• From left: The Tracker, Watership Down, I Am Not A Witch, The Work (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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7 Aug 2020 - 10:16 AM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2020 - 4:30 PM

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 10 - 16 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).


A Better Man
12:00pm, NITV

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.


Denmark, 2013
Genre: Drama, Crime, Action
Language: Danish, French
Director: Michael Noer
Starring: Gustav Dyekjær Giese, Oscar Dyekjær Giese, Lene Maria Christensen
What's it about?
In one of the most impoverished multi-ethnic areas of Copenhagen, 18-year-old Caspar (Gustav Dyekjær Giese) wants to reach the top. Hurled into a world of drugs, violence and prostitution, his playground soon becomes a battlefield. Before long, Casper finds himself and his family in the middle of a conflict that threatens to destroy them.


Broken Arrow

USA, 1996
Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: John Woo
Starring: John Travolta, Christian Slater, Samantha Mathis, Delroy Lindo, Frank Whaley
What's it about?
When rogue stealth-fighter pilot Vic Deakins (Travolta) deliberately drops off the radar while on maneuvers, the Air Force ends up with two stolen nuclear warheads -- and Deakins's co-pilot, Riley Hale (Slater), is the military's only hope for getting them back. Traversing the deserted canyons of Utah, Hale teams with park ranger Terry Carmichael (Mathis) to put Deakins back in his box. Directed by Hong Kong action master John Woo (Face/Off, Hard-Boiled, The Killer).

David & Margaret review Broken Arrow (The Movie Show, Episode 04, 1996)


The East

UK, 2013
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Starring: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Aldis Hodge, Patricia Clarkson
What's it about?
An operative (Page) for an elite private intelligence firm goes into deep cover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations. Bent on apprehending these fugitives, she finds her loyalty tested as her feelings grow for the group's charismatic leader (Skarsgård). The second feature from writer/director Batmanglij and writer/actor Marling, following 2011's sci-fi/thriller The Sound of My Voice

The East: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

The Drew: No Excuse, Just Produce
8:30pm, NITV (Thurs 13 August, 12:00pm)

USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Baron Davis
Featuring: Kevin Durant, DeMar DeRozan, Brandon Jennings, Baron Davis
What's it about?
The incredible story of the unlikely rise of The Drew League, from humble beginnings in the crime and gang-ridden streets of South Central Los Angeles to the nation's foremost pro-am basketball league. Crossing racial, cultural and socioeconomic barriers, The Drew celebrates the value of basketball, persistence, loyalty and above all, community.

I Am Not a Witch
11:55pm, SBS

UK, France, Germany, Zambia, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Tonga
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Starring: Maggie Mulubwa, Henry B.J. Phiri, Gloria Huwiler, Nellie Munamonga
What's it about?
After a minor incident in her village in Zambia, eight-year-old Shula (Mulubwa) is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates through her new life with her fellow witches and a government official who espouses her, exploiting her innocence for his own gain, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. Winner of the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.


The Tracker
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 14 August, 12:00pm)

Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Grant Page, Damon Gameau
What's it about?
Fanatic (Sweet) a government trooper who is heading an expedition to find an Aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. Others in the expedition are the Follower (Gameau) a greenhorn trooper, the Veteran (Page), and the Tracker (Gulpilil, who won the AFI award for Best Actor in a Leading Role). Directed by Rolf de Heer, who would collaborate again with Gulpilil on Ten Canoes and Charlie's Country.

The Tracker: 2002 Movie Show Review (David and Margaret: ⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)


Watership Down
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 15 August, 10:00am)

USA, 1978
Genre: Animated
Language: English
Director: Martin Rosen
Starring (voice cast): John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson
What's it about?
The timeless animated classic based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Threatened with destruction of their warren, the rabbits are forced to leave their idyllic home in search of a new one. Features Art Garfunkel's hit song "Bright Eyes".

Message from Mungo
10:00pm, NITV (repeats Friday 15 August, 12:55pm)

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.


Florence Foster Jenkins
8:30pm, SBS 

USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Helberg
What's it about?
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Directed by Stephen Frears (The QueenMy Beautiful Laundrette).

Florence Foster Jenkins review: A bright, bubbly and ear-bursting biopic

10:20pm, NITV

USA, 1993
Genre: Music, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, Ice-T, Halle Berry, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav, Shaquille O'Neal
What's it about?
After many failed attempts to establish themselves as rappers, Albert (Rock), Euripedes (Allen Payne) and Otis (Deezer D) get their big break when nightclub owner Gusto is arrested. This hilarious mockumentary directed by Tamra Davis (Half Baked, Billy Madison) and co-written by Rock is often described as the This Is Spinal Tap of rap music.


Star Trek: Generations

USA, 1994
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Language: English
Director: David Carson
Starring: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell
What's it about?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Stewart) and the crew of the Enterprise-D rescue an El Aurian physicist, whose secret plan is to destroy the Enterprise and millions of lives. Now Picard's only hope for a future rests within the Nexus, a mysterious energy ribbon, and a legendary captain from the past, Captain Kirk (Shatner).

Albert: The Power Behind Victoria
9:45pm, SBS

UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul Olding
Starring: Paul Antony-Barber, Alex Bartram, Chris Beaumont
What's it about?
This feature length drama/documentary tells the untold story of how the 20-year-old ‘Pauper Prince’ rose from obscurity in Germany to become one of the most powerful men in the world. Drawing on private letters, memoirs and historical written accounts, as well as expert insight from leading historians, Albert is revealed as a man who faced great prejudice when he first came to Britain, but then outmanoeuvred his opponents and won over both the establishment and the nation to become the People’s Prince.

Albert: The Power Behind Victoria

The Work
10:20pm, NITV

USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
What's it about?
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, this acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Review: Folsom Prison's Group Therapy Program Rivetingly Documented In 'The Work'

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