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9 Sep 2021 - 3:02 PM  UPDATED 14 Sep 2021 - 9:07 PM

SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS, 13 - 19 SEPTEMBER:
SBS World Movies Weekly Highlights: 13 - 19 September
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 Crown Prince of Saudi ArabiaAustralia Uncovered: Strong Female Lead, Gone Are The DaysLove and Sex in RussiaDivide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes, Australia Uncovered: Osher Gunsberg and 9/11: Escape From the Towers
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Australia Uncovered: Strong Female Lead, Australia Uncovered: Osher Gunsberg, Resurrecting the Champ and Gone Are The Days

 

MONDAY 13 SEPTEMBER

The Lives and Deaths of Sonny Liston
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 18 September, 8:30pm)

M, AD
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Simon George
Starring: Sven Ruygrok, D. David Morin
What's it about?
Overcoming the seemingly insurmountable odds that life threw his way, Liston became heavyweight champion of the world when he knocked out Floyd Patterson in 1962. Eight years later, he died but friends questioned the cause of his death.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Black Snake Moan
10:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Christina Ricci, Samuel L. Jackson, Justin Timberlake, S. Epatha Merkerson, David Banner
What's it about?
A troubled bluesman (Jackson) seeks to redeem a young woman (Ricci) whose uncontrollable lust threatens to destroy her life. Written and directed by Craig Brewer (Hustle & Flow, Dolemite is My Name).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia
2:30am, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary, Crime, TV Movie
Language: English
What's it about?
On October 2, 2018, Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. He never walked out. Within a matter of days, it was revealed that he had been murdered and dismembered by a 15-person Saudi hit squad.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 14 SEPTEMBER

Message from Mungo
1:00pm, NITV

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.

Dwyane Wade: Life Unexpected
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 15 September, 12:00pm)

PG
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bob Metelus
What's it about?
For a decade, Dwyane Wade intimately documented his life and career with a film crew. The result is a remarkably candid portrait of one of the greatest NBA players of all-time.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Dwayne Wade

 

WEDNESDAY 15 SEPTEMBER

Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2021
Genre: Documentary, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Nick Scown, Julie Seabaugh
What's it about?
Tragedy + Time + Comedy = Healing. From the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to today stand-up comedians, talk-show hosts, sketch performers, television animators and other entertainers explore the use of controversial jokes to unite and heal in the face of tragedy. Featuring Gilbert Gottfried, Doug Stanhope, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Marc Maron, Cedric the Entertainer, Nathan Lane and more.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Too Soon: 9/11

Australia Uncovered: Strong Female Lead
10:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tosca Looby
What's it about?
One in three Australian women experience discrimination or harassment in the workplace. Australia’s first and only female Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, was one of them. In Australia, politics is a toxic place for women. Strong Female lead examines Australia’s struggle with women and power when a strong female takes the lead.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Gone Are the Days
11:25pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Western
Language: English
Director: Mark Landre Gould
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger, Danny Trejo, Lulu Wilson, Jamie McShane
What's it about?
The story of notorious outlaw Taylon Flynn (Henriksen), a man hell-bent on exiting this life in a blaze of glory. His plans go awry upon the discovery of the sordid life his estranged daughter is forced to live. To save her, he must summon the inner demons he purged long ago, and finds that redemption is a hard road to travel.

 

THURSDAY 16 SEPTEMBER

Power Meri
1:20pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joanna Lester
What's it about?
Power Meri follows Papua New Guinea's first national women's rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Power Meri

Resurrecting the Champ
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 17 September, 12:00pm)

M, AD
USA, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rod Lurie
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Josh Hartnett, Alan Alda, Teri Hatcher, Kathryn Morris
What's it about?
Up-and-coming sports reporter rescues a homeless man ("Champ") only to discover that he is, in fact, a boxing legend believed to have passed away. What begins as an opportunity to resurrect Champ's story and escape the shadow of his father's success becomes a personal journey as the ambitious reporter reexamines his own life and his relationship with his family.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 17 SEPTEMBER

My Life As I Live It
11:00am, 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.

