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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).
SBS Movies

26 Mar 2020 - 4:57 PM  UPDATED 26 Mar 2020 - 6:41 PM

TV Movie Guide: 30 March - 5 April
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.


Walking on Sunshine

UK, Italy, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Max Giwa, Dania Pasquini
Starring: Annabel Scholey, Hannah Arterton, Giulio Berruti, Greg Wise, Katy Brand
What's it about?
Set to a soundtrack of popular hit songs from the 1980s, this film take place in a beautiful coastal village, present day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie (Scholey) is preparing to marry gorgeous Italian Raf (Berruti), and has invited her sister Taylor (Arterton) to the wedding. Unbeknownst to Maddie, however, Raf is Taylor's ex-holiday flame, and the love of her life.


USA, 2007
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: D.J. Caruso
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss 
What's it about?
A teen (LaBeouf) living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbour (Morse) is a serial killer and decides to investigate, in this teen-oriented spin on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

Sarah Roemer and Shia LaBeouf in 'Disturbia' (2007)

Frances Ha

USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen, Mickey Sumner
What's it about?
Frances (Gerwig) is a gangly 20-something who lives in New York, but is perennially broke, unfocused and prone to mildly self-destructive behaviour. An apprentice for a dance company, Frances is also a klutz, but that does not stop her from chasing her dreams. Written by Gerwig in collaboration with Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story), who also directed.

Frances Ha: Noah Baumbach interview
Frances Ha review: Greta Gerwig is luminescently 'undateable'


Yeh Jawaani, Hai Deewani

India, 2013
Genre: Bollywood
Language: Hindi
Director: Ayan Mukherjee
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor
What's it about?
Kabir (Kapoor) and Naina (Padukone) bond in college, but before Naina can express her love, Kabir leaves India to pursue his career. In a twist of fate, the two reconnect in their twenties.

Third Person

UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Paul Haggis
Starring: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco
What's it about?
Tells three stories of love, passion, trust, and betrayal, in a multi-strand story line reminiscent of writer-director Paul Haggis' 2005 Oscar-winning film Crash. The tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome - three couples who appear to have nothing related but share deep commonalities - lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found.

Liam Neeson in 'Third Person' (2013)


USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Japanese, English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciaran Hinds, Liam Neeson, Issei Ogata
What's it about?
Martin Scorsese's long-awaited adaptation of the Shusaku Endo novel about 17th century Jesuits (Garfield, Driver) who risk their lives to bring Christianity to Japan. Nominated for Best Cinematography (Rodrigo Prieto) at the 2017 Academy Awards.



Australia, 1980
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Honey
Starring: Mawuyul Yanthalawuy, Anna Ralph, Phillip Hinton
What's it about?
Through lyrical images, Manganinnie journeys across mountains towards the coast with Joanna (Ralph), a white girl, in search of Manganinnie's (Yanthalawuy) vanished tribe. It is the story of the Black Drive of 1830, the near-genocide of the Tasmanian Aborigines.

The Breaker Upperers

New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What's it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Executive produced by Taika Waititi.

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The Man Who Killed Don Quixote

Belgium, UK, France, Portugal, Spain, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Rossy de Palma, Sergi López
What's it about?
Toby (Driver), a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote (Pryce). In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth.


Alone in Space

Sweden, 2018
Genre: Family, Science Fiction
Language: Japanese, Swedish
Director: Ted Kjellsson
Starring: Ella Rae Rappaport, Dante Fleischanderl, Aliette Opheim, Henrik Ståhl
What's it about?
In a not too distant future, the giant spacecraft Svea travels with only two passengers - 12- year-old Gladys (Rappaport) and her little brother Keaton (Fleischanderl). The children have fled from a broken Earth and are heading towards the planet Vial, but they never seem to arrive. They spend their days exploring the giant ship and the only one they can talk to is the Japanese A.I. Otosan. But everything changes when something unknown crashes into Svea - suddenly they are not alone in space anymore.

Touched with Fire

USA, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul Dalio
Starring: Katie Holmes, Luke Kirby, Christine Lahti, Griffin Dunne, Bruce Altman
What's it about?
Carla (Holmes) and Marco (Kirby) are manic-depressive poets whose art is fuelled by their emotional extremes. When they go off their meds, they end up in the same psychiatric hospital. As the chemistry between them stirs up their emotions, it intensifies their mania. Despite doctors' and parents' attempts to separate them, they pursue their beautiful but destructive romance which swings them from fantastical manic highs to suicidal depressive lows, until they have to choose between sanity and love.


USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jim Jarmusch
Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Adam Driver, Rizwan Manji, William Jackson Harper
What's it about?
Paterson (Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey - they share the name. Every day, Paterson adheres to a simple routine - he drives his daily route, observing the city as it drifts across his windshield and overhearing fragments of conversation swirling around him, he writes poetry into a notebook, and goes home to his wife, Laura (Farahani). The film quietly observes the triumphs and defeats of daily life, along with the poetry evident in its smallest details. From acclaimed writer-director Jim Jarmusch (Only Lovers Left Alive, Down By Law, Dead Man).

