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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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18 Dec 2020 - 12:41 PM  UPDATED 18 Dec 2020 - 5:24 PM

SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 21 - 27 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) are available for Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark, A LEGO Brickumentary, Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale, Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman, Gangs of New York and The Loving Story
  • Audio Description (AD) is available for Professor Marston and the Wonder Woman and New York, New York

 

MONDAY 21 DECEMBER

Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark
11:00am, NITV (repeats Saturday 26 December, 8:35pm)

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?
Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story of Nat King Cole is told; 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:

 

TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER

The Editor
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Adam Brooks, Matthew Kennedy
Starring: Adam Brooks, Udo Kier, Paz de la Huerta, Conor Sweeney
What's it about?
Rey Ciso (Brooks) was once the greatest editor the world had ever seen. Since a horrific accident left him with four wooden fingers on his right hand, he's had to resort to cutting pulp films and trash pictures. When the lead actors from the film he's been editing turn up murdered at the studio, Rey is fingered as the number one suspect. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 23 DECEMBER

Electric Dreams
1:35pm, 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

Memphis Majic
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND (repeats Thursday 24 December, 12:00pm)

PG
USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Eddie Bailey
What's it about?
Memphis Majic takes a look at the DNA of Memphis through the lens of a 30-year Memphis-born street dance called Jookin. The dance style derived from Memphis hip hop about 30 years ago.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Memphis Majic

Get on Up
9:30pm, SBS VICELAND

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, following 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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The Claim
12:00am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Romance, Western
Language: English
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Peter Mullan, Wes Bentley, Sarah Polley, Milla Jovovich, Nastassja Kinski
What's it about?
Dillon (Mullan) is a pioneer who defied the harsh winter in search of rumoured gold. Having amassed unimaginable riches, he runs a thriving mining town called Kingdom Come. But the blind ambition and greed that drove him to succeed finally catch up to him with the arrival of three strangers. Based on Thomas Hardy's The Mayor of Casterbridge, and directed by Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, Code 46).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Ismael's Ghosts
1:40am, SBS

MA15+
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Arnaud Desplechin
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Marion Cotillard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Louis Garrel, Alba Rohrwacher
What's it about?
Tells the tale of a widowed film director (Amalric) who is in the middle of making a film about an atypical diplomat inspired by his brother. While he has started a new life with Sylvia (Gainsbourg), he still mourns the death of a former lover, Carlotta (Cotillard), who passed away 20 years earlier; then Carlotta returns from the dead, causing Sylvia to run away. From acclaimed director Arnaud Despechin (A Christmas Tale, My Golden Days).

 

THURSDAY 24 DECEMBER

A LEGO Brickumentary
7:30pm, SBS

G, CC
USA, Denmark, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kief Davidson, Daniel Junge
What's it about?
Delves into the extraordinary impact of Lego and the innovative uses for it that have sprung up all over the world. The film takes us to art galleries full of Lego creations, introduces us to Master Builders making movies, into the world of Lego therapy, and brings us along to meet Adult Fans of Lego, each with amazing stories to tell. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale
8:30pm, NITV

M, CC
Finland, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Action
Language: Finnish
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi 
What's it about?
This darkly hilarious Christmas tale follows the capture of Santa during an archaeological dig in the depths of Finland’s mountains. But this is a murderous Santa, and his psychotic elves are determined to free him.

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women
9:15pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Angela Robinson
Starring: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton, J.J. Feild, Oliver Platt
What's it about?
The unconventional life of Dr. William Marston (Evans), the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941.

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

Rurouni Kenshin: Kyoto Inferno
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Japan, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Keishi Otomo
Starring: Takeru Satoh, Yu Aoi, Tatsuya Fujiwara, Yûsuke Iseya
What's it about?
Kenshin has settled into his new life with Kaoru and his other friends when he is approached with a request from the Meiji government. Makoto Shishio, a former assassin like Kenshin, was betrayed, set on fire and left for dead. He survived, and is now in Kyoto, plotting with his gathered warriors to overthrow the new government. Against Kaoru's wishes, Kenshin reluctantly agrees to go to Kyoto and help keep his country from falling back into civil war.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Krampus
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2015

Genre: Horror, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: German, English
Director: Michael Dougherty
Starring: Adam Scott, Toni Collette, Allison Tolman, David Koechner
What's it about?
When a dysfunctional family comes together to celebrate the holidays, they unwittingly trigger the rage of Krampus - an ancient demon of European folklore. Krampus and his evil underlings torment naughty people at Christmas time, turning the joyous holiday season into a nightmare of terror. 

