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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

13 Nov 2020 - 10:01 AM  UPDATED 13 Nov 2020 - 10:28 AM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 16 - 22 November
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

  • Closed Captions (CC) are available for Gurrumul, Destroyer, Ghosthunter, Milpirri: Winds of Change, JFK, Forbidden Lie$
  • Audio Description (AD) is available for Destroyer

 

MONDAY 16 NOVEMBER

Gurrumul
12:00pm, NITV

PG, CC
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Damien Williams
Featuring: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sting, Michael Hohnen, Mark Grose
What's it about?
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. 

Why Gurrumul is Australia's most important documentary

Etched in Bone
9:00pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 17 November, 11:30am)

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Martin Thomas, Béatrice Bijon
Starring: Jacob Nayinggul, Joe Gumbula, Martin Thomas
What's it about?
Drawing on original footage from National Geographic, Etched in Bone explores the impact of one notorious bone theft by a member of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. Hundred of bones were stolen and deposited in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, until it became known to Arnhem elders in the late 1990s. The return of the sacred artefacts was called for, resulting in a tense standoff between indigenous tribespeople and the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Etched in Bone

 

TUESDAY 17 NOVEMBER

Sound of My Voice
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Zal Batmanglij
Starring: Christopher Denham, Nicole Vicius, Brit Marling, Constance Wu, Alvin Lam
What's it about?
Following much preparation, Peter (Denham) and Lorna (Vicius) are given an address that allows them entry into a cult. The young couple, who have been posing as believers, successfully infiltrate the cult's inner sanctum and meet enigmatic leader Maggie (Marling). Co-written by both Batmanglij and Marling, who collaborated again with 2013's The East.

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

WEDNESDAY 18 NOVEMBER

Marn Grook
10:00am, NITV

PG
Australia, 1996
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steven McGregor
What's it about?
Explores the history, achievements and struggles of Aboriginal sportsmen involved in our National game, 'Aussie Rules'.

Marn Grook

Copwatch
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 19 November, 12:00pm)

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Camilla Hall
What's it about?
The true story of We Copwatch, an organisation whose mission is to film police activity as a non-violent form of protest and deterrent to police brutality. Around the country, a network of regular people take up cameras to bear witness to police actions and hold law enforcement to accountability.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Destroyer
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC, AD
USA, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Action
Language: English
Director: Karyn Kusama
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Sebastian Stan, Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Toby Kebbell
What's it about?
Erin Bell (Kidman) is an LAPD detective who, as a young cop, was placed undercover with a gang in the California desert with tragic results. When the leader (Kebbell) of that gang re-emerges many years later, she must work her way back through the remaining members and into her own history with them to finally reckon with the demons that destroyed her past. Directed by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, The Invitation). 

Tangerine
10:45pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Sean Baker
Starring: Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karren Karagulian, James Ransone
What's it about?
It's Christmas Eve in Tinseltown and Sin-Dee (Rodriguez) is back on the block after 28 days in prison. When she hears that her pimp boyfriend has cheated on her while she was locked up, the working girl and her best friend, Alexandra (Taylor), embark on a mission to get to the bottom of the scandalous rumour. This critically acclaimed and often-hilarious film was famously shot on three iPhone 5 smartphones.

SBS On Demand: Sean Baker interview

Kiki, Love to Love
11:55pm, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Paco León
Starring: Belén Cuesta, Candela Peña, Natalia de Molina, Alexandra Jiménez, Paco León
What's it about?
In present day Madrid, against a scorching summer heatwave, five tales of love and lust unfold, in this Spanish remake of the 2014 Australian comedy The Little Death.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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THURSDAY 19 NOVEMBER

Cry Freedom
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 20 November, 12:00pm)

M
USA, 1987
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Josette Simon, Penelope Wilton
What's it about?
Based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods (Kline) is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko (Washington, who earned his first Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist. Directed by Richard Attenborough (Gandhi, A Bridge Too Far).

