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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

23 May 2022 - 2:23 PM  UPDATED 23 May 2022 - 3:00 PM

THIS WEEK'S SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS:
SBS World Movies Highlights: May 25 - 31
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 Incarceration Nation, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Always Was: Widi Homeland, Marshall, Backdraft and American Gangster
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Incarceration Nation, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Always Was: Widi Homeland, Marshall, Backdraft, Yolngu Boy, American Gangster, Cat Tales, Gurrumul, Wik vs Queensland, Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party, The Tracker and Two Cars, One Night

 

WEDNESDAY 25 MAY

Incarceration Nation
9:25pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 26 May, 12:00pm)

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.

Brazil
9:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, USA, 1985
Genre: Science Fiction, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Ian Holm, Bob Hoskins, Katherine Helmond
What's it about?
Low-level bureaucrat Sam Lowry (Pryce) escapes the monotony of his day-to-day life through a recurring daydream of himself as a virtuous hero saving a beautiful damsel (Helmond). Investigating a case that led to the wrongful arrest and eventual death of an innocent man instead of wanted terrorist Harry Tuttle (De Niro), he meets the woman from his daydream, and in trying to help her gets caught in a web of mistaken identities, mindless bureaucracy and lies. Directed by Terry Gilliam (12 Monkeys, The Fisher King).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demandt
Terry Gilliam's 1985 dystopian cult classic 'Brazil', streaming at SBS On Demand until July 16th.

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
12:05am, SBS VICELAND

PG, AD, CC
USA, 1996
Genre: TV Movie, Fantasy, Family
Language: English
Director: Tibor Takács
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Sherry Miller, Charlene Fernetz, Michelle Beaudoin, Ryan Reynolds
What's it about?
In the television movie that introduced the beloved character to audiences around the world, we meet young Sabrina (Hart) as she is sent to live with her eccentric aunts and discovers that she is actually a witch. Like any other girl her age, Sabrina just wants to have fun and be normal, but being normal may prove to be impossible, especially when her daily chores involve finishing her homework, cleaning her room, and learning to fly.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

THURSDAY 26 MAY

Always Was: Widi Homeland
2:00pm, SBS

PG, AD, CC
Australia, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Luke Geldard
What's it about?
This important documentary features stories and interviews by important Widi Elders and relatives of native title applicants. Special events of the Determination day were filmed, including the court decision, official smoking ceremony, applicant speeches, and post celebration entertainment.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Marshall
9:25pm, NITV (repeats Friday 27 May, 12:00pm)

PG, AD, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, James Cromwell
What's it about?
In the year 1941, a nearly bankrupt NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) sends its only lawyer, thirty-two year old Thurgood Marshall (Boseman), to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Brown) against charges of rape and attempted murder brought by his wealthy socialite employer (Hudson). In need of a high profile victory, but muzzled by the trial court, Marshall is joined by Samuel Friedman (Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never before tried a criminal case. Based on a true story.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Backdraft
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
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

 

FRIDAY 27 MAY

Yolngu Boy
7:30pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 2001
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Gumatj
Director: Stephen Johnson
Starring: Sebastian Pilakui, Nathan Daniels, Sean Mununggurr, Lirrina Mununggurr
What's it about?
Depicts the coming-of-age of three Aboriginal boys in Arnhem Land who inhabit two cultures at once - that of North-East Arnhem Land and also western culture. Botj (Mununggurr), Lorrpu (Pilakui) and Milika (Daniels) are three Yolngu teenagers who once shared a dream of becoming great hunters. Now aged 14, only Lorrpu hasn't diverged. Botj is a lost soul in trouble with the law, and Milika is more interested in football and girls. 

American Gangster
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Denzel Washington, Russell Crowe, Ted Levine, Josh Brolin, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ruby Dee
What's it about?
In 1970s America, detective Richie Roberts (Crowe) sets out to bring down the drug empire of Frank Lucas (Washington), a heroin kingpin from Manhattan, who is smuggling the drugs into the country in the coffins of soldiers from the Vietnam War. Nominated for two Academy Awards (including Ruby Dee for Best Supporting Actress) and directed by Ridley Scott (Blade RunnerGladiator).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 28 MAY

Cat Tales
6:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, CC
USA, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Pete Chinn
What's it about?
They may have stolen many hearts - and the internet - but cats can be perplexing pets. As much cuddly and playful as they are aloof and uncaring, they’ve often raised the question: Did humans ever really domesticate felines? And what more can science tell us about a relationship that predates history?

