TV Movie Guide: 11 – 17 January | Movie News

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Closed Captions (CC) available for The Wrestler, Gurrumul, I Am Not A Witch, It’s Not Just Me and The Godfather Part III

FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:

 

MONDAY 11 JANUARY

Charley Pride: I’m Just Me
12:05pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 16 January, 8:30pm)

PG
USA, 2019
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Barbara Hall
Featuring: Charley Pride, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton, Whoopi Goldberg, Garth Brooks
What’s it about?
This film traces the improbable journey of Charley Pride, from his humble beginnings as a sharecropper’s son on a cotton farm in segregated Sledge, Mississippi to his career as a Negro American League baseball player and his meteoric rise as a trailblazing country music superstar. The new documentary reveals how Pride’s love for music led him from the Delta to a larger, grander world.

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Vote Yes for Aborigines
9:00pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 11 January, 10:30am)

G
Australia, 2007
Genre: Document
Language: English
Director: Frances Peters-Little
What’s it about?
On National Sorry Day, this program looks back at the 1967 referendum, which resulted in the removal of two sections of the constitution which discriminated against Aboriginal people. In the referendum, over 90% of voters agreed that Aboriginal people be counted in the census and that the Commonwealth government take charge of Aboriginal affairs, effectively acknowledging Aboriginal people as citizens within their own country.

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My Survival as an Aboriginal
10:10pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 11 January, 11:30am)

M
Australia, 1979
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What’s it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murrawarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of living as an Aboriginal under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

 

TUESDAY 12 JANUARY

The Wrestler
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Evan Rachel Wood, Marisa Tomei
What’s it about?
Pro wrestler Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson (Rourke, in an Oscar-nominated comeback role), a former superstar now paying the price for twenty years of grueling punishment in and out of the ring. But he’s about to risk everything to prove he has one more match left in him: a re-staging of his famous Madison Square Garden bout against ‘The Ayatollah’. Directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan).

 

WEDNESDAY 13 JANUARY

Warm Bodies
8:30pm, 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).

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

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The Room
10:15pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Tommy Wiseau
Starring: Tommy Wiseau, Juliette Danielle, Greg Sestero, Philip Haldiman
What’s it about?
Uninhibited by cinematic convention, this so-bad-it’s-good cult favourite about lust and duplicity delivers nonstop laughs from beginning to end as the film’s central character (writer-director Wiseau) discovers that his foxy fiancée, Lisa (Danielle), is bedding his best friend. Adding to the hilarity are Greg Sestero, who plays the backstabbing buddy, and Carolyn Minnott as Lisa’s materialistic mum. The legendary story of the film’s making was the subject of the 2017 Oscar-nominated film The Disaster Artist, starring James Franco as Wiseau.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

I Am Not a Witch
11:50pm, SBS

M, CC
UK, France, Germany, Zambia, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Tonga
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Starring: Maggie Mulubwa, Henry B.J. Phiri, Gloria Huwiler, Nellie Munamonga
What’s it about?
After a minor incident in her village in Zambia, eight-year-old Shula (Mulubwa) is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates through her new life with her fellow witches and a government official who espouses her, exploiting her innocence for his own gain, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. Winner of the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

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THURSDAY 14 JANUARY

The Soloist
8:30pm, NITV

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Jamie Foxx, Catherine Keener, Tom Hollander
What’s it about?
The incredible true story of a disenchanted journalist’s (Downey Jr.) transformative odyssey through the hidden streets of Los Angeles, where he discovers and builds a most unlikely friendship. From Joe Wright, director of Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Darkest Hour and Atonement.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

It’s Not Just Me
12:45am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jonathan W.A. Messer
What’s it about?
This film explores the lives of four Australian transgender men. We meet two of them on the first day of their gender transition as they begin their hormone treatments. The film explores the various aspects of gender transition, including the ‘transitions’ that those around them have to make as well. Bathrooms, relationships, family and employment are all explored and the stories are told in different creative narrative ways such as; ethnographic and ‘fly on the wall’ as well as ‘question and answer’.

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FRIDAY 15 JANUARY

Message from Mungo
10:45pm, NITV

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What’s it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

England Is Mine
12:15am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mark Gill
Starring: Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Simone Kirby, Peter McDonald, Jodie Comer
What’s it about?
The 17-year-old Steven Patrick Morrissey is a young dreamer amid the tough, macho world of 1970s northern England. When his parents’ relationship begins to deteriorate, Steven blocks out family life and spends most of his time writing savage music letters to the NME. But what Steven really wants is to become the frontman of a band – this film tells the story of how Morrissey formed The Smiths.

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SATURDAY 16 JANUARY

The Godfather: Part III
8:30pm, SBS

MA15+, CC, AD
Italy, USA, 1990
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Italian, German, Latin
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Bridget Fonda
What’s it about?
Michael Corleone (Garcia) has a strong desire to escape the corruption of his ‘family business’, but fate and circumstance dictate otherwise. It seems all the power on Earth can’t change destiny – every time Michael tries to get out and ‘go legit’, he’s pulled back in. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Night
10:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lawrence Johnston
What’s it about?
Combining beautiful and arresting images with a lush symphonic score, this documentary celebrates the wondrous world at night. It shows society in all its forms, people and places, urban and rural, and explores the universal nature of night and how we experience night. From acclaimed documentarian Lawrence Johnston (Eternity, Fallout).

SBS On Demand: An interview with Lawrence Johnston, director of Night (The Movie Show, 2008)

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SUNDAY 17 JANUARY

Homeland Story
8:30pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Yolngu Matha
Director: Glenda Hambly
What’s it about?
Homeland Story is an intimate portrait of Donydji (pronounced doy-n-ji), a small Aboriginal community in North East Arnhem Land, about 800 kms east of Darwin, in the far north of Australia. The film charts the Donydji community’s transition from traditional life to the digital age, from the 1960s to the present day.

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Tudawali
10:00pm, NITV

M
Australia, 1988
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve Jodrell
Starring: Ernie Dingo, Jedda Cole, Peter Fisher
What’s it about?
Ernie Dingo delivers an outstanding portrayal of Robert Tudawali, the first Aboriginal film star, whose lead role in Jedda is iconic in Australian cinema. This film traces the life of Tudawali. 

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A Moment in the Reeds
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Finland, 2018
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English, Finnish
Director: Mikko Mäkelä
Starring: Janne Puustinen, Boodi Kabbani, Mika Melender, Virpi Rautsiala
What’s it about?
Having moved to Paris for university, Leevi returns to his native Finland for the summer to help his estranged father renovate the family lake house so it can be sold. Tareq, a recent asylum seeker from Syria, has been hired to help with the work, and when Leevi’s father has to return to town on business, the two young men establish a connection and embark on a romance set against the idyllic Finnish summer.

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