TV Movie Guide: December 13 – 19 | Film news

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SBS WORLD FILMS THIS WEEK:

  • Audio Description (AD) available for The wave, Welcome to me, Toys and pets and Bleed for it
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Gurrumul, The Rosemary Way, My childhood, my country: 20 years in Afghanistan, The wave, Toys and pets, Bleed for it and Whitney

MONDAY, DECEMBER 13

Gurrumul
11:50 a.m., NITV (resuming Wed Dec 15, 9:30 p.m. / Thursday Dec 16, 10:50 a.m.)

PG, CC
Australia, 2018
Kind: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Damien Williams
With: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sting, Michael Hohnen, Mark Grose
What is it about?
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu has been one of Australia’s most important and acclaimed voices. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in the far northeast of Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his groundbreaking album “Gurrumul” brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music.

Why Gurrumul is Australia’s most important documentary

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The Rosemary Way
2:15 p.m., SBS

PG, CC
Australia, 2020
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ros Horin
What is it about?
Charismatic change maker Rosemary Kariuki is on a mission to empower migrant women, draw them out of cultural silos, expose them to new ideas, experiences and to Australian society at large – her means are everything. except Orthodox and laughter is his secret weapon.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

TUESDAY 14 DECEMBER

My childhood, my country: 20 years in Afghanistan
8:30 p.m., SBS

M, CC
Afghanistan, United Kingdom, 2021
Kind: Documentary
Language: english, dari
Director: Phil Grabsky, Shoaib Sharifi
What is it about?
Award-winning filmmakers Phil Grabsky and Shoaib Sharifi present a real-life epic of childhood and manhood, filmed over twenty years in one of the world’s most besieged corners. My childhood, my country: 20 years in Afghanistan follows the journey of the young Afghan, Mir Hussain, who grows up in a country ravaged by war.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 15

TransMilitary
12:00 p.m., SBS VICELAND

M
United States, 2018
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Gabriel Silverman, Fiona Dawson
What is it about?
About 15,500 transgender people serve in the United States military (notably the largest transgender employer in the United States), where they must hide their gender identity because military policies prohibit their service. TransMilitary tells the stories of four people (Senior Airman Logan Ireland, Corporal Laila Villanueva, Captain Jennifer Peace & First Lieutenant El Cook) defending their country’s freedom while fighting for theirs.

The fifth region
12:00 p.m., NITV

PG
Canada, 2018
Kind: English
Language: English
Director: Aeyliya Husain, Gabriel Nuraki Koperqualuk
With : Joshua Stribbell, Nancy Saunders
What is it about?
This short narrative tells the story of Joshua (Stribbel) and Nancy (Saunders), two young urban Inuit who are carving out their place in southern Canada.

The wave
8:30 p.m., SBS

MA15 +, AD, CC
United States, 2019
Kind: Science fiction
Language: English
Director: Gilles Klabin
With : Justin Long, Tommy Flanagan, Katia Winter, Donald Faison, Sheila Vand, Bill Sage
What is it about?
Frank (Long) is a bored business lawyer about to get the biggest promotion of his life. To celebrate, he goes out on a night out with a co-worker, Jeff (Faison) and finds himself in a room of the house where he is persuaded by a stranger to try a mysterious drug. After passing out and then waking up on his own with no memory of the night before, Frank must make sure to get his promotion while bouncing between unexpected waves of psychedelic journeys.

Jackass Presents: Bad Grandpa. 5
10:10 p.m., SBS VICELAND

MA15 +
United States, 2014
Kind: The comedy
Language: English
Director: Jeff Tremaine
With : Johnny Knoxville, Spike Jonze, Jackson Nicoll, Catherine Keener
What is it about?
Irving Zisman (Knoxville) takes his young and impressionable grandson on a trip across the country during which they meet strippers, biker bar patrons, and other unsuspecting citizens.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Thelma
11:45 p.m., SBS VICELAND

MA15 +
Norway, 2017
Kind: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Language: Norwegian, Swedish
Director: Joachim Trier
With : Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen
What is it about?
A confused religious girl (Harboe) tries to deny her feelings for a friend who is in love with her. This causes his suppressed psychokinetic powers to reappear with devastating results. Co-written and directed by Joachim Trier (Oslo August 31, the worst person in the world).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

THURSDAY DECEMBER 16

Peeples
9:20 p.m., NITV

M
United States, 2013
Kind: The comedy
Language: English
Director: Tina Gordon Chism
With : Craig Robinson, Kerry Washington, David Alan Grier, S. Epatha Merkerson
What is it about?
The story follows what happens when a child psychologist surprises his girlfriend by showing up to his annual political family reunion at their vacation home in Sag Harbor to find them in desperate need of therapy.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Welcome to me
01h00, SBS VICELAND

