• L-R: Let the Fire Burn, Dark City, Farming, Custody (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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.
9 May 2022 - 4:58 PM  UPDATED 9 May 2022 - 5:43 PM

SBS World Movies Highlights: May 11 - 17
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 Gifts Of The Maarga, Backdraft and Pacific Lockdown: Sea Of Resilience
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party, Backtrack Boys and Backdraft



Let the Fire Burn
9:25pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 12 May, 12:20pm)

USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jason Osder
What's it about?
An account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the Black Liberation organisation MOVE and Philadelphia authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and figuratively devastated an entire community. Winner of the 2014 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.

Let The Fire Burn

Dark City

Australia, 1998
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alex Proyas
Starring: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Nicholas Bell, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly
What's it about?
John Murdoch (Sewell) awakens in a hotel room with no memory of the past and learns that he is wanted for a series of murders. While seeking answers, he discovers a group of aliens called the Strangers who are controlling the city. Directed by Alex Proyas (The Crow).

Gifts Of The Maarga
11:10pm, NITV (repeats Monday 16 May, 11:00am)

Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
What's it about?
In the Pilbara, Ngaarda families have lived on their ngurra for over 50,000 years, practising culture and law. Elders are concerned that the younger generation is losing their connection to country.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

11:20pm, SBS VICELAND (repeats Tuesday 17 May, 12:50am)

France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Xavier Legrand
Starring: Denis Ménochet, Lea Drucker, Thomas Gioria, Mathilde Auneveux, Mathieu Saikaly
What's it about?
In the midst of a divorce, Miriam Besson (Drucker) decides to ask for exclusive custody of her son Julien (Gioria), in order to protect him from a father (Ménochet) that she is accusing of violence. The judge-in-charge of the file grants a shared custody to the father whom it considers abused. Taken as a hostage between his parents, Julien will do everything to prevent the worst from happening. Winner of the Silver Lion (Best Director) award at the 2017 Venice Film Festival.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand



Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party

UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Mandarin
Director: Ian MacMillan
What's it about?
Uncover the true story of the seven-week period that changed China forever. On June 4, 1989, a violent and bloody pro-democracy demonstration ended, leaving thousands dead, and laying the foundation for China’s future.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

9:20pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 14 May, 10:20pm)

UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
Starring: Damson Idris, Kate Beckinsale, John Dagleish, Gugu Mbatha-Raw
What's it about?
Based on writer-director Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje's own experiences, this feature tells the story of a young Nigerian boy (first played by Zephan Amissah and then Damson Idris as a teenager) sent to be raised by a white British family in the hopes of securing a better future, instead becoming the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.



Blinky Bill the Movie
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 13 May, 10:00am)

Australia, 2015
Genre: Family, Animation, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Deane Taylor
Voice Cast: Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Barry Humphries, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman
What's it about?
Blinky Bill is a little koala with a big imagination. An adventurer at heart, he dreams of leaving the little town of Green Patch and following in his missing father’s footsteps. When Blinky discovers a mysterious marker that hints at his Dad’s whereabouts, he embarks on a journey that takes him beyond the boundary of Green Patch and into the wild and dangerous Outback.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



Backtrack Boys
8:30pm, SBS

Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Scott 
What's it about?
This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that rough talking, free-wheeling Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural town in Australia. On the road, the boys find their voice, make great friendships, and the dogs become national champions. But as the boys sleep under the stars at night, the trauma is never too far away.



White Noise - Inside the Racist Right
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Monday 16 May, 12:20pm)

USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Lombroso
What's it about?
As white nationalist violence surges in America and across the world, this documentary represents an urgent warning about the power of extremism, and where it’s going next.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:


USA, 1991
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Kurt Russell, William Baldwin, Robert De Niro, Donald Sutherland, Jennifer Jason Leigh
What's it about?
Two feuding brothers (Russell, Baldwin) carrying on a heroic family tradition as Chicago firefighters. But when a puzzling series of arson attacks is reported, they are forced to set aside their differences to solve the mystery surrounding these explosive crimes. Directed by Ron Howard (Frost/NixonA Beautiful Mind).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand



Pacific Lockdown: Sea Of Resilience
10:55pm, NITV

Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ben Bohane
What's it about?
The Pacific's response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been one of self-reliance and resilience: turning to its communities and churches, its lands and seas.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Pacific Lockdown: Sea Of Resilience
'Petite Maman' director Céline Sciamma, on writing her fantasy fable about a mother-daughter bond
The French writer/director's story of a mother-daughter meeting across time will melt the hardest heart. She speaks to Fiona Williams about how the pandemic inspired her to make it, and how casting twin sisters created the spark on screen.
Movies Leaving SBS On Demand: May 2022
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout feature films leaving SBS On Demand throughout May 2022.
‘First Love’ is your new romantic and ferocious late-night favourite
The streets of Tokyo are filled with lovelorn losers, stab-happy Yakuza, rage-possessed pimps and bumbling dirty cops in infamous Japanese director Takashi Miike’s latest genre killer.
'About Endlessness': An intro to (and possible outro for) Roy Andersson
An appreciation of legendary Swedish auteur Roy Andersson's supposed swan song, now streaming at SBS On Demand.
The Cost of War: These films capture bravery and tragedy on the battlefield and beyond
SBS World Movies and SBS On Demand present a selection of films centred on the toll of conflict.
‘Sorry We Missed You’ and the will to push on
Looking at the true cost of next-day deliveries, director Ken Loach drags a camera through the mire of modern working life to expose the human dramas that play out every day.
Sydney Film Festival set to return in June, announces early lineup
Sydney's premier film event is gearing up for a return to its traditional winter timeslot, announcing a preview of films planned for June.