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9 Jul 2021 - 4:32 PM  UPDATED 9 Jul 2021 - 4:39 PM

SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 12 - 18 July
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 Vote Yes For AboriginesThe Godfather Part II and Inside Man
  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Godfather Part II, Inside Man, Sunny and the Dark Horse and The Fringe Dwellers



Marn Grook
11:00am, NITV

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'.

Marn Grook

Vote Yes for Aborigines
2:00pm, NITV

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



Jordan Rides the Bus
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 14 July, 1:00pm)

USA, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ron Shelton
Starring: Michael Jordan, Phil Jackson, Steve Kerr, Jerry Reinsdorf
What's it about?
After leading the Dream Team to Olympic Gold and taking the Chicago Bulls to their third consecutive NBA championship, Michael Jordan walked away from the game of basketball. Director Ron Shelton (Bull Durham, White Men Can't Jump) shares this surprisingly touching story about the motivations that drove the world's most famous athlete to play a new sport in the relative obscurity of Birmingham, Alabama.

Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies
9:40pm, NITV

USA 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: Englisgh
Director: Jim Podhoretz
Featuring: Donnie Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Pat Riley, David Stern
What's it about?
There are rivalries, and then there is the Celtics vs. the Lakers: this documentary gets to the heart of the greatest tug-of-war in NBA history, focusing mainly on the 1980s era of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson but also examining the entire history of the NBA through the rivalry.



Homeland Story
11:00am, NITV

Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Yolngu Matha
Director: Glenda Hambly
What's it about?
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:

The Godfather: Part II

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire
What's it about?
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone (De Niro) grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone (Pacino) attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
How ‘The Godfather’ changed cinema forever
Little was expected of ‘The Godfather’ when it was released in 1972, but the epic trilogy ended up changing Hollywood forever.



Inside Man
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2006
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English, Albanian
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
When an armed, masked gang enter a Manhattan bank, lock the doors and take hostages, the detective (Washington) assigned to effect their release enters negotiations preoccupied with corruption charges he is facing. A nail-biting heist thriller from legendary director Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, BlackKklansman).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

My Life As I Live It
10:55pm, NITV

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.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Ear Buds: The Podcasting Documentary

USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Graham Elwood
Starring: Aisha Tyler, Steve Agee, Joe Rogan, Nick Kroll, Chris Hardwick, Paul F. Tompkins
What's it about?
Graham Elwood and Chris Mancini (The Comedy Film Nerds Podcast) wanted to find out why podcasters had such a deep personal connection with their audience. They went all over the country, and then even to Australia and Japan, to interview fans and podcasters. From dealing with mental illness to battling cancer, the stories they heard were as surprising as they were inspirational. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
11:45am, NITV

USA, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Featuring: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Ingrid Berry, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley
What's it about?
For Chuck Berry's 60th, Keith Richards assembled a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself, and long-time Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his classic rock songs. His abilities as a composer, lyricist, singer, musician, and entertainer are on display and, in behind-the-scenes interviews, are discussed by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and others.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

7:30pm, NITV

Indonesia, 2019
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Language: English, Indonesian
Director: Joko Anwar
Starring: Abimana Aryasatya, Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Ario Bayu
What's it about?
Sancaka (Aryasatya) has lived on the streets since his parents left him. Living a hard life, Sancaka survives by thinking about his own safety. When the condition of the city gets worse and injustice rages throughout the country, Sancaka must decide whether he continues to live to look after himself or rise to become their oppressed hero.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



Sunny and the Dark Horse
10:00am, NITV

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.

The Fringe Dwellers
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 21 May, 12:15pm)

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:
The Fringe Dwellers review
Sincere, beautifully made and enjoyable.

Top Five

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Chris Rock
Starring: Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Whoopi Goldberg, Tracy Morgan
What's it about?
Former comedy legend Andre Allen (Rock) returns to New York to promote his latest film on the eve of his wedding to a self-absorbed reality TV star (Union). While wandering the city with a mysterious and charming journalist (Dawson), Allen is forced to confront his past and the people he left behind. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

‘The Way Back’ is Peter Weir’s fantastic final film… for now
Based on a true story, what happens on an epic walk by a group of escaped prisoners is masterfully handled by the acclaimed director.
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