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25 Feb 2022 - 12:43 PM  UPDATED 25 Feb 2022 - 2:15 PM

SBS World Movies Highlights: 28 February - 6 March
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 Take Shelter, Mona Lisa, The DescentSecrets of a Celtic Grave and Roman J. Israel, Esq
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Mona Lisa, New Breed, The Young VictoriaThe Girl Who Played With Fire, Secrets of a Celtic Grave and Roman J. Israel, Esq



Living with Giants
1:00pm, NITV

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



Take Shelter

USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker
What's it about?
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father (Shannon) questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (MudLoving), and nominated for Independent Spirit awards in the Best Feature, Director, Actor (Shannon) and Supporting Actress (Chastain) categories.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Mona Lisa

MA15+, AD, CC
UK, 1986
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Cathy Tyson, Michael Caine, Robbie Coltrane
What's it about?
George (Hoskins, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is a small-time crook just out of prison who discovers his tough-guy image is out of date. Reduced to working as a minder/driver for high class call girl Simone (Tyson), he has to agree when she asks him to find a young colleague from her King's Cross days - that's when George's troubles just start. Directed by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, The Company of Wolves).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand



Dog Eat Dog
9:20pm, NITV

USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Paul Schrader
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Matthew Cook, Omar J. Dorsey
What's it about?
When three-ex cons botch a kidnapping, they not only lose a rich payoff and become the city's most wanted fugitives; they become the number one target of the underworld's most notorious mob boss. Directed by Paul Schrader (writer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull).

12:25am, SBS VICELAND (repeats Monday 7 March, 12:20pm)

UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Language: English
Director: Michael Pearce
Starring: Jessie Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Trystan Gravelle, Geraldine James, Oliver Maltman
What's it about?
A troubled woman (Buckley) living in an isolated community finds herself pulled between the control of her oppressive family and the allure of a secretive outsider (Flynn) suspected of a series of brutal murders.

Streaming after at SBS On Demand:



Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw
7:45pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 5 March, 10:15am)

USA, 1988
Genre: Animation, Family
Language: English
Director: Pierre DeCelles
Voice Cast: Greg Berg, Ruth Buzzi, Nancy Cartwright, Cathy Cavadini, Ryan Davis
What's it about?
Based on the popular line of plush dolls, this feature follows Pound Puppies Cooler, Whopper (and Big Paw), and company as they try to track down a mystical object known as the "Bone of Scone" that allows children and canines to communicate with each other. As the dynamic dogs attempt to retrieve the item from a group of thieves, they experience the adventure of a lifetime.



New Breed
3:00pm, SBS

Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Pete Williams
What's it about?
This film documents the rise of a new type of business person - The Social Entrepreneur. The film captures the journey of three compelling millennials as they start businesses to tackle social and environmental issues.

Streaming after at SBS On Demand:

Poly Styrene: I Am a Cliché
7:30pm, NITV

UK, 2021
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Sng, Celeste Bell
Featuring: Poly Styrene, Celeste Bell, Neneh Cherry, Kathleen Hanna, Thurston Moore
What's it about?
Punk icon and X-Ray Spex frontwoman Poly Styrene was the first woman of colour in the UK to front a successful rock band, and a key influence on the riot grrrl and Afropunk movements. She was survived by a daughter, Celeste, who became the steward of her mother’s legacy and demons, which plagued Poly’s life and scarred the pair’s relationship. With narration by Ruth Negga (Loving), this film follows Celeste’s journey to better understand Poly as an icon and mother.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Descent
9:15pm, NITV

MA15+, AD
UK, 2005
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Neil Marshall
Starring: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid
What's it about?
On an annual extreme outdoor adventure six women meet in a remote part of the Appalachians to explore a cave hidden deep in the woods. Far below the surface of the earth, disaster strikes when a rock fall blocks their exit and there's no way out. The women push on praying for another exit but there is something else lurking under the earth.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
Head down into hell - twice - with 'The Descent'
‘The Descent’ and ‘The Descent Part 2’ tap into some of our deepest fears… plus, cannibal monsters.

The Young Victoria
11:20pm, SBS

UK, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson
What's it about?
Director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers ClubWildC.R.A.Z.Y.) takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria (Blunt), who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
The Young Victoria Review
Emily Blunt joins the ranks of great screen monarchs.

Crusaders: Ex Jehovah's Witnesses Speak Out

USA, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Aaron Kaufman
What's it about?
Whistleblowers leak stolen documents in a crusade to expose allegations of abuse and mind control within the global religious organisation, the Jehovah's Witnesses.

Crusaders: Ex Jehovah's Witnesses

The Girl Who Played with Fire
1:15am, 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:
The Girl Who Played with Fire: Daniel Alfredson
The Swedish director on the tricky task of transporting Stieg Larsson’s bestsellers to the screen.



Secrets Of A Celtic Grave
8:30pm, SBS

UK, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
What's it about?
Mysterious ancient objects are uncovered on a Welsh sheep farm, triggering a major archaeological investigation. When the team start to dig, they reveal the grave of a Celtic warrior buried in a richly decorated chariot. It’s dated to one of the bloodiest periods of history - the Roman invasion of Britain and Queen Boudica’s revolt. At the foot of the burial site, they stumble upon a long forgotten hill-fort.

Streaming after broadcast at SSB On Demand:

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
10:15pm, NITV

USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt
What's it about?
Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel (Washinton, in an Oscar-nominated performance) has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner (Farrell) – the firm’s frontman – has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He soon discovers some unsettling truths about the firm – truths that conflict with his values of helping the poor and dispossessed – and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme actions. From Dan Gilroy, writer-director of Nightcrawler.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Slut Phobia?

Netherlands, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sunny Bergman
What's it about?
Femininity and sex are allies in a woman's struggle for approval. In today's world women strive to imitate the sexiest images presented by the media. But, at the same time, expressing sexuality is not always perceived as something positive and being labeled a 'slut' lies around the corner. For women and especially young girls, the line is all too fine and easily crossed. This documentary explores where this ambiguity comes from.

Streaming after broadcast at SSB On Demand:
‘The Woman Who Ran’ is a gateway to South Korea’s master of minimalist filmmaking
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SBS On Demand: Alliance Française French Film Festival Selects
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SBS World Movies Falls in Love: five movies about love in all its messy, wonderful glory
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