TV Movie Guide: 15 – 21 February | Movie News

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SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, Escape From L.A., Arctic, BeDevil, The King’s Speech, A Monster Calls and I Am JFK Jr.
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, Legend, Escape From L.A. and The King’s Speech

 

MONDAY 15 FEBRUARY

Backtrack Boys
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Sat 20 Feb, 8:30pm)

M, CC
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Scott 
What’s it about?
This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that rough talking, free-wheeling Bernie runs from a shed on the outskirts of Armidale, a rural town in Australia. On the road, the boys find their voice, make great friendships, and the dogs become national champions. But as the boys sleep under the stars at night, the trauma is never too far away.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

After the Apology
9:00pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 16 February, 1:00pm)

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Larissa Behrendt
Featuring: Debra Swan, Aunty Hazel Collins, Karen Fusi, Suellyn Tighe
What’s it about?
The rate of Indigenous child removal has actually increased since Prime Minister Kevin Rudd delivered the apology to the ‘stolen generations’ in 2008. This documentary follows four grandmothers find as they find each other and start a national movement to place extended families as a key solution to the rising number of Aboriginal children in out-of-home care.

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TUESDAY 16 FEBRUARY

Monty Python: The Meaning of Live
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
UK, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Roger Graef, James Rogan
Featuring: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland
What’s it about?
This observational documentary reveals the humour, chaos and passion that went into bringing the Flying Circus to the stage, while offering unique insights into each of the stars. Alongside the rehearsals, the story of Monty Python Live emerges as the journey to The O2 arena also takes place through four decades of Python history.

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WEDNESDAY 17 FEBRUARY

Legend
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, AD
USA, 1985
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English, Italian
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty
What’s it about?
Set in a timeless mythical forest inhabited by fairies, goblins, unicorns and mortals, this fantastic story follows a mystical forest dweller (Cruise), chosen by fate, to undertake a heroic quest. He must save the beautiful Princess Lili (Sara) and defeat the demonic Lord of Darkness, or the world will be plunged into a never-ending ice age. Directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner, Gladiator) and featuring a score by pioneering German electronic group Tangerine Dream.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Escape from L.A.
10:15pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
USA, 1996
Genre: Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Kurt Russell, Stacy Keach, Steve Buscemi, Bruce Campbell, Pam Grier, Peter Fonda
What’s it about?
In this sequel to 1981’s Escape From New York, a cataclysmic earthquake hits Los Angeles, turning it into an island. The president views the quake as a sign from above, expels Los Angeles from the country and makes it a penal colony for those found guilty of moral crimes. When his daughter, part of a resistance movement, steals the control unit for a doomsday weapon, Snake again gets tapped to save the day.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Arctic
11:40pm, SBS

M, CC
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Joe Penna
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk
What’s it about?
A man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long-awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

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THURSDAY 18 FEBRUARY

My Life As I Live It
10:00am, NITV

G
Australia, 1993
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What’s it about?
Following 1978’s landmark My Survival As An Aboriginal, Essie Coffey returns to her home in Dodge City where she and the A-Team are running in the shire elections. Inter-cutting between 1993 and 1978, the film presents the fascinating contrasts of a society in transition.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Notorious
8:30pm, 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

Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time – Vol. 2: Horror and Sci-Fi
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Danny Wolf
Featuring: Joe Dante, John Waters, Roger Corman, Jeff Goldblum, George A. Romero, Tobe Hooper
What’s it about?
The greatest cult horror and science fiction films of all-time are studied in vivid detail in the second volume of Time Warp. Includes groundbreaking classics like Night of the Living Dead and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and sci-fi gems such as Blade Runner and A Clockwork Orange.

