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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

3 Apr 2020 - 12:18 AM  UPDATED 3 Apr 2020 - 9:14 AM

TV Movie Guide: 6 - 12 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.


The Red Shoes

UK, 1948
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Powell
Starring: Moira Shearer, Marius Goring, Anton Walbrook
What's it about?
This innovative and visually stunning classic from directing team Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (Black Narcissus, A Matter of Life and Death) stars Moira Shearer as talented young dancer Victoria Page, cast in the leading role of the ballet The Red Shoes. As Victoria falls in love with up and coming composer Julian Craster (Goring), she finds herself torn between simple human passion and the disciplined artistic devotion demanded by Boris Lermontov (Walbrook), her jealous ballet company master. Like her character in the ballet, Victoria is in danger of dancing to her death.

Restoring The Red Shoes
Powell & Pressburger at SBS On Demand

99 Homes

USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern
What's it about?
Hard-working single father Dennis Nash (Garfield) and his mother (Dern) are cruelly evicted from their home. Desperate to get his house back, Nash goes to work for the wealthy and ruthless businessman Rick Carver (Shannon) - the very man who repossessed Nash’s home. It is a deal-with-the-devil that comes with an increasingly high cost - on Carver’s orders, Nash must evict families from their homes; in return, Nash is promised a lifestyle of wealth and glamour. As Nash falls deeper into Carver’s web, he finds his situation grows more brutal and dangerous than he ever imagined.

99 Homes review: A fiery parable of income inequality
Michael Shannon talks '99 Homes', deals with the Devil, and why he's never owned a house
'99 Homes' is perfect viewing if you're mad at the banks

Hector and the Search for Happiness

UK, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Language: German, English, French
Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer, Jean Reno
What's it about?
Hector (Pegg) is an eccentric psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine-driven life. Armed with buckets of courage and child-like curiosity, he embarks on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.


Summer Wars

Japan, 2009
Genre: Animation
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Momoru Hosoda
Voice cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
What's it about?
Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius, solves a complex equation and inadvertently puts a virtual world's artificial intelligence in a position to destroy the earth. From the director of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.


France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
What's it about?
Young Amélie Poulain (Tautou) works in a Paris café, lives alone and helps people, surreptitiously. Whether it's secretly returning the childhood treasures of a middle aged man, to matchmaking for the lovelorn, Amélie gives fate a helping hand. When Nino (Kassovitz) enters her world, her life takes a new and exciting turn. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film.

Amelie: Reviewed by David Stratton
Dinner and a movie: Watch Amelie & make crème brûlée


UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Andy Serkis
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander
What's it about?
In 1957, Robin Cavendish (Garfield), a dashing, charismatic young Englishman, meets a beautiful woman named Diana Blacker (Foy) and swiftly decides to marry her. He takes his new wife out to Kenya, where he works as a tea broker. But within months, he is struck down by polio, which leaves him completely paralysed from the neck down, and dependent on a respirator to ‘breathe’ for him.



India, 2018
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action
Language: Hindi
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla, Ileana D'Cruz, Gayathri Iyer, Sheeba Chaddha, Amit Sial
What's it about?
An incorruptible IT officer Amay Patnaik (Devgn) gets an anonymous tip about a political leader Tauji’s (Shukla) illegal assets. Patnaik plans an elaborate Raid on Tauji’s home and businesses.

The Last Emperor

China, UK, Italy, France, 1987
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Starring: Victor Wong, John Lone, Ruocheng Ying, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole
What's it about?
A dramatic history of Pu Yi (played by John Lone as an adult), the last of the Emperors of China, from his lofty birth and brief reign in the Forbidden City, the object of worship by half a billion people; through his abdication, his decline and dissolute lifestyle; his exploitation by the invading Japanese, and finally to his obscure existence as just another peasant worker in the People's Republic. Winner of the 1988 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Dinner and a Movie: The Last Emperor

The Emperor of Paris

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.


Mostly Martha

Germany, 2001
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: German
Director: Sandra Nettleback
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto
What's it about?
In a German restaurant, Chef Martha Klein (Gedeck) is the undisputed ruler of her kitchen staff and no customer would ever dare to criticise her cooking. Cooking is her life's obsession. Even when she is ordered to have therapy, she still constantly talks about her work. All that changes when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving her eight year old daughter, Lina in Martha's care. Remade in 2007 as No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

USA, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen
Starring: George Clooney, John Turturro, Holly Hunter, Tim Blake Nelson, John Goodman
What's it about?
Based loosely on Homer's Odyssey this Coen brothers gem follows the misadventures of escaped con Ulysses Everett McGill (Clooney) and his none-too-bright sidekicks Pete (Turturro) and Delmar (Nelson). The trio tries to make its way back to Ulysses' Penelope (Hunter) before she can marry again. This hit comedy from the Coen Brothers (Fargo, No Country For Old Men) was nominated for two 2001 Academy Awards (Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography.)

