Kassin, Renay Lynch, Korey Wise
What's it about?
Defence attorney Jane Fisher-Byrialsen is determined to put an end to interrogation techniques that pressure innocent people into false confessions. The film follows four of her cases and examines the psychological aspect of how people end up confessing to crimes they have not committed and the consequences of these confessions – for those accused, for their families, and for society at large.

False Confessions

WEDNESDAY 5 AUGUST

American Animals
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime, Documentary
Language: Dutch, English
Director: Bart Layton
Starring: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd
What's it about?
In 2003, four Kentucky college students attempted to steal millions of dollars in rare books from the school library. The young men all hailed from comfortable upbringings, and were primarily motivated by wanting to feel special. They committed the heist during daylight, in the library’s regular operating hours, using their exams as an alibi. Directed by Bart Layton (of 2012 documentary The Imposter).

How Bart Layton combines truth and fiction in the real-life heist film 'American Animals'

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 6 August, 12:00pm)

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Deborah Riley Draper
What's it about?
In 1936, 18 African American athletes dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler defied Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. The world remembers Jesse Owens. But, Olympic Pride American Prejudice shows how all 18 are a seminal precursor to the modern Civil Rights Movement.

The Drop
10:35pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts
What's it about?
Based on a screenplay from Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Shutter Island), The Drop follows lonely bartender Bob Saginowski (Hardy) in the underworld of Brooklyn bars. Tom tends the bar owned by his cousin (Gandolfini in his final role), who allows 'drops' of criminal cash to go on at their premises. But they find themselves at the centre of a robbery gone wrong, the ensuing investigation reveals dark secrets from the neighbourhood's past. From Michael R. Roskam, director of Belgian Oscar-nominee Bullhead.

The Insult
12:05am, SBS

M
France, Lebanon, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Arabic
Director: Ziad Doueiri
Starring: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Rita Hayek, Camille Salameh
What's it about?
Chronicles how a single slur pits a belligerent Lebanese Christian against an older Palestinian Muslim and flares into a court case that divides national Lebanese public opinion. Winner of the Best Actor prize (for Kamel El Basha) at the 2017 Venice Film Festival, and Oscar-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

THURSDAY 6 AUGUST

Comeback Dad
9:35pm, NITV (repeats Friday 7 August, 12:00pm)

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Russ Parr
Starring: Tatyana Ali, Donna Biscoe, Elizabeth Omilami, Jael Roberson, Charles S. Dutton
What's it about?
Nima (Ali), an accomplished pianist who runs her own music school, seems to have it all. She cannot admit that she has never recovered from her alcoholic father's abandonment, and when he returns trying to make amends, Nima begins an eye-opening journey.

FRIDAY 7 AUGUST

Drop Dead Fred
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Sat 8 Aug, 10:00am)

PG
UK, USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Language: English
Director: Ate de Jong
Starring: Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Carrie Fisher, Ron Eldard, Bridget Fonda
What's it about?
When Elizabeth (Cates) returns to her mother's home after her marriage breaks up, she recreates her imaginary childhood friend, Fred (Mayall), to escape from the trauma of losing her husband and her job. In between the chaos and mayhem that Fred creates, Elizabeth attempts to win back her husband and return to normality.

Funniest Rik Mayall Moments

SATURDAY 8 AUGUST

Spotlight
8:30pm, SBS

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci
What's it about?
Follows a team of reporters at The Boston Globe who, in 2001, launched a dogged investigation into the misdeeds covered up by the Catholic Church. They were eventually able to out nearly 90 Boston-area priests as molesters and exposed a pattern of corruption at the church where the higher-ups privy to the scandal would effectively silence any accusers who came forward. Winner of Best Picture at 2016 Academy Awards, and directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor).

Spotlight review: Smart, subtle approach exposes villains hiding in plain sight (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Don't Tell
10:50pm, SBS

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Tori Garrett
Starring: Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Jack Thompson, Aden Young
What's it about?
The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school. The film is based on true events and the 2001 legal case that changed how Australia handle child abuse claims. This is the story of a survivor, Lyndal (West), and the last trial by jury of its kind. The case was the catalyst behind the revolutionary Blue Card Childcare System.

Don't Tell review: Compelling tale of church abuse cover-up

Rachel Griffiths and Aden Young in 'Don't Tell'.

Eureka
12:05am, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, USA, 1983
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Starring: Gene Hackman, Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Mickey Rourke, Joe Pesci
What's it about?
An Alaskan gold prospector (Hackman) moves to a Caribbean island following a gold strike in the Canadian wilderness. Initially living in luxury with his criminal family, he soon finds his lifestyle taken over by misery, paranoia and pursuit by killers. From legendary British director Nicolas Roeg (WalkaboutDon't Look NowThe Man Who Fell To Earth).

SUNDAY 9 AUGUST

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1991
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Nicholas Meyer
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley
What's it about?
After years of war, the Federation and the Klingon empire find themselves on the brink of a peace summit when a Klingon ship is nearly destroyed by an apparent attack from the Enterprise. Both worlds brace for what may be their deadliest encounter.

A Better Man
10:20pm, NITV

M
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lawrence Jackman, Attiya Khan
Starring: Attiya Khan
What's it about?
Following a series of intimate conversations between a former couple who lived through two years of domestic abuse, this documentary is a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse.

Slut Phobia?
10:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Netherlands, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sunny Bergman
What's it about?
Femininity and sex are allies in a woman's struggle for approval. In today's world women strive to imitate the sexiest images presented by the media. But, at the same time, expressing sexuality is not always perceived as something positive and being labeled a 'slut' lies around the corner. For women and especially young girls, the line is all too fine and easily crossed. This documentary explores where this ambiguity comes from.

With Heart & Soul
12:00am, 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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