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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 Feb 2021 - 2:53 PM  UPDATED 18 Feb 2021 - 4:33 PM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES (DIGITAL CHANNEL 32) HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 22 - 28 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 Tall Man, Machete, The Final Portrait, Vai, Black Chicks Talking, Whitney, King Arthur's Britain: The Truth Unearthed, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Broken Circle Breakdown and Deep Water: The Real Story

  • Audio Description (AD) available for X Files: I Want To Believe, Time Bandits and Machete

 

MONDAY 22 FEBRUARY

The Tall Man
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Sat 27 Feb, 8:30pm)

M, CC
Australia, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tony Krawitz
What's it about?
The Walkley Award-winning documentary about the events on Palm Island that follow the death of local Indigenous man Cameron Doomadgee. On the morning of November 19, 2004, Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for public nuisance. An hour later he lay dead in a watchhouse cell. This film interviews the family, friends and residents of the community on the island as they struggle to understand what happened to Cameron and the tragic events that subsequently followed his death. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Tall Man Review
Doco raises troubling questions about Palm Island death-in-custody.

My Life As I Live It
10:10pm, NITV

G
Australia, 1993
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Following 1978's landmark My Survival As An Aboriginal, Essie Coffey returns to her home in Dodge City where she and the A-Team are running in the shire elections. Inter-cutting between 1993 and 1978, the film presents the fascinating contrasts of a society in transition.

 

TUESDAY 23 FEBRUARY

My Survival as an Aboriginal
10:30am, 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.

Angels Gather Here
2:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ian Hamilton
What's it about?
Angels Gather Here’ follows Jacki Trapman’s journey back to her hometown of Brewarrina to celebrate her parents, Bill and Barbara’s 60th Wedding Anniversary.
 Going home is never easy for Jacki. Amidst the family celebrations she reflects on her life; her story symbolising the strength, dignity and resilience of many Aboriginal people in the face of adversity.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Angels Gather Here

The X Files: I Want to Believe
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD
Canada, USA, 2008
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Chris Carter
Starring: David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson, Amanda Peet, Billy Connolly, Xzibit
What's it about?
When a group of women are mysteriously abducted, it becomes a case right out of the X-Files. The best team for the job is ex-agents Fox Mulder and Dr. Dana Scully, who have no desire to revisit their dark past. Still, the truth of these horrific crimes is out there somewhere - and it will take Mulder and Scully to find it.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

WEDNESDAY 24 FEBRUARY

Time Bandits
8:55pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, AD
UK, 1981
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: John Cleese, Sean Connery, Michael Palin, Ian Holm, Shelley Duvall, Craig Warnock
What's it about?
Six fractious dwarfs steal a precious map that shows the locations of a series of time holes scattered across the universe, enabling them to travel back in time. Crashing through the bedroom wardrobe of 11 year old Kevin (Warnock) and taking him along with them for the ride, they find themselves involved in a series of eccentric encounters with famous historical figures, amongst them Napoleon, Robin Hood and ancient Greece ruler, Agamemnon. From director Terry Gilliam (BrazilThe Fisher King, 12 Monkeys).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Machete
11:00pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis
Starring: Danny Trejo, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro
What's it about?
Left for dead after clashing with notorious Mexican drug kingpin Torrez, Machete (Trejo) has escaped to Texas, looking to disappear and forget his tragic past. But what he finds is a web of corruption and deceit that leaves a bullet in a senator and Machete a wanted man. Directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin City, From Dusk 'til Dawn).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Final Portrait
12:45am, SBS

M, CC
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Biography
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Stanley Tucci
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy, Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
In 1964, while on a short trip to Paris, the American writer and art-lover James Lord (Hammer) is asked by his friend, the world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Rush), to sit for a portrait. The process, Giacometti assures Lord, will take only a few days. Flattered and intrigued, Lord agrees. So begins a touching story of friendship and a uniquely revealing insight into the beauty, frustration, profundity and, at times, downright chaos of the artistic process.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush in 'Final Portrait'

 

THURSDAY 25 FEBRUARY

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.

Vai
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Fri 26 Feb, 11:00am)

PG, CC
New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Fiji, Maori, Samoan, Tonga
Director: Nicole Whippy, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina Alofagia McCartney
Starring: Mereani Tuimatanisiga, Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele, Evotia-Rose Araiti, Fiona Collins, Maliaga Erick, Hinetu Dell
What's it about?
A portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries - Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different Indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries.