MA15 +, DA
United States, 2014
Kind: Drama
Language: English
Director: Shira Piven
With : Kristen Wiig, James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley, Jennifer Jason Leigh
What is it about?
Alice Klieg (Wiig) is a young woman with psychiatric problems who unexpectedly wins the lottery. Inspired by her idol, Oprah, Alice decides to use her newfound fortune to start her own TV talk show. Nothing turns out to be off limits for his quirky new show. When Alice chooses to stop taking her psychiatric medication, the bizarre spectacle becomes even more wacky.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

FRIDAY DECEMBER 17

Toys and pets
7:45 p.m., NITV (rehearsal on Saturday December 18 at 10:15 a.m.)

G, AD, CC
China, 2017
Kind: Animation, Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Gary Wang
Voice distribution: Ji Guanlin, Wesley Young, Jason Kesser
What is it about?
Nathan is part of a line of small porcelain figurines that change color on contact with water. But for some reason its color doesn’t change, even though it was made by the Toy Master himself. One day, Nathan meets Timebot, a little robot. He decides to join him on an adventure to find out why he can’t change color and how to recover his lost ability.

SATURDAY DECEMBER 18

The best film in the world
4:00 p.m., SBS

PG
Australia, 2020
Kind: Documentary
Language: English, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Thai, Yiddish
Directors: Joshua Belinfante
What is it about?
This anthology documentary follows 12 people who strive to be the best in the world at weird and amazing things. From the best cigarette smoker in the world to the best city planner in the world to the best banana broiler.

Sing about this country
7:30 p.m., NITV

PG
Australia, 2021
Kind: 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 in Queensland.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Apocalypto
9:30 p.m., NITV

MA15 +
United States, 2006
Kind: Adventure, Action
Language: Maya
Director: Mel Gibson
With : Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead
What is it about?
As the Mayan Kingdom faces its decline, leaders insist that the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw (Youngblood), a young man captured to be sacrificed, runs away to avoid his fate. Mel Gibson’s fourth film as director (after The Faceless Man, Brave Heart and The passion of Christ). Nominated for three Oscars.

Bleed for it
11:20 p.m., SBS

M, AD, CC
United States, 2016
Kind: Drama
Language: English French
Director: Ben younger
With : Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciaran Hinds, Ted Levine
What is it about?
Champion boxer Vinny Pazienza (Teller) learned he would never be able to walk again after a car crash left him with a broken neck. Against all odds and against doctor’s orders, famous trainer Kevin Rooney (Eckhart) agrees to help Vinny return to the ring. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese and composed by acclaimed singer-songwriter and composer Julia Holter.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

SUNDAY DECEMBER 19

Whitney
8:30 p.m., NITV

M, CC
United Kingdom, United States, 2018
Kind: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Kevin macdonald
With: Whitney Houston, Bobby Brown, Cissy Houston, Clive Davis, LA Reid, Kevin Costner
What is it about?
Directed by Oscar-winning filmmaker Kevin Macdonald (Touching the Void) and two Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn, the film offers audiences a unique and unprecedented look into Whitney’s life. A flawless and honest portrait of a rare talent told by those close to him, featuring exclusive audio and video archives never before seen from his time as a recording artist and performer.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Curse of the Golden Flower
10:35 p.m., NITV

M
China, 2007
Kind: Drama, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin
Director: Zhang Yimou
With : Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou, Qin Junjie
What is it about?
A Chinese emperor returns to his palace to find that his wife is having an affair with her stepson, the Crown Prince, who is himself in love with the daughter of the Imperial Physician. Before the Chong Yang festival, an army of gold-plated warriors besieges the palace. From director Zhang Yimou (Raise the red lantern, hero).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Land of Darkness
12:25 a.m., SBS VICELAND

MA15 +
Denmark, 2017
Kind: Thriller, Action, Drama
Language: Arabic, Danish, French, English
Director: Fenar Ahmad
With : Dar Salim, Ali Sivandi, Roland Møller, Anis Alobaidi, Stine Fischer Christensen
What is it about?
Zaid (Salim) is a successful heart surgeon with an expensive apartment and a pregnant girlfriend. One night, he receives a visit from his brother Yasin, who is in desperate need of money, but he refuses. Soon after, Yasin is found beaten to death and Zaid is overcome with guilt. As guilt gives way to anger, Zaid becomes a masked avenger and confronts the criminal underworld of Copenhagen in his quest for justice.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand


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