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Cat Tales

Gurrumul
8:30pm, 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:

The Darkside
10:35pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Aaron Pedersen, Deborah Mailman, Sacha Horler, Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan
What's it about?
Director Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah, Sweet Country) assembles a collection of poignant, sad, funny and absurd true ghost tales from across Australia, and brings them to life with some of Australia's most iconic actors as the storytellers.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
1:30am, SBS

MA15+
Denmark, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Language: Sweden
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Starring: Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Lena Endre, Ewa Fröling
What's it about?
While working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder, a discredited journalist (Nyqvist) and a mysterious tattooed computer hacker (Rapace) discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets. Inspired by late author Stieg Larsson's successful trilogy of books and winner of the 2011 BAFTA for Best Film not in the English Language.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) review
A mystery wrapped in a riddle, stamped with a tattoo.

 

SUNDAY 29 MAY

Wik vs Queensland
8:40pm, NITV (repeats Monday 30 May, 12:00pm)

PG, CC
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Dean Gibson
What's it about?
This landmark feature documentary portrays the historical decision in 1996 by the High Court of Australia, granting native title to the Wik People of Cape York, and the demonisation that followed at the hands of politicians and media. With unique access to the key players of that moment in history, and featuring never-before seen footage of the two (then) young lawyers, Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton, Wik Vs Queensland tells a very personal story set against the backdrop of a tumultuous time in Queensland’s history. 

Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party
1:00am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Chinese
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.

 

MONDAY 30 MAY

The Tracker
9:30pm, NITV 

M, CC
Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Grant Page, Damon Gameau
What's it about?
Fanatic (Sweet) is a government trooper who is heading an expedition to find an Aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. Others in the expedition are the Follower (Gameau) a greenhorn trooper, the Veteran (Page), and the Tracker (Gulpilil, who won the AFI award for Best Actor in a Leading Role). Directed by Rolf de Heer, who would collaborate again with Gulpilil on Ten Canoes and Charlie's Country.

REVIEW
The Tracker: The Movie Show Review
An unmissable film from Rolf de Heer.

Two Cars, One Night
11:15pm, NITV

PG, CC
New Zealand, 2004
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Rangi Ngamoki, Hutini Waikato, Te Ahiwaru Ngamoki-Richards, Riwai Waka, Dion Waikato
What's it about?
Two boys and a girl begin a tentative friendship as they wait for their parents in the parking lot of a motel bar, in this Oscar-nominated breakthrough short film from writer-director Taika Waititi.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 31 MAY

The Donut King
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M
Cambodia, USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: Chinese, English
Director: Alice Gu
Starring: Chuong Pek Lee, Susan Lim, Ted Ngoy, Daewon Song, Mayly Tao
What's it about?
In 1975, refugee Ted Ngoy fled Cambodia seeking a new beginning in the United States, where he began baking America's favourite pastry - the donut - to create a multi-million dollar industry. For the next few years, Ted used his wealth to sponsor other Cambodian refugees in need of assistance. However, things took an unexpected turn for Ted in 1979, when a visit to Las Vegas resulted in him developing a gambling habit that he couldn't break.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Radiance
9:30pm, NITV

M
Australia, 1998
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Deborah Mailman, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Rachael Maza
What's it about?
Three sisters reunite after some years apart, for their mother’s funeral. Cressy (Maza), the eldest of the three, is a diva - an opera singer who is reluctant to visit the past and definitely doesn’t want to share it with her sisters. Mae (Morton-Thomas), has stayed behind looking after mum, and believes that Cressy hasn’t shared enough. Nona (Mailman), the youngest and the party girl, just wants them to all be one happy family. Based on the play by Louis Nowra.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Radiance Review
A story of separation, authentic in the telling.

The Abused
10:25pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Barbie MacLaurin
What's it about?
Thousands of women across Britain live in fear of their partner. Brutal attacks happen every day, and two women are murdered every week by their partners. The Abused is a journey inside the lives of two victims of domestic abuse. It tells the story of two women, Hazel and Kelly, who were attacked in the same week in Norfolk.

A portrait of Hazel. Hazel tells us the story of her abuse at the hands of her partner.

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