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

  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Conversation, Precious, Vote Yes For Aborigines, Monty Python’s Life of Brian, Kubrick By Kubrick and Vai
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Monty Python’s Life of Brian

 

WEDNESDAY 10 MARCH

The Conversation
9:05pm, SBS VICELAND

PG, CC
USA, 1974
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr
What’s it about?
Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client’s brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco’s Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger. Made by Coppola in between The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, this slow-burning character study is now regarded as one of the director’s finest achievements. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Message from Mungo
9:50pm, NITV (repeats Thursday 11 May, 11:05am)

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.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Desperately Seeking Susan
11:10pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1985
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Susan Seidelman
Starring: Madonna, Rosanna Arquette, Aidan Quinn, Laurie Metcalf, John Turturro
What’s it about?
Roberta (Arquette) is a bored suburban housewife who is fascinated with a woman, Susan (Madonna), she only knows about by reading messages to and from her in the personals section of the newspaper. This fascination reaches a peak when an ad with the headline “Desperately Seeking Susan” proposes a rendezvous. Roberta goes too, and in a series of events involving amnesia and mistaken identity, steps into Susan’s life.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 11 MARCH

Another Country
12:15pm, NITV

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Molly Reynolds
Featuring: David Gulpilil
What’s it about?
The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of ‘Another Country’, a story of what happened when his people’s way of life was interrupted by ours. A companion film to Rolf De Heer’s 2014 film Charlie’s Country.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Precious
8:30pm, NITV

MA15+, CC
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lee Daniels
Starring: Gabourey Sidibe, Mo’Nique, Paula Patton, Lenny Kravitz, Bill Sage
What’s it about?
Set in Harlem in 1987. Precious (Sidibe, in an Oscar-nominated lead performance) endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. She’s pregnant for the second time to her abusive father; at home she must wait hand and foot on a poisonously angry mother (Mo’Nique, winner of the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress). In these conditions she grows up unloved and generally unnoticed. But underneath her impassive expression is a watchful, curious young woman with an inchoate but unshakeable sense that other possibilities exist for her.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 12 MARCH

Vote Yes for Aborigines
11:00am, NITV

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. In the referendum, over 90% of voters agreed that Aboriginal people be counted in the census and that the Commonwealth government take charge of Aboriginal affairs, effectively acknowledging Aboriginal people as citizens within their own country.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Ella
12:00pm, NITV

G
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Watkin
What’s it about?
Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Ella charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation of The Australian Ballet’s artistic director David McAllister to join one of the world’s foremost ballet companies.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Parenthood
7:30pm, NITV

M
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Steve Martin, Dianne Wiest, Martha Plimpton, Keanu Reeves, Tom Hulce
What’s it about?
An insightful comedy about the trials and tribulations of parenthood as seen from several points of view within a large family. Nominated for two 1989 Academy Awards including Best Supporting Actress (Wiest) and Best Original Song (Randy Newman’s “I Love To See You Smile”).

David & Margaret review Parenthood (4 stars each) on The Movie Show (Episode 35 1989)

The Husband
12:45am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
Canada, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Bruce McDonald
Starring: Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, Sarah Allen, Dylan Authors, August Diehl, Joey Klein
What’s it about?
Saddled with a lousy job, an infant son, and a wife doing jail time for sleeping with a 14-year-old, a disgruntled Toronto ad-agency employee struggles to deal with his impotent rage. Directed by Bruce McDonald (PontypoolHard Core Logo).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 13 MARCH

Sunny and the Dark Horse
10:00am, NITV

PG
Australia, 1987
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What’s it about?
The story of an Aboriginal stockman, Sunny Bancroft, and his family at Collum Collum and their growing enthusiasm for “picnic races” on bush tracks in New South Wales. The film follows Sunny and his wife Liz, in their search for a winning horse to triumph on the local picnic racing circuit – but things don’t always go their way.

St. Trinian’s
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
UK, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: Barnaby Thompson, Oliver Parker
Starring: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Colin Firth, Lena Headey
What’s it about?
St Trinian’s continue to represent the unacceptable face of British education. When the new Minister of Education announces he will sort the place out, he doesn’t realise he enormity of the task or that the headmistress is an old flame. The school is threatened with closure by their bank. With the staff clearly a waste of space, the girls realise he responsibility to save the day falls on them.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Monty Python’s Life of Brian
8:30pm, SBS

M, AD, CC
UK, 1979

Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin
What’s it about?
Monty Python tells the story of Brian (Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions and crucifixion.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

For My Father’s Kingdom
8:30pm, NITV

M
New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Vea Mafile’o, Jeremiah Tauamiti
What’s it about?
The church of Tonga demands donations, especially from those who have left the country. This personal documentary follows the family of Saia Mafile’o who, decades after moving to New Zealand, still dedicates his life and money entirely to his homeland.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Kubrick by Kubrick
10:10pm, SBS

MA15+, CC
France, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: Grégory Monro
What’s it about?
This unique documentary is composed entirely of archival footage and photographs, accompanied with the voice of Stanley Kubrick – taken from a series of interviews with French film critic Michel Ciment – giving us the keys to understanding his work. It gives a voice to one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema, as well as one of the most enigmatic.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Vai
10:15pm, NITV

PG, CC
New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Fiji, Maori, Samoan, Tonga
Director: Nicole Whippy, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina Alofagia McCartney
Starring: Mereani Tuimatanisiga, Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele, Evotia-Rose Araiti, Fiona Collins, Maliaga Erick, Hinetu Dell
What’s it about?
A portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries – Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different Indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries.

 

SUNDAY 14 MARCH

I Am Ali
8:40pm, NITV

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

 



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