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22 Dec 2020 - 4:59 PM  UPDATED 23 Dec 2020 - 12:29 PM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 28 December – 3 January
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 Food Fighter, The Danish Girl, Freddy Mercury: The Great Pretender, Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry, The Last Waltz, The Godfather, Human

Audio Description (AD) available for Food Fighter, Vox Lux and The Godfather

 

MONDAY 28 DECEMBER

My Survival as an Aboriginal
10:00am, 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.

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me
12:10pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 2 January, 8:35pm)

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:

 

TUESDAY 29 DECEMBER

Food Fighter
8:30pm, SBS

M, CC, AD
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Goldberg
What's it about?
OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn has enough passion and drive to move mountains – but can she reduce the exorbitant pile of food Australians waste each year? Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins, and holds government to account.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Food Fighter

Code 46
12:25am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Starring: Tim Robbins, Samantha Morton, Togo Igawa, Om Puri, Jeanne Balibar
What's it about?
In a futuristic world, an insurance investigator (Robbins) embarks on a brief but dangerous affair with a woman (Morton) wanted for holding a fake DNA identity and passport. He overlooks her crime but soon finds out that she stands accused of violating a reproductive code. From director Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party PeopleThe Trip).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

WEDNESDAY 30 DECEMBER

Dancehall Queen
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M
Jamaica, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Don Letts
Starring: Audrey Reid, Carl Davis, Mark Danvers, Henry Brown, Carl Bradshaw, Marlon King
What's it about?
Street vendor Marcia (Reid) is scraping together a living in the ghetto section of Kingston, Jamaica. Her young daughter is being hounded by a rich sugar daddy who has been supporting the family; her brother's life is being threatened by a local thug. So, when the licentious patron threatens to abandon the family, and her brother breaks down under pressure, Marcia seeks refuge in the beats of the very dance hall outside of which she normally vends.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
Dancehall Queen

Vox Lux
10:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Brady Corbet
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, Jennifer Ehle, Willem Dafoe (narrator)
What's it about?
In 1999, teenage sisters Celeste (Cassidy) and Eleanor (Martin) survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of a catastrophe - while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, Celeste (now played by Portman) is a mother to a teenage daughter of her own and is struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention. Directed by Brady Corbet (Childhood of a Leader).

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The Danish Girl
2:10am, SBS

M, CC
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw
What's it about?
The story of Danish painter Einar Wegener (Redmayne, in an Oscar-nominated performance) as she discovers she identifies as a woman, becoming one of the first recipients of gender reassignment surgery. From Academy Award-winning director Tom Hooper (The King's SpeechLes Miserables).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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THURSDAY 31 DECEMBER

Freddie Mercury: The Great Pretender
7:55pm, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2012
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: Rhys Thomas
Featuring: Freddie Mercury, Roger Taylor, Brian May, Luciano Pavarotti, Montserrat Caballé
What's it about?
Freddie Mercury was one of the most charismatic, complex, and fascinating characters in British rock music. The story of Queen is much told, but this new documentary focuses on Freddie and the solo projects he worked on, outside of the band. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Coal Miner's Daughter
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 1 January, 12:55pm on NITV)

PG
USA, 1980
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Michael Apted
Starring: Sissy Spacek, Tommy Lee Jones, Levon Helm, Beverly D'Angelo
What's it about?
Loretta Webb (Spacek, in an Oscar-winning performance), a poor coal miner's talented daughter, gets married at the age of 15 to Doolittle Lynn (Jones). Her supportive husband recognises her musical talent and encourages her to become a musician. Nominated for Best Picture at the 1981 Academy Awards.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry
9:30pm, SBS

PG, CC
USA, 2019
Genre: Music
Language: English
Director: Ashley S. Gorman
Starring: Dolly Parton
What's it about?
Filmed in front of a live audience at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, this special is a celebration of Dolly’s 50 years as a member of the Opry. It features interviews with Dolly, as well as performances of her biggest hits on the Opry stage. In addition, her superstar friends - Dierks Bentley, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Hank Williams Jnr, and others appear on stage to pay homage to her amazing career.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Last Waltz
11:00pm, SBS

