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FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES (DIGITAL CHANNEL 32) HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Vote Yes For Aborigines, The Intervention, Buena Vista Social Club, Love and Other Drugs, Babel, Predestination
  • Audio Description (CC) available for The Intervention and Love and Other Drugs

 

MONDAY 12 APRIL

Marn Grook
1:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 1996
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steven McGregor
What’s it about?
Explores the history, achievements and struggles of Aboriginal sportsmen involved in our National game, ‘Aussie Rules’.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Student Athlete
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 17 April, 8:30pm)

PG
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Trish Dalton, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
Starring: LeBron James
What’s it about?
An examination of the complex rules of amateur athletics in America and how they affect uncompensated athletes and their families.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Vote Yes for Aborigines
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 13 April, 11:00am)

G, CC
Australia, 2007
Genre: Documentary
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. 

 

WEDNESDAY 14 APRIL

The Intervention
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Clea DuVall
Starring: Natasha Lyonne, Cobie Smulders, Melanie Lynskey, Jason Ritter, Clea DuVall
What’s it about?
A weekend getaway for four couples takes a sharp turn when one of the couples discovers the entire trip was orchestrated to host an intervention on their marriage. Written and directed by Clea DuVall, who also stars.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Brigsby Bear
10:10pm, 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

Berlin Syndrome
12:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Drama
Language: English, German
Director: Cate Shortland
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Max Riemelt, Matthias Habich, Emma Bading
What’s it about?
Alone and adrift in Berlin, Australian photographer Clare meets charismatic local Andi, and there is an instant attraction between them. But what begins as a passionate romance takes a sinister turn when Clare wakes up one morning to discover Andi has locked her in his apartment, and he has no intention of letting her leave, ever. From Cate Shortland, director of SomersaultLore and Marvel’s upcoming Black Widow.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 15 APRIL

Cry Freedom
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 1987
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Kevin Kline, Denzel Washington, Josette Simon, Penelope Wilton
What’s it about?
Based on actual events, about the friendship between two men struggling against apartheid in South Africa in the 1970s. Donald Woods (Kline) is a white liberal journalist in South Africa who begins to follow the activities of Stephen Biko (Washington, who earned his first Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor), a courageous and outspoken black anti-apartheid activist. Directed by Richard Attenborough (Gandhi, A Bridge Too Far).

SBS On Demand: Interview with Richard Attenborough (The Movie Show, Episode 2, 1988)

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 16 APRIL

Message from Mungo
12:00pm, 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.

Jetsons: The Movie
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 17 April, 10:00am)

G
USA, 1990
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Joseph Barbera, William Hanna
Voice Cast: George O’Hanlon, Mel Blanc, Penny Singleton, Tiffany, Patric Zimmerman
What’s it about?
In this feature-length film version of the classic Hanna-Barbera cartoon series, George Jetson is forced to uproot his family when Mr. Spacely promotes him to take charge of a new factory on a distant planet. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Buena Vista Social Club
11:10pm, SBS

G, CC
Cuba, 1999
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Wim Wenders
Featuring: Ry Cooder
What’s it about?
In 1996, Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names in the history of Cuban music to collaborate on what became the best selling album ‘Buena Vista Social Club’. Inspired by these colourful characters and their extraordinary music, director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) film follows the musicians from Havana to Amsterdam and finally to Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 17 APRIL

Soundtrack
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
Brazil, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bernardo Dutra, Manitou Felipe
Starring: Selton Mello, Ralph Ineson, Seu Jorge, Thomas Chaanhing, Lukas Loughran
What’s it about?
Cris (Mello), a young aspiring artist seeking his place in the world of the arts, gets permission from the Brazilian government to spend a month at a research station isolated in the middle of ice. His goal is to execute an exposition that mixes, in an original way, photography and music. Cris will confront his values and concepts with the researchers and find out the Earth in a way never seen before. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Love and Other Drugs
9:25pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hank Azaria, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dorothy Silver, Oliver Platt
What’s it about?
Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won’t let anything, including a formidable personal challenge, tie her down. But she meets her match in Jaime Randall (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie’s evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Based on Jamie Reidy’s memoir.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Notorious
10:05pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Starring: Jamal Woolard, Anthony Mackie, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Naturi Naughton
What’s it about?
The true story of the life and death of Christopher Wallace (Woolard), aka The Notorious B.I.G. In just a few short years, B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time, and his stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation. Also starring Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and Derek Luke as Sean ‘Puffy’ Coombs (aka P. Diddy).

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand

Babel
11:25pm, SBS

MA15+, CC
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Adriana Barraza
What’s it about?
A rifle shot in the Moroccan desert sets in a motion a series of events that will have tragic consequences for the two young Moroccan gunmen, as well as a married American couple who are grieving on holiday, a Mexican nanny struggling to make ends meet and a rebellious, deaf Japanese girl. Nominated for seven 2007 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and winner of one for Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Seven Psychopaths
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, USA, 2012
Language: English
Director: Martin McDonagh
Starring: Colin Farrell, Woody Harrelson, Christopher Walken, Tom Waits, Abbie Cornish, Sam Rockwell
What’s it about?
Boozy writer Marty (Farrell) is a man in search of a screenplay. He has a catchy title but no story to go along with it. Marty has a couple of oddball buddies, Hans (Walken) and Billy (Rockwell), who make a living by kidnapping rich people’s dogs, then returning them and collecting the reward, and Marty uses the ensuing events of a kidnapping-gone-awry as fodder for his screenplay. A typically dark and acerbic comedy from Martin McDonagh, writer-director of In Bruges and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Predestination
1:55am, 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:

 

SUNDAY 18 APRIL

Totem and Ore

M
Australia, New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Mandelberg
What’s it about?
In Australia, Indigenous communities have had to live with nuclear weapons testing since the 1940s. This documentary explores this history, outlining the effects of radioactive fallout and nuclear waste dumps on these communities, especially in the context of the bombing of Hiroshima in 1945.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Twelve Canoes
10:25pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Omnibus Film
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer, Molly Reynolds
What’s it about?
A series of short films that paint a compelling portrait of the people, history, culture and place of the Yolngu people whose homeland is the Arafura Swamp of north-central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 



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