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FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Secrets of Britain: Secrets of Underground London, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, The Blues Brothers, No Country For Old Men, Orgazmo and Charles Manson: The Final Words
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Watchmen, The Blues Brothers and No Country For Old Men

 

MONDAY 15 MARCH

I Am Ali
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 20 March, 8:30pm)

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Clare Lewins
What’s it about?
Hero, Traitor, Scoundrel, Zealot, Philosopher, Rabble-rouser, Prophet – Muhammad Ali was all these things. Above all, he was the most remarkable and charismatic sports figure the world has ever seen. This documentary offers unprecedented access to Ali’s personal archive of “audio journals” as well as interviews and testimonials from his inner circle of family and friends are used to tell the legend’s life story.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Power Meri
9:20pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 16 March, 10:50am) 

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Joanna Lester
What’s it about?
Power Meri follows Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 16 MARCH

Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: Englisgh
Director: Jim Podhoretz
Featuring: Donnie Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Pat Riley, David Stern
What’s it about?
There are rivalries, and then there is the Celtics vs. the Lakers: this documentary gets to the heart of the greatest tug-of-war in NBA history, focusing mainly on the 1980s era of Larry Bird and Magic Johnson but also examining the entire history of the NBA through the rivalry.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Notorious
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

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. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. 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

 

WEDNESDAY 17 MARCH

Watchmen
9:00pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD
USA, 2009
Genre: Action, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Zack Snyder
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Malin Åkerman, Billy Crudup, Matthew Goode
What’s it about?
In a gritty and alternate 1985, the glory days of costumed vigilantes have been brought to a close by a government crackdown, but after one of the masked veterans is brutally murdered an investigation into the killer is initiated. The reunited heroes set out to prevent their own destruction, but in doing so discover a deeper and far more diabolical plot. From the graphic novel series by Alan Moore, and directed by Zack Snyder (300Justice League).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Beat Street
11:55pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 1984
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Stan Lathan
Starring: Guy Davis, Rae Dawn Chong, Saundra Santiago, Doug E. Fresh, Mary Alice
What’s it about?
The gang wars and violence of the ’60’s have given way to the hip-hop culture. No longer do warlords and their gangs roam the streets possessively guarding their territory. But rather, break dancers, rappers, DJs, and graffiti artists have expanded their territory and goals beyond immediate physical borders.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 18 MARCH

Panic: The Untold Story of the 2008 Financial Crisis
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: John Maggio
What’s it about?
This documentary looks at the factors that led to the 2008 financial crisis and the efforts made by then Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson, Federal Reserve Bank of New York President Timothy Geithner, and Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke to save the United States from an economic collapse.

Message from Mungo
1:50pm, 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.

White Men Can’t Jump
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 20 March, 12:00pm)

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ron Shelton
Starring: Wesley Snipes, Woody Harrelson, Rosie Perez
What’s it about?
Billy (Harrelson) and Sidney (Snipes) think they’re the best basketball hustlers in town, so when they join forces, nothing can stop them, except each other. A classic 90’s comedy from sport-movie auteur Ron Shelton (Bull DurhamTin Cup).

SBS On Demand: Original Movie Show review of White Men Can’t Jump

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 19 MARCH

Daria: Is It Fall Yet?
2:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2000
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Karen Disher, Guy Moore
Starring (voice cast): Rachel Anton, Brett Barsky, Corey Block, Tracy Grandstaff, Wendy Hoopes
What’s it about?
This movie-length TV special continues the series’ running plot from where it left off at the end of season four. In the final episode of season four (“Dye! Dye, My Darling!”), Daria Morgendorffer kisses Tom Sloane, the boyfriend of Daria’s best friend, Jane Lane. The episode ends with the two friends’ future uncertain and Tom and Daria’s relationship shaky.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Lord of the Flies
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 19 March, 10:00am)

PG
UK, 1963
Genre: Drama, Cult
Language: English
Director: Peter Brook
Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
What’s it about?
As war in Europe is about to erupt, a group of well-heeled British schoolboys are flown from London to a safe haven in the South Pacific but are forced to fend for themselves after their plane crashes on a remote island and the pilot is killed. Based on Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding’s classic novel.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Secrets of Britain: Secrets of Underground London
9:55pm, SBS