Vai
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Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time - Vol. 3: Comedy and Camp
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Danny Wolf
Starring: Joe Dante, John Waters, John Cleese, David Cross, Kevin Smith, Illeana Douglas
What's it about?
The final volume of Time Warp digs deep into what makes us laugh over and over again as we reveal the greatest cult comedies and campy classics of all-time. From Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Office Space to Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Showgirls.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Time Warp Vol. 3: Camp & Comedy

 

FRIDAY 26 FEBRUARY

Black Chicks Talking
12:35pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 8 December, 12:20pm)

M, CC
Australia, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Leah Purcell, Brendan Fletcher
What's it about?
Performer and writer Leah Purcell talks with five dynamic Indigenous women - Rosanna Angus, Kathryn Hay, Deborah Mailman, Cilla Malone and Tammy Williams - about what it means to be Aboriginal in Australia today. In a series of individual interviews and at one lively dinner party, the women share their experiences and opinions with extraordinary candour. The result is a passionate and challenging exploration of black identity and a celebration of five very different lives.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Black Chicks Talking

Mosley
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Sat 27 Feb, 10:00am)

PG
China, New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Kirby Atkins
Voice Cast: Lucy Lawless, John Rhys-Davies, Temuera Morrison, Rhys Darby, Kirby Atkins
What's it about?
Mosley, and his family of four-legged Thoriphants, live a worker's life on an isolated farm owned by Simon - a sullen, and mean-spirited farmer. One evening, after plowing all day, Mosley' discovers a cave with large ancient drawings on the walls - they're of Thoriphants similar to Mosley and Rue except they stand upright! Is this what the Thoriphant race used to be? What happened to cause them to become bent backed creatures without hands?

Message from Mungo
10:20pm, NITV (repeats Sat 27 Feb, 1:10pm)

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.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Whitney
11:10pm, SBS

M, CC
UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Featuring: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston, Clive Davis, L.A. Reid, Kevin Costner
What's it about?
Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void) and from two-time Academy Award-winning producer Simon Chinn, the film gives audiences an unprecedented and unique look into Whitney’s life. An unflinching and honest portrait of a rare talent told by those closest to her, showcasing exclusive audio and never-before-seen video archive from her time as a recording artist and performer.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Naked Ambition
12:40am, 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 27 FEBRUARY

King Arthur's Britain: The Truth Unearthed
8:00pm, SBS

M, CC
UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kenny Scott
What's it about?
Dr Alice Roberts presents a landmark history event with exclusive access to a major excavation in Tintagel, Cornwall, that will completely transform our understanding of Dark Ages Britain, and the man behind the King Arthur and the Knights Of The Round Table 'mythical legend'.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
9:10pm, SBS

PG, CC
UK, 1975
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
What's it about?
From the hilarious comedy troupe Monty Python, comes the story of King Arthur and his knights who embark on a low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles, including obnoxious French soldiers, a Three-Headed Giant and the dreaded Knights who say Ni.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Crooklyn
10:00pm, NITV

M
USA, 1994
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Alfre Woodard, Delroy Lindo, David Patrick Kelly, Zelda Harris, Carlton Williams
What's it about?
From Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, BlacKkKlansman) comes this vibrant semi-autobiographical portrait of a schoolteacher (Woodard), her stubborn jazz-musician husband (Lindo) and their five kids living in '70s Brooklyn.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Broken Circle Breakdown
10:45pm, SBS

MA15+, CC
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Broken Circle Breakdown review: A wildly emotional rollercoaster ride
Intoxicating rhythm lifts Belgian bluegrass tale.
 

SUNDAY 28 FEBRUARY

Killing Patient Zero
8:40pm, NITV

M
Canada, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Laurie Lynd
What's it about?
When a new, deadly virus spreads across North America at an alarming rate, one man is singled out for bringing the disease to the country. Skilfully revealing the homophobia behind the headlines, this doc traces the devastating impact of the 1980s AIDS epidemic and clears the name of the Québécois flight attendant who was infamously known as “patient zero.”

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Killing Patient Zero

Deep Water: The Real Story
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Amanda Blue
What's it about?
Disturbing gang assaults were being carried out in Sydney in the 1980s and 1990s, with mysterious deaths officially recorded as 'suicide', 'disappearance' and 'misadventure'. Survivors, witnesses, families of victims and many of those involved at the time are now candidly speaking out on the events of the past in the hope that new evidence might rise to the surface.

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