My Life As I Live It

Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant
7:45pm, NITV 

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Family
Language: English
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Chris Kelly, Josh Hutcherson, John C. Reilly, Salma Hayek, Jessica Carlson
What's it about?
14-year-old Darren (Kelly) was like most kids in his suburban neighbourhood. He hung out with his best friend, got decent grades and usually stayed out of trouble. But when he and his buddy stumble upon a travelling freak show, things begin to change inside Darren. That's the exact moment when a vampire named Larten Crepsley (Reilly) turns him into something bloodthirsty.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Love and Sex in Russia
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

M, CC
France, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: Russian
Director: Barbara Necek, Anastassia Metral
What's it about?
It's a country of contradictions, where love and sex clash with customs and patriarchy. Where traditional values and large families are glorified but 40% of children grow up without a father and domestic abuse isn't a crime. Welcome to Putin's Russia.

The Fifth Region
9:50pm, NITV

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.

The Fifth Region

Crimson Peak
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Romance, Horror
Language: English
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston
What's it about?
This gothic horror story directed by Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, The Shape of Water) stars Mia Wasikowska as an aspiring author who, following a family tragedy, tries to escape the ghosts of her past and finds herself swept away by a mysterious outsider to a house filled with secrets.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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SATURDAY 18 SEPTEMBER

Takeover
11:10am, NITV

M
Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

One Thousand Ropes
10:10pm, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Frankie Adams, Nathaniel Lees, Uelese Petaia, Beulah Koale
What's it about?
The father of a deeply troubled household that endured tragedy both from without and within, seeks to reconcile with his youngest daughter by making a journey to both symbolically and culturally lay the family "ghosts" to rest.

Downfall
11:20pm, SBS

MA15+
Germany, 2004
Genre: History, Drama
Director:
 Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler
What's it about?
Charting the last 10 days of Hitler's (played by Ganz) life, from his 56th birthday on April 20th, 1945 to his suicide on April 30th, Downfall uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a country coming apart at the seams, from Hitler's henchman under the streets of Berlin, to the soldiers and civilians fighting and dying as the Soviet Army ravaged the city above. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film in 2005.

REVIEW
Downfall: Gripping insight into Hitler's last days
A vital piece of cinema.

Beyond the Lights
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Glover
What's it about?
Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw) is a hot new rising star. But not all is what it seems, and the pressure causes Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol (Parker), a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be? From Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer/director of Love & Basketball.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
2:10am, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alexis Bloom
Starring: Roger Ailes, Glenn Beck, Babette Bombshell, Catherine Corcoran
What's it about?
Alexis Bloom charts the rise and fall of the late Republican Party booster and controversial Fox News mogul who went down in flames amid multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 19 SEPTEMBER

Batman & Bill
2:25pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Don Argott, Sheena M. Joyce
What's it about?
Everyone thinks that Bob Kane created Batman, but that’s not the whole truth. One author makes it his crusade to make it known that Bill Finger, a struggling writer, actually helped invent the iconic superhero, from concept to costume to the very character we all know and love. Bruce Wayne may be Batman’s secret identity, but his creator was always a true mystery.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Australia Uncovered: Osher Gunsberg
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jodi Boylan
What's it about?
Osher Günsberg investigates how innovative thinking, new science and technology could help prevent suicide, while examining why suicide rates remain high in Australia and reflecting on his own mental health issues.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Osher Günsberg: A Matter of LIfe and Death

9/11: Escape from the Towers
12:50am, SBS VICELAND

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Grace Chapman
What's it about?
Each World Trade Center tower consisted of 110 floors. Each floor has a story. In this two-hour special, survivors from two of those floors, many speaking publicly for the first time, tell their stories. Focusing on one floor in the North Tower and one in the South, this film will provide a never-before-achieved intimacy with what it was really like to be inside the Twin Towers on 9/11.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
9/11: Escape From the Towers
 
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