PG, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Vicky Matthews, Gareth Sacala
Starring: Samuel West
What’s it about?
Experts examine the ruins and relics hidden under London. Among them, a Roman amphitheater, ditches for victims of the black plague, bomb shelters and more.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Elvis Presley: The Searcher
11:35pm, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Thom Zinny
What’s it about?
Two-part documentary about the life of Elvis Presley featuring interviews with his ex-wife Priscilla Presley, guitarist Scotty Moore, childhood friend Red West and musicians Tom Petty, Bruce Springsteen, Emmylou Harris and Robbie Robertson.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Dancehall Queen
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

M
Jamaica, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Don Letts
Starring: Audrey Reid, Carl Davis, Mark Danvers, Henry Brown, Carl Bradshaw, Marlon King
What’s it about?
Street vendor Marcia (Reid) is scraping together a living in the ghetto section of Kingston, Jamaica. Her young daughter is being hounded by a rich sugar daddy who has been supporting the family; her brother’s life is being threatened by a local thug. So, when the licentious patron threatens to abandon the family, and her brother breaks down under pressure, Marcia seeks refuge in the beats of the very dance hall outside of which she normally vends.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 20 MARCH

Croker Island Exodus
1:00pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2012
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steven McGregor
What’s it about?
1942, Croker Island, as Japanese bomb the North, 95 Aboriginal children and their missionary carers make a remarkable journey to safety 3000 miles across the Australian continent.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Blues Brothers
8:30pm, SBS

M, AD, CC
USA, 1980
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Action
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Aretha Franklin
What’s it about?
Jake Blues (Belushi) is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood (Aykroyd) on a ‘mission from God’ to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so they get their old band together and they’re on their way, while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Once Were Warriors
10:25pm, NITV

MA15+
New Zealand, 1994
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Cliff Curtis
What’s it about?
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedevilled by a violent father (Morrison) and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. This 1994 drama opened the eyes of audiences world-wide to the reality of life for a small section of New Zealand, broke domestic box office records, and was followed by the 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.

Streaming until March 31st at SBS On Demand:

No Country For Old Men
10:50pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
Starring: Josh Brolin, Javier Bardem, Tommy Lee Jones, Kelly MacDonald, Woody Harrelson
What’s it about?
In the desolate country near the Rio Grande, hunter Llewellyn Moss (Brolin) stumbles on the aftermath of a drug deal gone wrong. Desperate to improve his circumstances, he acts on impulse and takes a briefcase containing $2 million in cash from the crime scene. His actions make him the target of deadly bounty hunter, Anton Chigurh (Bardem, in an Oscar-winning performance). Winner of Best Picture at the 2008 Academy Awards.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Orgazmo
12:55am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
USA, 1997
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, David Dunn, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne Raab
What’s it about?
Mormon Joe Young is about to get married, but he needs to find money quickly to be able to give his fiancé the wedding of her dreams. By chance, he knocks on the door of a porn movie producer and is recruited as a sex superhero. However, his “talents” are noticed and when the movie becomes a success, he finds a kind of fame that  wouldn’t sit well with his unknowing fiancé. From South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Qissa
1:05am, SBS

M
India, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Punjabi
Director: Anup Singh
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Tillotama Shome, Rasika Dugal, Tisca Chopra, Faezeh Jalali, Sonia Bindra
What’s it about?
Set in post-colonial India, Qissa tells the story of Umber Singh (Khan), a Sikh who is forced to flee his village due to ethnic cleansing at the time of partition in 1947. Umber decides to fight fate and builds a new home for his family. When Umber marries his youngest child Kanwar (Shome) to Neeli (Dugal), a girl of lower caste, the family is faced with the truth of their identities; as individual ambitions and destinies collide in a struggle with eternity.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 21 MARCH

The Fall
8:40pm, NITV

M
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Daniel Gordon
What’s it about?
Their rivalry and meet in the 3000m run was hyped by the media as the event to watch at the 1984 Olympics. 32 years after that race, the real story of Mary Decker and Zola Budd is finally told.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Charles Manson: The Final Words
2:20am, SBS

MA15+, CC
USA, Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: James Buddy Day
What’s it about?
Director James Buddy Day spent a year interviewing Manson by phone from his cell in California State Prison. The feature documentary (narrated by Rob Zombie) reveals never before heard details that unveil the true story and motives behind the Manson’s grisly murder spree.

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