• L-R: Boys Don't Cry, Drop Dead Fred, The Gambler, Mona Lisa (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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25 Feb 2021 - 10:42 AM  UPDATED 1 Mar 2021 - 10:44 AM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 1 - 7 March
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, Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine, The Gambler, Mona Lisa, Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry, Call Me By Your Name

  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Gambler and Mona Lisa.

 

MONDAY 1 MARCH

Angels Gather Here
11:00am, 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.

Angels Gather Here

Bedevil
12:00pm, 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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Leitis in Waiting
9:05pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 2 March, 11:00am)

PG
Tonga, USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Tonga
Director: Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson, Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
What's it about?
The story of Joey Mataele and the Tonga leitis, an intrepid group of native transgender women fighting a rising tide of religious fundamentalism in their South Pacific Kingdom. With unexpected humour and extraordinary access to the Kingdom's royals and religious leaders, this emotional journey reveals what it means to be different in a society ruled by tradition, and what it takes to be accepted without forsaking who you are.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Leitis In Waiting

The Good, The Bad, The Hungry
10:20pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Nicole Lucas Haimes
Starring: Joey Chestnut, Takeru Kobayashi, George Shea
What's it about?
The eye and mouth-opening tale of Takeru Kobayashi, the native of Nagano, Japan, who won the Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest six consecutive times, and Joey Chestnut, the American who emerged to dethrone the Japanese legend in 2007 and become the face of the sport.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Stephen Hawking: A Brief History of Mine
2:40am, SBS

G, CC
UK, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stephen Finnigan
Featuring: Stephen Hawking
What's it about?
This is the extraordinary story of the late Stephen Hawking, told for the first time in his own words and by those closest to him. Made with unique access to the world-famous scientist's private life, this is an intimate and moving journey into Stephen's world. Despite the constant threat of death, Hawking continued to make many remarkable scientific discoveries up until his death in 2018, and his bravery which has influenced his inspirational life has propelled him to fame and super-stardom.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

WEDNESDAY 3 MARCH

Marn Grook
1:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 1996
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steven McGregor
What's it about?
Explores the history, achievements and struggles of Aboriginal sportsmen involved in our National game, 'Aussie Rules'.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Marn Grook

The Gambler
9:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Karel Reisz
Starring: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Morris Carnovsky, Jacqueline Brookes
What's it about?
James Caan stars as Axel Freed, a college professor who is constantly in debt, and must rely on his former friends and associates to bail him out. As his habit becomes an incurable disease, Caan finds that the only people who will have anything to do with him are those to whom he owes money --particularly the polite but deadly loan shark Carmine.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Mona Lisa
11:00pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
UK, 1986
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane
What's it about?
George (Hoskins) is a small-time crook just out of prison who discovers his tough-guy image is out of date. Reduced to working as a minder/driver for high class call girl Simone (Tyson), he has to agree when she asks him to find a young colleague from her King's Cross days - that's when George's troubles just start. Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves), the film earned Hoskins an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

White God
12:35am, SBS

MA15+
Hungary, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
Language: Hungarian
Director: Kornel Mundruczo
Starring: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth 
What's it about?
Favouring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. Struggling to survive, homeless Hagen realises that not everyone is a dog’s best friend. Winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (as well as the coveted Palm Dog).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
White God - the 2014 Cannes-winning Hungarian thriller about a canine uprising - airs this Wednesday on SBS, and is now streaming on SBS On Demand.

 

THURSDAY 4 MARCH

Boys Don't Cry
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Romance, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Kimberly Peirce
Starring: Hilary Swank, Chloë Sevigny, Peter Sarsgaard, Brendan Sexton III
What's it about?
This is based on a true story which happened in Nebraska in 1993. Brandon Teena (Swank, in an Oscar-winning performance) is a trans man with plans for gender-affirming surgery sometime soon. He finds himself in Falls City, believing he can escape his past and be accepted as he wants to be. Initially, he is, and even falls in love with Lana (Sevigny), but his existence is soon in danger when bigoted locals discover his identity.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Falcon and the Snowman
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, USA, 1985
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Timothy Hutton, Sean Penn, Pat Hingle, Joyce Van Patten
What's it about?
The idealistic son (Hutton) of an ex-FBI agent and his volatile, dope dealing friend (Penn), pull off the most brazen act of espionage since World War II when they sell some of America's most sensitive secrets to the KGB. From director John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Marathon Man).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 5 MARCH

Big Name No Blanket
11:00am, NITV

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. This documentary tells his story; filled with interviews, clips and music, as we follow George from his island home to his premature demise.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Crooklyn
12:00pm, 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

Drop Dead Fred
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 6 March, 10:00am)

PG
UK, USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Family
Language: English
Director: Ate de Jong
Starring: Rik Mayall, Phoebe Cates, Carrie Fisher, Ron Eldard, Bridget Fonda
What's it about?
When Elizabeth (Cates) returns to her mother's home after her marriage falls apart, she recreates her imaginary childhood friend, Fred (Mayall), to escape from the trauma of losing her husband and her job. In between the chaos and mayhem that Fred creates, Elizabeth attempts to win back her husband and return to normality.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Dolly Parton: 50 Years At The Opry
11:30pm, 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:

 

Holding the Man
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

M, CC
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Neil Armfield
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Ryan Corr, Sarah Snook, Guy Pearce, Craig Stott
What's it about?
In the 1970s, young Timothy (Corr) finds himself confused when he falls for the captain of the football team (Stott). What follows shows all aspects of a relationship, regardless of gender or sexual preference. Conflict, temptation, and a huge burden which will affect every aspect of their lives. Based on the 1995 memoir by Australian writer, actor, and activist Timothy Conigrave, and directed by Neil Armfield (Candy).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SATURDAY 6 MARCH

Call Me By Your Name
11:30pm, SBS

M, CC
Italy, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
Elio Perlman (Chalamet) is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father (Stuhlbarg) hires a handsome doctoral student (Hammer), the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (I Am Love), from an Oscar-winning screenplay written by James Ivory (A Room With a ViewRemains of the Day) and adapted from the novel by André Aciman.

Streaming after broadcast for 14 days at SBS On Demand:
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Kiki, Love to Love
2:45am, SBS

MA15+
Spain, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Paco León
Starring: Belén Cuesta, Candela Peña, Natalia de Molina, Alexandra Jiménez, Paco León
What's it about?
In present day Madrid, against a scorching summer heatwave, five tales of love and lust unfold, in this Spanish remake of the 2014 Australian comedy The Little Death. Each character loves fears, lives and explores their diverse sexual paraphilias and the different sides of sexuality, trying to find the road to happiness.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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SUNDAY 7 MARCH

For My Father's Kingdom
8:40pm, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Vea Mafile'o, Jeremiah Tauamiti
What's it about?
The church of Tonga demands donations, especially from those who have left the country. This personal documentary follows the family of Saia Mafile’o who, decades after moving to New Zealand, still dedicates his life and money entirely to his homeland.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 
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