SBS On Demand: Interview with Richard Attenborough (The Movie Show, Episode 2, 1988)

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Handmaid's Tale
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

M
Germany, USA, 1990
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Volker Schlöndorff
Starring: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Robert Duvall, Aidan Quinn, Victoria Tennant
What's it about?
Following a coup, America is a country still at war with itself and ruled by a repressive Bible-inspired regime. Past pollution means only 1 per cent of women can bear children, and female criminals found to be potential mothers are put into an institution run by 'Aunt Lydia' (Tennant) to be indoctrinated. One such is Kate (Richardson), who then seduces Fred (Duvall), a higher-up in the security forces, to attempt to procreate. The 1990 film version of Margaret Atwood's classic novel, from director Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum). 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Ghosthunter
3:15am, SBS

M, CC
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ben Lawrence
Featuring: Jason King
What's it about?
Part true-crime, part family mystery, Ghosthunter is a real-life ghost story of one man unearthing his past in order to reclaim his future. It is an emotional, peculiar and at times darkly humorous journey of catharsis through haunted lives - culminating in a confrontation with inner demons and the first steps on the road to healing. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 20 NOVEMBER

The Red Turtle
8:00pm, NITV

G
Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: [no dialogue]
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
What's it about?
This wordless feature from Studio Ghibli (best known for producing Hayao Miyazaki films such as Spirited Away and Princess Mononoke) about a stranded castaway pays tribute to what's most important in life: companionship, love, family, and the stewardship of nature. A 2017 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature.

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Milpirri: Winds of Change
9:35pm, 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

Break Loose
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Russia, 2014
Genre: Action, Romance
Language: Russian
Director: Alexey Uchitel
Starring: Artur Smolyaninov, Aleksey Mantsygin, Alexander Novyn, Pavel Vorozhtsov
What's it about?
Having each done their service in the army, four best friends now serve as operatives in the Russian special police force, but a violent rivalry erupts when one of them falls for the girlfriend of a powerful gangster.

Breaking Loose

 

SATURDAY 21 NOVEMBER

Manhattan
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1979
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Michael Murphy, Mariel Hemingway, Meryl Streep
What's it about?
The life of a middle-aged television writer (Allen) dating a teenage girl (Hemingway) is further complicated when he falls in love with his best friend's (Murphy) mistress (Keaton). Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress for Hemingway), and featuring iconic black and white cinematography from Ingmar Bergman's frequent collaborator Sven Nykvist.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Ella
7:05pm, 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.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Wiradjuri Ballet dancer, Ella Havelka

JFK
9:30pm, SBS

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.

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CB4
10:05pm, NITV

M
USA, 1993
Genre: Music, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, Ice-T, Halle Berry, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav, Shaquille O'Neal
What's it about?
After many failed attempts to establish themselves as rappers, Albert (Rock), Euripedes (Allen Payne) and Otis (Deezer D) get their big break when nightclub owner Gusto is arrested. This hilarious mockumentary directed by Tamra Davis (Half BakedBilly Madison) and co-written by Rock is often described as the This Is Spinal Tap of rap music.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 22 NOVEMBER

Electric Dreams
4:20pm, SBS VICELAND

G
UK, USA, 1984
Genre: Music, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Barron
Starring: Lenny Von Dohlen, Virginia Madsen, Maxwell Caulfield, Bud Cort
What's it about?
Miles (van Dohlen) buys himself a state-of-the-art computer that starts expressing thoughts and emotions after a having champagne spilled down on him. Things start getting out of hand when both Miles and Edgar (voiced by Bud Cort), how the computer calls himself, fall in love with Madeline (Madsen), an attractive neighbour.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Work
8:35pm, NITV (repeats Mon 23 Nov, 1:00pm)

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
What's it about?
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, this acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Vinyl Nation
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Christopher Boone, Kevin Smokler
What's it about?
This documentary digs into the crates of the record resurgence in search of truths set in deep wax: Has the return of vinyl made music fandom more inclusive or divided? What does vinyl say about our past here in the present? How has the second life of vinyl changed how we hear music and how we listen to each other?

Vinyl Nation

Forbidden Lie$
1:55am, SBS

M, CC
Australia, 2007
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anna Broinowski
What's it about?
The winner of Best Documentary at the 2007 AFI awards, this film explores whether Norma Khouri's bestselling memoir 'Forbidden Love' is fact or fiction. The book deals with the supposed honour killing of Khouri's Muslim best friend Dalia in Jordan. Australian filmmaker Anna Broinowski gives Norma Khouri a chance to explain.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
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A riveting, compelling character study.

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