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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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27 Nov 2020 - 9:38 AM  UPDATED 27 Nov 2020 - 9:38 AM
FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 30 November - 6 December
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) available for Magic Johnson: The Announcement, Dallas Buyers Club, American Gangster, Inside Man, The Wrestler 
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Inside Man

 

MONDAY 30 NOVEMBER

Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn
12:10pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 5 December, 8:35pm)

M
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Muta'Ali Muhammad
Starring: Yusuf Hawkin, Joseph Fama, Keith Mondello, Al Sharpton
What's it about?
Tells the story of a Black American teenager who was shot and murdered after being trapped by a group of White youths in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, on the evening of August 23, 1989. Family and friends reflect on the tragedy and the subsequent fight for justice that inspired and divided New York City.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 1 DECEMBER

Manhunter
12:00am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1986
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Horror
Language: English
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: William Petersen, Kim Greist, Dennis Farina, Brian Cox, Joan Allen, Tom Noonan
What's it about?
Former FBI profiler Will Graham (Petersen) reluctantly returns to his old job to track a horrific serial killer known as 'The Tooth Fairy' (Noonan). But in order to get into the mind of this maniac, Graham must face another: Hannibal Lecktor (Cox), the imprisoned psychiatrist whose own insanity almost cost Graham his life. Based on Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon (the precursor to his The Silence of the Lambs), and directed by Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Magic Johnson: The Announcement
12:00am, SBS

MA15+, CC
USA, 2012

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nelson George
What's it about?
On Thursday, Nov. 7, 1991, Earvin "Magic" Johnson made people stop and watch at the Forum in Inglewood, California. But this time it wasn't his basketball brilliance as a perennial NBA All-Star and three-time MVP that was captivating audiences worldwide. Instead, the 32-year-old groundbreaking point guard was holding a press conference to make the stunning announcement that he was HIV-positive and would be retiring from basketball immediately.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Dallas Buyers Club
2:25am

MA15+, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Steve Zahn, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto
What's it about?
1986, Texas. Homophobic womaniser Ron Woodruff (McConaughey, in an Oscar-winning performance) is completely oblivious of AIDS, even as it spreads through the world, terrifying the public. When Ron contracts HIV, he is blindsided, and with just 30 days to live, he tries in vain to be included in the AZT drug trial. Ron seeks out other untested, alternative medications in Mexico, and establishes an underground network of drug supply for the growing increasing numbers of HIV and AIDS. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.Wild, Big Little Lies).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
RELATED
Dallas Buyers Club: interview
After decades of delay, the time was finally right to tell the remarkable story of Ron Woodroof.

 

WEDNESDAY 2 DECEMBER

Notorious
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Starring: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Naturi Naughton
What's it about?
The true story of the life and death of Christopher Wallace (Woolard), aka The Notorious B.I.G. In just a few short years, B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation. Also starring Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and Derek Luke as Sean 'Puffy' Coombs (aka P. Diddy).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Rape of Recy Taylor
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 3 December, 12:30pm)

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Nancy Buirski
What's it about?
Recy Taylor, a 24-year-old Black mother and sharecropper, was gang raped by six white boys in 1944 Alabama. Common in Jim Crow South, few women spoke up in fear for their lives. Not Recy Taylor, who bravely identified her rapists. The NAACP sent its chief rape investigator Rosa Parks, who rallied support and triggered an unprecedented outcry for justice. The film exposes a legacy of physical abuse of Black women and reveals Rosa Parks’ intimate role in Recy Taylor’s story.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Flash Gordon
10:40pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Hodges
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow
What's it about?
In this '80s all-star camp classic, bored alien king Ming the Merciless (von Sydow) keeps the blues at bay by conjuring up a series of disasters on Earth. He doesn't count on coming up against the star footballer and everyday hero Flash Gordon (Jones), who leads the charge to save the earth from certain destruction. Retro-tastic special effects and a soundtrack by Queen make this required viewing for any self-respecting B-movie buff.

