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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.
21 Jan 2022 - 2:47 PM  UPDATED 25 Jan 2022 - 1:48 PM

THIS WEEK'S SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS:
SBS World Movies Highlights: 24 - 30 January
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 Sweet Country, My Survival as an Aboriginal, Araatika: Rise Up!, The Proposition, Donnie Darko, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Under the Silver Lake, Dust and Bones, A Time to Swim, 9/11: Escape from the Towers, Black Sheep, American Animals and Twelve Monkeys
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for We Don't Need a Map, Sweet Country, Woodstock, The Beach, Rabbit-Proof FenceAraatika: Rise Up!, The Proposition, Donnie Darko, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, Tracks, Marley, 9/11: Escape from the Towers, Twelve Monkeys, The World's Biggest Murder Trial: Nuremberg, Vai, I Am Jackie O

 

MONDAY 24 JANUARY

Etched in Bone
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Wednesday 26 January, 2:00pm)

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Martin Thomas, Béatrice Bijon
Starring: Jacob Nayinggul, Joe Gumbula, Martin Thomas
What's it about?
Explores the impact of one notorious bone theft by a member of the 1948 American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land. Hundred of bones were stolen and deposited in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, until it became known to Arnhem elders in the late 1990s. The return of the sacred artefacts was called for, resulting in a tense standoff between indigenous tribespeople and the Department of Anthropology at the Smithsonian.

Etched in Bone

We Don't Need a Map
8:30pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Warwick Thornton, Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe
What's it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson and DelilahSweet Country) investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought-provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. He takes us on a journey through this five-star constellation's astronomical, colonial and Indigenous history to the present day.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton's film We Don't Need A Map takes a journey through Australia's cultural and political landscape.

Sweet Country
10:00pm, NITV

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind white preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After an ill-tempered bully (Leslie) arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

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TUESDAY 25 JANUARY

Woodstock
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: History, Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron
What's it about?
In August 1969, nearly half a million people gathered at a farm in upstate New York to hear music. What happened over the next three days, however, was far more than a concert. It would become a legendary event - one that would define a generation and mark the end of one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Beach
9:00pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
What's it about?
Alone on a remote beach in one of the most beautiful yet brutal environments in the world, award-winning film director, Warwick Thornton (Samson & DelilahSweet Country), attempts to change his life. A unique, immersive documentary experience.

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Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 1
11:35pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
India, 2012
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Language: Hindi
Director: Anurag Kashyap
Starring: Manoj Bajpayee, Richa Chadda, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jaideep Ahlawat
What's it about?
Shahid Khan (Ahlawat) is exiled after impersonating the legendary Sultana Daku in order to rob British trains. Now outcast, Shahid becomes a worker at Ramadhir Singh's (Dhulia) colliery, only to spur a revenge battle that passes on to generations. At the turn of the decade, Shahid's son, the philandering Sardar Khan (Bajpayee) vows to get his father's honor back, becoming the most feared man of Wasseypur.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 26 JANUARY

Rabbit-Proof Fence
10:00am, NITV

PG, CC
Australia, 2002
Genre: History, Adventure
Language: Walmajarri, English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly (Sampi) and Daisy (Sansbury) and their cousin, Gracie (Monaghan), who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen hundred miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a brave escape and in a bid to find their way home, following, on foot, the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong.

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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:

My Survival as an Aboriginal
4:35pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 27 January, 12:00pm)

M, AD
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.

Araatika: Rise Up!
9:30pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Larissa Behrendt
What's it about?
In 2012, a group of Indigenous NRL players including Dean Widders, Preston Campbell, Timana Tahu and George Rose came together to develop a pre-game ceremony that would be a response to New Zealand’s much loved, universally recognised and hugely respected haka. Rather than simply taking an existing dance, the players came up with a series of movements that reflected cultural symbols - the clan, the warrior, the boomerang, the spear.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Proposition
9:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime, Western
Language: English
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Tom Budge, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
In the harsh outback of 1880s Australia, the brutal Burns brothers are wanted for a vicious crime. When Charlie Burns (Pearce) is captured, the officer arresting makes a startling proposition in order to end the cycle of violence: Charlie must hunt down and murder his violent older brother Arthur (Huston), in order to save his youngest brother from the noose. Scored by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Shock Wave 2
11:25pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
China, Hong Kong, 2020
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Director: Herman Yau
Starring: Andy Lau, Lau Ching-Wan, Ni Ni, Tse Kwan-Ho, Philip Keung, Timmy Hung
What's it about?
After suffering life changing injuries in the line of duty, bomb disposal officer Fung turns his back on the police. But when a devastating series of bombings sweep Hong Kong, the police suspect their former ally may be involved after he is found unconscious at a crime scene. Now faced with memory loss and recalling only fragments of his former life, Fung sets out to uncover the truth and find out who he really is.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 27 JANUARY

O Brother, Where Art Thou?
9:30pm, NITV

M, AD, CC
USA, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Holly Hunter, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman
What's it about?
Based loosely on Homer's Odyssey this Coen brothers gem follows the misadventures of escaped con Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney) and his none-too-bright sidekicks Pete (Turturro) and Delmar (Nelson). The trio tries to make its way back to Ulysses' Penelope (Hunter) before she can marry again. This hit comedy from the Coen Brothers (FargoNo Country For Old Men) was nominated for two 2001 Academy Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.)

