• L-R: Incarceration Nation, Climax, A Scanner Darkly, The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show (Supplied)Source: Supplied
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 World Movies

16 May 2022 - 3:53 PM  UPDATED 16 May 2022 - 4:51 PM
  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Young Victoria and Incarceration Nation
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Milpirri: Winds of ChangeSesame Street: 50 Years Of Sunny DaysThe Young Victoria, Incarceration Nation, The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show and Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley

 

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY

Milpirri: Winds of Change
12:30pm, 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

White Noise - Inside the Racist Right
9:25pm, NITV

M
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.

A Scanner Darkly
9:35pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Animation/3D
Language: English
Director: Richard Linklater
Starring: Woody Harrelson, Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr.
What's it about?
Bob Arctor (Reeves), an undercover policeman, is on a mission to investigate a group distributing a brain-damaging drug called Substance D. In the process, he becomes addicted to the drug himself and begins to lose his own identity. Based on the novel by Philip K. Dick, the film matches its hallucinatory story with the use of the 'rotoscoping' animation technique (live action footage altered frame-by-frame with animation) seen also in director Richard Linklater's 2001 feature Waking Life.

Climax
11:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
France, 2018
Genre: Drama, Horror, Music
Language: English, French
Director: Gaspar Noé
Starring: Sofia Boutella, Kiddy Smile, Romain Guillermic, Souheila Yacoub
What's it about?
From director Gaspar Noé (Irreversible, Enter the Void) comes a hypnotic and hair-raising depiction of a party that descends into delirium over the course of one wintry night. A troupe of young dancers, who has been rehearsing in a remote and empty school building before going on tour, begins a celebration that turns nightmarish when they discover the sangria they've been drinking has been laced with LSD.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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THURSDAY 19 MAY

Supremacy
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 21 May, 9:55pm)

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Deon Taylor
Starring: Joe Anderson, Dawn Olivieri, Danny Glover, Evan Ross, Derek Luke, Mahershala Ali
What's it about?
Paroled white supremacist Gareth Tully (Anderson) kills a cop and takes a Black family hostage, thinking the Aryan Brotherhood has his back. The family’s patriarch, Mr. Walker (Glover), is a jaded ex-con; seeing a familiar desperation in Tully, Walker refuses to call the authorities for help, causing familial tensions to escalate, and soon grave missteps are made.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 20 MAY

Sesame Street: 50 Years Of Sunny Days
7:30pm, NITV

PG, CC
USA, 2021
Genre: Documentary, Family, TV Movie
Language: English
Director: Rebecca Gitlitz
Featuring: Rosie Perez, Lucy Liu, Olivia Munn, Angelina Jolie, Whoopi Goldberg, John Oliver
What's it about?
For more than a half-century, Sesame Street has addressed and explained diversity, equity, and inclusion around the globe by using the universal tools of music, empathy and celebrity. This special reflects upon the efforts that have earned the show respect and qualification around the globe, and also chronicles the creation and introduction of a Black family of Sesame Street Muppets, Wes and Elijah Walker, a father-and-son duo who are at the heart of Sesame Workshop’s new racial justice initiative Coming Together.

 

SATURDAY 21 MAY

The Sit-In: Harry Belafonte Hosts The Tonight Show
8:30pm, NITV

PG, CC
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Yoruba Richen
Featuring: Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Martin Luther King Jr., Dionne Warwick
What's it about?
While the country was embroiled in a divisive election with racial tensions flaring, Civil Rights activist and trailblazing performer Harry Belafonte guest hosted The Tonight Show for one week in 1968. This documentary examines the importance of this lost broadcast history. 

Dionne Warwick, with Tonight Show guest host, Harry Belafonte, as documented in 'The Sit-In'.

The Young Victoria
1:30am, SBS

PG, AD, CC
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?
Late Quebec 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:
REVIEW
The Young Victoria Review
Emily Blunt joins the ranks of great screen monarchs.

 

SUNDAY 22 MAY

Incarceration Nation
8:30pm, NITV

M, AD, CC
Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dean Gibson
What's it about?
Every day, thousands of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples across Australia wake up behind the bars of Australian prisons. This documentary lays bare the story of the continued systemic injustice and inequality experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on their own land, told by Indigenous Australians, experts and academics.

Whilst being 3.3 per cent of the Australian population, Indigenous men make up 27 per cent of prisoners and Indigenous women 34 per cent.

Blitz Spirit with Lucy Worsley
9:30pm, SBS

PG, CC
UK, 2021
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Emma Frank
What's it about?
Lucy Worsley explores the lives of six real people who lived, worked and volunteered during the Blitz. Using the same style as Lucy's film about the Suffragettes (Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley), the film shows their remarkable resilience, as well as the terrible suffering they endured, shining a light on the role of the front-line workers and volunteers at the heart of it all.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Talk: Race in America
10:00pm, NITV

USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sam Pollard
What's it about?
Documentary about the increasingly necessary conversation taking place in homes and communities across the country between parents of colour and their children, especially sons, about how to behave if they are ever stopped by the police.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Custody
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

M
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

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