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FOR SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS THIS WEEK:

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Bedevil, Woodstock, The Game, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Captain Fantastic and Shutter Island
  • Audio Description (AD) available for New York, New York, The Game and Shutter Island

 

MONDAY 19 APRIL

Twelve Canoes
10:00am, 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.

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Totem and Ore
12:15pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 24 April, 8:30pm)

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.

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TUESDAY 20 APRIL

New York, New York
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, AD
USA, 1977
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Liza Minnelli, Robert De Niro, Lionel Stander, Dick Miller, Mary Kay Place
What’s it about?
In Martin Scorsese’s epic, ambitious follow-up to Taxi Driver, an egotistical saxophone player (De Niro) and a young singer (Minnelli) meet on V-J Day and embark upon a strained and rocky romance, even as their careers begin a long uphill climb.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Chi-Town
8:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Budabin
What’s it about?
An underdog basketball player from Chicago goes on a meteoric rise to become one of the best college point guards in the nation. But while he pursues dreams of the NBA, his success contrasts with the effects of gun violence on his friends back home.

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WEDNESDAY 21 APRIL

Takeover
1:00pm, NITV

M
Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What’s it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

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THURSDAY 22 APRIL

Do the Right Thing
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Spike Lee, Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito
What’s it about?
This award-winning and critically acclaimed drama, written and directed by Spike Lee (who earned a 1990 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Screenplay) takes place on the hottest day of the year on a street in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn. Everyone’s hate and bigotry smoulders and builds until it explodes into violence. 

SBS On Demand: Vice Guide To Film: Spike Lee

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 23 APRIL

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.

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The Flintstones
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 24 April, 10:00am)

G
USA, 1994
Genre: Fantasy, Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: Brian Levant
Starring: John Goodman, Elizabeth Perkins, Rick Moranis, Rosie O’Donnell, Kyle MacLachlan, Halle Berry, Elizabeth Taylor
What’s it about?
Modern Stone Age family the Flintstones hit the big screen in this live-action version of the classic cartoon. Fred (Goodman) helps Barney (Moranis) adopt a child. Barney sees an opportunity to repay him when Slate Mining tests its employees to find a new executive. But no good deed goes unpunished.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Sasquatch’n
9:15pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 24 April, 11:35am)

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kerr Lee Sugiyama
What’s it about?
A groundbreaking investigative documentary that dives deep inside secret Native societies to uncover knowledge about the Sasquatch never revealed before.

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My Life As I Live It
10:10pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 24 April, 12:30pm)

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.

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Woodstock
11:25pm, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: History, Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Barak Goodman, Jamila Ephron
What’s it about?
In August 1969, nearly half a million people gathered at a farm in upstate New York to hear music. What happened over the next three days, however, was far more than a concert. It would become a legendary event – one that would define a generation and mark the end of one of the most turbulent decades in modern history. 

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England Is Mine
1:05am, 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 (Lowden) 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 24 APRIL

Beat Street
12:00pm, 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.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Game
9:25pm, SBS

M, AD, CC
USA, 1997
Genre: Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Michael Douglas, Sean Penn, Deborah Kara Unger, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Carroll Baker
What’s it about?
Nicholas Van Orton (Douglas) is a joyless San Francisco investment banker who receives an unusual birthday present from his estranged younger brother, Conrad (Penn). The gift enrols Nicholas in CRS (Consumer Recreation Services), a company that designs elaborate real-life games for each specific participant. Nicholas then becomes the victim of a series of pranks that quickly turn malicious and dangerous. Directed by David Fincher (Se7enFight Club, The Social Network).

1997 Movie Show Review

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Primal
10:15pm, NITV

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Josh Reed
Starring: Zoe Gameau, Krew Boylan, Lindsay Farris
What’s it about?
A group of friends travel to the bush to view ancient cave paintings but soon find a horrible sickness gripping one of their own, which leaves them with nothing in their mind but a primal blood lust. Their only hope of survival is through a cave, where one of them learns too late the meaning of the paintings they came to study.

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Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk
11:45pm, SBS

MA15+, CC
UK, China, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin
What’s it about?
Based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel, this adaptation from Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. The film reveals what really happened to the squad – contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Captain Fantastic
12:30am, SBS VICELAND

M, CC
USA, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English, Esperanto
Director: Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso
What’s it about?
Raised in the forest and living off the grid, six children venture out into the world for the first time after their recently widowed father (Mortensen, in an Oscar-nominated performance) takes them on a road trip. Also starring 1917‘s George MacKay. 

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Shutter Island
1:45am, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley
What’s it about?
In 1954, as Cold War tensions grow and modern psychiatric treatment starts to adhere, two U.S. Marshals arrive on a secluded island in Boston Harbour to investigate a multiple murderess who has vanished from her cell at a highly secure hospital for the criminally insane. Trapped on the island by a looming storm, one of the officers (Dicaprio) struggles to discover the island’s true purpose even as events from his past intertwine with the case.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SUNDAY 25 APRIL

Russia: 1000 Years of History
7:30pm, SBS

PG
UK, 2021
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Alice Lee
What’s it about?
Narrated by Fiona Shaw (Killing Eve), this is a journey through a history of infamous Tsars – including Ivan the Terrible, and the gruesome story of how he earned his nickname; and Peter the Great, who turned Russia into a power to rival the European empires, and Catherine the Great, who would add half of Eastern Europe to Russia’s Empire. But the shocking highs and lows of Tsarist rule were nothing compared to what would come next: one of the most significant events of the 20th century, the Russian Revolution.

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