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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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14 Jun 2022 - 11:36 AM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2022 - 2:22 PM

THIS WEEK'S SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS:
SBS World Movies Highlights: 15 - 21 June
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 The Silver Brumby, Edge of Darkness, Birdman and Being John Malkovich
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Predestination, Birdman, Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark, Edge of Darkness, Targeting Bin Laden, Talk For Life and Nadia: A Stolen Life

 

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
9:25pm, NITV

PG
USA, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Featuring: Chuck Berry, Keith Richards, Ingrid Berry, Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Bo Diddley
What's it about?
For Chuck Berry's 60th, Keith Richards assembled a pickup band of Robert Cray, Joey Spampinato, Eric Clapton, himself, and long-time Berry pianist Johnnie Johnson. Joined on stage by Etta James, Linda Ronstadt, and Julian Lennon, Berry performs his classic rock songs. His abilities as a composer, lyricist, singer, musician, and entertainer are on display and, in behind-the-scenes interviews, are discussed by Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers, Roy Orbison, and others.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Brigsby Bear
10:05pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Dave McCary
Starring: Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg
What's it about?
Superfan James (Mooney) is obsessed with the clever if quaintly goofy kids' show Brigsby Bear to the point of religiosity. A bright, sensitive young adult still living at home, he has grown up with this fantasy series, and the program has grown with him as well - getting more complex over the years. But when the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
'Brigsby Bear': An Exhilarating Viewing Experience
The less you know going in, the better.

The Mermaid
11:55pm, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Chao Deng, Show Lo, Yuqi Zhang, Yun Lin, Tsui Hark
What's it about?
A playboy business tycoon, Liu Xuan (Chao Deng), purchases the Green Gulf, a wildlife reserve, for a sea reclamation project, and uses sonar technology to get rid of the sea life in the area. Unknown to him, the Green Gulf is the home of 'merpeople', and the sonar has caused many of them to succumb to illness or die. Xuan's business ventures in the area are threatened when he crosses paths with the mermaid, Shan (Yun Lin), who is sent to avenge her people. From Stephen Chow, writer-director of Kung Fu Hustle.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
'The Mermaid': A Delightful Comic Fantasy
Led by a star-making turn from Jelly Lin, this supernatural comic fantasy from Stephen Chow (Kung Fu Hustle, Shaolin Soccer) is pure enchantment.

 

THURSDAY 16 JUNE 

The Fourth Kind
9:25pm, NITV (repeats Friday 17 June, 12:00pm / Saturday 18 June, 9:25pm)

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Mystery, Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Olatunde Osunsanmi
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Will Patton, Hakeem Kae-Kazim, Corey Johnson, Elias Koteas
What's it about?
Since the 1960s, a disproportionate number of the population in and around Nome, Alaska, have gone missing. Despite FBI investigations, the disappearances remain a mystery. Dr. Abigail Tyler (Jovovich), a psychologist, may be on the verge of blowing the unsolved cases wide open when, during the course of treating her patients, she finds evidence of alien abductions.

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FRIDAY 17 JUNE 

Warm Bodies
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, John Malkovich
What's it about?
When a highly unusual zombie (Hoult) rescues a girl (Palmer) from imminent death at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets in motion a chain of events that will transform him, his fellow dead, and maybe even the whole lifeless world. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness50/50).

The Silver Brumby
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 18 June, 10:00am)

PG, AD
Australia, 1993
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Tatoulis
Starring: Russell Crowe, Caroline Goodall, Amiel Daemion, Johnny Raaen, Buddy Tyson
What's it about?
During a violent storm in the Victorian Highlands, a mother (Goodall) tells her frightened daughter (Daemion) a fable about a great silver brumby who must find its place among its kind, while one man (Crowe), living in the wilderness, is determined to capture the brumby and tame it. Based on Elyne Mitchell's novel of the same name.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 18 JUNE 

Vicky Cristina Barcelona
11:15pm, SBS

M, CC
Spain, USA, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Penélope Cruz, Patricia Clarkson, Javier Bardem
What's it about?
Two girlfriends (Johansson, Hall) on a summer holiday in Spain become enamoured with the same painter (Bardem), unaware that his ex-wife (Cruz, winner of the 2009 Oscar for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role), with whom he has a tempestuous relationship, is about to re-enter the picture.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
12:55am, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
What's it about?
A fading actor (Keaton) best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove more difficult than expected. Winner of Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards.

