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FOR THIS WEEK’S SBS WORLD MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS

  • Audio Description (AD) available for frozen river, Hannibal, Taxi Driver, Panic Room, The Front Runner, Australia Burns: Silence Of The Land, Equity and The Cleaning Company
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Hannibal, Taxi Driver, The Front Runner, Novitiate, Australia Burns: Silence Of The Land and The Cleaning Company

WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 2

frozen river
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD
USA, 2008
Gender: Drama
Language: Français
Director: Courtney Hunt
Starring: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, John Canoe, Jay Klaitz
What’s it about?
Ray Eddy (Leo), an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila (Upham), a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray’s Dodge Spirit. Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Leo).

I Am Steve McQueen
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M
Canada, 2014
Gender: Documentary
Language: Français
Director: Jeff Renfroe
What’s it about?
Tells the incredible life story of this legendary actor, racer, and cultural icon. Extensive interviews, movie clips, archival footage and sound bites chronicle his extraordinary career while focusing on the correlation between his on-screen and off-screen experiences. Narrated by Robert Downey Jr.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Celtics/Lakers: Best of Enemies
9:20pm, NITV

M
USA, 2017
Gender: Documentary
Language: Français
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:

Hannibal
10:15pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, UK, 2001
Gender: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Horror
Language: Français
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Julianne Moore, Gary Oldman, Ray Liotta, Giancarlo Giannini
What’s it about?
In this long-awaited sequel to The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal (Hopkins) peacefully lives in Italy in disguise as an art scholar after having successfully eluded the authorities for years. Trouble strikes again when he’s discovered leaving a serving few dead in the process. He returns to America to make contact with now disgraced Agent Clarice Starling (Moore), who is suffering the wrath of a malicious FBI rival as well as the media.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Taxi Driver
12:40am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 1976
Gender: Drama, Crime
Language: Français
Director: Robert DeNiro
Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks
What’s it about?
Travis Bickle (De Niro) is an insomniac ex-marine who works the night shift as a taxi driver in 1970s New York. Chronically lonely and socially inept, he attempts to woo an attractive presidential campaign worker (Shepherd), but his misguided ideas about romance fall flat. Increasingly paranoid, Bickle fancies himself as the decaying city’s saviour, culminating in a political assassination plot and the violent ‘rescue’ of a child prostitute (Foster). A landmark portrait of psychosis from director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader.

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THURSDAY 3 NOVEMBER

Monk Comes Down the Mountain
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2015
Gender: Action, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Chen Kaige
Starring: Baoqiang Wang, Aaron Kwok, Chang Chen, Chi-Ling Lin, Yuen Wah, Jaycee Chan
What’s it about?
When a young monk (Baoqiang Wang) is forced to leave his impoverished monastery, he relies on his extraordinary martial arts skills to survive in the outside world. In search of a mentor, he crosses paths with a Kung Fu master who is in possession of the Book of Secrets, which reveals the lost art of the deadly Ape Strike Kung Fu technique. Directed by Chen Kaige (Farewell My Concubine, Together).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Curse of the Golden Flower
9:30pm, NITV (repeats Friday November 4, 12:00pm / Saturday November 5, 8:30pm)

M
China, 2007
Gender: Drama, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou, Qin Junjie
What’s it about?
A Chinese emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) returns to his palace to discover his wife (Gong Li) is having an affair with her stepson, the Crown Prince (Jay Chou), who is himself actually in love with the Imperial doctor’s daughter. In the lead up to the Chong Yang festival, an army of golden-plated warriors lay siege to the palace.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 4

white lion
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday November 5, 10:00am)

PG
South Africa, 2010
Gender: Drama, Family
Language: English, Italian
Director: Michael Swan
Starring: Jamie Bartlett, John Kani, Thabo Malema, AJ Van der Merwe, Brendan Grealy
What’s it about?
According to the legend of the Shangaan, white lions are the messengers of the gods, but it has been years since one has been seen in their remote African valley. When a white lion is miraculously born into that valley, a young Shangaan named Gisani, finds himself destined to protect this rare and magnificent creature at all costs. This young lion, whom will be known as Letsatsi, is cast from his pride and forced to begin upon a perilous journey of survival.

