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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

28 Jan 2021 - 10:32 AM  UPDATED 29 Jan 2021 - 10:14 AM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 1 - 7 February
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 Final Quarter, Mabo: Life of an Island Man, The Last King of Scotland, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Alias Ruby Blade, Hannibal, Love & Friendship and Orgazmo
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider,  Love & Friendship

 

MONDAY 1 FEBRUARY

The Final Quarter
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Sat 6 Feb, 8:30pm)

PG, CC
Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ian Darling
What's it about?
Re-examines the incidents that marked the final 3 years of Indigenous footballer Adam Goodes' playing career. Made entirely from archival footage, photos and interviews sourced from television, radio and newspapers, the film reviews the national conversation that took place over this period.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Mabo: Life Of An Island Man
9:00pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 2 Feb, 11:20am)

PG, CC
Australia, 1997
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Trevor Graham
What's it about?
On June 3rd 1992, six months after Eddie "Koiki" Mabo's tragic death, the High Court upheld his claim that Murray Islanders held native title to land in the Torres Strait. The legal fiction that Australia was empty when first occupied by white people had been laid to rest. This documentary tells the private and public stories of a man so passionate about family and home that he fought an entire nation and its legal system.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 3 FEBRUARY

Your Name.
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
Japan, 2016
Genre: Romance, Animation, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring (voice cast): Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara
What's it about?
Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo, while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he's never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Your Name review: Story of distant love is a tender genre-bender
A constant delight to watch.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
10:25pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD
USA, 2001
Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Simon West
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig
What's it about?
English aristocrat Lara Croft (Jolie) is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and in the middle of a battle with a secret society. The shapely archaeologist moonlights as a tomb raider to recover lost antiquities and meets her match in the evil Powell, who's in search of a powerful relic. Based on the hit video game.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

1987: When the Day Comes
11:50pm, SBS

MA15+
South Korea, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Jang Joon-hwan
Starring: Kim Yoon-seok, Ha Jung-woo, Yoo Hae-jin, Kim Tae-ri, Park Hee-soon, Lee Hee-joon
What's it about?
In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is supposed to sign the cremation release, raises questions about a 21-year-old kid dying of a heart attack, and he begins looking into the case for truth.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

THURSDAY 4 FEBRUARY

The Last King of Scotland
8:30pm, NITV

M, CC
UK, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: French, German, Swahili, English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Gillian Anderson, David Oyelowo, Kerry Washington
What's it about?
Nicholas Garrigan (McAvoy), a young doctor from Scotland, decides it is time for an adventure after he finishes his formal education. He decides to try his luck in Uganda, and arrives during the downfall of president Obote. General Idi Amin (Whitaker, who won the Best Actor Oscar for his performance) comes to power and asks him to become his personal doctor. When will Nicholas realise Amin is not the friend of the nation, but a brutal dictator?

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Skin: A History of Nudity in the Movies
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Danny Wolf
Featuring (interviewees): Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, Sean Young, Pam Grier, Mariel Hemingway
What's it about?
The definitive documentary on the history of nudity in feature films from the early silent days to the present, studying the changes in morality that led to the use of nudity in films while emphasising the political, sociological and artistic changes that shaped that history. Skin also studies the gender inequality in presenting nude images in motion pictures and will follow the revolution that has created nude gender equality in feature films today.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 5 FEBRUARY

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
7:30pm

PG, CC
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Cellar Dweller
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 1988
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: John Carl Buechler
Starring: Debrah Farentino, Yvonne De Carlo, Jeffrey Combs, Michael Deak, Brian Robbins
What's it about?
The promising career of a horror comic book artist meets a fiery death when he confronts the bloody carnage of his own imagination in his studio. Years later, an ardent devotee of the artist's work becomes a resident in his house, now an art academy, unaware that her imagination has revived the grotesque murderer of the past and that she may be the next victim.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Alias Ruby Blade
3:30am, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Meillier
What's it about?
Kirsty Sword Gusmão went to Timor-Leste to document injustice in an area closed to Western journalists. Over the next decade, she became the lynchpin that sustained the nation’s harrowing struggle for independence and met the man who would redefine the cause for which she was fighting. Using astonishing footage of the years-long resistance, director Alex Meillier presents a highly personal account of the courage needed to create a new democracy in modern times.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 6 FEBRUARY

Sunny and the Dark Horse
10:00am, 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.

Fade to Black: Fight to the Death
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jeremy Ervine
What's it about?
Peter Short, the charismatic CEO of a major Australian company, learns that he has only months to live after he is diagnosed with terminal oesophageal cancer. Not wanting to face a painful death, Peter decides to source the lethal drug Nembutal, giving him the option to end his own life peacefully. With the help of a rogue doctor who supplies the drug to suffering patients, Peter sets out to have voluntary euthanasia legalised in Australia.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Fade To Black: Fight to the Death

Message from Mungo
1:20pm, 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.

Hannibal
9:00pm, SBS

MA15+, CC, AD
USA, UK, 2001
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Horror
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Giancarlo Giannini
What's it about?
After having successfully eluded the authorities for years, Hannibal (Hopkins) peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar. Trouble strikes again when he's discovered leaving a deserving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make contact with now disgraced Agent Clarice Starling (Moore), who is suffering the wrath of a malicious FBI rival as well as the media.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Once Were Warriors
10:00pm, NITV

MA15+
New Zealand, 1994
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Maori
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Cliff Curtis
What's it about?
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedevilled by a violent father (Morrison) and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. This 1994 drama opened the eyes of audiences world-wide to the reality of life for a small section of New Zealand, broke domestic box office records, and was followed by the 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.

REVIEW
Once Were Warriors review: An absolutely devastating film

Love & Friendship
11:20pm, SBS

PG, AD, CC
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Whit Stillman
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
From Jane Austen’s novella, the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out colourful rumours of her dalliances and to find husbands for herself and her daughter. Two young men, handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel) and wealthy Sir James Martin (Bennett), severely complicate her plans. An acerbic take on Austen from Whit Stillman, writer-director of Metropolitan & The Last Days of Disco.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Network
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty
What's it about?
When veteran anchorman Howard Beale (Finch, in a performance that won him a posthumous Academy Award) is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings. A landmark satire of the media, whose message remains more urgent than ever.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
Peter Finch and William Holden in 'Network'
RELATED
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A look at the classic media satire that remains as urgent and relevant now as it did in 1976.

 

SUNDAY 7 FEBRUARY

She Shears
8:40pm, NITV

PG
New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jack Nicol
What's it about?
In the gruelling world of competitive sheep shearing there is no women's section. Women and men compete together. This documentary is the story of passion, purpose and determination and five women for whom shearing is not just a job.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Bruce Lee: Be Water
9:30pm, SBS

M
UK, USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bao Nguyen
What's it about?
In 1971, after being rejected by Hollywood, Bruce Lee returned to his parents’ homeland of Hong Kong to complete four iconic films. Charting his struggles between two worlds, this portrait explores questions of identity and representation through the use of rare archival footage, interviews with loved ones and Bruce’s own writings.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
RELATED
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Orgazmo
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
USA, 1997
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, David Dunn, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne Raab
What's it about?
Mormon Joe Young is about to get married, but he needs to find money quickly to be able to give his fiancé the wedding of her dreams. By chance, he knocks on the door of a porn movie producer and is recruited as a sex superhero. However, his "talents" are noticed and when the movie becomes a success, he finds a kind of fame that  wouldn't sit well with his unknowing fiancé. From South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

NOTE: No catch-up SBS On Demand
 
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