NOTE: No catch-up after broadcast at SBS On Demand
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Predestination
3:05am, SBS

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Michael Spierig
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
On his final time travelling assignment, a Temporal Agent (Hawke) must stop The Fizzle Bomber, the one criminal that has always managed to elude him, from killing 10,000 New Yorkers. Whilst on this mission, he seeks out a new recruit by the name of John Doe (Snook).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Ambition outweighs flaws in clever Australian sci-fi adaptation.

 

SUNDAY 19 JUNE 

Nat King Cole: Afraid of the Dark
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Monday 20 June, 11:10am)

G, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer
Featuring: Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, Ralph Carmichael, Harry Belafonte
What's it about?
Through extensive archives and his private journals, together with exclusive interviews with his widow, Maria Cole, and other family members, the true story of Nat King Cole is told; the man whose charm and genius for performance made him a role model and a pinnacle of American cultural society.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Rock the Kasbah
10:15pm, NITV

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Barry Levinson
Starring: Bill Murray, Zooey Deschanel, Bruce Willis, Kate Hudson, Danny McBride, Leem Lubany
What's it about?
A washed-up music producer (Murray) finds one last shot at redemption with a golden-voiced young girl (Lubany) in Afghanistan. However, when jealousy gets the better of a disgruntled ex-boyfriend, he decides to oppose the young star with talent of his own.

Edge of Darkness
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Bojana Novakovic
What's it about?
After his daughter is shot dead in front of him, a Boston homicide detective (Gibson) slowly realises that that she was the target, not him, leading him to investigate the nuclear research facility where she worked even as shadowy security operatives, both state and private, try to ascertain what he could uncover. Based on the acclaimed 1985 BBC mini-series of the same name.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Being John Malkovich
2:20am, SBS

MA15+, AD
USA, 1999
Genre: Comedy, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Spike Jonze
Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Charlie Sheen
What's it about?
One day filing clerk Craig Schwartz (Cusack) accidentally discovers a door at his job, containing a portal into the mind of character actor John Malkovich (played by Malkovich himself). For 15 minutes, he experiences the ultimate head trip - He is John Malkovich. With his beautiful office mate Maxine (Keener) and his pet-obsessed wife (Diaz), they hatch a plan to let others into John's brain for just $200 a trip. Critically acclaimed for its originality, the film also earned Oscar nominations for Jonze and Kaufman (making their feature-film debuts as director and screenwriter, respectively).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Being John Malkovich Review
A refreshing and intelligent idea for a film.

Targeting Bin Laden
3:20am, SBS

M, CC
UK, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bruce Goodison
Starring: Leon Clingman, Andrew Germishuys
What's it about?
Featuring an exclusive interview with former President Barack Obama, this thrilling documentary reveals the detail behind the US mission that successfully found and killed Osama Bin Laden in May 2011.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

MONDAY 20 JUNE 

Invisible
1:55pm, SBS

PG
Greece, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: Greek
Director: Marianna Kakaounaki
Starring: Ebubekir Kara, Gonca Kara, Ahmet Pollat
What's it about?
Ebubekir and Gonca Kara are accused of being terrorists. After three years, they managed to escape to Greece from their native Turkey, where Erdogan’s regime persecuted everyone with an affiliation to the Islamic Gülen movement. But during the escape, the couple suffered terrible losses. Now, the intellectual couple is trying to stay out of sight with their children and obtain fake passports that can bring them to safety in Northern Europe.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Talk For Life
3:55pm, SBS

G, CC
Australia, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Amel Tresnjic
What's it about?
This inspiring documentary takes us on a journey into the world of language and the crucial role it plays in the lives of newly arrived refugees in Australia, detailing their experiences, from trauma endured as they fled their war-torn countries, to their search for safety and a better life in Australia.

Nadia: A Stolen Life
9:35pm, SBS

M, CC
France, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Danish, French
Director: Anissa Bonnefont
What's it about?
How can you rebuild yourself when you lose your father and your homeland forever at the age of 8? This documentary tells the story of Nadia Nadim, a young Afghan girl who took refuge in Denmark following the execution of her father by the Taliban. Today, Nadia is an international football star.

Nadia: A Stolen Life

David Brent: Life on the Road
2:45am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: English
Director: Ricky Gervais
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey-Smith, Rebecca Gethings, Jo Hartley, Andrew Brooke
What's it about?
Twelve years after the airing of the hit BBC series 'The Office', David Brent (Gervais) is working as a travelling salesman. However, he hasn't given up on his dream of rock stardom. Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and a talented rapper in an attempt to gain some street cred, Brent embarks on a self-financed tour - a last ditch effort to find fame and fortune.

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