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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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19 Nov 2021 - 3:50 PM  UPDATED 19 Nov 2021 - 6:07 PM

THIS WEEK'S SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS:
SBS World Movies Highlights November 22 - 28
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 Paper Moon, Vote Yes For Aborigines, Scarface, Ten Canoes, Children of Men, In the Shadow of the Moon, Once Upon a Time In America and Black Hole: Universe's Greatest Mystery
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Under the Silver Lake, Sunny and the Dark HorseScarface, Watership DownOn the RecordOnce Upon a Time In America

 

MONDAY 22 NOVEMBER

A Time to Swim
10:55am, NITV

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ashley Duong
What's it about?
In the suburbs of Montreal, Mutang Urud is a family man. But in Malaysia, he was a voice of resistance for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak. A Time to Swim follows Mutang as he returns home for the first time since his exile in 1992 and finds the remote forest village not as he remembers it.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
A Time To Swim

In The Cold Dark Night
12:55pm, NITV

M
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stephen Robert Morse, Nick Hampson
What's it about?
The story of Timothy Coggins, a young Black man who was lynched in 1983 in Georgia, examining the deep-rooted racism that impacted the case and the long fight for justice.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
In The Cold Dark Night

Paper Moon
1:10pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, CC
USA, 1973
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Starring: Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn, Randy Quaid
What's it about?
Played by real-life father and daughter Ryan and Tatum O'Neal (who won an Oscar for her performance, making her the youngest ever winner in any category), a bible salesman and a 9-year-old orphan girl team up to form a money-making con team in Depression-era Kansas. Directed by Peter Bogdanovich (What's Up Doc?The Last Picture Show).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 23 NOVEMBER

Vote Yes for Aborigines
2:00pm, NITV

G, CC
Australia, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Frances Peters-Little
What's it about?
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

Under the Silver Lake
10:35pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD
USA, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Grace van Patten, Zosia Mamet
What's it about?
Young and disenchanted Sam (Garfield) meets a mysterious and beautiful woman (Keough) who's swimming in his building's pool one night. When she suddenly vanishes the next morning, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy. From David Robert Mitchell, writer-director of It Follows.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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WEDNESDAY 24 NOVEMBER

Sunny and the Dark Horse
12:55pm, NITV

PG, AD
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.

Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies
7:30pm, NITV

M
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.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Celtics / Lakers: Best Of Enemies

Al Pacino: The Reluctant Star
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Germany, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lukas Hoffmann
Starring: Al Pacino, Marthe Keller, Jerry Schatzberg, Lawrence Grobel, Mónica del Castillo
What's it about?
Pacino made it onto the big stages from Broadway to Hollywood, but, being extremely shy, he is still somewhat of a mystery. At the beginning of the 1970s, he got his first international success as Michael Corleone in The Godfather which was followed by many leading roles. At nearly 80 years of age, Al Pacino continues to show his versatility by appearing both on stage and in front of the camera.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Scarface
9:40pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 1983
Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia
What's it about?
After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fuelled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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THURSDAY 25 NOVEMBER

Takeover
11:00am, 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.

Ten Canoes
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday 26 November, 12:10am)

M, CC
Australia, 2006
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: Ganalbingu
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: Richard Birrinbirrin, Jamie Gulpilil, Crusoe Kurddal
What's it about?
An elder of an Indigenous tribe in the Northern Territory realises a young man in the group covets the beautiful young wife of another elder. To teach him the proper way, the elder tells the youngster a story from the mythical past, about a man who had no wife. Directed by Rolf de Heer (The TrackerBad Boy Bubby).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Ten Canoes Review
An elaborate story, well told.

Twelve Canoes
10:15pm, NITV (repeats Friday 26 November, 12:10pm)

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Omnibus Film
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer, Molly Reynolds
What's it about?
A series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Twelve Canoes

 

FRIDAY 26 NOVEMBER

Watership Down
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 27 November, 10:00am)

PG, AD
USA, 1978
Genre: Animated
Language: English
Director: Martin Rosen
Starring (voice cast): John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson
What's it about?
The timeless animated classic based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Threatened with destruction of their warren, the rabbits are forced to leave their idyllic home in search of a new one. Features Art Garfunkel's hit song "Bright Eyes".

