Guide to TV movies: September 21 – 27 | Cinema News

THIS WEEK’S SBS WORLD MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Audio description (AD) available for sweet country, My Survival as a Native, Crackers, Sing about this country, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Chief and The Great Wall of China: The Making of China
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for sweet country, Milpirri: winds of change, the tracker, Crackers, Sing about this country, Roman J. Israel, Esq., Chief and A woman’s deeper journey into sex

WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 21

sweet country
8:35 p.m., NTV

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2017
Gender: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
With : Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What is it about?
The year is 1929 in the vast desert lands of the Eastern Arrernte Nation, now known as the Central Australian Outback. Middle-aged Native American Sam Kelly (Morris) works the land for a kind white preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After a bad-tempered bully (Leslie) comes to town and Kelly kills him in self-defense, he and his wife go on the run as a group gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed sequel to the 2009 story Samson and Delilah.

Chaplin
9:40 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 1992
Gender: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Attenborough
With : Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Marisa Tomei
What is it about?
An elderly Charlie Chaplin (played by Downey Jr. in an Oscar-nominated role) discusses his autobiography with his publisher, recounting his incredible journey from impoverished childhood to worldwide success after the ingenious invention of Little Tramp. He also recounts his turbulent personal life and his run-ins with the FBI.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 22

Milpirri: winds of change
11:00 am, NTV

PG, CC
Australia, 2014
Gender: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Stewart Carter
What is it about?
It’s early October 2012 and Steve Jampijinpa is leaving Canberra for his home in the Lajamanu hinterland. Once there, he will play a key role in something very important to him: Milipirri, a biannual community festival of dance, art and ceremony. But things are changing for Steve and his community. This documentary reveals what happens behind the scenes of a controversial and revolutionary Walpiri event.

Enron: The smartest guys in the room
12:00 p.m. SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 2005
Gender: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
What is it about?
In 2001, the sixth largest corporation in the world filed for bankruptcy, resulting in huge job losses and the outrage of many citizens losing their life savings. The responsibility for this turn of events was broad, although it was centered on the main operators of the company. Directed by Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, Looking for Fela) and narrated by Peter Coyote.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

My Survival as a Native
12:00 p.m., NITV (rebroadcast Monday, September 26, 12:00 p.m.)

MAD
Australia, 1979
Gender: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Essie Coffey
What is it about?
Essie Coffey, a Murraarri woman and black activist, shows the conflicts of Aboriginal life under white domination. The first Australian film directed by an Indigenous woman.

the tracker
9:25 p.m., NTV

M, CC
Australia, 2002
Gender: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
With : David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Grant Page, Damon Gameau
What is it about?
Fanatic (Sweet) is a government soldier who leads an expedition to find an Aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. The other members of the expedition are the follower (Gameau), a rookie soldier, the veteran (Page), and the tracker (Gulpilil, who won the AFI Best Actor in a Leading Role award). Directed by Rolf de Heer, who will collaborate again with Gulpilil on ten canoes and Charlie’s Country.

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23

Crackers
7:30 p.m., NTV

M, AD, CC
Australia, 1998
Gender: The comedy
Language: English
Director: David Swan
With : Susan Lyons, Daniel Kellie, Terry Gill, Maggie King, Valerie Bader, Christopher Chapman
What is it about?
Joey Dredge (Kellie), 12, is haunted by the death of his father. He was expelled from school and hates his mother’s new boyfriend. He also faces a heartbreaking Christmas at his grandparents’ house where he will share a shed with his great-grandfather Albert (Mitchell), fresh out of prison.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24

Sing about this country
12:30 p.m., NTV

LW, AD, CC
Australia, 2021
Gender: Music, Documentary
Language: English
What is 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 across the Cape York Peninsula, Queensland.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Love & Basketball
9:25 p.m., NTV

M
United States, 2000
Gender: Action, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English Spanish
Director: Gina Prince Bythewood
With : Omar Epps, Sanaa Lathan, Chris Warren, Kyla Pratt, Alfre Woodard, Regina Hall
What is it about?
Quincy McCall (Epps) and Monica Wright (Lathan) grew up in the same neighborhood and have known each other since childhood. As adults, they fall in love, but they also share another all-consuming passion: basketball. They eventually follow separate career paths through high school and college basketball and, they hope, to stardom in big league pro ball. Written and directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood (The secret life of bees, Beyond the Lights).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Russia: 1000 years of history
10:10 p.m. SBS

PG
United Kingdom, 2021
Gender: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Alice Lee
What is it about?
Narrated by Fiona Shaw (Kill Eve), it’s a journey through a history of infamous czars – including Ivan the Terrible, and the horrific story of how he earned his nickname; and Peter the Great, who turned Russia into a power rivaling European empires, and Catherine the Great, who would add half of Eastern Europe to the Russian Empire. But the shocking ups and downs of the Tsarist regime were nothing compared to what was to follow: one of the most important events of the 20th century, the Russian Revolution.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Roman J. Israel, Esq.
11:55 p.m. SBS

M, AD, CC
United States, 2017
Gender: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
With : Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt
What is it about?
Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel (Wash., in an Oscar-nominated performance) has always fought the good fight while others take credit for it. When his partner (Farrell) – the leader of the company – has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on this role. He soon discovers disturbing truths about the company—truths that conflict with its 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 Somnambulist.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Chief
2:10 a.m. SBS

M, AD, CC
United States, 2014
Gender: The comedy
Language: English
Director: Jon Favreau
With : Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
What is it about?
Carl Casper (Favreau) is a disillusioned chef who is fed up with his restaurant’s management, bad 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 an effort to rediscover his flair for cooking.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 25

Follow the flow
4:00 p.m. SBS

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

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Power of Pelosi
7:30 p.m. SBS

M
United States, 2022
Gender: Documentary, TV movie
Language: English
Director: Michael Kirk
With: Nancy Pelosi, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, George W. Bush
What is it about?
An examination of powerful and polarizing Speaker of the United States House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, veteran Frontline filmmaker and American politics columnist Michael Kirk and his team. Pelosi’s Power traces the life and legacy of Pelosi, how she gained and wielded power over three decades, and how she faced severe challenges to her leadership and to American democracy from Trump and of his allies.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The Great Wall of China: The Making of China
9:05 p.m. SBS

LW, AD, CC
United Kingdom, 2014
Gender: History, Documentary
Language: English, Chinese
Director: Ian Bremner
What is it about?
In a breathtaking aerial journey, we travel the full 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 discover 3000 years of history.

SuperFly
9:30 p.m., NTV

MA15+
United States, 2018
Gender: Action, Crime
Language: English Spanish
Director: Director X
With : Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis
What is it about?
Career criminal Youngblood Priest (Jackson) wants to quit Atlanta’s drug scene, but as he ramps up sales, a small mistake threatens to derail the entire operation before he can make his way out. A reimagining of the 1972 blaxploitation classic – the film that helped define a genre in its characters, look, sound and feel – from director X, legendary music video director Drake, Rihanna and more.

Streaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

A woman’s deeper journey into sex
11:10 p.m. SBS VICLAND

MA15+, DC
Australia, 2015
Gender: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sally McKenzie
What is it about?
A documentary exploration of female sexuality revisited. A fictional detective investigates the experience of pleasure, romance, and passion from a different perspective.

Sstreaming after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Comments are closed.