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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

3 Sep 2020 - 2:41 PM  UPDATED 3 Sep 2020 - 4:32 PM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 7 - 13 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 Milpirri: Winds of Change and Concussion
AD (Audio Description) is available for Concussion

 

MONDAY 7 SEPTEMBER

Milpirri: Winds of Change
10:00am, NITV

PG, CC
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stewart Carter
What's it about?
The remote Warlpiri community of Lajamanu are preparing for Milpirri, an exciting cross-cultural event. Milpirri clouds bring rain from the collision of opposites, reminding us all that to find our way 'back home' we need to listen to 'ngurra' (home) - the country we share.

Milpirri - Winds Of Change

Chi-Town
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Sat 12 Sept, 8:35pm)

M
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.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Get on Up
9:00pm, NITV (also Wednesday 9 September, 8:30pm on SBS VICELAND)

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
What's it about?
A chronicle of James Brown's (Boseman) rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. It follows the man and his music in flashbacks from his impoverished early years in a shack in rural South Carolina, to living in a brothel run by Aunt Honey (Spencer) and singing in a local church, to his early career performing with the Famous Flames and later international stardom. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

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Gothic
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1986
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Ken Russell
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Julian Sands, Natasha Richardson, Myriam Cyr, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
A sprawling villa in Switzerland, 1816 is the setting for a stormy night of madness, as five famous friends gather around an ancient skull to conjure up their darkest fears. Poets Lord Byron and Percy Shelley, Shelley's fiancée Mary Godwin, Mary's stepsister Claire Clairemont and Byron's friend John Polidori spend a hallucinogenic evening indulging in a frenzy of shocking lunacy. From legendary director Ken Russell (The DevilsWomen in Love).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 8 SEPTEMBER

Bee Nation
10:30am, NITV

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lana Slezic
What's it about?
Through the first province-wide First Nations Spelling Bee in Saskatchewan, a group of students have an opportunity to compete against the nation’s best at the Toronto finals.

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

A Perfect Day
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
Spain, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Serbian, English, Spanish, French, Bosnian
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko, Melanie Thierry
What's it about?
Somewhere in the Balkans, 1995. A team of aid workers must solve an apparently simple problem in an almost completely pacified territory that has been devastated by a cruel war, but some of the local inhabitants, the retreating combatants, the UN forces, many cows and an absurd bureaucracy will not cease to put obstacles in their way.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 9 SEPTEMBER

Beyond the Mat
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thurs 10 Sept, 12:00pm)

PG
USA, 1999
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Barry W. Blaustein
Featuring: Mick Foley, Terry Funk, Jake Roberts, Jesse Ventura, Dwayne Johnson
What's it about?
This look at professional wrestling focuses on the lives of wrestlers outside of the ring, especially Mick Foley, Terry Funk, and Jake Roberts. The film heavily focuses on the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), often criticising it and its chairman Vince McMahon. It also follows Extreme Championship Wrestling, its rise in popularity, and many other independent wrestlers and organisations.

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

Marathon Man
11:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1976
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane
What's it about?
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. Directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday) from a screenplay by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidAll the President's Men).

 

THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER

The Express
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 11 September, 11:00am)

PG
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Gary Fleder
Starring: Rob Brown, Dennis Quaid, Darrin Henson, Charles S. Dutton, Chadwick Boseman
What's it about?
Based on the incredible true story, The Express follows the inspirational life of college football hero Ernie Davis (Brown), the first African-American to win the Heisman Trophy. His fight for equality and respect changed the face of American sport.

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

Fragile
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, Spain, 2005
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Jaume Balagueró
Starring: Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena Anaya, Gemma Jones, Colin McFarlane
What's it about?
Haunted by memories of a patient's death, Amy (Flockhart) takes a job as a nurse at an antiquated hospital for children. Soon she learns that the kids fear a ghost that prowls the floors and will not allow anyone to leave. She then tries to protect them and convince the other staffers of the evil that lurks there.

