• L-R: Climax, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Crooklyn, Breach (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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.
11 Dec 2020 - 3:05 PM  UPDATED 11 Dec 2020 - 4:42 PM
FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES (DIGITAL CHANNEL 32) HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights 14 - 20 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 The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, The Third Industrial Revolution, BeDevil, Meet the Hitlers, No Country For Old Men, Silence, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark and Dying Laughing
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Venus and No Country For Old Men

 

MONDAY 14 DECEMBER

B.B. King: On the Road
11:00am, NITV (repeats Saturday 19 December, 8:35pm)

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.

My Survival as an Aboriginal
1:00pm, NITV

M
Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 15 DECEMBER

Hard Eight
12:00am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1996
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Philip Baker Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Melora Walters
What's it about?
Veteran gambler, Sydney (Hall), befriends John (Reilly) and proceeds to tutor him in the art of making a living as a gambler. Sydney also takes an interest in Clementine (Paltrow), a cocktail waitress and sex worker. One night, Sydney is called to a dark hotel by John and Clementine who have bound and beaten one of her 'Johns' for non-payment of services - Sydney engineers their escape. The directorial debut for Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie NightsThere Will Be BloodPhantom Thread).

 

WEDNESDAY 16 DECEMBER

Climax
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2018
Genre: Drama, Horror, Music
Language: English, French
Director: Gaspar Noé
Starring: Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub
What's it about?
From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void) comes a hypnotic and hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. A troupe of young dancers, who has been rehearsing in a remote and empty school building before going on tour, begins a celebration that turns nightmarish when they discover the sangria they've been drinking has been laced with LSD.

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Inna de Yard
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 17 December, 1:00pm)

PG
France, 2019
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Peter Webber
Starring: Ken Boothe, Winston McAnuff, Cedric Myton, Judy Mowatt
What's it about?
This documentary captures the ongoing relevance of reggae and its social values, and the music's passion to revitalise an older generation while passing it on to younger listeners.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Beyond the Lights
11:35pm, SBS VICELAND

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

Herstory
1:40am, SBS

M
South Korea, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Korean
Director: Min Kyu-dong
Starring: Kim Hee-ae, Kim Hae-sook, Ye Soo-jung, Mun Suk, Lee Yong-nyeo
What's it about?
In 1991, Busan, Bae Jung-gil (Hae-sook Kim), who had been working as a housekeeper for Moon (Kim Hee-ae), the owner of a leading travel agency, suddenly disappears. After following rumours here and there, Moon finally finds Bae hiding in the house of her son and discovers that she was once a comfort woman. After realising that the only cure for these women are the Japanese government’s official statement of apology and compensation, Moon strives to help the victims by preparing for trial on her own expense.

 

THURSDAY 17 DECEMBER

Venus
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD
Canada, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Dramna
Language: English
Director: Eisha Marjara
Starring: Debargo Sanyal, Jamie Mayers, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Zena Darawalla, Gordon Warnecke
What's it about?
Sid (Sanyal), a South Asian transgender woman, is shocked to discover that she is the father of a 14-year-old boy (Mayers) with a former high school girlfriend.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Venus (2017)

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
7:30pm, SBS

M, CC
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Featuring: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, Whoopi Goldberg
What's it about?
The Beatles stormed through Europe's music scene in 1963, and, in 1964, they conquered America. However the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil, led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Get on Up
8:30pm, NITV

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 catch-up at SBS On Demand
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FRIDAY 18 DECEMBER

The Third Industrial Revolution
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Eddy Moretti
What's it about?
Social and economic theorist Jeremy Rifkin lays out a road map to usher in a new era of sustainable development. A Third Industrial Revolution will unfold when three technologies emerge and converge: new communication, new sources of energy, and new modes of mobility. But, in the context of climate change, it needs to happen fast. Change of this magnitude requires political will and a profound ideological shift.

