• From left: Maps to the Stars, One Hour Photo, Hunt For The Wilderpeople, Footy Legends (Supplied)Source: Supplied
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SBS Movies

28 Aug 2020 - 1:39 PM  UPDATED 28 Aug 2020 - 2:14 PM
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 31 August - 6 September
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 Hunt For Wilderpeople
AD (Audio Description) is available for One Hour Photo, Black Sea and Star Trek: Nemesis



Maps to the Stars

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack, Robert Pattinson, Evan Bird
What's it about?
Benjie (Bird), a child star, is shaken when his schizophrenic sister (Wasikowska) is released from a mental hospital and returns to Los Angeles, turning the convoluted world of shallow, selfish celebrities and their minions upside down. Directed by David Cronenberg (Dead Ringers, A Dangerous Method), and written by novelist Bruce Wagner (Wild Palms, Force Majeure), the film earned Julianne Moore a Best Actress prize at Cannes for her role as a disturbed actress.

Maps To The Stars review: Cronenberg puts Hollywood in the headlights (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


One Hour Photo

USA, 2002
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Mark Romanek
Starring: Robin Williams, Connie Nielsen, Michael Vartan, Erin Daniels, Eriq La Salle
What's it about?
Sy Parrish (Williams) has lovingly and painstakingly developed photographs for the Yorkin family since their son was a baby. But as the Yorkins' lives become fuller, Sy's only seems lonelier, until he eventually convinces himself he's part of their family. When Sy discovers the family's dark secret, a bizarre and thrilling confrontation ensues. Directed by Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go).

Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thurs 3 Sept, 12:00pm)

Canada, USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Damon Kwame Mason
What's it about?
Presents and retells the unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. For untold decades, hockey was seen as a homogeneous sport, exciting to watch but played by one kind of player. But people deserve to now know of the exploits of athletes who dared to stand out, and dared to make the sport their own.

Black Sea

UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
This thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the VoidLast King of Scotland) follows a captain (Law), who puts together a misfit crew to search for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the depths of the Black Sea. But greed and desperation soon take hold onboard their claustrophobic vessel and the men start turning on each other, putting them as risk of never making it to the surface alive.


Footy Legends
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Fri 4 Sep, 12:00pm)

Australia, 2006
Genre: Comedy
Language: English, Vietnamese
Director: Khoa Do
Starring: Anh Do, Angus Sampson, Lisa Saggers, Paul Nakad, Emma Lung, Claudia Karvan
What's it about?
Set in Sydney’s western suburbs, the film tells the story Luc Vu (Ahn Do), a young man with football obsession. Out of work, and with welfare authorities threatening to take away his little sister, Luc re-unites his old high-school football team to win a competition that could change all their lives.


Hunt for the Wilderpeople
8:00pm, NITV (repeats Sat 5 Sept, 10:00am)

New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Lady in White

USA, 1988
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Frank LaLoggia
Starring: Lukas Haas, Len Cariou, Alex Rocco, Katherine Helmond, Tom Bower
What's it about?
Locked in a school closet during Halloween 1962, young Frank (Haas) witnesses the ghost of a young girl and the man who murdered her years ago. Shortly afterward he finds himself stalked by the killer and is soon drawn to an old house where a mysterious Lady In White lives. As he discovers the secret of the woman he soon finds that the killer may be someone close to him.


On the Record
8:35pm, NITV

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

10:15pm, NITV

New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori, English
Director: Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
What's it about?
From eight female Maori directors come eight connected stories (in Maori, waru means 8), each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver. The eight stories are all subtly linked and follow different female characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community.

The Claim

USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Language: English
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Peter Mullan, Wes Bentley, Sarah Polley, Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski
What's it about?
Based on Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge, The Claim transposes the story from Hardy's Wessex (in the UK) for the winter landscape of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the making of California. Dillon (Mullan) is a pioneer who defied the harsh winter in search of rumoured gold. Having amassed unimaginable riches, he runs a thriving mining town called Kingdom Come. But the blind ambition and greed that drove him to succeed finally catch up to him with the arrival of three strangers. Directed by Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, A Mighty Heart).

The Claim: 2001 Movie Show Review (Margaret: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐, David: ⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Star Trek: Nemesis

USA, 2002
Genre: Science Fiction, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Stuart Baird
Starring: Patrick Stewart, Bryan Singer, Tom Hardy, Whoopi Goldberg, Ron Perlman, Brent Spiner
What's it about?
En route to the honeymoon of William Riker to Deanna Troi on her home planet of Betazed, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receives word from Starfleet that a coup has resulted in the installation of a new Romulan political leader, Shinzon, who claims to seek peace with the human-backed United Federation of Planets. Once in enemy territory, the captain and his crew make a startling discovery: Shinzon is human, a slave from the Romulan sister planet of Remus, and has a secret, shocking relationship to Picard himself.

8:35pm, NITV

USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Budabin
What's it about?
An underdog basketball player from Chicago goes on a meteoric rise to become one of the best college point guards in the nation. But while he pursues dreams of the NBA, his success contrasts with the effects of gun violence on his friends back home.

Alcatraz: Search for the Truth

USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Brad Bernstein, David Karabinas, Chip Rives
What's it about?
In 1962, John Anglin, Clarence Anglin, and Frank Morris broke out of the toughest penitentiary America had ever conceived - Alcatraz. Presumed dead, their bodies were never found. Now, more than 50 years later, the family of the Anglin brothers is coming forward for the first time with new evidence and secrets that could crack open this iconic cold case. This documentary follows the family as they work alongside a retired lawman who has been obsessed with this case for decades.

All Cheerleaders Die

USA, 2013
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Chris Sivertson, Lucky McKee
Starring: Sidney Allison, Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler
What's it about?
When tragedy rocks Blackfoot High, rebellious outsider Maddy Killian (Stasey) shocks the student body by joining the cheerleading squad. This decision drives a rift between Maddy and her ex-girlfriend Leena Miller (Smit-McPhee) — a loner who claims to practice the dark arts. After a confrontation with the football team, Maddy and her new cheerleader friends are sent on a supernatural roller coaster ride which leaves a path of destruction none of them may be able to escape. Remake of McKee and Siverston's own 2001 feature film of the same name.

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