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

Dr. Knock
11:50pm, SBS

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Lorraine Levy
Starring: Omar Sy, Ana Girardot, Alex Lutz, Helene Vincent, Pascal Elbé, Christian Hecq
What's it about?
Doctor Knock (Sy) is a former thug who has become a doctor, and arrives in the small village of Saint-Maurice to make his fortune according to a particular method. It will make the villagers believe that they are not as healthy as they might think. Thus, he will find in each one an imaginary symptom, or not, and will be able to exercise his profession lucratively.

Desperado
12:40pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1995
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Robert Rodriguez
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin, Steve Buscemi
What's it about?
Mariachi (Banderas) plunges headfirst into the dark border underworld when he follows a trail of blood to the last of the infamous Mexican drug lords, Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida), for an action-packed, bullet-riddled showdown. With the help of his best friend (Buscemi) and a beautiful bookstore owner (Hayek), the Mariachi tracks Bucho, takes on his army of desperados, and leaves a trail of blood of his own. Written & directed by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi, From Dusk 'til Dawn).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

THURSDAY 3 DECEMBER

American Gangster
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ruby Dee
What's it about?
In 1970s America, detective Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas (Washington), a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drugs into the country in the coffins of soldiers from the Vietnam War. Nominated for two Academy Awards (including Ruby Dee for Best Supporting Actress) and directed by Ridley Scott (Blade RunnerGladiator).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

#Female Pleasure
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Germany, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, German, Japanese
Director: Barbara Miller
What's it about?
Portrays five courageous, smart and self-determined women, breaking the silence imposed by their archaic-patriarch societies and religious communities. With incredible strength and positive energy, Deborah Feldman, Leyla Hussein, Rokudenashiko, Doris Wagner and Vithika Yadav are fighting for sexual liberation and autonomy for women, beyond religious rules and cultural barriers.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

#Female Pleasure

 

FRIDAY 4 DECEMBER

Mama Africa
12:00pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Featuring: Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Nelson Mandela
What's it about?
Mama Africa is the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. From director Mika Kaurismäki (brother of legendary Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.)

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Balto
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 5 December, 10:00am)

G
USA, 1995
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Simon Wells
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings, Phil Collins
What's it about?
From executive producer Steven Spielberg comes this charming, heart-warming tale of a dog who travels 600 miles across the Alaskan wilderness to deliver medical supplies to dying children.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Heritage Fight
10:05pm, NITV

M
Australia, France, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: French, English
Director: Eugénie Dumont
What's it about?
Broome citizens and the traditional custodians of the land - the Goolaraboloo - united together to protect what is priceless to them.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Heritage Fight

 

SATURDAY 5 DECEMBER

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:

Inside Man
9:25pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2006
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English, Albanian
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective (Washington) assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing. A nail-biting heist thriller from legendary director Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, BlackKklansman).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Primal
10:25pm, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Josh Reed
Starring: Zoe Gameau, Krew Boylan, Lindsay Farris
What's it about?
A group of friends travel to the bush to view ancient cave paintings but soon find a horrible sickness gripping one of their own, which leaves them with nothing in their mind but a primal blood lust. Their only hope of survival is through a cave, where one of them learns too late the meaning of the paintings they came to study.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

'71
12:05am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Action, War
Language: English
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, Sam Reid, Barry Keoghan
What's it about?
A young and disoriented British soldier (O'Connell, star of Starred Up and Unbroken) is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971, and must find his back way amongst the violence and chaos. Nominated for a BAFTA award for Best British Film.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
'71 movie review
Jack O’Connell Suffers (Again) and Shines in Northern Ireland Thriller ’71

 

SUNDAY 6 DECEMBER

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
8:35pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Samuel D. Pollard
Featuring: Sammy Davis, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis
What's it about?
Explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression to the 1980s. A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Wrestler
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei
What's it about?
Pro wrestler Randy 'The Ram' Robinson (Rourke, in an Oscar-nominated comeback role), a former superstar now paying the price for twenty years of grueling punishment in and out of the ring. But he's about to risk everything to prove he has one more match left in him: a re-staging of his famous Madison Square Garden bout against 'The Ayatollah'. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 
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