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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

13 May 2021 - 4:12 PM  UPDATED 14 May 2021 - 9:03 AM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES (DIGITAL CHANNEL 32) HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights 17 - 23 May
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).

  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Fringe Dwellers
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Breaker Upperers, Friday Night Lights, The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir, Reinventing Barbie

 

MONDAY 17 MAY

Let the Fire Burn
12:00pm, NITV

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jason Osder
What's it about?
An account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the Black Liberation organisation MOVE and Philadelphia authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and figuratively devastated an entire community. Winner of the 2014 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Let The Fire Burn

The Work
10:10pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 18 May, 12:30pm)

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
What's it about?
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, this acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Folsom Prison's Group Therapy Program Rivetingly Documented In 'The Work'
The SXSW documentary competition winner gives audiences a raw look at a unique group-healing process between inmates at Folsom State Prison.

 

TUESDAY 18 MAY

Blood Brothers: From Little Things, Big Things Grow
6:30pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 19 May, 2:00pm)

G
Australia, 1993
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Trevor Graham
What's it about?
When renowned singer-songwriter Kev Carmody released his first album, Pillars of Society, in 1989, Rolling Stone magazine described it as "arguably the best protest album ever made in Australia". Kev was propelled onto the national stage as a voice of protest for Aboriginal people. This documentary looks at Kev up close - cattle mustering in southern Queensland, making music in suburban Sydney and playing Long Bay Jail.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
From Little Things, Big Things Grow (1993)

Guru of Go
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 19 May, 1:00pm)

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bill Couturie
What's it about?
The story of rising college basketball star Hank Gathers, who in the NCAA division's 1989-90 season collapsed during a game and was diagnosed with an abnormal heartbeat. Determined to play, Gathers returned three games later, but less than three months later, he tragically died on the court.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Guru of Go

 

THURSDAY 20 MAY

The Fringe Dwellers
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 21 May, 12:15pm)

M, AD
Australia, 1986
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Kristina Nehm, Justine Saunders, Bob Maza
What's it about?
Bruce Beresford's (Driving Miss Daisy, Breaker Morant) critically-acclaimed adaptation of the Nene Gare novel tells the story of an Aboriginal family's attempts to forge a new life for themselves within the segregated society. At the urging of headstrong teenager Trilby, the Comeaways relocate from their family camp, to a house in the main town.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Fringe Dwellers review
Sincere, beautifully made and enjoyable.

 

FRIDAY 21 MAY

Tia and Piujuq
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 22 May, 10:00am on NITV)

PG
Canada, 2018
Genre: Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English, Arabic, Inuktitut
Director: Lucy Tulugarjuk
Starring: Tia Bshara, Nuvvija Tulugarjuk, Eiman Aljaber, Ghaiss Gharibet
What's it about?
Tia (Bshara), a 10 year-old Syrian refugee living in Montreal, finds a magic portal and travels to the Arctic where she befriends an Inuk girl (Tulugarjuk) with whom she immerses herself in a world of Inuit myth and magic.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Fifth Region
9:05pm, NITV (repeats Sunday 23 May, 11:25am)

PG
Canada, 2018
Genre: English
Language: English
Director: Aeyliya Husain, Gabriel Nuraki Koperqualuk
Starring: Joshua Stribbell, Nancy Saunders
What's it about?
This short narrative feature tells the story of Joshua (Stribbel) and Nancy (Saunders), two young urban Inuit who are carving out a place for themselves in southern Canada.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
The Fifth Region

Stockman's Strategy
10:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 1984
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
Constructed as a series of vignettes of station life, the film focuses particularly on the relationship between Sunny Bancroft, the station manager, and a 16-year-old trainee, Shane Gordon. The episodes are linked by Sunny's reflections on learning the hard way from experience, and from the lessons taught him by his father.

The Breaker Upperers
2:25am, SBS

M, CC
New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What's it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Executive produced by Taika Waititi.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SATURDAY 22 MAY

Burn Motherf***** Burn!
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sacha Jenkins
What's it about?
On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles exploded when four police officers were acquitted in the beating of Rodney King. But the city had been smouldering for years. This provocative documentary looks at how decades of racial tensions, injustice, and a troubled relationship between the LAPD and the African-American community led to the uprising. Local residents, artists and community organisers share firsthand accounts of police brutality, the '65 Watts riots, the rise of LA street gangs, and the '92 incident.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Friday Night Lights
10:10pm, NITV (repeats Friday 26 March, 12:00pm)

PG, CC
USA, 2004
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Berg
Starring: Billy Bob Thornton, Lucas Black, Garrett Hedlund, Derek Luke, Jay Hernandez
What's it about?
A small, turbulent town in Texas obsesses over their high school football team to an unhealthy degree. When the star tailback, Boobie Miles (Luke), is seriously injured during the first game of the season, all hope is lost, and the town's dormant social problems begin to flare up. It is left to the inspiring abilities of new coach Gary Gaines (Thornton) to instil in the other team members - and, by proxy, the town itself - a sense of self-respect and honour. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir
12:50am, SBS

M, CC
Belgium, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot
What's it about?
The story of Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod (Dhanush), a fakir who tricks his local village in Rajasthan, India into believing his possesses special powers and into paying him to fly to Paris to buy a bed of nails from an Ikea store. Co-starring Oscar-nominees Berenice Bejo (The Artist) and Barkhad Abdi (Captain Phillips).

 

SUNDAY 23 MAY

Reinventing Barbie
1:20am, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrea Blaugrund Nevins
What's it about?
In her 59 years, Barbie has become a fashion icon, a lightning rod, and a topic among feminists. This documentary, featuring newly discovered footage and unprecedented access to the inner workings of a toy giant during Barbie’s biggest reinvention, surveys 60 years of women in popular culture through the lens of this 11.5 inch plastic icon. Featuring interviews with Gloria Steinem, Roxane Gay, Peggy Orenstein, Mattel insiders and cultural historians.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 
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