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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 movies playing on SBS, SBS VICELAND and NITV this week:
TV Movie Guide: 16 - 22 March
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 16 MARCH

The Secret Scripture
7:30PM

M
Ireland, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jim Sheridan
Starring: Rooney Mara, Theo James, Vanessa Redgrave, Eric Bana, Jack Reynor
What's it about?
The hidden memoir of Rose (Redgrave), an elderly woman confined to a mental hospital, reveals the history of her passionate yet tortured life, and of the religious and political upheavals in Ireland during the 1920s and 30s (during which Rose is played by Rooney Mara). From Jim Sheridan, director of My Left Foot and In the Name of the Father.

Serpico
9:30pm

M
USA, Italy, 1973
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Language: English, Spanish, Italian
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Al Pacino, John Randolph Jones, Jack Kehoe, M. Emmet Walsh, F. Murray Abraham
What's it about?
The real-life struggle of honest New York City cop Frank Serpico (Pacino, in an Oscar-nominated performance) against a corrupt system. Based on journalist Peter Maas' book "Serpico: The Cop Who Defied The System", and directed by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon, Network).

TUESDAY 17 MARCH

Mr. Pip
7:30pm

M
Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, 2012
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah Matsi, Florence Korokoro, Eka Darville
What's it about?
Matilda (Matsi) is a young girl living on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. She is raised by a strict mother and attends school, where her teacher, Mr. Watts (Laurie), is the only white man in the village. As war descends on her province, she becomes captivated with the character of Pip in the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations, who eventually becomes her beacon of hope and gives her the desire to live. 

The Conversation
9:40pm

PG
USA, 1974
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr
What's it about?
Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger. Made by Coppola in between The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, this slow-burning character study is now regarded as one of the director's finest achievements. 

The Movie Show reviews The Conversation (Episode 21, 2003)

WEDNESDAY 18 MARCH

Denial
7:30pm

M
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Mick Jackson
Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt (Weisz) must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving (Spall), a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

LISTEN TO INTERVIEW WITH 'DENIAL' DIRECTOR MICK JACKSON 
(From 10:38)

Marathon Man
9:35pm

M
USA, 1976
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Schlesinger
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Laurence Olivier, Roy Scheider, William Devane
What's it about?
A graduate history student is unwittingly caught in the middle of an international conspiracy involving stolen diamonds, an exiled Nazi war criminal, and a rogue government agent. Directed by John Schlesinger (Midnight Cowboy, Sunday Bloody Sunday) from a screenplay by William Goldman (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidAll the President's Men).

THURSDAY 19 MARCH

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti
9:35pm

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Danish, French, Tahitian
Director: Édouard Deluc
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi, Pua-Taï Hikutini
What's it about?
In 1891, the French painter Paul Gauguin (Cassel) leaves Paris and travels to Tahiti to renew his art as a free man, far from the European artistic conventionalism. On his journey of discovery, he faces solitude and disease, but he also knows the beauty of wild nature and the love of Tehura (Adams), a young native girl who becomes his wife and model.

Network
9:30pm

M
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, Ned Beatty
What's it about?
When veteran anchorman Howard Beale (Finch, in a performance that won him a posthumous Academy Award) is forced to retire his 25-year post because of his age, he announces to viewers that he will kill himself during his farewell broadcast. Network executives rethink their decision when his fanatical tirade results in a spike in ratings. A landmark satire of the media, whose message remains more urgent than ever.

Peter Finch and William Holden in 'Network'

FRIDAY 20 MARCH

Don't Tell
7:30pm

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Tori Garrett
Starring: Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Jack Thompson, Aden Young
What's it about?
The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school. The film is based on true events and the 2001 legal case that changed how Australia handle child abuse claims. This is the story of a survivor, Lyndal (West), and the last trial by jury of its kind. The case was the catalyst behind the revolutionary Blue Card Childcare System.

Don't Tell review: Compelling tale of church abuse cover-up

Rachel Griffiths and Aden Young in 'Don't Tell'.

Chinatown
9:35pm

M
USA, 1974
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Perry Lopez, John Hillerman
What's it about?
Private eye Jake Gittes (Nicholson) lives off of the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-World War II Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together. Nominated for eleven Academy Awards in 1975, and winner of one (Robert Towne, Best Original Screenplay).

SATURDAY 21 MARCH

The Physician
7:30pm

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Phlipp Stölzl
Starring: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Ben Kingsley, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby
What's it about?
In the 11th century London, a young man (Payne) dreams of becoming a surgeon. He decides to travel to Persia to learn medicine from prestigious physician Avicenna (Kingsley) and passes himself as a Jew so he can be accepted at the school. 

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
10:20pm

MA15+
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Fincher
Starring: Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Robin Wright
What's it about?
A discredited journalist (Craig) and a mysterious computer hacker (Mara) discover that even the wealthiest families have skeletons in their closets while working to solve the mystery of a 40-year-old murder in this remake of the 2009 Swedish thriller of the same name (based on the best-selling novel by Stieg Larsson), directed by David Fincher (Fight ClubSe7enZodiac).

SUNDAY 22 MARCH

The Fisher King
7:30pm

M
France, 1991
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer
What's it about?
A former radio shock-jock (Bridges) sinks into a boozy depression when his flip comment on the air is blamed for a shooting spree in an upscale cafe. Living off the kindness of long-suffering girlfriend Anne (Ruehl, who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress), Jack has an epiphany when he is rescued from street punks by Parry (Williams), a homeless former professor who has created a world of his own invention to insulate himself from the pain of witnessing his wife's death in the cafe shooting spree. Directed by Terry Gilliam (Brazil, 12 Monkeys).

The Movie Show reviews The Fisher King (Episode 38 1991)
The Movie Show interviews Terry Gilliam (Episode 38, 1991)

High Heels
10:05pm

Spain, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Victoria Abril, Marisa Paredes, Miguel Bosé, Anna Lizaran, Féodor Atkine
What's it about?
Famous singer Becky de Paramo (Paredes) leaves her daughter Rebecca (Abril) behind in Spain to follow her career overseas. Rebecca grows up obsessed with her absent mother and even marries Manuel (Atkine), a top TV executive who is one of her mother's many former lovers.

David Stratton reviews High Heels (The Movie Show, Episode 44, 1992)

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