 

FRIDAY 11 SEPTEMBER

Parenthood
8:00pm, NITV

M
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Tom Hulce
What's it about?
An insightful comedy about the trials and tribulations of parenthood as seen from several points of view within a large family. Nominated for two 1989 Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actress (Wiest) and Best Original Song (Randy Newman's "I Love To See You Smile").

David & Margaret review Parenthood (⭐ each) on The Movie Show (Episode 35 1989)

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

The Mimic
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

M
South Korea, 2017
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Huh Jung
Starring: Yum Jung-ah, Park Hyuk-kwon, Heo Jin, Shin Rin-a, Lee Jun-hyeok, Kil Hae-yeon, Huh Jin
What's it about?
Hee-yeon’s (Yum) family relocates to an isolated villa in Mt. Jang and comes across a frightened little girl (Shin) in the forest. She takes the little girl in but her husband Min-ho (Park) finds her suspicious when she begins to mimic the voice of his own daughter Jun-hee. In the days that follow, Min-ho and his mother disappear and Hee-yeon begins to hear voices: something is mimicking the voices of the family.

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 12 SEPTEMBER

Sunny and the Dark Horse
10:00am, NITV

PG
Australia, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
The story of an Aboriginal stockman, Sunny Bancroft, and his family at Collum Collum and their growing enthusiasm for "picnic races" on bush tracks in New South Wales. The film follows Sunny and his wife Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don't always go their way.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Otelo Burning
10:00pm, NITV

M
South Africa, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Zulu
Director: Sara Blecher
Starring: Jafta Mamabolo, Thomas Gumede, Sihle Xaba, Tshepang Mohlomi
What's it about?
When 16 year old Otelo Buthelezi (Mamabolo), his best friend, New Year (Gumede), and his 12 year old brother, Ntwe (Mohlomi), are invited to the beach-house of their new friend, Tau Modise (Xaba), they step into a world previously closed to them. It is exactly the opposite of their township: a place under a constant and growing threat from political violence, driven by Inkatha hostel dwellers on one side and township United Democratic Front comrades on the other.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Legend of the Naga Pearls
11:55pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
China, 2017
Genre: Romance, Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy
Language: Chinese
Director: Yang Lei
Starring: Darren Wang, Zhang Tianai, Sheng Guansen, Simon Yam, Xing Yu, Jiang Luxia
What's it about?
After being defeated by humans centuries ago, the Winged Tribe has lost their ability to fly. Seeking vengeance, a royal descendant of the tribe has begun searching for the magical Naga Pearls, which he plans to use to destroy the humans. When the legendary pearls fall into - and out of - the hands of Heiyu (Tianai Zhang), a wily human street punk, he must join a team of unlikely heroes as they race to prevent the destruction of their people in this magical fantasy adventure.

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

Student Athlete
8:35pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Trish Dalton, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Starring: LeBron James
What's it about?
An examination of the complex rules of amateur athletics in America and how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Concussion
8:55pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC, AD
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 (Wiegert), 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
The writer/director speaks to us about weaving her own experiences into a unique meditation on  marriage and prostitution.

Ghost Planes and the Mysteries of Flight 370
10:40pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joe Guidry
What's it about?
At the time of this writing, Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, transporting 227 passengers and 12 crew members from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, has been missing for months. An unprecedented international search was unable to locate any bodies or debris. According to the Aviation Society Network, more than 80 aircrafts have been declared "missing" since 1948--"Ghost Planes" that have literally vanished without a trace.

Ghost Planes and the Mysteries of Flight 370

The House That Never Dies II
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Language: Mandarin
Director: Chie Jen-hao
Starring: Julian Cheung, Mei Ting, Gillian Chung, Geng Le, Vivian Wu, Lam Suet, Joan Chen
What's it about?
A cultural relic restorer discovers the skeletons of babies while working in an old mansion. The bloody events of the past drags everyone working on the project into a dark abyss.

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

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