TV Movie Guide: 19 – 25 April


  • Audio Description (AD) available for Sing About This Country, To the Ends of the Earth, Insidious, Becoming Marilyn, Little Woods, In the Zone and Black Sheep
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Sing About This CountryTo the Ends of the EarthFranklin, Insidious, Becoming Marilyn and Vai



Homeland Story
10:30pm, NITV

Australia, 2019
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Yolngu Matha
Director: Glenda Hambly
What’s it about?
Homeland Story is an intimate portrait of Donydji (pronounced doy-n-ji), a small Aboriginal community in North East Arnhem Land, about 800 kms east of Darwin, in the far north of Australia. The film charts the Donydji community’s transition from traditional life to the digital age, from the 1960s to the present day.

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Rumble in the Bronx
9:30pm, NITV

Hong Kong, 1995
Genre: Crime, Action, Comedy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Stanley Tong
Starring: Jackie Chan, Anita Mui, Françoise Yip, Bill Tung, Marc Akerstream, Garvin Cross
What’s it about?
Keong (Chan) comes from Hong Kong to visit New York for his uncle’s wedding. His uncle runs a market in the Bronx and Keong offers to help out while Uncle is on his honeymoon. During his stay in the Bronx, Keong befriends a neighbor kid and beats up some neighborhood thugs who cause problems at the market. One of those petty thugs in the local gang stumbles into a criminal situation way over his head.



Sing About This Country
12:00pm, NITV

Australia, 2021
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
What’s 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 throughout Queensland’s Cape York Peninsula.

Super Mario Bros.
7:30pm, NITV (repeats Saturday 22 April, 10:00am)

USA, 1993
Genre: Action, Adventure, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton
Starring: Bob Hoskins, John Leguizamo, Dennis Hopper, Samantha Mathis, Fisher Stevens
What’s it about?
Brooklyn plumbers Mario (Hoskins) and Luigi (Leguizamo) get the shock of their lives when they discover a parallel world populated by the intelligent descendants of dinosaurs. It’s up to our unlikely heroes to battle the evil King Koopa and his Goomba guards, free the beautiful Princess Daisy and save mankind in this adventure of a lifetime.

Next Friday
9:25pm, NITV

USA, 2000
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Steve Carr
Starring: Ice Cube, Mike Epps, Justin Pierce, John Witherspoon, Don Curry, Jacob Vargas
What’s it about?
In this sequel to the 1995 cult hit Friday, Craig (Ice Cube) flees South Central Los Angeles and heads to the suburbs and his lottery-winner uncle and cousin, to avoid a neighbourhood thug with a grudge who has just escaped from prison.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand



White Lion
11:50am, NITV

South Africa, 2010
Genre: 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 embark upon a perilous journey of survival.

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To the Ends of the Earth
2:20pm, NITV

Canada, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David Lavallée
Narrator: Emma Thompson
What’s it about?
Follows a group of concerned citizens and experts as they bear witness to humanity’s descent further down the “resource pyramid.” At the top of the pyramid, energy is easy to find and cheap, and it requires minimal labour and has the highest capital and energy return on investment, as in the case of Saudi oil. At the bottom of the pyramid there are resources such as Utah’s oil shale, the economic feasibility of which, despite billions in investments, remains uncertain.


MA15+, CC
Australia, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kasimir Burgess
Featuring: Hugo Weaving, Oliver Cassidy, Bob Brown
What’s it about?
When Tasmania’s Hydro-Electric Commission planned to build a dam on the Franklin River, the Wilderness Society mobilised to protect it. Franklin recounts this seminal environmental protest through the eyes of Oliver Cassidy, who retraces the journey on the World Heritage–listed river taken some 40 years before by his late activist father.

9:30pm, NITV

Canada, USA, 2010
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: James Wan
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson
What’s it about?
A family discovers that dark spirits have invaded their home after their son inexplicably falls into an endless sleep. When they reach out to a professional for help, they learn things are a lot more personal than they thought. Diected by James Wan (Saw, Aquaman).

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Becoming Marilyn
10:00pm, SBS

France, 2022
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Michèle Dominici
What’s it about?
On the 60th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s passing, this documentary provides a unique portrait of the screen icon from her own perspective. In contrast to the many films made and books written about her, this one offers to give her back her voice, through the interviews she gave, the books she wrote and the fragments she left behind. For the first time, it will be a matter of understanding how Norma Jeane Baker created the iconic Marilyn Monroe.

Little Woods
3:05am, SBS

USA, 2019
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Nia DaCosta
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick
What’s it about?
For years, Ollie (Thompson) has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister Deb (James). Written and directed by Nia DaCosta (director of last year’s Candyman).



On the Record
8:30pm, NITV

USA, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kirby Dick, Amy Ziering
Featuring: Drew Dixon, Sil Lai Abrams, Sheri Hines, Kimberlé Crenshaw, Shanita Hubbard
What’s it about?
The powerful story of music executive Drew Dixon as she grapples with her decision to become one of the first women of colour, in the wake of #MeToo, to come forward and publicly accuse hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons of sexual misconduct. A gripping and profound examination of race, gender, intersectionality, and the toll sexual abuse takes on survivors and on society at large. One of the most acclaimed documentaries from 2020’s Sundance Film Festival.

‘On The Record’ documentary: A #MeToo reckoning for Black culture

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10:10pm, NITV

New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Fiji, Maori, Samoan, Tonga
Director: Nicole Whippy, Amberley Jo Aumua, Becs Arahanga, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina Alofagia McCartney
Starring: Mereani Tuimatanisiga, Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele, Evotia-Rose Araiti, Fiona Collins, Maliaga Erick, Hinetu Dell
What’s it about?
A portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries – Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different Indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries.



In The Zone
11:00am, NITV

New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Maori
What’s it about?
In 2011 American Terrance Wallace launched The InZone Project; its aim was to transform the lives of disadvantaged Māori and Pasifika teens by moving them into supportive homes, in zones that enable them to receive opportunities at top Auckland schools like Auckland Grammar. Director Robyn Paterson (Finding Mercy) follows Wallace as he attempts to take the programme back to his hometown of Chicago.

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Black Sheep
9:00pm, 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.

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