Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).
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22 Nov 2019 - 9:42 AM  UPDATED 26 Nov 2019 - 2:57 PM

MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER

Stage Beauty
7:30PM

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Eyre
Starring: Claire Danes, Billy Crudup, Tom Wilkinson, Rupert Everett, Zoe Tapper
What's it about?
17th century London. Ned (Crudup) is at the top of his craft, for his portrayal of the great heroines of the English stage. Women are forbidden by law to act but Ned's dresser, Maria (Danes) hides a secret passion to play the roles Ned has become famous for. Charles ll's (Everett) saucy mistress Nell (Tapper) is also stage struck. She convinces the King to change the law, and suddenly Maria - who has been performing secretly - can now act on the legitimate stage.

Stage Beauty: Review

Stage Beauty

Appropriate Behavior
9:30PM

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: Persian, English
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Starring: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit
What's it about?
For Shirin (Akhavan), being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't know she's bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine (Henderson), can't understand why she doesn't tell them. Following a family announcement of her brother's betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of bisexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.

TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
7:30PM

PG
UK, 1943
Genre: War, Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English, French, German
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Roger Livesey, Deborah Kerr, Adolf Wohlbrück, Roland Culver
What's it about?
General Candy (Livesey), who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in the Boer War and World War I, we see a dashing young officer whose life has been shaped by three different women, and by a lasting friendship with a German soldier.

Lost Highway
10:30PM

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robbert Loggia
What's it about?
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist (Pullman) is framed for the murder of his wife (Arquette) and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic (Getty) and begins leading a new life. Opening to mixed reviews on its initial 1997 release, this cryptic David Lynch film has grown in reputation and has been seen as a companion piece to Lynch's 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive.

WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

The Journey
7:30PM

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nick Hamm
Starring: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, Freddie Highmore, Toby Stephens, John Hurt
What's it about?
A fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland - firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley (Spall), and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness (Meaney) - who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of history. 

'The Journey' review: A celebration of the art of political theater

The Stanford Prison Experiment
9:10PM

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Starring: Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Billy Crudup, Keir Gilchrist
What's it about?
Based on a true story: in 1971, Stanford University professor Dr. Philip Zimbardo (Crudup) cast 24 student volunteers as prisoners and guards in a simulated jail to examine the source of abusive behavior in the prison system. The results astonished the world, as participants went from middle-class undergrads to drunk-with-power sadists and submissive victims in just a few days.

Still from 'The Stanford Prison Experiment' trailer.

THURSDAY 28 NOVEMBER

Ghost World
7:30PM

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Zwigoff
Starring: Thora Birch, Scarlett Johansson, Steve Buscemi, Illeana Douglas, Brad Renfro, Bob Balaban
What's it about?
High school graduate Enid (Birch) is a non-conformist who rejects the superficial world she sees around her in L.A. but is a lost soul. With the support of her best friend Rebecca (Johansson), Enid answers a newspaper classified, pretending to be the woman sought by eccentric record collector Seymour (Buscemi) and an unexpected friendship between the two blossoms. Based on the cult graphic novel from Daniel Clowes, and nominated for a 2002 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Ghost World review: Edgy and refreshingly entertaining

Pin Cushion
9:35PM

MA15+
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Deborah Haywood
Starring: Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, John Henshaw, Loris Scarpa
What's it about?
Peculiar mother-daughter duo, Lyn (Scanlan) and Iona (Newmark), move to a new town in the hope of finding a better life for themselves. Used to only each other for company, Iona starts to drift away from her mother after befriending a trio of popular girls at school. In turn, Lyn tries to find her own group of friends, but both struggle to find their way through their social awkwardness. With fragile personalities, they stumble their way through the harsh reality of bullies and frenemies, only to find themselves retreating more and more into the fantasy world they’ve built for themselves.

Pin Cushion review: Achingly fragile and genuinely, preciously peculiar

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER

The Man Who Knew Infinity
7:30PM

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Brown
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
When self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Patel) fails out of college, he does not give up hope. Determined to pursue his passion, he contacts Professor GH Hardy (Irons) and is invited to attend Trinity College.  

The Emperor of Paris
9:30PM

MA15+
France, 2018
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, History, Adventure
Language: French, German
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor
What's it about?
Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq (Cassel), the only man who escaped from the greatest penal colony of the country, is a legend of the low-Parisian fund. Left for dead after his last spectacular escape, the ex-penal colony prisoner tries to make him forget under the traits of a single trader.

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER

Almost Famous
7:30PM

MA15+
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Patrick Fugit, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Kate Hudson, Frances McDormand, Jason Lee, Billy Crudup
What's it about?
Chronicles the funny and poignant coming of age of rock'n'roll-obsessed, 15-year-old William (Fugit) in 1973. When his love of music lands him an assignment from Rolling Stone to interview up-and-coming band Stillwater fronted by guitarist Russell Hammond (Crudup) and singer Jeff Bebe (Lee), William embarks on an eye-opening journey on tour with the band, over the objections of his protective mother (McDormand). With the help of the lovely 'band-aid' Penny Lane (Hudson), William finds himself being drawn into the band's inner circle.

The Door
9:45PM

M
Hungary, Germany, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Istvan Szabo
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Helen Mirren
What's it about?
A female writer (Gedeck) struggling for success employs an elderly woman, Emerence (Mirren), to be her housekeeper, but from their first encounter, it is clear that she is no ordinary maid. Although everyone in the neighbourhood knows and respects her, no one knows anything about her private life or has ever been allowed to enter her home. However, a dramatic event in the writer's life prompts Emerence to unveil glimpses of her traumatic past, which sheds light on her very peculiar behaviour.

The Door: Martina Gedeck interview

SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER

Mulan: Rise of a Warrior
7:30PM

M
China, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Jingle Ma
Starring: Zhao Wei, Chen Kun, Yu Rong-Guang
What's it about?
When barbarian hordes threaten her homeland, the brave and cunning Mulan (Zhao Wei) disguises herself as a male soldier to swell the ranks in her aging father's (Rong-guang Yu) stead. The warrior's remarkable courage drives her through powerful battle scenes and brutal wartime startegy. Mulan loses dear friends to the enemy's blade as she rises to become one of her country's most valuable leaders - but can she win the war before her secret is exposed?

White Tiger
9:35PM

M
Russia, 2012
Genre: Action, War
Language: Russian
Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Starring: Vladimir Ilin, Valeriy Grishko, Aleksey Vertkov, Vitaly Kishchenko
What's it about?
World War II is drawing to a close. Furious and prolonged fighting is exhausting both the Soviet and the fascist troops. The more decisive the advance of the Soviet army, the more often White Tiger, a huge, indestructible fascist tank, appears in the battlefield. It relentlessly emerges from the smoke of combat, ruthlessly destroys the adversary and swiftly vanishes. No one can either verify or refute its existence. However, the Soviet military command decides to build an extraordinary tank – a special version of the T-34. The pursuit of the mystic monster begins...

White Tiger Review

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