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14 Aug 2020 - 10:32 AM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2020 - 4:30 PM

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 17 - 23 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).



Spain, 2013
Genre: Horror
Language: Spanish
Director: Miguel Larraya
Starring: Luis Fernández, Alicia Sanz, Rocío León
What's it about?
Carlos (Fernandez), a TV star and teen idol, is invited to a wild party packed with girls and excesses of all kinds. The morning after, he wakes up trapped in a sinister house with three girls that he had several encounters with the previous night. With communication cut off and escape impossible, they come to realise that they are not alone in this house and they may never be able to escape.


Swamp Thing

USA, 1982
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Wes Craven
Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Wise, Louis Jourdan, David Hess, Nicholas Worth
What's it about?
Deep in the Florida everglades, brilliant scientist Dr. Alec Holland (Wise) and government agent Alice Cable (Barbeau), have developed a secret formula that could end world hunger. Little do they know, however, that their arch nemesis, Arcane, is plotting to steal the serum for his own selfish schemes. From Wes Craven, director of A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream.


Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Peter Hewitt
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Joss Ackland, George Carlin, Pam Grier, William Sadler
What's it about?
Amiable slackers Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos (Ackland), a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper (Sadler) to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living.

Margaret Pomeranz reviews Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey on The Movie Show (Episode 32, 1991)

8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 20 August, 12:05pm)

Australia, USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matt Norman
What's it about?
The black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights struggle. Far less known is the part in that episode in history played by Peter Norman, the white Australian on the podium who had run second – and the price paid afterward by all three athletes.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist

USA, 2008
Genre: Music, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Michael Cera, Andy Samberg, Kat Dennings, Ari Graynor, John Cho, Alexis Dziena
What's it about?
Nick (Cera) cannot stop obsessing over his ex-girlfriend, Tris (Graynor), until Tris' friend Norah (Dennings) suddenly shows interest in him at a club. Thus beings an odd night filled with ups and downs as the two keep running into Tris and her new boyfriend while searching for Norah's drunken friend, Caroline, with help from Nick's band mates. As the night winds down, the two have to figure out what they want from each other.

Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist: Review ( ⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Members Only
11:55pm, SBS

Hong Kong, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Director: Mic-go Ngan
Starring: Kyle Li, Yoyo Fung, Julius Brian Siswojo, Carmen Tong Ka-Man, Christy Chan Kit-Ling
What's it about?
Balcony is the most luxurious members-only clubhouse in town, where investment analyst Stephen (Kyle Li) comes across millionaire Lucas, stock broker Master Alan (Julius Brian Siswojo) and prostitute Milo (Yoyo Fung). He learns the tricks of stock market trading from Master Alan and teaches Milo what he has learnt. Stephen and Milo are thrilled with making easy money in the stock market, but both soon realise someone controls everything behind the scenes...

With Heart & Soul

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.


7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 22 August, 10:00am)

South Africa, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, Xhosa
Director: Roberta Durrant
Starring: Hlayani Junior Mabasa, Linda Sokhulu, Thapelo Mofokeng
What's it about?
13-year-old Felix Xaba (Mabasa) dreams of becoming a saxophonist like his late father, but his mother Lindiwe thinks jazz is the devil's music. When Felix leaves his township friends to take up a scholarship for grade eight at an elite private school, he defies his mother and turns to two aging members of his father's old band to help him prepare for the school jazz concert.

Croker Island Exodus
9:20pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 22 August, 11:45am)

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


8:30pm, SBS

UK, USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, War, Action
Language: English, Vietnamese
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Forest Whitaker, Johnny Depp
What's it about?
Oliver Stone's Academy Award winning film about the psyche of young soldiers who fought in Vietnam; their camaraderie, their struggle for survival amid terrifying violence and madness of combat. Dealing with the day-to-day existence of an infantry rifle platoon of thirty guys from all walks of life, Platoon examines the fight between good and evil in the outfit and what it was really like to be a foot soldier in Vietnam. 

The incredible true story of the 'Platoon' movie poster

Platoon (1986)

10:05pm, NITV

USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Longinotto
What's it about?
Longinotto's documentary is about Brenda Myers-Powell, who fights against sexual exploitation and supports sex workers in Chicago. Brenda knows what she is talking about: her own story, involving teenage prostitution and a life of violence and abuse, is in stark contrast to her dauntless energy and optimism. Winner of the Directing Award in the World Cinema - Documentary section at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

Nineteen Eighty-Four

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.


Star Trek: First Contact

USA, 1996
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes, Brent Spiner, James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard
What's it about?
After an epic battle against the Borg (cybernetically-enhanced life forms), Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise follow the Borg Sphere back into the 21st century to prevent the Borg from contaminating Earth’s timeline and preventing Earth’s first contact. Picard and the crew must work together to battle the Borg Queen before she assimilates all of mankind and changes history forever. Resistance is futile because of course it is.

David & Margaret review Star Trek: First Contact: ⭐⭐⭐⭐ (The Movie Show, Episode 39, 1996)

8:35pm, NITV

UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Featuring: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston, Clive Davis, L.A. Reid, Kevin Costner
What's it about?
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void) and from two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn, the film gives audiences an unprecedented and unique look into Whitney’s life. An unflinching and honest portrait of a rare talent told by those closest to her, showcasing exclusive audio and never-before-seen video archive from her time as a recording artist and performer.

The Admiral: Roaring Currents

South Korea, 2014
Genre: Adventure, War
Language: Japanese, Korean
Director: Han-min Kim
Starring: Min-sik Choi, Seung-ryong Ryu, Jin-woong Cho
What's it about?
The film mainly follows the famous 1597 Battle of Myeongryang during the Japanese invasion of Korea (1592-1598), where the iconic Joseon admiral Yi Sun-sin (Oldboy's Min-sik Choi) managed to destroy a total of 133 Japanese warships with only 13 ships remaining in his command. The battle, which took place in the Myeongryang Strait off the southwest coast of the Korean Peninsula, is considered one of the greatest victories of Yi.

Red Dawn

USA, 1984
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: English
Director: John Milius
Starring: Patrick Swayze, Charlie Sheen, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson
What's it about?
On a peaceful morning, through the windows of a high school classroom, students see paratroopers land on the varsity football field: the invasion of the United States has begun. As their town is overrun by foreign nationals, eight teenagers escape to the mountains. Taking the name of their high school football team, the Wolverines, they wage unremitting guerrilla warfare in defense of their parents, their friends and their country. From John Milius, writer of Apocalypse Now.

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