• From left: Donnie Darko, Strange Colours, A Serious Man, Joan of Arc (SBS Movies)
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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For films screening this week on SBS, SBS Viceland and NITV:

TV Movie Guide: 27 January - 2 February
When it comes to movies, there's something for everybody on SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV and SBS On Demand. Find out what's screening where and when.

MONDAY 27 JANUARY

A Serious Man
7:30PM

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Richard Kind, Michael Stuhlbarg, Adam Arkin, George Wyner
What's it about?
A black comedy set in 1967 and centered on on Larry Gopnik (Stuhlbarg), a Midwestern professor who watches his life unravel when his wife prepares to leave him because his inept brother (Kind) won't move out of the house. Nominated for Best Picture and Best Original Screenplay (Joel & Ethan Coen) at the 2010 Academy Awards.

A Serious Man review: The Coens' most personal film (4 stars)

Lantana
9:30PM

M
Australia, 2001
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Ray Lawrence
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Vince Colosimo, Barbara Hershey, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
A psychiatrist (Hershey) fears her husband (Rush) to be the married man with whom one of her male clients is having an affair. Meanwhile, a female client (Armstrong) suspects her husband (LaPaglia), a detective, is also being unfaithful. When the psychiatrist goes missing, the detective is put on the case and soon uncovers a tangled web of intrigue and deceit.

Lantana Review: A landmark Australian film (David and Margaret, 2001)

TUESDAY 28 JANUARY

The Confirmation
7:35PM

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bob Nelson
Starring: Clive Owen, Jaeden Martell, Maria Bello, Tim Blake Nelson, Patton Oswalt, Matthew Modine
What's it about?
Walt (Owen) and Bonnie (Bello) are the divorced parents of eight-year-old Anthony (Martell). When Bonnie and her new husband (Modine) head off to a religious retreat, Anthony gets to spend two days with his dad for the first time in what seems like forever. 

Mad Bastards
9:30PM

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Brendan Fletcher
Starring: Lucas Yeeda, John Watson, Greg Tait, Ngaire Pigram, Dean Daley-Jones
What's it about?
In the frontier town of Five Rivers, TJ the urban street warrior meets his match in Texas, a former Mad Bastard turned local cop. He also finds Bullet, his estranged son, and his personal transformation begins. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema - Dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Watch interview with Mad Bastards star, Dean Daley-Jones

WEDNESDAY 29 JANUARY

Through The Fire
7:30PM

M
France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Frédéric Tellier
Starring: Pierre Niney, Anaïs Demoustier, Damien Bonnard, Vincent Rottiers
What's it about?
Franck (Niney) is a firefighter in Paris. He saves people. He lives at the station with his wife, who is about to have twins. He’s happy. During a call out to a fire, be puts himself in danger, to save his men. He’s going to have to learn to live again and accept to be the one being saved, this time.

Strange Colours
9:40PM

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Alena Lodkina
Starring: Kate Cheel, Daniel P. Jones, Justin Courtin
What's it about?
Milena (Cheel) travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father (Jones). Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom. Soon, he doesn’t want her to leave. Stuck in time, father and daughter try to mend their fractured bond, but their connection is fragile, like the strange, colourful gems he digs up from the earth.

'Strange Colours': Interview with writer/director Alena Lodkina and actor Kate Cheel

'Strange Colours' (2017), directed by Alena Lodkina

THURSDAY 30 JANUARY

Everything Must Go
7:40PM

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dan Rush
Starring: Will Ferrell, Rebecca Hall, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Michael Peña, Laura Dern
What's it about?
The story of Nick Halsey (Ferrell), a career salesman whose days of being on top are long gone. The same day Nick gets fired, for falling off the wagon one last time, he returns home to discover his wife has left him, changed the locks on their suburban home and dumped all of his possessions on the front lawn. Faced with his life imploding, Nick puts it all on the line—or more properly, on the lawn—reluctantly holding a garage sale that becomes a unique strategy for survival. Based on a short story by author Raymond Carver (Short Cuts).

Why You Should Watch: Everything Must Go

Burning Man
9:30PM

MA15+
UK, Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Essie Davis, Anthony Hayes
What's it about?
The reckless, sexy, funny, moving and ultimately life-affirming story of Tom (Goode), a British chef in a Sydney restaurant, who seems to have decided there are no longer any rules he needs to obey. Whatever Tom is up to, his actions seem to be tolerated by those around him. As Tom descends into darkness, fragments of a different story begin to emerge. All the women in his world are trying in their own, very different ways to help put him back together.

Burning Man: Jonathan Teplitzky & Bojana Novakovic
Burning Man Review (4 stars)

FRIDAY 31 JANUARY

Borg vs. McEnroe
7:30PM

M
Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama, Sport
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Janus Metz Pedersen
Starring: Sverrir Gudnason, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgård
What's it about?
It’s the summer of 1980 and Björn Borg (Gudnason) is the top tennis player in the world, dominating the sport both on and off the court. A powerful and rigorously disciplined player, there is only one obstacle in his pursuit of a record-breaking fifth Wimbledon championship - the highly talented but ferociously abrasive young American, John McEnroe (LaBeouf).

Shia LaBeouf Shines In 'Borg vs. McEnroe'

Sverrir Gudnason as Björn Borg and Shia LaBeouf as John McEnroe in 'Borg vs. McEnroe'

The Railway Man
9:30PM

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Hiroyuki Sanada, Stellan Skarsgård, Marta Dusseldorp, James Fraser, Jeremy Irvine, Tom Hobbs
What's it about?
During the Second World war, Erik Lomax (Firth), a British soldier, was captured by the Japanese and forced to build The Burma Railway aka the 'Death Railway'. Decades later and still haunted by nightmares, he sets out to find those responsible for his torture with the help of his wife (Kidman).

The Railway Man: Jonathan Teplitzky and Colin Firth
The Railway Man Review

SATURDAY 1 FEBRUARY

Churchill
7:30PM

PG
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham
What's it about?
June 1944. Allied Forces stand on the brink: a massive army is secretly assembled on the south coast of Britain, poised to re-take Nazi-occupied Europe. One man stands in their way: Winston Churchill (Cox). Behind the iconic figure and rousing speeches: a man who has faced political ridicule, military failure and a speech impediment.

Donnie Darko
9:30PM

M
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Cult
Language: English
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze
What's it about?
During the presidential election of 1988, a teenage boy named Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived, and tries to deal with people in his town, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie's mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism. 

Donnie Darko review: A shot at small-town repression

SUNDAY 2 FEBRUARY

Dances with Wolves
7:30PM

M
UK, USA, 1990
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Western
Language: English
Director: Kevin Costner
Starring: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant
What's it about?
Wounded Civil War soldier, John Dunbar (Costner) tries to commit suicide—and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe. Winner of seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Margaret & David review Dances With Wolves on The Movie Show - 4.5 and 5 stars (Episode 01, 1991)

Joan of Arc
10:45PM

MA15+
France, 1999
Genre: 
Action, Drama, History
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway
What's it about?
Luc Besson's (Leon: The Professional, The Fifth Element) epic medieval war saga about the iconic French heroin and religious martyr of the 15th century. In 1429, a teenage girl (Jovovich) from a remote French village stood before her King with a message she claimed came from God; that she would defeat the world's greatest army and liberate her country from its political and religious turmoil.