Bedevil
12:00pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 1993

Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tracey Moffatt
Starring: Lex Marinos, Tracey Moffatt, Riccardo Natoli 
What's it about?
BeDevil is a trilogy of ghost stories that follows characters pestered by visions - real, remembered and imagined. These contemporary tales travel from the sparseness of the outback, through the murky, rotting swamps of the islands, to the Brisbane docks in a stylish vision from writer/director and celebrated visual artist Tracey Moffatt.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Gundala
7:30pm, NITV

M
Indonesia, 2019
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Language: English, Indonesian
Director: Joko Anwar
Starring: Abimana Aryasatya, Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Ario Bayu
What's it about?
Sancaka (Aryasatya) has lived on the streets since his parents left him. Living a hard life, Sancaka survives by thinking about his own safety. When the condition of the city gets worse and injustice rages throughout the country, Sancaka must decide whether he continues to live to look after himself or rise to become their oppressed hero.

Croker Island Exodus
10:40pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steven McGregor
What's it about?
1942, Croker Island, as Japanese bomb the North, 95 Aboriginal children and their missionary carers make a remarkable journey to safety 3000 miles across the Australian continent.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
As Japanese bomb Australia in 1942, children and carers from the Croker Island Mission embarked on a 5,000 mile journey

Meet the Hitlers
11:55pm, SBS VICELAND

M, CC
Germany, USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matthew Ogens
What's it about?
Examines the relationship between names and identity, by exploring the lives of people who are linked by the name ‘Hitler’. This documentary raises important questions about the meaning of names, and explores complex issues such as immigration, racism, and tolerance. Yet it's ultimately a character-driven story, offering an intimate portrait of its subjects, whose reactions to their name span the spectrum of human experience, from tragedy to comedy, and heartbreak to hope. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 19 DECEMBER

The Red Turtle
10:00am, 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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Breach
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, History
Language: English, Russian, Arabic, Latin
Director: Billy Ray
Starring: Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert
What's it about?
Eric O'Neill (Phillippe), a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Robert Hanssen (Cooper), a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation of Hanssen's sexual habits, however Hanssen is really suspected of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia for years and being responsible for the deaths of agents working for the United States.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

No Country For Old Men
9:25pm, SBS

MA15+, CC, AD
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson
What's it about?
In the desolate country near the Rio Grande, hunter Llewellyn Moss (Brolin) stumbles on the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. Desperate to improve his circumstances, he acts on impulse and takes a briefcase containing $2 million in cash from the crime scene. His actions make him the target of deadly bounty hunter, Anton Chigurh (Bardem, in an Oscar-winning performance). Winner of Best Picture at the 2008 Academy Awards.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Crooklyn
10:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 1994
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris, Carlton Williams
What's it about?
From Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, BlacKkKlansman) comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a schoolteacher (Woodard), her stubborn jazz-musician husband (Lindo) and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Silence
11:40pm, SBS

MA15+, CC
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Japanese, English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese's long-awaited adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel about 17th century Jesuits (Garfield, Driver) who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan. Nominated for Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto) at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand
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The Fly II
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, USA, 1989
Genre: Horror, Sci-fi, Thriller
Language: English, Polish
Director: Chris Walas
Starring: Eric Stoltz, Daphne Zuniga, Lee Richardson, John Getz, Frank C. Turner
What's it about?
In this oft-forgotten sequel to Cronenberg's smash hit, Martin Brundle (son of Jeff Goldblum's "Brundlefly" in the first film and here played by Eric Stoltz) is adopted by his father's place of employment (Bartok Inc.). While searching for a cure for his mutated genes, the employees are nervous about Martin's mutant chromosomes coming out of their dormant state.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 20 DECEMBER

Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark
8:35pm, NITV

G, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer
Featuring: Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Ralph Carmichael, Harry Belafonte
What's it about?
At a time when black Americans were still suffering segregation and prejudice, Nat King Cole broke through the race barrier, becoming the only black television star in The US, with a weekly primetime show acknowledging his unique natural talent. Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story is told of the man whose charm and genius for performance made him a role model and a pinnacle of American cultural society.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

'71
12:30am, 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 amidst the violence and chaos. Nominated for a BAFTA award for Best British Film.

Dying Laughing
3:20am, SBS

M, CC
UK, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lloyd Stanton, Paul Toogood
What's it about?
A candid look inside the agony and ecstasy of making people laugh for a living. The funny and heartfelt documentary contains original interviews interlaced with personal footage of life on the road - all from a comedian's point of view. Once you take this step behind the curtain, you will never look at these funny folks the same way again. Features Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfield, Amy Schumer, Kevin Hart, and more. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

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