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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

4 Dec 2020 - 11:44 AM  UPDATED 4 Dec 2020 - 3:11 PM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES (DIGITAL CHANNEL 32) HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 7 - 13 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 Black Chicks Talking, Ray, The Blues Brothers, Shutter Island, Life After The Oasis
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Ray and Shutter Island

 

MONDAY 7 DECEMBER

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Sat 12 Dec, 8:35pm)

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 from 10:20pm, Sunday 6 December at SBS On Demand:

Black Chicks Talking
9:05pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 8 December, 12:20pm)

M, CC
Australia, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Leah Purcell, Brendan Fletcher
What's it about?
Performer and writer Leah Purcell talks with five dynamic Indigenous women - Rosanna Angus, Kathryn Hay, Deborah Mailman, Cilla Malone and Tammy Williams - about what it means to be Aboriginal in Australia today. In a series of individual interviews and at one lively dinner party, the women share their experiences and opinions with extraordinary candour. The result is a passionate and challenging exploration of black identity and a celebration of five very different lives.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Black Chicks Talking

Capital in the Twenty-First Century
10:15pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
France, New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: Justin Pemberton
Featuring: Thomas Piketty, Ian Bremmer, Lucas Chancel, Rana Foroohar, Francis Fukuyama
What's it about?
Adapting one of the most ground-breaking and powerful books of our time, this film is an eye-opening journey through wealth and power. It breaks the popular assumption that the accumulation of capital runs hand in hand with social progress, shining a new light on the world around us and its growing inequalities.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 8 DECEMBER

My Beautiful Laundrette
12:10am, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 1985
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Gordon Warnecke, Roshan Seth, Jonathan Moore, Colin Campbell
What's it about?
In Thatcher's Britain, an ambitious Pakistani Briton (Warnecke) and his white boyfriend (Day-Lewis) strive for success and hope when they open a glamorous laundromat, while dealing with drama within family, the local Pakistani community, and a persistent mob of skinheads. Directed by Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen) and nominated for an Academy Award in 1987 for Best Writing (Hanif Kureishi).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 9 DECEMBER

Ray
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
USA, 2004
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Harry Lennix, Regina King, Terrence Howard
What's it about?
The story of one of America's true musical geniuses, Ray Charles, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Jamie Foxx as the blind prodigy. From his humble beginnings in the South through his meteoric rise to the top of American music charts, Ray's inspirational journey is a tale of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Rudeboy: The Story of Trojan Records
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 10 December, 1:00pm)

M
Jamaica, UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Nicolas Jack Davies
Featuring: Lee 'Scratch' Perry, Toots Hibbert, Pauline Black, Don Letts, Dandy Livingstone
What's it about?
The legendary London record label Trojan Records played a leading role in the musical conquest of Great Britain by Jamaican music styles like Ska, Reggae, and Rocksteady. This stylish documentary about Trojan is a timely and wide-ranging celebration of British Jamaican working-class youth culture.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Glitter
11:15pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2001 
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Vondie Curtis-Hall
Starring: Mariah Carey, Eric Benét, Max Beesley, Da Brat, Terrence Howard
What's it about?
A young singer dates a disc jockey who helps her get into the music business, but their relationship becomes complicated as she ascends to super stardom. A so-bad-it's-good anti-classic, Glitter was nominated for six Razzie awards in 2001 and won Worst Actress for Mariah Carey.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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See You Up There
11:55pm, SBS

MA15+
Canada, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime, Comedy, War
Language: Chinese, French, German
Director: Albert Dupontel
Starring: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Albert Dupontel, Laurent Lafitte, Niels Arestrup, Melanie Thierry
What's it about?
In November 1918, a few days before the Armistice, when Lt. Pradelle (Lafitte) orders a senseless attack, he causes a useless disaster, but his outrageous act also binds the lives of two soldiers who have nothing more in common than the battlefield: Édouard (Biscayart) saves Albert (Dupontel), although at a high cost. They become companions in misfortune who will attempt to survive in a changing world. Pradelle, in his own way, does the same. 

 

THURSDAY 10 DECEMBER

The Blues Brothers
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 11 December, 12:00pm)

M, CC
USA, 1980
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Action
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Aretha Franklin
What's it about?
Jake Blues (Belushi) is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood (Aykroyd) on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so they get their old band together and they're on their way, while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
Ray Charles, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in ‘The Blues Brothers’, airing Christmas Day on SBS World Movies.

