Not to blow our own trumpet, but we have a pretty great season of music-themed movies coming up on SBS ONE. Tune in every Saturday at 9:30pm.
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SBS Movies

14 May 2015 - 1:02 PM  UPDATED 22 Jun 2015 - 11:53 AM

Moulin Rouge!

Friday May 22, 9:45pm

(USA/Australia, 2001)

Director: Baz Luhrmann
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, John Leguizamo
What's it about?
This celebration of love and creative inspiration, which confirmed Nicole Kidman's status as an international movie star, takes place in the infamous, gaudy and glamorous Parisian nightclub, at the cusp of the 20th century. A young poet, who is plunged into the heady world of Moulin Rouge, begins a passionate affair with the club's most notorious and beautiful star. Baz Luhrman's exhuberant and flashy musical revisits popular classics such as 'Like a Virgin', 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' and 'Lady Marmelade'.

Watch original 4½-star Movie Show review
Watch interview with cast & crew

 

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Saturday May 23, 9:45pm

(UK/USA, comedy/musical, 1975)

Director: Jim Sharman
Starring: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick
What's it about?
When their car breaks down, a newly engaged couple seeks help at the bizarre residence of flamboyant Dr. Frank-N-Furter. They're in for a night they won't forget. If you haven't watched this cult glam rock horror musical, now you've got no excuse.

Watch Midnight Movies: From The Margin To The Mainstream

 

The Commitments

Saturday May 30, 9:30pm

(Ireland/UK/USA, comedy/drama/music, 1991)

Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy
What's it about?
Director Alan Parker (FameMidnight Express) tells the story of band manager Jimmy Rabbitte and his travails in forming the "hardest-working band in the world", The Commitments, and bringing soul music to the people of Dublin, Ireland. With its oustanding cast, and a cult soundtrack that includes soul standards as 'In the Midnight Hour', 'Try a Little Tenderness' and 'Mustang Sally', The Commitments remains one of the most popular Irish movies of all time.

Watch original 4½-star Movie Show review
Watch interview with director Alan Parker

 

Walk the Line

Saturday June 6, 9:30pm

(USA/Germany, biography/drama/music, 2005)

Director: James Mangold
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Reese Witherspoon, Ginnifer Goodwin
What's it about?
Walk the Line follows the life of tormented American country legend Johnny Cash, from a childhood tragedy, to his breakthrough in the 1950s, his battles with addiction, and his passionate on-and-off relationship with country sweetheart June Carter. Joaquin Phoenix and Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon both sing all the songs themselves. 

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Quartet

Saturday June 13, 9:30pm
Watch now at SBS On Demand

(UK, comedy/drama, 2012)

Director: Dustin Hoffman
Starring: Maggie Smith, Michael Gambon, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins
What's it about?
Dirty little secrets stir up the reunion of a world-famous quartet when they get together for a one-off concert. An eccentric diva, her ex-husband, a lustful baritone, and the scatter-brained object of his desire make up a cast of vivid characters. This story of four friends reconciled and revived by their love of applause, is the directorial debut of actor Dustin Hoffman.

Watch trailer
Read review
Read interview with actress Pauline Collins

 

La Vie en Rose

Saturday June 20, 9:30pm
Watch it now at SBS on Demand

(France, biography/drama/music, 2007)

Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Sylvie Testud, Gérard Depardieu
What's it about?
A biopic about the legendary international singing icon Edith Piaf, whose voice and talent captivated the world. The remarkable artist was born in the gutter, but survived using the only gift she had – her voice. Piaf's tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets. Marion Cotillard, unrecognisable with her shaved hairline and eyebrows, gives a once-in-a-lifetime performance as "La Môme" (the kid), and was rightly awarded the Oscar for Best Actress in 2008.

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Watch original 4½-star Movie Show review
Watch press conference with Olivier Dahan and Marion Cotillard

 

 

 

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