• L-R: The Long Goodbye, The Untamed, The Godfather Part II, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (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.
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SBS Movies

1 Jan 2021 - 5:40 PM  UPDATED 3 Jan 2021 - 2:50 PM

SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 4 - 10 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 Bedevil, The Godfather Part II, Catfish and Martin Luther King: His Legacy
  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Godfather Part II and The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

 

MONDAY 4 JANUARY

Message from Mungo
12:00pm, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Big Name No Blanket
9:00pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 5 January, 11:20am)

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steven McGregor
What's it about?
George Rrurrambu, legendary frontman of the Warumpi Band, made an extraordinary contribution to contemporary Indigenous music and awakened the Australian consciousness of a third world in its own back yard.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY

The Long Goodbye
12:25am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1973
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Elliott Gould, Nina van Pallandt, Sterling Hayden, Mark Rydell, David Arkin
What's it about?
Detective Philip Marlowe (Gould) encounters a host of offbeat characters while searching for a client's missing husband. He finds himself drawn into a mystery of New Age gurus and murder. Based on the novel of the same name by Raymond Chandler, and directed by Robert Altman (M*A*S*H, NashvilleGosford Park).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY

Bernie Blackout: The 2020 Campaign
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Pat McGee
What's it about?
An investigative deep dive into the corporate news media’s coverage of Bernie Sanders’ 2020 presidential campaign that asks - who actually gets a say in American politics? This documentary pulls back the curtain to expose the corruption and bias that's rampant in mainstream media's coverage of presidential elections.

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote
8:30pm

M, AD
Belgium, UK, France, Portugal, Spain, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Sergi López
What's it about?
Toby (Driver), a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote (Pryce). In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 7 January, 12:00pm)

PG
Netherlands, 2017
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Philip Cox
Starring: Betty Davis, Desmond Nakano, Greg Errico, Oliver Wang, Vernon Gibbs
What's it about?
An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the 70's scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and The Commodores and married Miles Davis, turning him from jazz to funk and then went on to ignite stages in the 70s with her sassy sexed up mix of hard rock and bluesy funk, inspiring artists from Prince to Erykah Badu to Karen O and Peaches. Then she vanished…

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Charlie Bartlett
10:55pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jon Poll
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings
What's it about?
Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin) is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner (Downey, Jr.). As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie's honest charm and likeability positions him as the resident 'psychiatrist' dishing out advice, and the occasional prescription, to his fellow students in need.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Untamed
11:40pm, SBS

MA15+
Mexico, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Horror
Language: Spanish
Director: Amat Escalante
Starring: Kenny Johnston, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Ruth Ramos, Eden Villavicencio
What's it about?
A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction. Winner of the Silver Lion (second prize) at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 7 JANUARY

Vermilion
8:30pm, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Samoan
Director: Dorthe Scheffmann
Starring: Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Emily Campbell, Theresa Healey, Peter Feeney
What's it about?
Darcy, a composer, sees colors when she plays musical notes. When she notices her usually subtle colors changing, she realizes a profound change is upon her. Over a summer month, Darcy creates a time of music and reflection that help her make a final choice.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Power Meri
10:15pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joanna Lester
What's it about?
Power Meri follows Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Power Meri

 

FRIDAY 8 JANUARY

Bedevil
11:25am, 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.

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Jetsons: The Movie
7:30pm (repeats Saturday 9 January, 10:00am)

G
USA, 1990
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Voice Cast: George O'Hanlon, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton, Tiffany, Patric Zimmerman
What's it about?
In this feature-length film version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, George Jetson is forced to uproot his family when Mr. Spacely promotes him to take charge of a new factory on a distant planet. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Sunny and the Dark Horse
10:10pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 9 January, 1:00pm)

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.

Naked Ambition
12:10am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Cantonese, Japanese
Director: Lee Kung Lok
Starring: Chapman To, Josie Ho, Tatsumi Yui
What's it about?
When some buddies from Hong Kong come together to finance to a pornographic video production in Japan, it all seems it so easy. But their get rich quick scheme hits a snag when their male lead quits on the first day, forcing one of them to take his place. Wyman (Chapman To) reluctantly accepts the role – and surprisingly becomes an adult film star in Japan and at home.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

SATURDAY 9 JANUARY

Once Upon a Time in Vietnam
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
Vietnam, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Vietnamese
Director: Dustin Nguyen
Starring: Dustin Nguyen, Veronica Ngo, Roger Yuan
What's it about?
While on a mission to retrieve fugitives in Vietnam, Dao, a commander in the Emperor's army, finds himself in the middle of a deadly conflict raging between a tyrannical crime boss, and the peaceful town that he has under his thumb. But when Dao realizes that Ahn, the beautiful monk warrior who fled the Emperor's army is living a secretive new life there, Dao must choose between upholding his oath to the Emperor, and fighting to preserve Ahn's cherished town.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Godfather: Part II
8:30pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire
What's it about?
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone (De Niro) grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone (Pacino) attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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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:

Waru
10:20pm, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori, English
Director: Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
What's it about?
From eight female Maori directors come eight connected stories (in Maori, waru means 8), each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver. The eight stories are all subtly linked and follow different female characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Catfish
12:10am, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
What's it about?
In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. At once a documentary that plays like a thriller and a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Husband
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce McDonald
Starring: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Sarah Allen, Dylan Authors, August Diehl, Joey Klein
What's it about?
Saddled with a lousy job, an infant son, and a wife doing jail time for sleeping with a 14-year-old, a disgruntled Toronto ad-agency employee struggles to deal with his impotent rage. Directed by Bruce McDonald (Pontypool, Hard Core Logo).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

Charley Pride: I'm Just Me
8:40pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2019
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Barbara Hall
Featuring: Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Whoopi Goldberg, Garth Brooks
What's it about?
This film traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to his career as a Negro American League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. The new documentary reveals how Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Charley Pride performs during his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in October 2000.

Martin Luther King: His Legacy
12:10am, NITV 

M, CC
UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Martin Milne
What's it about?
On the anniversary of his death, in this intensely moving and definitive documentary, Sir Trevor McDonald is travelling to the deep south of America to try and get closer to the man who meant so much to him and to so many others.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Scorpion in Love
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Spain, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: Santiago Zannou
Starring: Javier Bardem, Carlos Bardem
What's it about?
This urban fable tells the story of Julian, a young man who with his best friend participates actively in a group of violent neo-Nazis led by a fanatic man. Adapted from the bestselling novel by Carlos Bardem.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

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