The Erectionman
10:55pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Netherlands, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michael Schaap
What's it about?
This documentary tracks the history of a little pill that popped on to the market ten years ago, and turned the world upside down. These tiny blue diamonds are also known as Viagra. Nosy and armed with a healthy dose of humour, the director discovers a tale about virility, anxiety and the state of our modern-day man.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Erectionman

 

FRIDAY 11 DECEMBER

Monkey King: Hero Is Back
7:30pm, NITV (repeats 10:00am, Sat 12 Dec)

PG
China, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Animation, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Tian Xiao Peng
Starring: Lei Zhang, Zijie Lin, Wenlun Wu, Jackie Chan
What's it about?
The all-powerful Monkey King once roamed freely between Heaven and Earth, but after angering the Gods, he was imprisoned within an ice cage deep within the mountains. 500 years later, monsters attack a small village and a child flees to the mountains. Unknowingly, the child releases the Monkey King from his curse. With the help and encouragement from this special child, Monkey King saves the village from the evil monsters.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 12 DECEMBER

Until Proven Innocent
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
New Zealand, 2009
Genre: Crime, Documentary, Drama, TV Movie
Language: English
Director: Peter Burger
What's it about?
In October 2006, a four-year-old from Corpus Christi, named Andrew Burd, died mysteriously of salt poisoning. His foster mother, Hannah Overton, was charged with capital murder, vilified from all quarters and sent to prison for life. But was this churchgoing young woman a vicious child killer? Or had the tragedy claimed its second victim?

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Shutter Island
9:25pm, SBS

MA15+, CC, AD
USA, 2010
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley
What's it about?
In 1954, as Cold War tensions grow and modern psychiatric treatment starts to adhere, two U.S. Marshals arrive on a secluded island in Boston Harbour to investigate a multiple murderess who has vanished from her cell at a highly secure hospital for the criminally insane. Trapped on the island by a looming storm, one of the officers (Dicaprio) struggles to discover the island’s true purpose even as events from his past intertwine with the case.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Beyond the Lights
10:20pm, NITV

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Glover
What's it about?
Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw) is a hot new rising star. But not all is what it seems, and the pressure causes Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol (Parker), a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be? From Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer/director of Love & Basketball.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Fly
12:25am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, Canada, 1986
Genre: Sci-Fi, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jeff Goldblum, Geena Davis, John Getz, Joy Boushel
What's it about?
Seth Brundle (Goldblum) is a brilliant but eccentric scientist who attempts to woo investigative journalist Veronica Quaife (Davis) by offering her a scoop on his latest research in the field of matter transportation. Against all the expectations of the scientific establishment, his experiment has proven successful. But when he attempts to teleport himself a fly enters one of the transmission booths, Brundle finds himself transforming into something beyond human.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
 

 

SUNDAY 13 DECEMBER

B.B. King: On the Road
8:35pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer
Featuring: Eric Clapton, Bono, Ringo Starr
What's it about?
A reflection on the trials and tribulations, hilarity and rewarding moments of B.B. King's years of tenacious commitment to his audience, sometimes at great personal cost, but also his life's joy.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Hard Paint
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Brazil, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: Portuguese
Director: Marcio Reolon, Filipe Matzembacher
Starring: Shico Menegat, Bruno Fernandes, Guega Peixoto, Sandra Dani, Frederico Vasques
What's it about?
While facing criminal charges, Pedro (Menegat), a timid, emotionally shut down teenager, must grapple with his sister’s sudden decision to move away and leave him behind. Alone in the darkness of his bedroom, he dances covered in neon paint, while thousands of strangers watch him via webcam.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Life After the Oasis
3:35am

M, CC
Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sascha Ettinger-Epstein
What's it about?
In 2008, feature documentary, The Oasis, shocked Australia with its gritty insight into the lives of homeless teens at a notorious youth refuge in inner city Sydney. An outpouring of social and political goodwill followed, with the then Prime Minister pledging to halve homelessness by 2020. A decade later, with social inequality and homelessness worse than ever, the original participants reflect on where their lives have taken them.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 
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