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

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Wasted: The Story of Food Waste, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Milpirri: Winds of Change, The Namesake, Harry Brown, The Pianist and Backtrack Boys
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Harry Brown and The Pianist

 

MONDAY 8 FEBRUARY

She Shears
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 13 February, 8:30pm)

PG
New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jack Nicol
What’s it about?
In the grueling world of competitive sheep shearing there is no women’s section. Women and men compete together. This documentary is the story of passion, purpose and determination and five women for whom shearing is not just a job.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

My Survival as an Aboriginal
10:10pm, NITV (repeats Tuesday 9 February, 12:30pm)

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 9 FEBRUARY

Wasted! The Story of Food Waste
3:00am, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Anna Chai, Nari Kye
Featuring: Anthony Bourdain, Dan Barber, Mario Batali
What’s it about?
See how the world’s most influential chefs make the most of every kind of food, transforming what most people consider scraps and rejects into incredible dishes that feed more people and create a more sustainable food system. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 10 FEBRUARY

Sabrina the Teenage Witch
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, AD, CC
USA, 1996
Genre: TV Movie, Fantasy, Family
Language: English
Director: Tibor Takács
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Sherry Miller, Charlene Fernetz, Michelle Beaudoin, Ryan Reynolds
What’s it about?
In the television movie that introduced the beloved character to audiences around the world, we meet young Sabrina (Hart) as she is sent to live with her eccentric aunts and discovers that she is actually a witch. Like any other girl her age, Sabrina just wants to have fun and be normal, but being normal may prove to be impossible, especially when her daily chores involve finishing her homework, cleaning her room, and learning to fly.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Living with Giants
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Thur 11 Feb, 12:00pm)

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: Inuktitut, English
Director: Aude Leroux-Levesque, Sébastien Rist
What’s it about?
Delves into the imaginative world of Paulusie Kasudluak, a young Inuk facing responsibilities as he transitions into adulthood. The film portrays his thoughts, his dreams, and his beliefs, and allows for an intimate immersion into his life. Paulusie is a caring son to his ailing father and a good boyfriend. But what begins as the story of an innocent teenager quickly becomes the struggle of a young man coping with the guilt of having made a huge mistake. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Alpha
10:05pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
USA, 2018
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: English
Director: Albert Hughes
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk, Jens Hultén
What’s it about?
An epic adventure set in the last Ice Age. Europe, 20,000 years ago. While on his first hunt with his tribe’s most elite group, a young man (Smit-McPhee) is injured and left for dead. Awakening to find himself broken and alone – he must learn to survive and navigate the harsh and unforgiving wilderness. Reluctantly taming a lone wolf abandoned by its pack, the pair learn to rely on each other and become unlikely allies.

C’est la vie!
11:45pm, SBS

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Eric Toledano, Olivier Nakache
Starring: Jean-Pierre Bacri, Gilles Lellouche, Jean-Paul Rouve, Suzanne Clement
What’s it about?
Max (Bacri) is a battle-weary veteran of the wedding-planning racket. His latest – and last – gig is a fête involving stuffy period costumes for the caterers, a vain, hyper-sensitive singer who thinks he’s a Gallic James Brown, and a morose, micromanaging groom determined to make Max’s night as miserable as possible. From the writer/director duo behind The Intouchables.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 11 FEBRUARY

The Namesake
8:30pm (repeats Friday 12 February, 12:00pm)

M, CC
India, USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Bengali, Hindi, English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Sahira Nair, Jacinda Barrett
What’s it about?
American-born Gogol (Penn), the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family’s unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. The film asks the question: what does it mean to be an American family? Directed by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), and starring the late Irrfan Khan as Gogol’s father.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All Time – Vol. 1: Midnight Madness
9:20pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Danny Wolf
Featuring: Jeff Bridges, Peter Bogdanovich, Pam Grier, Fred Williamson, John Waters, Fran Drescher
What’s it about?
From The Rocky Horror Picture Show to The Big Lebowski and everything in between, the first volume of the fascinating deep-dive documentary series begins its celebration of the greatest cult movies of all-time discussing the birth of the midnight movie, showcasing the unusual elements that make these films endure.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 12 FEBRUARY

Balto
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 13 February, 10:00am)

G
USA, 1995
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Simon Wells
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings, Phil Collins
What’s it about?
From executive producer Steven Spielberg comes this charming, heart-warming tale of a dog who travels 600 miles across the Alaskan wilderness to deliver medical supplies to dying children.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Milpirri: Winds of Change
9:05pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 13 February, 

PG, CC
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stewart Carter
What’s it about?
The remote Warlpiri community of Lajamanu are preparing for Milpirri, an exciting cross-cultural event. Milpirri clouds bring rain from the collision of opposites, reminding us all that to find our way ‘back home’ we need to listen to ‘ngurra’ (home) – the country we share.

My Life As I Live It
10:05pm, 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:

Golden Job
12:35am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2018
Genre: Action, Adventure, Crime
Language: Cantonese
Director: Chin Ka-Lok
Starring: Ekin Cheng, Jordan Chan, Michael Tse, Chin Ka-Lok, Jerry Lamb
What’s it about?
A group of former mercenaries reunite to plan an epic heist: boosting a truck full of medicine held by a foreign intelligence agency to supply a refugee camp in need. But when they find the truck is actually filled with stolen gold, the band of brothers realise they’ve been double-crossed by one of their own – and putting the situation right will be all out war.

 

 

SATURDAY 13 FEBRUARY

Tank Girl
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1995
Genre: Action, Comedy, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Rachel Talalay
Starring: Lori Petty, Ice-T, Naomi Watts, Malcolm McDowell, Iggy Pop
What’s it about?
In this cult futuristic comedy-thriller, a mega-villain (McDowell) controls the world’s water supply, and it’s up to Tank Girl (Petty) and her outrageous cohorts to end his greedy reign. Based on the comic by Alan Martin & Jamie Hewlett.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Harry Brown
9:00pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
UK, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Daniel Barber
Starring: Michael Caine, Ben Drew, Jack O’Connell, Emily Mortimer
What’s it about?
Harry Brown (Caine) is an elderly ex-marine living in a dingy English housing estate apartment. The escalating crime and violence has made him so frightened that he won’t even use the underpass near his home. Shortly after his wife dies, Harry’s best friend is murdered, prompting Harry to seek revenge on the criminal lowlifes who have made his life hell. 

Cry Freedom
9:55pm, 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

The Pianist
10:55pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
France, Poland, UK, 2002
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, German, Russian
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Maureen Lipman, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay
What’s it about?
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Winner of the Palme D’Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor (Brody) at the 2003 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Detective Dee: The Four Heavenly Kings
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
China, Hong Kong, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Fantasy, Adventure, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Mark Chao, Carina Lau, Kenny Lin
What’s it about?
Dee (Chao), the detective serving Chinese empress Wu Zetian (Lau), is called upon to investigate a series of strange events in Loyang, including the appearance of mysterious warriors wearing Chiyou ghost masks, foxes that speak human language and the pillar sculptures in the palace coming alive.

 

SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY

Backtrack Boys
8:40pm, NITV

M, CC
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Scott 
What’s it about?
A group of troubled boys are on a perilous course towards jail, until they meet up with the rough talking, free-wheeling jackaroo, Bernie Shakeshaft, and hit the road with his legendary dog jumping team. This observational documentary, filmed over two years, follows boys in a youth program that 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.

Soundtrack
12:35am, 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. 



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