FOR THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS ON SBS WORLD MOVIES:

  • Audio Description (AD) available for Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, The Fountain, Black Sheep and Adam Goodes – The Final Quarter
  • Closed Captions (AD) available for Monty Python: The Meaning of LiveThe Long Good FridayGhost Dog: The Way of the Samurai, Frog Dreaming, The Lost City of ZAdam Goodes – The Final Quarter, In the Shadow of the Moon and Man on Wire

 

MONDAY 28 MARCH

This Magic Moment
11:05am, NITV (repeats Wednesday 30 March, 9:25pm)

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Erin Leyden, Gentry Kirby
Starring: Shaquille O’Neal, Penny Hardaway
What’s it about?
In the mid-1990s, Orlando was the center of excitement in the NBA. The young franchise, led by mega-stars Shaquille O’Neal and Penny Hardaway, beat the mighty Bulls en route to the 1995 NBA Finals. While it was clear Orlando was a dynasty in the making, the Magic’s moment on top was never fully realised.

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TUESDAY 29 MARCH

Monty Python: The Meaning of Live
8:30pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, AD, CC
UK, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Roger Graef, James Rogan
Featuring: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Carol Cleveland
What’s it about?
This observational documentary reveals the humour, chaos and passion that went into bringing the Flying Circus to the stage, while offering unique insights into each of the stars. Alongside the rehearsals, the story of Monty Python Live emerges as the journey to The O2 arena also takes place through four decades of Python history.

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The Long Good Friday
12:20am, SBS VICELAND

MA15+, CC
UK, 1979
Genre: Crime, Action, Mobster
Language: English
Director: John Mackenzie
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Freeman
What’s it about?
Mobster Harold Shand (Hoskins) is the all powerful boss of the London underworld, who beneath a gentrified veneer is all snarl and menace. On one fateful Good Friday, the day Harold is to close a crucial deal with an American organised crime group, Shand finds his empire suddenly under attack. Somebody has killed two of his henchman, tried to murder his mother and blown his favourite pub to smithereens. And somebody’s going to pay.

 

WEDNESDAY 30 MARCH

Pacific Lockdown: Sea Of Resilience
12:20pm, SBS VICELAND

PG
Australia, 2021
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ben Bohane
What’s it about?
The Pacific’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic has been one of self-reliance and resilience: turning to its communities and churches, its lands and seas.

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The Fountain
9:30pm, SBS VICELAND

M, AD
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie
What’s it about?
Born from the sacrifices of man, the legendary Tree of Life promises eternity to those who drink its sap. It is the quest for this fabled tree – or more importantly, its gift, which has consumed Tom (Jackman) over the course of 1000 years. Told in a non-linear style, The Fountain follows Tom’s soul through three separate incarnations, each of whom is desperate to save the life of his soul mate Izzi (Weisz) by harnessing the power of The Tree. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Hustle & Flow
11:20pm, SBS VICELAND

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Terrence Howard, Taryn Manning, Anthony Anderson, Taraji P. Henson
What’s it about?
Djay (Howard, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is a small-time pimp trying to make a living in Memphis who aspires to be a rapper. When he hears a successful hip-hop artist is coming to town, he’s inspired to lay down a demo with the help of his friend, Key, and sound man, Shelby. Winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Original Song (“It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp”).

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THURSDAY 31 MARCH

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
9:20pm, NITV

MA15+, CC
USA, 1999
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Victor Argo, Henry Silva, John Tormey, Cliff Gorman
What’s it about?
Ghost Dog (Whitaker) lives alone – except for his friendly homing pigeons – on a rooftop in New York, a self made, modern Samurai warrior who has attached himself to a master in the form of a middle ranking gangster (Tormey) who once saved his life in an alley brawl. Ghost Dog lives strictly by the Samurai code, even when his life is in danger, such as when Mr Vargo (Silva) demands Ghost Dog’s execution with the help of Ghost Dog’s own master. Written and directed by Jim Jarmusch (Down by Law, Paterson, Dead Man).

 

FRIDAY 1 APRIL

Frog Dreaming
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 2 April, 10:00am)

PG, CC
Australia, 1986
Genre: Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Henry Thomas, Tony Barry, Rachel Friend
What’s it about?
American boy Cody (Thomas) lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza (Barry). Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes across some strange events happening in Devil’s Knob national park associated with an aboriginal myth about “frog dreamings”, and decides to investigate. This Aussie family classic was initially released under the titles The Quest and The Go Kids in the US and UK, respectively.

 

SATURDAY 2 APRIL

Chuck Berry: The Original King of Rock ‘n’ Roll
7:30pm, NITV

M
UK, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jon Brewer 
What’s it about?
In this highly anticipated feature length documentary, the absolute instigator of rock ‘n’ roll, Chuck Berry, is truly revealed, with unprecedented exclusive access. Featuring Steven Van Zandt, George Thorogood, Joe Bonamassa, Nile Rodgers, Johnnie Johnson, Marshall Chess, Gene Simmons, Johnny Rivers, Alice Cooper, Gary Clark Jr., Nils Lofgren, Joe Perry, Steve Jones and more.

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Black Sheep
9:15pm, NITV

MA15+, AD
New Zealand, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Jonathan King
Starring: Oliver Driver, Nathan Meister, Tammy Davis
What’s it about?
Suffering sheep-phobia after his father’s death plunge trying to save a sheep, Henry (Meister) returns to his family’s farm to sell out to his older brother, who is experimenting with genetic engineering on the sheep with a group of scientists. When a couple of animal activists inadvertently release a mutant lamb into the farm, it spreads a nasty bug which turns all the sheep into bloodthirsty predators.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Lost City of Z
11:15pm, SBS

M, CC
UK, USA, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Language: English
Director: James Gray
Starring: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland, Angus Macfadyen
What’s it about?
A true-life drama set in the 1920s, centring on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett (Hunnam), who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilisation in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it. Directed by James Gray (Two LoversThe ImmigrantAd Astra).

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SUNDAY 3 APRIL

Meeting Gorbachev
8:30pm, SBS

PG
Germany, UK, USA, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: German, English, Polish, Russian
Director: Werner Herzog, André Singer
What’s it about?
Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, sits down with legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog (Aguirre, The Wrath of God, Grizzly Man) to discuss his many achievements. Topics include the talks to reduce nuclear weapons, the reunification of Germany and the dissolution of his country.

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Adam Goodes – The Final Quarter
8:30pm, NITV

PG, AD, CC
Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ian Darling
What’s it about?
Re-examines the incidents that marked the final 3 years of Indigenous footballer Adam Goodes’ playing career. Made entirely from archival footage, photos and interviews sourced from television, radio and newspapers, the film reviews the national conversation that took place over this period.

Goodes documentary prompts reflection

In the Shadow of the Moon
11:30pm, SBS

G, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Sington
What’s it about?
In the 1960s, US President John F Kennedy proposed landing a man on the moon before the decade was finished. This film has interviews with most of the surviving astronauts of the Apollo program who were making ready to make that great voyage with an army of experts determined to make the endeavour possible. Through training, tragedy and triumph, we follow the greatest moments of one of Humanity’s great achievements.  

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Man on Wire
3:30am, SBS

PG, CC
UK, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, French
Director: James Marsh
What’s it about?
A maverick, a dreamer, an artist: Philippe Petit is all of these things and more. On a slightly windy day in the summer of 1974, a lone figure appeared high above the heads of the people of Manhattan, balancing perfectly on a high wire strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. For almost an hour, Petit danced on the wire, ignoring the pleas from police to get down, simply rejoicing in his artistic expression. Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

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