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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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22 Jul 2021 - 9:55 AM  UPDATED 23 Jul 2021 - 5:01 PM

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES (DIGITAL CHANNEL 32) HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 26 July - 1 August
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 I Am Johnny Cash, Marion Jones: Press Pause, I Am Jackie O, Jane Goodall: My Life With Chimpanzees, Mission Control, The Beatles: Eight Days a Week, Lennon's Last Weekend
  • Audio Description (AD) available for I Am Johnny Cash and Waru

 

MONDAY 26 JULY

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President
7:30pm, SBS

PG
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mary Wharton, Bill Flanagan
Featuring: Jimmy Carter, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Madeleine Albright, Garth Brooks, Bono
What's it about?
This rockumentary-style presidential portrait shows how Jimmy Carter reinvigorated a post-Watergate America—with the music of the counterculture, including the Allman Brothers, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and Jimmy Buffett. Low on campaign funds and lacking in name recognition, Carter relied on support from these artists to give him a crucial boost in the Democratic primaries. Once Carter was elected, the musicians became frequent guests in the White House.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS on Demand:

I Am Johnny Cash
9:20pm, SBS

PG, AD, CC
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Derik Murray, Jordan Tappis
Featuring: Johnny Cash, Rosanne Cash, Johnny Western, Sheryl Crow, Rick Rubin, Willie Nelson
What's it about?
I am Johnny Cash is a celebration of the larger-than-life Johnny Cash from the unique perspective of the Man in Black's greatest songs, the 'essentials'. Each song brings to life a chapter in the story of America from the 1950's to the modern day as we tour the life of musical and artistic expression of one of music's most notorious rebels.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS on Demand:
I Am Johnny Cash

 

TUESDAY 27 JULY

Marion Jones: Press Pause
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 28 July, 1:00pm)

PG, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Singleton
What's it about?
After winning gold at the 1997 and ’99 World Track and Field Championships, Marion Jones' rise to the top culminated at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, winning three gold medals and two bronze. Eventually, though, her accomplishments and her reputation would be tarnished. From Olympic athlete to inmate, Marion Jones recounts how it felt in that long and yet all-too short drive to prison in this documentary directed by John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood).

 

WEDNESDAY 28 JULY

Amy
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Biography, Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Asif Kapadia
What's it about?
From the team behind acclaimed documentary Senna comes this portrait of one of Britain’s great music icons. Amy Winehouse was a pop star with soul; a rare musical talent whose appeal crossed cultural and demographic boundaries. But while her music made her a star, her chaotic personal life stole headlines. With rare interviews and never-before-seen archival footage, Amy takes us behind the sensationalised headlines to reveal a prodigiously talented young woman whose life ended far too soon.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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THURSDAY 29 JULY

Do the Right Thing
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito
What's it about?
This iconic classic of American cinema, written and directed by Spike Lee (who earned a 1990 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay) takes place on the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Everyone's hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence. 

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Mean Machine
12:50am, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, USA, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, Italian
Director: Barry Skolnick
Starring: Vinnie Jones, David Kelly, David Hemmings, Ralph Brown
What's it about?
Disgraced ex-England football captain, Danny 'Mean Machine' Meehan (Jones), is thrown in jail for assaulting two police officers. He keeps his head down and has the opportunity to forget everything and change the lives of the prisoners. When these prisoners have the chance to put one over the evil guards during a prison football match, Danny takes the lead.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 30 JULY

I Am Jackie O
7:30pm, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tanya Maryniak, Anna Wallner
What's it about?
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the most famous woman in the world, impossibly glamorous and universally admired. She was also complex, layered, and extremely guarded, making her endlessly fascinating and enigmatic. This documentary provides a definitive exploration of her life, from iconic first lady to widow, unofficial royalty and fashion icon.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
I Am Jackie O

Jane Goodall: My Life With Chimpanzees
9:00pm, SBS

PG, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Brett Morgen
Featuring: Jane Goodall, Hugo van Lawick, Hugo Eric Louis van Lawick
What's it about?
Drawing from never-before-seen footage that has been tucked away in the National Geographic archives, director Brett Morgen (On the RopesCobain: Montage of Heck) tells the story of Jane Goodall, a woman whose chimpanzee research revolutionised our understanding of the natural world.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Betty Davis: They Say I’m Different
9:25pm, NITV

