• From left: The Trials Of Muhammad Ali, Seven Psychopaths, On The Record, Free Fire (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

21 Aug 2020 - 12:08 PM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2020 - 4:29 PM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 24 - 30 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).

 
CC (Closed Captions) are available for the following titles: Whitney, Concussion, Hide and Seek, Les Misérables, The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers

AD (Audio Description) is available for the following titles: Free Fire, Star Trek: Insurrection, 127 Hours

 

MONDAY 24 AUGUST

Whitney
12:25pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 29 August, 8:35pm)

M, CC
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.

Concussion
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stacie Passon
Starring: Robin Weigert, Maggie Siff, Johnathan Tchaikovsky 
What's it about?
Follows the erotic journey of forty-something Abby, a lesbian housewife who becomes a high-end escort to escape her passionless marriage. Her double life proves liberating until a woman from her own social circle becomes a client. Winner of the Teddy Award (a jury prize given to queer-themed films) at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival.

Concussion: Stacie Passon interview

TUESDAY 25 AUGUST

Grab
11:25am, 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

Blow Out
12:25am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1981
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: John Travolta, Nancy Allen, John Lithgow, Dennis Franz, Roger Wilson
What's it about?
Jack Terry (Travolta) is a master sound recordist who works on grade-B horror movies. Late one evening, he is recording sounds for use in his movies when he hears something unexpected through his sound equipment and records it. Curiosity gets the better of him when the media become involved, and he begins to unravel the pieces of a nefarious conspiracy. As he struggles to survive against his shadowy enemies and expose the truth, he does not know whom he can trust. From director Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables).

WEDNESDAY 26 AUGUST

Free Fire
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD
UK, 2017
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ben Wheatley
Starring: Brie Larson, Sharlto Copley, Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, Jack Reynor, Sam Riley
What's it about?
An action comedy set in 1970s Boston, about a gun sale which goes wrong. Acclaimed filmmaker Ben Wheatley (Kill List, High Rise) propels the audience head-on into an epic shootout as he crafts a spectacular parody - and biting critique - of the insanity of gun violence. 

She Shears
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 26 August, 12:00pm)

PG
New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jack Nicol
What's it about?
In the gruelling world of competitive sheep shearing there is no women's section. Women and men compete together. This documentary is the story of passion, purpose and determination and five women for whom shearing is not just a job.

Seven Psychopaths
10:05pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell
What's it about?
Boozy writer Marty (Farrell) is a man in search of a screenplay. He has a catchy title but no story to go along with it. Marty has a couple of oddball buddies, Hans (Walken) and Billy (Rockwell), who make a living by kidnapping rich people's dogs, then returning them and collecting the reward. However this time, the fur flies when Hans and Billy kidnap the beloved pooch of a gangster (Harrelson), and Marty uses the ensuing events as fodder for his screenplay. From Martin McDonagh, writer-director of In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Seven Psychopaths: Martin McDonagh interview

Hide and Seek
11:55pm, SBS

MA15+, CC
UK, 2014
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Joanna Coates
Starring: Josh O'Connor, Hannah Arterton, Rea Mole, Daniel Metz, Joe Banks
What's it about?
In an isolated English cottage, four young people from London move in together, seeking to challenge social conventions and their own tolerances by engaging in scheduled partner-swapping. As their inhibitions and past traumas fade, they achieve a unique kind of collective happiness but the durability of their new living arrangement is tested by the arrival of an outsider, who fails to get in tune with the foursome's radical spirit.

Eureka
12:10am, 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).

THURSDAY 27 AUGUST

September
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 28 September, 12:00pm)

M
Australia, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Carstairs
Starring: Xavier Samuel, Clarence John Ryan, Kieran Darcy-Smith, Paul Gleeson, Mia Wasikowska
What's it about?
Set in the Australian wheat-belt in 1968, September is about two 15 year-old boys – one black, one white – whose friendship begins to fall apart under the stress of a changing world. The boys try to hold their friendship together in spite of the pressures imposed upon them by a turbulent social and political climate. 

Les Misérables (2012)
12:40am, SBS

M, CC
UK, 2012
Genre: Musical, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
Prisoner 24601, known as Jean Valjean (Jackman), is released from prison and breaks parole to create a new life for himself while evading the grip of the persistent Inspector Javert (Crowe). Set in early revolutionary France, the story reaches resolution against the background of the June Rebellion.

FRIDAY 28 AUGUST

Monkey King: Hero Is Back
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 29 August, 10:00am)

PG
China, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Tian Xiao Peng
Starring: Lei Zhang, Zijie Lin, Wenlun Wu, Jackie Chan
What's it about?
The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King saves the village from the evil monsters.

The Trials of Muhammad Ali
11:45pm, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bill Siegel
What's it about?
Examines the life of boxer Muhammad Ali outside the ring, beginning with the announcement of his deeply held and controversial Islamic religious beliefs and the decision to change his 'white man's name' of Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. Ali refused to serve in the Vietnam War - even after his status as a conscientious objector was denied - on the grounds of protesting racial injustice at home. This documentary explores what made him such a controversial, charismatic and influential figure, not only in the sporting arena, but in world history generally.

The Most Dangerous Man in America: Daniel Ellsberg and the Pentagon Papers
1:25am, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Rick Goldsmith, Judith Ehrlich
What's it about?
In 1971, Daniel Ellsberg, a high-level Pentagon official and Vietnam War strategist, concludes that the war is based on decades of lies and leaks 7,000 pages of top secret documents to The New York Times, making headlines around the world. Hailed as a hero, vilified as a traitor, and ostracised by even his closest colleagues, Ellsberg risks life in prison to stop a war he helped plan. This documentary's subject was also addressed in the 2017 Steven Spielberg film The Post.

SATURDAY 29 AUGUST

Ella
10:40pm, NITV

G
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Watkin
What's it about?
Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Ella charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation of The Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister to join one of the world's foremost ballet companies.

Wiradjuri Ballet dancer, Ella Havelka

SUNDAY 30 AUGUST

Star Trek: Insurrection
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, AD
USA, 1998
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes
What's it about?
When Captain Picard learns that Lt. Commander Data has run amok and taken a cultural survey team hostage, he finds something strange about the Ba'ku, the race survey team was observing. The Enterprise command team also discovers that there more to the supposed cultural survey than they had been told. Soon, Captain Picard is forced to choose between disobeying a direct order and violating the Prime Directive of the Federation.

On the Record
8:35pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
Featuring: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Hines, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Shanita Hubbard
What's it about?
The haunting story of music executive Drew Dixon as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of colour, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. A gripping and profound examination of race, gender, intersectionality, and the toll sexual abuse takes on survivors and on society at large. One of the most acclaimed documentaries from this year's Sundance Film Festival.

'On The Record' documentary: A #MeToo reckoning for Black culture

127 Hours
10:25pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: James Franco, Amber Tamblyn, Kate Mara, Treat Williams, Lizzy Caplan
What's it about?
The true story of mountain climber Aron Ralston's (Franco, in an Oscar-nominated performance) remarkable adventure to save himself after a fallen boulder crashes on his arm and traps him in an isolated canyon in Utah. Over the next five days Ralston examines his life and survives the elements to finally discover he has the courage and the wherewithal to extricate himself by any means necessary. Directed by Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting) and nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Salvador
12:30am, 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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