• L-R: Selma, Donnie Darko, Do the Right Thing, The Fifth Element (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).
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28 Oct 2020 - 10:33 AM  UPDATED 28 Oct 2020 - 12:31 PM
THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 2 - 8 November
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.
 
Closed Captions (CC) are available for Precious, Donnie Darko, 12 Years a Slave, Marshall, The Fifth Element, JFK

 

MONDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Made in Dagenham
7:30pm

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nigel Cole 
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike
What's it about?
Based on a true story, this film portrays a decisive moment in the '60s when the fight for equal rights and pay was led – unexpectedly – by ordinary working-class women with one foot in the kitchen, one foot on the factory floor, and ears glued to the pop coming over the radio and telly from far-off London. Led by a young married mother (Hawkins), one of 187 women who worked for the Ford Motor Company, the region‘s principal employer, these feisty factory girls shook their world with spirit and courage, and achieved lasting social change.

REVIEW
Made in Dagenham Review
Factory girls fight back in warm UK comedy.

Do the Right Thing
9:35pm

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito
What's it about?
This award-winning and critically acclaimed drama, written and directed by Spike Lee (who earned a 1990 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay) takes place on the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Everyone's hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
ORIGINAL MOVIE SHOW REVIEW
Do the Right Thing review: A remarkable achievement
One of the most honest and disturbing films ever made on the subject of racism.

 

TUESDAY 3 NOVEMBER

Sky Captain And The World of Tomorrow
7:30pm

PG
USA, 2004
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Kerry Conran
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Bai Ling
What's it about?
In this science fiction adventure set in the 1930s, New York City reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) starts to investigate why so many famous scientists are being reported missing. Soon, she gets clues, as strange flying machines and giant robots threaten the city. Luckily, her old flame, aviator Captain Joseph Sullivan aka Sky Captain (Law), is there to battle the bad guys with the Flying Legion, in his Warhawk P-40.

Precious
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Sage
What's it about?
Set in Harlem in 1987. Precious (Sidibe, in an Oscar-nominated lead performance) endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. She's pregnant for the second time to her abusive father; at home she must wait hand and foot on a poisonously angry mother (Mo'Nique, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). In these conditions she grows up unloved and generally unnoticed. But underneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.

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WEDNESDAY 4 NOVEMBER

Donnie Darko
7:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Cult
Language: English
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze
What's it about?
During the presidential election of 1988, a teenage boy named Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived, and tries to deal with people in his town, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism. 

REVIEW
Donnie Darko review: A shot at small-town repression
A shot at small-town repression.

12 Years a Slave
9:35pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free Black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada (Pitt) changes Solomon's life forever. Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
INTERVIEW
'12 Years a Slave': Interview
Director Steve McQueen and actors Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender open up about their Oscar nominated drama on the harrowing true story of Solomon Northup.

 

THURSDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Kung Fu Hustle
7:35pm

M
China, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Cantonese
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Feng Xiaogang, Wah Yuen, Zhi Hua Dong, Kwok-Kwan Chan
What's it about?
In a Shanghai slum nicknamed Pig Sty Alley, residents and business owners cower in the presence of a cruel landlady (Yuen Qiu), but at least take comfort from the fact that their poverty-stricken neighbourhood is largely left alone by the city's criminal gangs. All that changes when the notorious Axe Gang muscles in and begins a war that looks to have only one possible outcome. The locals' only hope appears to be Sing (Stephen Chow), a small-time operator whose impersonation of an Axe Gang member sparked the trouble. Nominated for a 2006 Golden Globe for Best Foreign Language Film.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
‘Kung Fu Hustle’ is an underrated, genre-bending Asian movie you need to watch
It's time to give Stephen Chow’s ‘Kung Fu Hustle’ the credit it deserves.

Marshall
9:30pm

PG, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, James Cromwell
What's it about?
In the year 1941, a nearly bankrupt NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) sends its only lawyer, thirty-two year old Thurgood Marshall (Boseman), to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Brown) against charges of rape and attempted murder brought by his wealthy socialite employer (Hudson). In need of a high profile victory, but muzzled by the trial court, Marshall is joined by Samuel Friedman (Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never before tried a criminal case. Based on a true story.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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FRIDAY 6 NOVEMBER

The Fifth Element
7:10pm

PG, CC
France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth. 

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Selma
9:30pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: History, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ava DuVernay
Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey
What's it about?
A chronicle of Martin Luther King's (Oyelowo) campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson (Wilkinson) that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Directed by Ava Duvernay (When They See Us, The 13th) and Oscar-nominated for Best Picture.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 7 NOVEMBER

Loving
6:15pm

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp
What's it about?
The story of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga, in an Oscar-nominated performance), an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), the story was also the subject of the documentary The Loving Storynow streaming at SBS On Demand.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Joel Edgerton talks 'Loving', Cathy Freeman and 'feeling judged'
We caught up with multi-talented Aussie Joel Edgerton about his new movie, the interracial romance 'Loving'.

JFK
8:30pm

M, CC
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Jack Lemmon
What's it about?
Jim Garrison (Costner) - a New Orleans's District Attorney - can't believe the Warren Commission official conclusion on the death of President Kennedy is accurate. Determined to prove them wrong, Garrison stakes everything to find the truth. He encounters a high-level Pentagon official who confirms to him that there was a conspiracy, but Garrison's over-the-top antics interfere with his credibility, leaving him open for ridicule. However, as more and more proof comes to light of a possible conspiracy and cover-up, the more people take note.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SUNDAY 8 NOVEMBER

Looking Up
5:50pm

PG
China, 2019
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Deng Chao, Baimei Yu
Starring: Deng Chao, Bai Yu, Ren Suxi, Liang Chao, Wu Jing, Wang Xi, Li Jianyi, Sun Xilun
What's it about?
During a mission, a spacecraft loses all communication with base Earth. Now in vast space, the trapped astronaut reflects on all the laughs, tears and precious moments he spent with his father.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Burn Motherf*****, Burn!
9:30pm

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sacha Jenkins
What's it about?
On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles exploded when four police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. This provocative documentary looks at how decades of racial tensions, injustice, and a troubled relationship between the LAPD and the African-American community led to the uprising. Local residents, artists and community organisers share firsthand accounts of police brutality, the '65 Watts riots, the rise of LA street gangs, and the '92 incident.

Streaming after November 1, 11:10pm at SBS On Demand:

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