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Donnie Darko
11:55pm, 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. 

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A shot at small-town repression.

 

FRIDAY 28 JANUARY

Tracks
7:45pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Emma Booth, Adam Driver
What's it about?
In 1977, a young Australian woman named Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) set out from Alice Springs to trek across 2,700 kilometres of harsh desert of Western Australia to reach the ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson had no other purpose than to reach the ocean and find herself on a journey of self-discovery.

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Under the Silver Lake
12:15am, 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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SATURDAY 29 JANUARY

Dust & Bones
10:15am, NITV

PG, AD
Canada, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Leslie D. Bland
What's it about?
Examines legal issues, political controversies surrounding the preservation and rededication of First Nations artifacts, burial sites and remains as told by archaeological consultant, Harold Joe.

Dust and Bones

A Time to Swim
11:15am, NITV

PG, AD
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.

A Time To Swim

Marley
7:30pm, NITV

M, CC
UK, 2012
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Kevin Macdonald
What's it about?
Bob Marley's music and message of love and redemption are known throughout the world. His universal appeal, impact on music history and his role as a social and political prophet is both unique and unparalleled. This documentary looks at Marley's life and legacy as one of the most influential singers, songwriters, musicians and activists in history. Directed by Kevin Macdonald (WhitneyTouching the Void).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Black Sheep
10:00pm, NITV

MA15+, AD
New Zealand, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Jonathan King
Starring: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis
What's it about?
Suffering sheep-phobia after his father's death plunge trying to save a sheep, Henry (Meister) returns to his family's farm to sell out to his older brother, who is experimenting with genetic engineering on the sheep with a group of scientists. When a couple of animal activists inadvertently release a mutant lamb into the farm, it spreads a nasty bug which turns all the sheep into bloodthirsty predators.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

American Animals
12:20am, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bart Layton
Starring: Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, Jared Abrahamson, Ann Dowd
What's it about?
In 2003, four Kentucky college students attempted to steal millions of dollars in rare books from the school library. The young men all hailed from comfortable upbringings, and were primarily motivated by wanting to feel special. They committed the heist during daylight, in the library’s regular operating hours, using their exams as an alibi. Directed by Bart Layton (of 2012 documentary The Imposter).

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

M, AD, 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.

9/11: Escape From the Towers

Twelve Monkeys
2:30am, SBS

M, AD, CC
USA, 1995
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt, Jon Seda, Vernon Campbell
What's it about?
Bruce Willis stars as a prison inmate from the future who is sent back in time to stop a deadly virus from decimating the world's population. Also starring Brad Pitt in an Academy Award-nominated performance as a patient in a psychiatric hospital, this modern sci-fi classic was directed by Terry Gilliam (BrazilThe Fisher King) and is a loose remake of Chris Marker's landmark 1962 short film La Jetée.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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SUNDAY 30 JANUARY

To the Ends of the Earth
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
Canada, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
What's it about?
The people who denounce the rise of extreme energy share their stories and show how they envision a new future, from the mayor of an Inuit village in Canada's high Arctic, to an environmental lawyer in Alberta.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Vice Versa: Chyna
9:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
What's it about?
The rise and fall of wrestler Joanie Chyna Laurer, whose life was cut short in 2016. Her contributions to the WWE business and her pioneering work and her gripping tale of the "comeback" starting in 2015.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The World's Biggest Murder Trial: Nuremberg
9:50pm, SBS

M, CC
UK, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jenny Ash
What's it about?
Recounting the dramatic story of the Nuremberg Trials, using over a thousand archive clips, including recently digitised film footage from the courtroom. 21 Nazi leaders were charged with crimes that caused the deaths of millions of innocents.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Vai
10:00pm, NITV

PG, CC
New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Fiji, Maori, Samoan, Tonga
Director: Nicole Whippy, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina Alofagia McCartney
Starring: Mereani Tuimatanisiga, Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele, Evotia-Rose Araiti, Fiona Collins, Maliaga Erick, Hinetu Dell
What's it about?
A portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries - Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different Indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries.

Vai
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I Am Jackie O
12:00am, 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

Darkland
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Denmark, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama
Language: Arabic, Danish, French, English
Director: Fenar Ahmad
Starring: Dar Salim, Ali Sivandi, Roland Møller, Anis Alobaidi, Stine Fischer Christensen
What's it about?
Zaid (Salim) is a successful heart surgeon with an expensive apartment and pregnant girlfriend. One night he gets a visit from his brother Yasin, who is desperate for money, but he refuses. Soon after, Yasin is found beaten to death and Zaid is overcome with guilt. As guilt gives way to anger, Zaid becomes a masked avenger and takes on Copenhagen's criminal underworld in his quest for justice.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
 
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