Paterson review: A quiet miracle of a film


Sissi: The Young Empress

Germany, 1956
Genre: Drama, History
Language: German, Hungarian
Director: Ernst Marischka
Starring: Romy Schneider, Karlheinz Böhm
What's it about?
After the fairytale wedding between Sissi (Schneider) and Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria (Böhm), Sissi waits impatiently to spend time with her new husband. Finally Sissi becomes pregnant with their first child and she is overjoyed until Franz Joseph's mother makes the decision that Sissi is too young to look after her baby. This follow-up to the first Sissi film (1955) follows her first years in court and her adjustment to being part of a joint monarchy.

Dean Spanley

UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam, Art Malik, Bryan Brown
What's it about?
England, 1904. Henslowe Fisk (Northam) and his ailing father, Horatio Fisk (O’Toole), decide to go to a lecture given by the Swami Nala Prash (Malik) on reincarnation, called ‘The Transmigration of Souls’. While there, they meet one Dean Spanley (Neill) as well as Wrather (Brown), a self-described facilitator from the Colonies.

Eye in the Sky

UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, Iain Glen
What's it about?
London based military intelligence officer Colonel Michelle Madden (Mirren) is set to remotely command a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The carefully planned mission suddenly escalates from a 'capture' to a 'kill' operation when Madden realises that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission, which would result in the catastrophic deaths of many innocent civilians. 

Eye In The Sky review: Drone thriller right on target


Australia, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Emma Booth, Adam Driver
What's it about?
In 1977, a young Australian woman named Robyn Davidson (Wasikowska) set out from Alice Springs to trek across 2,700 kilometres of harsh desert of Western Australia to reach the ocean. Accompanied only by her dog and four camels, Davidson had no other purpose than to reach the ocean and find herself on a journey of self-discovery.

Tracks: Mia Wasikowska and Robyn Davidson interview
Tracks review: An extraordinary odyssey
Tracks, a film that lets a woman thrive in the outback


Ex-Files 3: The Return of the Exes

China, 2017
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: Chinese
Director: Tian Yusheng
Starring: Han Geng, Ryan Zheng Kai, Yu Wenwen, Zeng Mengxue, Mi Luo
What's it about?
Meng Yun (Han Geng) and Yu Fei (Ryan Zheng Kai) break up with their girlfriends and indulge themselves in partying, clubbing, and fun to celebrate being bachelors again. However, as their exes come back into their lives, their ‘golden single period’ turns into a hilarious and troublesome adventure.


USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Thriller, History
Language: English
Director: John Curran
Starring: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Taylor Nichols
What's it about?
A piercing reexamination of the true events surrounding the most difficult seven days of Senator Ted Kennedy's (Clarke) career when he drove off a bridge, ending the life of his passenger Mary Jo Kopechne (Mara), a promising political strategist who had worked on his brother Bobby Kennedy's presidential campaign the year prior. From John Curran, director of Tracks and Praise.

'Chappaquiddick': Tense and Absorbing Ted Kennedy Saga

Jason Clarke as Ted Kennedy in 'Chappaquiddick'

Kill the Messenger

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Michael Cuesta
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Michael Sheen
What's it about?
Based on the true story of Journalist Gary Webb, this film takes place in the mid-1990s, when Webb (played by Renner) uncovered the CIA's past role in importing huge amounts of cocaine into the US that was aggressively sold in ghettos across the country to raise money for the Nicaraguan Contras rebel army. Despite enormous pressure not to, Webb chose to pursue the story and went public with his evidence, publishing the series 'Dark Alliance'. As a result he experienced a vicious smear campaign fuelled by the CIA. At that point Webb found himself defending his integrity, his family, and his life.


The White Balloon

Iran, 1995
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Anna Borkowska
What's it about?
An international success and the winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 1995, Jafar Panahi's (Offside, The Circle) film follows a little girl trying to find the money her mother gave her to buy a goldfish. A charming allegory that celebrates tenacity, ingenuity, and the wide-eyed innocence of youth. Co-written by Abbas Kiarostami (The Taste of Cherry, Close-Up, Certified Copy).

Loving Vincent

UK, Poland, 2017
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Starring (voice cast): Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd, John Sessions, Jerome Flynn
What's it about?
The paintings of Vincent van Gogh are brought to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film is an oil-painting hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who traveled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. As remarkable as Vincent’s brilliant paintings are his passionate and ill-fated life and mysterious death. Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature Film.

'Loving Vincent': Awe-inspiring animated portrait of Vincent van Gogh

'Loving Vincent', a 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature


UK, 2006
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Sean Ellis
Starring: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Michelle Ryan
What's it about?
When art student Ben Willis (Biggerstaff) is dumped by his girlfriend Suzy (Ryan), he develops insomnia. To pass the long hours of the night, he starts working the late night shift at the local supermarket. There he meets a colourful cast of characters, all of whom have their own 'art' in dealing with the boredom of an eight-hour shift. 

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