PG, CC
USA, 1978
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese's legendary concert film intertwines footage from "The Band's" incredible farewell tour with probing backstage interviews and featured performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Van Morrison, and other rock legends.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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FRIDAY 1 JANUARY

The Flintstones
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 2 January, 10:00am)

G
USA, 1994
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: Brian Levant
Starring: John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis, Rosie O'Donnell, Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor
What's it about?
Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred (Goodman) helps Barney (Moranis) adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed goes unpunished.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Midnight Cowboy
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1969
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Jon Voight, Dustin Hoffman, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver, Brenda Vaccaro
What's it about?
When Joe Buck (Voight), a good-looking, naively charming Texas 'cowboy' makes his way to the Big Apple to seek his fortune, the only wealth he finds is in the friendship of Ratso Rizzo (Hoffman), a sleazy, small-time con man with big dreams. Living on the tattered fringe of society, these two outcasts develop an unlikely bond, one that transcends their broken dreams. Winner of the 1970 Academy Award for Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 2 JANUARY

The Godfather
8:50pm, SBS

MA15+, CC, AD
USA, 1972
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan
What's it about?
Don Vito Corleone (Brando) is a man trying to protect his children Michael (Pacino), Sonny (Caan), and Fredo (Cazale) from the horrors of the family 'business', while Michael attempts to care for his new wife Kay (Keaton). Winner of three Academy awards including Best Picture, and based on the novel by Mario Puzo. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Da Sweet Blood of Jesus
10:25pm, NITV

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Stephen Tyrone Williams, Zaraah Abrahams, Rami Malek, Elvis Nolasco
What's it about?
In this Spike Lee re-imagining of Bill Gunn's 1973 cult blaxploitation horror Ganja & Hess, Dr. Hess Green (Williams) becomes cursed by a mysterious ancient African artifact and is overwhelmed with a newfound thirst for blood. Soon after his transformation he enters into a dangerous romance with Ganja Hightower (Abrahams) that questions the very nature of love, addiction, sex, and status.

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Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Human
12:05am, SBS

PG, CC
France, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: Italian, English, Hebrew, Arabic, Portuguese, French, Russian, Greek, Spanish
Director: Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Starring: Luis Cancu
What's it about?
Following the success of Home, discover the new film project by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. Human is a combination of testimonies and exclusive aerial images. This sensitive experience is an introspection into who we are today as a community but also and most importantly, as an individual. Through wars, inequalities, discriminations, but also love, family, Human confronts us with the realities and the diversity of our human conditions.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Fishing Without Nets
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Kenya, Somalia, USA, 2014
Genre: Thriller
Language: Somali, English, French
Director: Cutter Hodierne
Starring: Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abduwhali Faarah, Reda Kateb, Idil Ibrahim, Eric Godon
What's it about?
In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi (Muktar) turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Abdi and his fellow pirates hit the high seas and capture a French oil tanker, demanding a hefty ransom. During the long wait for the cash to arrive, Abdi forges a tentative friendship with one of the hostages. When some of the pirates resort to violence, Abdi must make dramatic choices to determine his course.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 3 JANUARY

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World
8:35pm, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Tony Bennett, Robbie Robertson
What's it about?
Tells the story of a profound, essential and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo and more, this documentary unravels the Indigenous influence and talented Native musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Brazilian Western
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Brazil, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Western, Romance
Language: Portuguese
Director: René Sampaio
Starring: Fabrício Boliveira, Isis Valverde, Felipe Abib, Antonio Calloni, César Troncoso
What's it about?
An adaptation of the eponymous song by Renato Russo, a famous Brazilian singer and composer. After doing time in jail for killing the cop who murdered his father, Joao (Boliveira) heads for Brasilia where a distant cousin from Argentina helps him get a start as a carpenter's apprentice - as long as he sidelines as a drug dealer. He falls in love with Maria Lucia (Valverde), the daughter of a senator, who wants Joao to stop dealing, but his rival Jeremiah ensures that Joao has no hope but to stay in the game.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand
 
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