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Hawaiian: The Legend of Eddie Aikau
9:55pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 10 April, 8:30pm)

PG
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sam George
What's it about?
Chronicles the remarkable life and times of the late Eddie Aikau, the legendary Hawaiian big wave surfer, pioneering lifeguard and ultimately doomed crew member of the Polynesian voyaging canoe Hokulea.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story
10:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: James Lester
Featuring: Darlinda Just Darlinda, Gal Friday, Hazel Honeysuckle, James Habacker
What's it about?
Uncovering New York City’s neo-burlesque subculture, this documentary offers a lingering look at several denizens of the nightlife scene, including Gal Friday, Hazel Honeysuckle, and the Schlep Sisters Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda, whose acts range from the classic glamorous striptease to more overtly comedic schtick. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 27 NOVEMBER

In the Shadow of the Moon
3:50pm, SBS

G, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Sington
What's it about?
In the 1960s, US President John F Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavour possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of Humanity's great achievements.  

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
In the Shadow of the Moon Review
This is a gripping, beautifully made film on a vital through-line in America’s modern history.

Nintendo Quest
6:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
Canada, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Robert McCallum
Starring: Robert McCallum, Billy Mitchell, Walter Day
What's it about?
Passionate video game collector Jay Bartlett has always had one dream: to own a complete library of every original Nintendo game - all 678. Enter best friend, and film director, Rob McCallum. Rob dares Jay to go after his dream of an entire NES library but with a few twists - Jay has only thirty days, has to use his own money, and can’t use the Internet in anyway. It’s a road-trip challenge rooted in the very games Jay likes to play and collect and so Jay liquidates everything he can to give himself the chance of a lifetime. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

On the Record
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+, AD
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
Featuring: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Hines, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Shanita Hubbard
What's it about?
The haunting story of music executive Drew Dixon as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of colour, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. A gripping and profound examination of race, gender, intersectionality, and the toll sexual abuse takes on survivors and on society at large. One of the most acclaimed documentaries from this year's Sundance Film Festival.

'On The Record' documentary: A #MeToo reckoning for Black culture

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Children of Men
10:05pm, NITV

MA15+, CC
UK, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Danny Huston
What's it about?
This sci-fi epic from Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Roma) imagines a future world that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population that has made humankind face the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence, the film follows an unlikely champion of Earth's survival: Theo (Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope for a future generation. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Once Upon a Time in America
11:15pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, Italy, 1984
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Tuesday Weld
What's it about?
The final film by legendary Italian director Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad & The UglyOnce Upon a Time in the West) is an epic gangster film spanning decades, following the life of Jewish gangster David 'Noodles' Aaronson (De Niro) and his friends, from their childhoods in 1920s New York through Noodles' return to New York in 1968 after a long absence.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 28 NOVEMBER

Black Hole: Universe's Greatest Mystery
4:30pm, SBS

G, CC
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Henry Fraser, Duncan Bulling
What's it about?
For the first time in the history of space research, a team of international scientists will attempt to take the first ever picture of a black hole - a cosmic monster four million times more massive than the sun - lurking right at the centre of the Milky Way. Presented by Peter Capaldi.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Ghosts of Our Forest
7:40pm, NITV

M
Canada, Uganda, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Roher
What's it about?
After an indigenous Ugandan tribe is violently removed from its forest home, the survivors are left to reconcile with the ghosts of their ancestors as they struggle to maintain their cultural identity.

Ghosts of Our Forests

Yusuf Hawkins: Storm Over Brooklyn
8:45pm, NITV (repeats Monday 29 November, 12:00pm)

M
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Muta'Ali Muhammad
Starring: Yusuf Hawkin, Joseph Fama, Keith Mondello, Al Sharpton
What's it about?
Tells the story of a Black American teenager who was shot and murdered after being trapped by a group of white youths in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, on the evening of August 23, 1989. Family and friends reflect on the tragedy and the subsequent fight for justice that inspired and divided New York City.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Sam Watson - The Street Fighting Years
10:30pm, NITV

M
Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Haydn Keenan
What's it about?
Insight into the extraordinary life and times of Aboriginal revolutionary Sam Watson during the violent days of Queensland's Bjelke-Petersen government.

Sam Watson - The Street Fighting Years
 
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