TV Movie Guide: 21 – 27 September


THIS WEEK’S SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Audio Description (AD) available for Sweet Country, My Survival as an Aboriginal, Crackers, Sing About This Country, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Chef and The Great Wall of China: The Making of China
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Sweet Country, Milpirri: Winds of Change, The TrackerCrackers, Sing About This Country, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Chef and A Woman’s Deeper Journey Into Sex

WEDNESDAY 21 SEPTEMBER

Sweet Country
8:35pm, NITV

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What’s it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind white preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After an ill-tempered bully (Leslie) arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed follow-up to 2009’s landmark Samson & Delilah.

Chaplin
9:40pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Marisa Tomei
What’s it about?
An elderly Charlie Chaplin (played by Downey Jr. in an Oscar-nominated role) discusses his autobiography with his editor, recounting his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp. He also tells of his turbulent personal life and his run-ins with the FBI.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

THURSDAY 22 SEPTEMBER

Milpirri: Winds of Change
11:00am, NITV

PG, CC
Australia, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stewart Carter
What’s it about?
It’s early October in 2012, and Steve Jampijinpa is leaving Canberra for his home in outback Lajamanu. Once there, he’ll play a key part in something very important to him: Milipirri, a biennial community festival of dance, art and ceremony. But things are changing for Steve and his community. This documentary reveals what goes on behind the scenes of a controversial and ground-breaking Walpiri event.

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
What’s it about?
In 2001, the world’s sixth largest corporation filed for bankruptcy, resulting in huge job losses and the scandal of a large number of citizens losing their life savings. Responsibility for this turn of events was wide ranging, though it centered around the company’s chief operators. Directed by Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief, Finding Fela) and narrated by Peter Coyote.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

My Survival as an Aboriginal
12:00pm, NITV (repeats Monday 26 September, 12:00pm)

M, AD
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.

The Tracker
9:25pm, NITV 

M, CC
Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Grant Page, Damon Gameau
What’s it about?
Fanatic (Sweet) is a government trooper who is heading an expedition to find an Aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. Others in the expedition are the Follower (Gameau) a greenhorn trooper, the Veteran (Page), and the Tracker (Gulpilil, who won the AFI award for Best Actor in a Leading Role). Directed by Rolf de Heer, who would collaborate again with Gulpilil on Ten Canoes and Charlie’s Country.

 

FRIDAY 23 SEPTEMBER

Crackers
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 7 August, 10:00am)

M, AD, CC
Australia, 1998
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: David Swann
Starring: Susan Lyons, Daniel Kellie, Terry Gill, Maggie King, Valerie Bader, Christopher Chapman
What’s it about?
12-year-old Joey Dredge (Kellie) is haunted by the death of his father. He has been expelled from school and hates his mother’s new boyfriend. He also faces a harrowing Christmas at his grandparent’s house where he’ll share a shed with his great-grandfather Albert (Mitchell), fresh out of prison.

 

SATURDAY 24 SEPTEMBER

Sing About This Country
12:30pm, NITV

PG, AD, CC
Australia, 2021
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
What’s it about?
This documentary follows country music star Troy Cassar-Daley and his good friends from The Black Image Band, brothers Cliff Harrigan, Pando Harrigan, Dylan Harrigan and Porky Harrigan, as they tour and perform in Indigenous communities throughout Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Russia: 1000 Years of History
10:10pm, 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.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
11:55pm, SBS

M, AD, CC
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt
What’s it about?
Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel (Washinton, in an Oscar-nominated performance) has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner (Farrell) – the firm’s frontman – has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He soon discovers some unsettling truths about the firm – truths that conflict with his values of helping the poor and dispossessed – and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme actions. From Dan Gilroy, writer-director of Nightcrawler.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Chef
2:10am, SBS

M, AD, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
What’s it about?
Carl Casper (Favreau) is a disillusioned chef fed up with his restaurant’s management, poor reviews and lack of creativity. After an online battle with a well-known critic leads to further frustration, Carl decides to leave and go solo as a food truck operator in a bid to rediscover his flair for cooking.

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SUNDAY 25 SEPTEMBER

Following The Flow
4:00pm, SBS

PG
Australia, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nicholas Allen 
What’s it about?
The story of the once-mighty Macquarie Wambool River told as a terrible drought finally breaks. A river completely in the hands of humanity, detached from its natural ability to self-regulate.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Pelosi’s Power
7:30pm, SBS

M
USA, 2022
Genre: Documentary, TV Movie
Language: English
Director: Michael Kirk
Featuring: Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, George W. Bush
What’s it about?
An examination of the powerful and polarizing Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, from veteran Frontline filmmaker and chronicler of U.S. politics Michael Kirk and his team. Pelosi’s Power traces Pelosi’s life and legacy, how she has gained and wielded power across three decades, and how she has faced grave challenges to her leadership and to American democracy from Trump and his allies.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Great Wall of China: The Making of China
9:05pm, SBS

PG, AD, CC
UK, 2014
Genre: History, Documentary
Language: English, Chinese
Director: Ian Bremner
What’s it about?
In a breath-taking aerial journey we fly the entire length of The Great Wall of China to follow the longest man-made monument in the world. We travel all along the Great Wall from the Yellow Sea in the east, to the Gobi Desert in the west, to uncover 3000 years of history.

SuperFly
9:30pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 2018
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Director X.
Starring: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis
What’s it about?
Career criminal Youngblood Priest (Jackson) wants out of the Atlanta drug scene, but as he ramps up sales, one little slip up threatens to bring the whole operation down before he can make his exit. A reimagining of the 1972 blaxploitation classic – the film that helped define a genre in its characters, look, sound, and feel – from Director X, director of legendary music videos by Drake, Rihanna and more.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

A Woman’s Deeper Journey Into Sex
11:10pm, SBS VICLAND

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sally McKenzie
What’s it about?
A documentary exploration of women’s sexuality with a twist. A fictional female detective investigates the experience of pleasure, romance, and passion from a different perspective.

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