TV Movie Guide: January 3 – 9 | Film news

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SBS WORLD FILMS THIS WEEK:

  • Audio Description (AD) available for The top breakers, Robinson Crusoe and September 11: Escape the towers
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Breaker Upperers, 9/11: Escape the Towers and His smell

MONDAY JANUARY 3

The case of the three-sided dream
11:45 a.m., NITV (repeat Wednesday January 5, 9:30 p.m. / Thursday January 6, 11:45 a.m.)

PG
United States, 2014
Kind: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Adam kahan
With: Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Betty Neals, Rory Kirk, Michael Max Fleming, Sonelius Smith
What is it about?
The documentary film about the life and legacy of Rahsaan Roland Kirk – a one-of-a-kind musician, personality, activist and windmill killer who, despite being blind, became paralyzed and faced with the racial injustices of the America, has not wavered.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

TUESDAY, JANUARY 4

A time to swim
1:00 p.m., NITV

PG
Canada, 2017
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ashley duong
What is it about?
In the suburbs of Montreal, Mutang Urud is a father. But in Malaysia, he was a voice of resistance for the indigenous peoples of Sarawak. A time to swim follows Mutang as he returns home for the first time since his exile in 1992 and discovers that the isolated forest village is not as he remembers it.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

WEDNESDAY JANUARY 5

Detective Chinatown 2
8:30 p.m., SBS VICELAND

M
China, 2018
Kind: Comedy, Mystery
Language: Mandarin, English
Director: Chen Sicheng
With : Baoqiang Wang, Liu Haoran, Xiao Yang, Natasha Liu Bordizzo, Shang Yuxian, Bai Ling
What is it about?
Qin (Liu Haoran) comes to New York to attend Tang and Xiang’s wedding. Tang shows up with a flamboyant outfit. Turns out the so-called wedding is actually a worldwide sleuth contest, with a huge cash prize. The competition is to find the missing grandson of Uncle Qi (Tsang), the godfather of Chinatown.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

The top breakers
10:45 p.m., SBS VICELAND

M, AD, CC
New Zealand, 2018
Kind: The comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
With : Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What is it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) found out that they were being dubbed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became quick friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small business that separates couples for money. Now they are in their 30s and the business is booming. But when they meet an old victim, Mel realizes and their friendship is truly tested. Executive produced by Taika Waititi.

THURSDAY JANUARY 6

brown boys
9:30 p.m., NITV

MA15 +
New Zealand, 2019
Kind: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English, Samoan
Director: Hans Masoë
With : Johnny Aukusitino, Jesme Fa’auuga, Tom Natoealofa, Eteuati Ete, Hans Masoe
What is it about?
The Brown Boys spend their weekends drinking, partying and chasing girls. Peter the Gambler (Masoe), Kiligi the Bad Influence (Aleni Tufuga), Magele the Badass (Natoealofa), Luka the Drunk Master (Fa’auuga), Siaki the Strange Guy (Aukusitino) and Mickey the Baby (Leaupepe Jnr) – they are family by blood and by choice. When one of the boys expresses a desire to settle down, it provokes reactions within the group that could sever ties of friendship and family forever.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

FRIDAY JANUARY 7

Robinson Crusoe
7:30 p.m., NITV

PG, AD
Belgium, France, 2016
Kind: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Language: German
Director: Ben Stassen, Vincent Kesteloot
Voice distribution: Ilka Bessin, Dieter Hallervorden, Matthias Schweighöfer, Aylin Tezel, Kaya Yanar
What is it about?
After a severe storm, Robinson Crusoe is stranded on an island inhabited by an outgoing parrot and his eccentric animal friends. As the animals get to know their special new guest, they find him to be a useful ally when two complicit cats attempt to take control of their exotic paradise.

SATURDAY JANUARY 8

Teddy Pendergrass: If you don’t know me
7:30 p.m., NITV

M
United Kingdom, 2018
Kind: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Olivia lichtenstein
What is it about?
The untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary singer Teddy Pendergrass, the man on the verge of being the greatest R&B artist of all time until the tragic accident that changed his life forever at the age of 31 years only.

The dark side
9:35 p.m., NITV

PG
Australia, 2013
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick thornton
With: Aaron Pedersen, Deborah Mailman, Sacha Horler, Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan
What is it about?
Director Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah, Sweet country) brings together a collection of poignant, sad, funny and absurd real ghost tales from all over Australia, and brings them to life with some of Australia’s most iconic actors as storytellers.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Fall
12:15 a.m., SBS

MA15 +
Germany, 2004
Kind: History, Drama
Director:
Olivier Hirschbiegel
With : Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Juliane Köhler
What is it about?
Tracing the last 10 days of Hitler’s life (played by Ganz), from his 56th birthday on April 20, 1945, to his suicide on April 30, Fall uses multiple characters to show the chaos of a crumbling country, from Hitler’s henchman in the streets of Berlin, to soldiers and civilians fighting and dying as the Soviet army ravages the city above. Nominated for the Oscar for best foreign language film in 2005.

September 11: Escape the towers
3:00 a.m., SBS

M, AD, CC
United States, 2018
Kind: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Grace Chapman
What is it about?
Each World Trade Center tower had 110 floors. Each floor has a story. In this two-hour special, the survivors of two of these floors, many of whom are speaking for the first time, tell their stories. Focusing on one floor of the North Tower and another in the south, this film will offer a never-before-seen intimacy with what it was really like to be inside the Twin Towers on September 11.

SUNDAY JANUARY 9

20 feet of fame
8:30 p.m., NITV

M
United States, 2013
Kind: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Morgan neville
With: Chris Botti, Darlene Love, Bruce Springsteen, Patti Austin, Stevvi Alexander, Lou Adler
What is it about?
The choristers live in a world that lies just beyond the limelight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest popular music groups, but we had no idea who these singers are or the lives they lead – until now. Directed by Morgan Neville (Best of Enemies: Buckley vs. Vidal, Won’t you be my neighbor).

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

Anori
10:10 p.m., NITV

PG
Greenland, 2018
Kind: Drama
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Pipaluk Jorgensen
With : Nûkaka Coster-Waldau, Angunnguaq Larsen, Ujarneq Fleischer
What is it about?
It is a tragic love story inspired by old Greenlandic myths. The film tells the story of Anori, a woman who believes only in all that is good in life, but when confronted with the dark forces of nature is determined to bring back the light. This modern story, set among incredible Greenlandic landscapes and intense New York City, takes you on a journey where the myth comes to life.

Broadcast after broadcast on SBS On Demand:

His smell
00:20, SBS VICELAND

M, CC
United States, 2018
Kind: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Alex Ross Perry
With : Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Amber Heard, Agyness Deyn
What is it about?
A self-destructive punk rocker (Moss) struggles with sobriety while trying to find the creative inspiration that led her group to success. From writer-director Alex Ross Perry (Listen to Philippe, Earth queen).

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