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FRIDAY 19 FEBRUARY

Bedevil
12:00pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 1993

Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tracey Moffatt
Starring: Lex Marinos, Tracey Moffatt, Riccardo Natoli 
What’s it about?
BeDevil is a trilogy of ghost stories that follows characters pestered by visions – real, remembered and imagined. These contemporary tales travel from the sparseness of the outback, through the murky, rotting swamps of the islands, to the Brisbane docks in a stylish vision from writer/director and celebrated visual artist Tracey Moffatt.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Song of the Sea
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Sat 20 Feb, 10:00am)

PG
Ireland, 2014
Genre: Family, Animation, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Tomm Moore
Voice Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, David Rawle
What’s it about?
This Oscar-nominated animated feature tells the story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Brazilian Western
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Brazil, 2013
Genre: Crime, Drama, Western, Romance
Language: Portuguese
Director: René Sampaio
Starring: Fabrício Boliveira, Isis Valverde, Felipe Abib, Antonio Calloni, César Troncoso
What’s it about?
An adaptation of the eponymous song by Renato Russo, a famous Brazilian singer and composer. After doing time in jail for killing the cop who murdered his father, Joao (Boliveira) heads for Brasilia where a distant cousin from Argentina helps him get a start as a carpenter’s apprentice – as long as he sidelines as a drug dealer. He falls in love with Maria Lucia (Valverde), the daughter of a senator, who wants Joao to stop dealing, but his rival Jeremiah ensures that Joao has no hope but to stay in the game.

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SATURDAY 20 FEBRUARY

The King’s Speech
8:50pm, SBS

M, CC, AD
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle
What’s it about?
After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie (Firth), who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Rush). Winner of Best Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

CB4
10:20pm, NITV

M
USA, 1993
Genre: Music, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Tamra Davis
Starring: Chris Rock, Phil Hartman, Ice-T, Halle Berry, Ice Cube, Flavor Flav, Shaquille O’Neal
What’s it about?
After many failed attempts to establish themselves as rappers, Albert (Rock), Euripedes (Allen Payne) and Otis (Deezer D) get their big break when nightclub owner Gusto is arrested. This cult mockumentary directed by Tamra Davis (Half BakedBilly Madison) and co-written by Rock is often described as the This Is Spinal Tap of rap music.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

A Monster Calls
11:00pm, SBS

PG, CC
USA, Spain, 2016
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Lewis MacDougall, Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Liam Neeson
What’s it about?
A monster comes to young Connor (MacDougall), and it asks for the one thing Connor cannot bring himself to do – tell the truth. Connor is very damaged, guilty, and mostly angry, struggling at school with bullies as well as his mother’s sickness. Will Connor overcome his problems? Will everything be okay? Will Connor be able to speak the truth?

 

SUNDAY 21 FEBRUARY

I Am Jackie O
7:30pm, SBS

M
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tanya Maryniak, Anna Wallner
What’s it about?
Jackie Kennedy Onassis was the most famous woman in the world, impossibly glamorous and universally admired. She was also complex, layered, and extremely guarded, making her endlessly fascinating and enigmatic. This documentary provides a definitive exploration of her life, from iconic first lady to widow, unofficial royalty and fashion icon.

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The Tall Man
8:40pm, NITV

M
Australia, 2011
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tony Krawitz
What’s it about?
The Walkley Award-winning documentary about the events on Palm Island that follow the death of local Indigenous man Cameron Doomadgee. On the morning of November 19, 2004, Cameron Doomadgee was arrested for public nuisance. An hour later he lay dead in a watchhouse cell. This film interviews the family, friends and residents of the community on the island as they struggle to understand what happened to Cameron and the tragic events that subsequently followed his death. 

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I Am JFK Jr.
9:00pm, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Derik Murray, Steve Burgess
What’s it about?
This documentary tells the story of a life cut tragically short, the story of a little boy whose salute transfixed a nation, a boy who would grow to become the embodiment of American hopes for the future. Those who knew him (including Robert De Niro, Cindy Crawford and Mike Tyson, who are interviewed here) paint a picture of a man who handled the intense glare of fame with a rare grace and poise that reflected both of his famous parents.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Charlie Bartlett
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jon Poll
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Robert Downey Jr., Hope Davis, Kat Dennings
What’s it about?
Wealthy teenager Charlie Bartlett (Yelchin) is failing miserably at fitting in at a new public high school run by the world-weary Principal Gardner (Downey, Jr.). As he begins to better understand the social hierarchy, Charlie’s honest charm and likeability positions him as the resident ‘psychiatrist’ dishing out advice, and the occasional prescription, to his fellow students in need.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 



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