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Getting Naked: A Burlesque Story
10:25pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
USA, 2017
Gender: Documentary
Language: Français
Director: James Lester
What’s it about?
Uncovering New York City’s neo-burlesque subculture, this documentary offers a lingering look at several sexy denizens of the nightlife scene, including Gal Friday, Hazel Honeysuckle, and the Schlep Sisters Minnie Tonka and Darlinda Just Darlinda, whose acts range from the classic glamorous striptease to more overtly comedic schtick.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Panic Room
12:55am, SBS VICELAND

M, AD
USA, 2002
Gender: Thriller
Language: Français
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Jodie Foster, Kristen Stewart, Jared Leto, Forest Whitaker, Dwight Yoakam
What’s it about?
Newly divorced Meg Altman (Foster) and her young diabetic daughter Sarah (Stewart) are forced to flee to the panic room of their newly rented New York home when three men (Leto, Whitaker & Yoakam) force their way into the house on a mission to recover millions of dollars in a safe hidden – where else – in the same high security, purpose built safe haven called the panic room. Fincher’s last film for five years (until 2007’s Zodiac).

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ORIGINAL MOVIE SHOW REVIEW (2002)

SATURDAY NOVEMBER 5

The Front Runner
11:10pm, SBS

M, AD, CC
USA, 2018
Gender: Drama, History
Language: Français
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, JK Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton
What’s it about?
Gary Hart (Jackman), former Senator of Colorado, becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart’s intelligence, charisma and idealism makes him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Novitiate
1:15am, SBS

M, CC
USA, 2017
Gender: Drama
Language: English, Latin
Director: Margaret Betts
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron
What’s it about?
Raised by a vehemently non-religious, single mother (Nicholson) in rural Tennessee during the ’50s, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen (Qualley) drawn into all the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God . With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns’ lives. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and the changing administration.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 6

Australia Burns: Silence Of The Land
8:30pm, NITV (repeats Monday November 7, 12:00pm)

M, AD, CC
Australia, 2021
Gender: Documentary
Language: Français
Director: Shane McLachlan
What’s it about?
In 2019, into 2020, Australia experienced a catastrophic bushfire season – one of the worst on record. This documentary focuses not only on the fires and their devastating effect on Australia’s unique wildlife and ecosystem, but whether climate change played a role, why the fires were so random and merciless, and whether this horrific event represents an inevitable future for Australia if action is not taken now.

Bank Robber
9:55pm, NITV

MA15+
USA, 1993
Gender: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Language: Français
Director: Nick Mead
Starring: Patrick Dempsey, Lisa Bonet, Judge Reinhold, Forest Whitaker, Olivia d’Abo
What’s it about?
After robbing a bank, a small-time crook (Dempsey) hides out from the police in a seedy hotel where he is forced to bribe various tenants for protection as well as their silence, which becomes more difficult as greed takes over and the people demand more exuberant scraps from the bank robber to shelter and hide him.

MONDAY NOVEMBER 7

Elementary
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M
France, 2017
Gender: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Helen Angel
Starring: Sara Forestier, Vincent Elbaz, Albert Cousi, Ghillas Bendjoudi, Guilaine Londez
What’s it about?
Florence (Forestier) is a school teacher devoted to her students. When she encounters young Sacha (Bendjoudi), a child with problems, she will do everything she can to help him, even to the point of neglecting her own children, her own life, and of questioning her vocation. Little by little Florence realizes that learning has no age limit.

TUESDAY 8 NOVEMBER

Equity
12:00pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD
USA, 2016
Gender: Drama, Thriller
Language: Français
Director: Meera Menon
Starring: Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, Sarah Megan Thomas, Craig Bierko
What’s it about?
Senior investment banker Naomi Bishop’s (Gunn) world of high-power big money is brutal and fierce, and one she thrives in. When a controversial IPO threatens the fragile balance of power and confidentiality, Naomi finds herself entangled in a web of politics and deception.

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The Cleaning Company
8:30pm, SBS

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2022
Gender: Documentary
Language: Français
Director: Lachlan McLeod
What’s it about?
A fly-on-the-wall insight into the world of trauma cleaning through the journey of charming transgender business owner Sandra Pankhurst and the lives of a motley crew of workers at Frankston’s Specialized Trauma Cleaning Services (STC). Released theatrically under the title Clean after premiering to acclaim at this year’s Melbourne International Film Festival and SXSW.

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