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 25 DECEMBER

Sunny and the Dark Horse
12:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
The story of an Aboriginal stockman, Sunny Bancroft, and his family at Collum Collum and their growing enthusiasm for "picnic races" on bush tracks in New South Wales. The film follows Sunny and his wife Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don't always go their way.

Almost Christmas
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 26 December, 11:00am)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: David E. Talbert
Starring: Kimberly Elise, Omar Epps, Danny Glover, John Michael Higgins
What's it about?
A dysfunctional family gathers together for their first Christmas since their mom died. In a review for Variety, Owen Gleiberman described it as "a heartwarming gripe-and-grouchfest that pushes a lot of buttons, though with a vivacity that’s exuberantly funny and sincere."

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Saint
12:25am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Holland, 2010
Genre: Horror
Language: Dutch
Director: Dick Maas
Starring: Egbert Jan Weeber, Bert Luppes, Caro Lenssen
What's it about?
Every 36 years, St. Niklas rises from the dead at Christmas time and takes violent revenge for his murder. Only Frank survives this twisted Santa’s latest massacre, but no one is willing to believe his warnings of imminent yuletide horror.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 26 DECEMBER

New York, New York
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, AD
USA, 1977
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander, Dick Miller, Mary Kay Place
What's it about?
In Martin Scorsese's epic, ambitious follow-up to Taxi Driver, an egotistical saxophone player (De Niro) and a young singer (Minelli) meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long uphill climb.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Gangs of New York
9:00pm, SBS

MA15+, CC
USA, 2002
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Leonardo DiCaprio, Jim Broadbent, Liam Neeson, Cameron Diaz
What's it about?
As waves of immigrants swell the population of 1860s New York, lawlessness and corruption thrive in Manhattan's Five Points section. After years of incarceration, young Irish immigrant Amsterdam Vallon (DiCaprio) returns, seeking revenge against the rival gang leader who killed his father, William Cutting aka 'Bill the Butcher' (Day-Lewis, in an Oscar-nominated performance).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

A Haunted House
10:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Michael Tiddes
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Essence Atkins, Nick Swardson, Cedric the Entertainer
What's it about?
When overactive man-child Malcolm (Wayans) takes the plunge and lets girlfriend Keisha (Atkins) move into his house, he quickly senses they're no longer alone. A spoof of all the "found-footage/documentary style" films such as [REC] and Paranormal Activity.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

A Haunted House 2
11:15pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Michael Tiddes
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer, Missi Pyle
What's it about?
The sequel to the 2013 hit parody movie. Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm (Wayans) is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Handmaid's Tale
12:00am, 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

The Fortress
12:05am, SBS

MA15+
South Korea, 2017
Genre: War, Drama, History
Language: Korean
Director: Hwang Dong-hyuk
Starring: Lee Byung-hun, Kim Yoon-seok, Park Hae-Il, Go Soo
What's it about?
In 1636, the Qing dynasty attacks Joseon. King Injo (Park Hae-Il) and his retainers, including Choi Myung-kil (Lee Byung-hun) and Kim Sang-hun (Kim Yoon-seok), hide in the mountain fortress city of Namhansanseong. They are isolated from the outside. Meanwhile, Choi Myung-kil insists that they enter into negotiations with the Qing dynasty, but Kim Sang-hun proposes that they keep fighting.

 

SUNDAY 27 DECEMBER

The Loving Story
3:45pm, SBS VICELAND

M, CC
USA, 2011
Genre: Documentary, Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Nancy Buirski
What's it about?
The marriage of Mildred (who was part-black and part-Native American) and Richard (who was white) was declared illegal in 1958 by their home state of Virginia. They refused to leave one another and, with the help of the ACLU, relentlessly pursued their right to happiness. Their story was also the basis for the 2016 film Loving, starring Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga (in an Oscar-nominated performance.)

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me
8:35pm, NITV

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Olivia Lichtenstein
What's it about?
The untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary singer, Teddy Pendergrass, the man poised to be the biggest R&B artist of all time until the tragic accident that changed his life forever at the age of only 31.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Dressed to Kill
12:25am, SBS VICELAND

MA15
USA, 1980
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Michael Caine, Angie Dickinson, Nancy Allen, Keith Gordon, Dennis Franz
What's it about?
Michael Caine plays a psychiatrist who fears an ex-patient may be homicidal. The patient, a woman (Dickinson), stole a straight razor from Caine's office and is slashing his victims with it. A high-class call girl (Allen) witnesses one of the murders and is subsequently hunted by the killer. If she lives, she might provide the key to the mystery. A Hitchcockian thriller from directed Brian De Palma (Blow Out, Scarface, Carrie).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
 
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