PG
Netherlands, 2017
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Philip Cox
Starring: Betty Davis, Desmond Nakano, Greg Errico, Oliver Wang, Vernon Gibbs
What's it about?
An aspiring songwriter from a small steel town, Betty arrived on the 70's scene to break boundaries for women with her daring personality, iconic fashion and outrageous funk music. She befriended Jimi Hendrix and Sly Stone, wrote songs for the Chambers Brothers and The Commodores and married Miles Davis, turning him from jazz to funk and then went on to ignite stages in the 70s with her sassy sexed up mix of hard rock and bluesy funk, inspiring artists from Prince to Erykah Badu to Karen O and Peaches. Then she vanished…

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 31 JULY

Rollerball
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1975
Genre: Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Norman Jewison
Starring: James Caan, John Houseman, John Beck
What's it about?
In a futuristic society where corporations have replaced countries, the violent game of Rollerball is used to control the populace by demonstrating the futility of individuality. However, one player, Jonathan E. (Caan), rises to the top, fights for his personal freedom, and threatens the corporate control.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice
8:30pm, NITV

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Deborah Riley Draper
What's it about?
In 1936, 18 African American athletes dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler defied Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. The world remembers Jesse Owens. But, Olympic Pride American Prejudice shows how all 18 are a seminal precursor to the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Keeper
9:25pm, SBS

M
Germany, Ireland, UK, 2019
Genre: Drama, War, History
Language: English, German
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Starring: David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw, Gary Lewis, Harry Melling, Julian Sands
What's it about?
inspired by the true story of Bert Trautmann (Kross, of The Reader), a German who during World War II served as an ardent member of the Hitler Youth and later of the Luftwaffe. Then after the war he played soccer in England, as a goalkeeper for Manchester City. His presence on the team, which hired him in 1949, inspired protests. Would fans ever accept a former enemy as a star player?

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Waru
10:00pm, NITV

M, AD
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Māori, English
Director: Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
What's it about?
From eight female Māori directors come eight connected stories (in Māori, waru means 8), each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver. The eight stories are all subtly linked and follow different female characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Amelie
12:25am, SBS

M
France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Dominique Pinon, Yolande Moreau
What's it about?
Young Amélie Poulain (Tautou) works in a Paris café, lives alone and helps people, surreptitiously. Whether it's secretly returning the childhood treasures of a middle aged man, to matchmaking for the lovelorn, Amélie gives fate a helping hand. When Nino (Kassovitz) enters her world, her life takes a new and exciting turn. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Horses of God
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, Morocco, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, French
Director: Nabil Ayouch
Starring: Abdelhakim Rachid, Abdelilah Rachid, Hamza Souideq, Ahmed El Idrissi Amrani
What's it about?
Follows two brothers over the course of a decade. While they begin as kids in search of thrills in the sprawling slums of Morocco’s Sidi Moumen, we witness their gradual radicalisation. From writer-director Nabil Ayouch, whose latest film Casablanca Beats played at this year's Cannes Film Festival in Official Competition.

Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo
2:35am, SBS

PG, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Fairhead
What's it about?
In October of 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik. The United States, embroiled in a Cold War with the USSR, went into a tailspin, which resulted in the creation of the most successful space agency ever, NASA. Mere years later, John F Kennedy pledged to send a man to the moon, a goal he vowed would be reached before the end of the 1960s. This is the story of four groups of NASA contractors, the unsung heroes who were integral accomplishing the mission. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 1 AUGUST

The Beatles: Eight Days a Week - The Touring Years
7:30pm, SBS

M, CC
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Featuring: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, George Harrison, Whoopi Goldberg
What's it about?
The Beatles stormed through Europe's music scene in 1963, and, in 1964, they conquered America. However the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil, led to the decision to stop touring. In the ensuing years The Beatles were then free to focus on a series of albums that changed the face of recorded music.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Lennon's Last Weekend
9:30pm, SBS

M, CC
UK, 2020
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Brian Grant
Featuring: John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Klaus Voormann, Earl Slick, Alan White, Paul Gambaccini
What's it about?
Illuminates what was to be John Lennon's final interview with an abundance of archival footage, photographs and conversations with people who knew him. Clearly invigorated and looking forward to making more music, Lennon’s heartfelt honesty and forthright revelations make this film all the more potent as he was brutally shot and murdered 48 hours later.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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