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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

3 Dec 2021 - 4:37 PM  UPDATED 3 Dec 2021 - 7:56 PM

 

THIS WEEK'S SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS:
SBS World Movies Highlights: December 6 - 12
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 Donnie Darko, Precious, Miles Ahead and Under the Silver Lake
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Milpirri: Winds of Change, Pearl Harbour, Donnie Darko, Precious, The Girl Who Played With Fire, Gurrumul

 

MONDAY 6 DECEMBER

Milpirri: Winds of Change
10:00am, NITV

PG, CC
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stewart Carter
What's it about?
It's early October in 2012, and Steve Jampijinpa is leaving Canberra for his home in outback Lajamanu. Once there, he'll play a key part in something very important to him: Milipirri, a biennial community festival of dance, art and ceremony. But things are changing for Steve and his community. This documentary reveals what goes on behind the scenes of a controversial and ground-breaking Walpiri event.

Milpirri - Winds Of Change

Map to Paradise
11:00am, NITV

PG
Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Danielle Ryan, James Sherwood
What's it about?
A spectacularly beautiful tale full of adventures about the birth of the global movement to protect the sea. From underwater ice worlds to gleaming coral sanctuaries, discover what it takes to bring about positive change. Filmed across six continents, the filmmakers have set out to challenge the narrative of hard-hitting documentaries with a 'doom and gloom' message and replace it with one of hope and courage.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Map to Paradise

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me
12:00pm, NITV

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Olivia Lichtenstein
What's it about?
The untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary singer, Teddy Pendergrass, the man poised to be the biggest R&B artist of all time until the tragic accident that changed his life forever at the age of only 31.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 7 DECEMBER

Power Meri
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 8 December, 1:00pm)

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

Pearl Harbour
9:05pm, SBS

M, CC
France, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Korn-Brzoza
What's it about?
On December 7, 1941 at 7:53 A.M., a Japanese air squadron attacked the American fleet anchored in the waters of Pearl Harbour. The United States and its defensive strategy were struck right at the core. The attack was a major turning point. The very next day, the U.S. officially entered the war, ending their policy of isolationism and taking the conflict to a whole new and truly global level. How did Pearl Harbor change the face of WWII and, in turn, that of the world?

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Pearl Harbour

 

WEDNESDAY 8 DECEMBER

My Life As I Live It
2:00pm, 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.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
My Life As I Live It

Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 9 December, 12:00pm)

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

Donnie Darko
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Cult
Language: English
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze
What's it about?
During the presidential election of 1988, a teenage boy named Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived, and tries to deal with people in his town, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Donnie Darko review: A shot at small-town repression
A shot at small-town repression.

A Good Old Fashioned Orgy
10:40pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Peter Huyck, Alex Gregory
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Leslie Bibb, Lake Bell, Lindsay Sloane
What's it about?
Eric (Sudeikis) is a thirty-something party animal famous among his close circle of friends for his lavish summer theme parties at his father's swanky Hamptons pad. But when members of the crew start settling down, and Eric's dad announces plans to sell the beach house, Eric decides it's time for one last bash to go out with a proverbial bang - a good old-fashioned orgy.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

THURSDAY 9 DECEMBER

Living with Giants
12:00pm, NITV

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Inuktitut, English
Director: Aude Leroux-Levesque, Sébastien Rist
What's it about?
Delves into the imaginative world of Paulusie Kasudluak, a young Inuk facing responsibilities as he transitions into adulthood. The film portrays his thoughts, his dreams, and his beliefs, and allows for an intimate immersion into his life. Paulusie is a caring son to his ailing father and a good boyfriend. But what begins as the story of an innocent teenager quickly becomes the struggle of a young man coping with the guilt of having made a huge mistake. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Living With Giants

My Survival as an Aboriginal
1:50pm, NITV

M
Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What's it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

Precious
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Sage
What's it about?
Set in Harlem in 1987. Precious (Sidibe, in an Oscar-nominated lead performance) endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. She's pregnant for the second time to her abusive father; at home she must wait hand and foot on a poisonously angry mother (Mo'Nique, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). In these conditions she grows up unloved and generally unnoticed. But underneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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FRIDAY 10 DECEMBER

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 11 December, 10:00am)

PG
Australia, USA, 2010
Genre: Animation/3D, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Zack Snyder
Voice Cast: Ryan Kwanten, David Wenham, Jim Sturgess, Hugo Weaving, Helen Mirren
What's it about?
Soren, a young barn owl, is kidnapped by owls of St. Aggie's, ostensibly an orphanage, where owlets are brainwashed into becoming soldiers. He and his new friends escape to the island of Ga'Hoole, to assist its noble, wise owls who fight the army being created by the wicked rulers of St. Aggie's. Based on the first three books in Kathryn Lasky's 'Guardians of Ga'hoole' series and directed by Zack Snyder (Watchmen300Justice League).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER

Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock 'n' Roll
7:40pm, NITV

M
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer 
What's it about?
In this highly anticipated feature length documentary, the absolute instigator of rock 'n' roll, Chuck Berry, is truly revealed, with unprecedented exclusive access. Featuring Steven Van Zandt, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Nile Rodgers, Johnnie Johnson, Marshall Chess, Gene Simmons, Johnny Rivers, Alice Cooper, Gary Clark Jr., Nils Lofgren, Joe Perry, Steve Jones and more.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Bruce Springsteen with Chuck Berry in 'Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock 'n' Roll'

Miles Ahead
9:25pm, NITV

M, AD
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Don Cheadle
Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lakeith Stanfield
What's it about?
Inspired by events of his life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle also makes his directorial debut with this unconventional biographical drama.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Girl Who Played with Fire
11:15pm, SBS

MA15+, CC
Sweden, 2009
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: Swedish, Italian, French
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Peter Andersson, Michael Nyqvist, Sofia Ledarp, Georgi Staykov
What's it about?
In the sequel to award-winning Swedish thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, computer hacker Lisbeth (Rapace) and journalist Mikael (Nyqvist) investigate a sex-trafficking ring. However Lisbeth is accused of three murders, causing her to go on the run while Mikael works to clear her name.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
1:30am, SBS

MA15+
Denmark, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: Swedish
Director: Daniel Alfredson
Starring: Noomi Rapace, Annika Hallin, Michael Nyqvist, Lena Endre
What's it about?
After taking a bullet to the head, Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) is under close supervision in a hospital and is set to face trial for attempted murder on her eventual release. With the help of journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) and his researchers at Millennium magazine, Salander must prove her innocence. In doing this she plays against powerful enemies and her own past.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 12 DECEMBER

Kim Dotcom: Caught in the Web
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Annie Goldson
What's it about?
The larger-than-life story of Kim Dotcom (tech entrepreneur and owner of the file-sharing site MegaUpload), the "most wanted man online" is extraordinary enough, but the battle between Dotcom and the US Government and entertainment industry – being fought in New Zealand – is one that goes to the heart of ownership, privacy and piracy in the digital age.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Gurrumul
8:00pm, NITV

PG, CC
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Damien Williams
Featuring: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sting, Michael Hohnen, Mark Grose
What's it about?
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. 

Why Gurrumul is Australia's most important documentary

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Samson and Delilah
9:45pm, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton
What's it about?
Samson (McNamara) and Delilah's (Gibson) world is small - an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes, they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Winner of the Camera D'or (best debut feature) at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and regularly cited as one of the greatest Australian films of all time.

Samson & Delilah
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Under the Silver Lake
12:10am, 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.

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