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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

14 Jan 2021 - 2:50 PM  UPDATED 20 Jan 2021 - 3:56 PM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 18 - 24 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 The Death of Stalin, We Don't Need A Map, Vote Yes For Aborigines, Sweet Country, Ten Canoes and American Gangster
  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Death of Stalin 

 

MONDAY 18 JANUARY

Homeland Story
12:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Yolngu Matha
Director: Glenda Hambly
What's it about?
Homeland Story is an intimate portrait of Donydji (pronounced doy-n-ji), a small Aboriginal community in North East Arnhem Land, about 800 kms east of Darwin, in the far north of Australia. The film charts the Donydji community's transition from traditional life to the digital age, from the 1960s to the present day.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Marni
9:00pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 19 January, 12:00pm)

PG
Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tyson Mowarin
What's it about?
Marni is an immersive art experience in which an intricate dot painting about Country is created by celebrated Pilbara artist, Allery Sandy.

'Marni' is an immersive art experience in which an intricate dot painting about Country is created by celebrated Pilbara artist, Allery Sandy.

 

TUESDAY 19 JANUARY 

Another Country
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 20 January, 12:00pm)

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Molly Reynolds
Featuring: David Gulpilil
What's it about?
The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of 'Another Country', a story of what happened when his people's way of life was interrupted by ours. A companion film to Rolf De Heer's 2014 film Charlie's Country.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 20 JANUARY

The Death of Stalin
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC, AD
UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, History
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Adrian McLoughlin
What's it about?
When tyrannical dictator Josef Stalin (McLoughlin) dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Buscemi) and Lavrenti Beria (Beale), the sadistic secret police chief. From Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, In the Loop and Veep.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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We Don't Need a Map
9:30pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Warwick Thornton, Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe
What's it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and DelilahSweet Country) investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton's film We Don't Need A Map takes a journey through Australia's cultural and political landscape.

I Love You, Man
10:25pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Hamburg
Starring: Jason Segel, Paul Rudd, Rashida Jones, Jaime Pressly, Jon Favreau, Andy Samberg
What's it about?
Newly engaged Peter (Rudd) sets out to make a new best friend, Sydney (Segel), to be the "Best Man" for his wedding. After setting out on some bizarre "man-dates," Peter befriends Sydney and the closer the two men get the more Peter's relationship suffers with his fiancee (Jones). This ultimately forces Peter to chose between his new best friend and his fiancee.

REVIEW
I Love You, Man Review
A tender take on the bromance phenomenon.

The Workshop
11:50pm, SBS

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Laurent Cantet
Starring: Marina Fois, Matthieu Lucci, Warda Rammach, Florian Beaujean, Julien Souve
What's it about?
Antoine has agreed to follow a writing workshop where some young people in insertion must write a black novel with the help of Olivia, a recognized novelist. The work of writing will bring to life the working-class past of the city. Its shipyard is closed for 25 years, a nostalgia that does not interest Antoine, influenced by the anxiety of the present world. From the acclaimed writer-director of The Class and Time Out.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
'The Workshop', written and directed by Laurent Cantet
REVIEW
'The Workshop': Riveting Drama From 'The Class' Writer-Director
Laurent Cantet (The Class, Heading South) makes an enthralling return to form with this topical fusion of political debate session and socially conscious thriller.

 

THURSDAY 21 JANUARY

Vote Yes for Aborigines
1:00pm, NITV

G, CC
Australia, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Frances Peters-Little
What's it about?
On National Sorry Day, this program looks back at the 1967 referendum, which resulted in the removal of two sections of the constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal people. In the referendum, over 90% of voters agreed that Aboriginal people be counted in the census and that the Commonwealth government take charge of Aboriginal affairs, effectively acknowledging Aboriginal people as citizens within their own country.

Vote Yes For Aborigines

My Survival as an Aboriginal
2:10pm, 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.

Sweet Country
8:30pm

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind white preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After an ill-tempered bully (Leslie) arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 22 JANUARY

Jedda
12:00pm, NITV (repeats 10:10pm)

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
Jedda is an orphaned Arrernte baby who is adopted by a white family. She grows up, confused over her heritage and place in the world. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. The first Australian feature film to be filmed in colour, and nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Message from Mungo
1:40pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 23 January, 10:10pm)

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.

Storm Boy
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 23 January, 12:00pm)

PG
Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison
What's it about?
Mike (Rowe) is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father (Cummins). In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner (Gulpilil) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

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My Beautiful Laundrette
12:35am, 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 (PhilomenaThe Queen) and nominated for an Academy Award in 1987 for Best Writing (Hanif Kureishi).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 23 JANUARY

Ten Canoes
7:30pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 2006
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: Ganalbingu
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Richard Birrinbirrin, Jamie Gulpilil, Crusoe Kurddal
What's it about?
An elder of an Indigenous tribe in the Northern Territory realises a young man in the group covets the beautiful young wife of another elder. To teach him the proper way, the elder tells the youngster a story from the mythical past, about a man who had no wife. Directed by Rolf de Heer (The TrackerBad Boy Bubby).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Ten Canoes Review
An elaborate story, well told.

American Gangster
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+, CC, AD
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ruby Dee
What's it about?
In 1970s America, detective Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas (Washington), a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drugs into the country in the coffins of soldiers from the Vietnam War. Nominated for two Academy Awards (including Ruby Dee for Best Supporting Actress) and directed by Ridley Scott (Blade RunnerGladiator).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

Twelve Canoes
9:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Omnibus Film
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer, Molly Reynolds
What's it about?
A series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Twelve Canoes

Hard Paint
12:20am, 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:

 

SUNDAY 24 JANUARY

Charlie's Country
8:40pm, NITV

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford
What's it about?
Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (Gulpilil) is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stronghold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. Directed by Rolf De Heer, who collaborated with Gulpilil previously on The Tracker and Ten Canoes.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Charlie's Country movie review
David Gulpilil gives a career-best performance as an Indigenous warrior disillusioned with the changes in his community

Manganinnie
10:30pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 1980
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: John Honey
Starring: Mawuyul Yanthalawuy, Anna Ralph, Phillip Hinton
What's it about?
Through lyrical images, Manganinnie journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna, a white girl, in search of Manganinnie's vanished tribe. The poignancy of this film derives from the Aboriginal woman's gradual realisation that her people and the tribal way of life are forever gone. It is the story of the Black Drive of 1830 and the genocide of Tasmania's Aboriginal people.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Long Riders
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Western, History
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Dennis Quaid, Randy Quaid
What's it about?
The origins, exploits and the ultimate fate of the James gang is told in a sympathetic portrayal of the bank robbers made up of brothers who begin their legendary bank raids because of revenge. From cult action master Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
 
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