David & Margaret review O Brother, Where Art Thou? (The Movie Show, Episode 40, 2000)

The 12th Man

Norway, 2017
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Northern Sami, English, German
Director: Harald Zwart
Starring: Thomas Gullestad, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Marie Blokhus, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
What's it about?
Above the Arctic Circle in Northern Norway, the dramatic story of the young resistance fighter, Jan Baalsrud (Gullestad), unfolds. Jan is the only one out of twelve resistance fighters to escape the Germans, but the Gestapo is on his heels. Jan’s moral fibre, incredible strength, and his courageous countrymen keeps him alive. But when he seeks refuge in a mountain cave and ends up being trapped by a blizzard for two weeks, all hope seems lost. Will he make it to neutral Sweden before the Germans find him?

'The 12th Man': Intense Tale of Survival in Nazi-occupied Norway



UK, 2011
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Chloë Grace Moretz, Ben Kingsley, Emily Mortimer, Sacha Baron Cohen, Ray Winstone, Jude Law
What's it about?
Hugo Cabret (Butterfield) is an orphan boy living a secret life in the walls of a Paris train station in the early 1900s. When Hugo encounters a broken automaton, an eccentric girl (Moretz), and the cold reserved man (Kingsley) who runs the toy shop, he is caught up in a fantastic adventure that could put all of his secrets in jeopardy. Nominated for eleven 2012 Academy Awards including Best Picture (and winner of five).

Hugo Review: Scorsese’s exuberant, magical odyssey transports audiences to the dawn of cinema

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (Boy, Jojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious


Australia, UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
What's it about?
A five-year-old Indian boy (played by Sunny Pawar, and as an adult by Dev Patel) gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple (Wenham & Kidman) in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Nominated for six 2017 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and one of the most commercially successful Australian-made films of all time.

Director Garth Davis on his first feature film 'Lion'


Our Little Sister

Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Ōtake, Ryô Kase
What's it about?
Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the seaside city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy 14-year-old half-sister, Suzu. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows).

Our Little Sister review: Shades of Ozu in classic family drama

My Neighbour Totoro

Japan, 1988
Genre: Animation
Language: English
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
What's it about?
Satsuke and Mai are two young girls who find their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called 'Totoros'. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As the girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke).

Jasper Jones

Australia, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Aaron L. McGrath, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving
What's it about?
Based on the best-selling novel, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin, a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones appears at Charlie’s window and the pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. From Rachel Perkins, director of Bran Nue Dae.

“I want to know: What happened?” - Rachel Perkins talks 'Jasper Jones'


USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: Maya
Director: Mel Gibson
Starring: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernández, Jonathan Brewer, Morris Birdyellowhead
What's it about?
As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, the rulers insist the key to prosperity is to build more temples and offer human sacrifices. Jaguar Paw (Youngblood), a young man captured for sacrifice, flees to avoid his fate. Mel Gibson's fourth film as director (following The Man Without a Face, Braveheart and The Passion of the Christ). Nominated for three Oscars.


Asterix: The Mansions of the Gods

France, USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Animation
Language: French
Director: Louis Clichy, Alexandre Astier
Starring: Roger Carel, Lorànt Deutsch, Laurent Lafitte, Alain Chabat
What's it about?
Diminutive comic-book hero Asterix and his oversized pal Obelix attempt to protect their Gaulish village from Roman invasion, doing anything necessary to thwart Caesar's plans in this animated adventure. 

Kiwi Flyer

New Zealand, 2012
Genre: Family
Language: English
Director: Tony Simpson
Starring: Edward Hall, Myer van Gosliga, Tikirau Hathaway, Vince Martin, Tandi Wright, Doug Colling
What's it about?
In Nelson, New Zealand, twelve-year-old Ben (Hall) plans to build the race winning Kiwi Flyer for this years trolley derby. But Ben's dream is shattered when his father is killed in a car accident returning home with the newly built trolley. When cocky class-mate Shannon (van Gosliga) and his thuggish boy-racer older brother Shane (Colling) who will stop at nothing to retain the trophy insult Ben's late dad, Ben is determined to enter the race and uphold the memory of his father.

A Fish Called Wanda

UK, USA, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Charles Crichton
Starring: John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Barrister Archie Leach (Cleese) becomes discombobulated when Wanda (Curtis), the ladyfriend of a gangster he is defending, makes a pass at him. Actually, Wanda wants to extract information out of Cleese about some diamonds that she and her boyfriend have hoisted with the help of her 'brother' Otto (Kline) and an animal-rights freak named Ken (Palin). Wanda wants those diamonds for herself, and Ken has already been subjected to her feminine wiles. This comedy classic won Kevin Kline the 1988 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

'A Fish Called Wanda' turns 30: an oral history of a comedy classic
The Movie Show reviews A Fish Called Wanda (Episode 39, 1988)

Chariots of Fire

UK, 1981
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Hugh Hudson
Starring: Ben Cross, Ian Charleson, Nicholas Farrell, Ian Holm
What's it about?
The story, told in flashback, of two young British sprinters competing for fame in the 1924 Olympics. Eric (Charleson), a devout Scottish missionary runs because he knows it must please God, while Harold (Cross), the son of a newly rich Jew runs to prove his place in Cambridge society. Winner of four Academy Awards in 1982, including Best Picture.

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