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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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TV Movie Guide: 13 - 19 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.

MONDAY 13 APRIL

The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King
5:35pm

PG
Czech Republic, Ireland, Norway, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Language: Norwegian
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Starring: Vebjørn Enger, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Elias Holmen Sørensen, Allan Hyde
What's it about?
Espen “Ash Lad”, a poor farmer’s son, embarks on a dangerous quest with his brothers to save the princess from a vile troll known as the Mountain King – in order to collect a reward and save his family’s farm from ruin.

Time Bandits
7:30pm

PG
UK, 1981
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adventure, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: John Cleese, Sean Connery, Michael Palin, Ian Holm, Shelley Duvall, Craig Warnock
What's it about?
Six fractious dwarfs steal a precious map that shows the locations of a series of time holes scattered across the universe, enabling them to travel back in time. Crashing through the bedroom wardrobe of 11 year old Kevin (Warnock) and taking him along with them for the ride, they find themselves involved in a series of eccentric encounters with famous historical figures, amongst them Napoleon, Robin Hood and ancient Greece ruler, Agamemnon. From director Terry Gilliam (Brazil, The Fisher King, 12 Monkeys).

Harry Brown
9:35pm

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Daniel Barber
Starring: Michael Caine, Ben Drew, Jack O'Connell, Emily Mortimer
What's it about?
Harry Brown (Caine) is an elderly ex-marine living in a dingy English housing estate apartment. The escalating crime and violence has made him so frightened that he won’t even use the underpass near his home. Shortly after his wife dies, Harry's best friend is murdered, prompting Harry to seek revenge on the criminal lowlifes who have made his life hell. 

Why You Should Watch: Harry Brown

TUESDAY 14 APRIL

Spirited Away 
5:05pm

PG
Japan, 2001
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Daveigh Chase, Suzanne Pleshette, Miyu Irino
What's it about?
Chihiro and her family are on their way to their new house in the suburbs, but on their way, they stumble upon a tunnel that leads them into a fantasy world full of ghosts and strange creatures. An Oscar-winning and universally-beloved animation from the renowned Studio Ghibli, directed by the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (My Neighbour Totoro, Princess Mononoke).

Spirited Away, reviewed by David Stratton on The Movie Show (★★★★)

Image from Spirited Away (showing 12:00PM, Thurs 19th July)

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
7:30pm

M
UK, 1983
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Monty Python's hilarious final film returns to the group's original sketch comedy roots with side-splitting, irreverent vignettes on the stages and trials of life. Oscar-nominee Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones direct all your Monty Python favourites: Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, and Oscar-nominee John Cleese.

How to quote Monty Python without being annoying

The Long Good Friday
9:30pm

MA15+
UK, 1979
Genre: Crime, Action, Mobster
Language: English
Director: John Mackenzie
Starring: Bob Hoskins, Helen Mirren, Pierce Brosnan, Paul Freeman
What's it about?
Mobster Harold Shand (Hoskins) is the all powerful boss of the London underworld, who beneath a gentrified veneer is all snarl and menace. On one fateful Good Friday, the day Harold is to close a crucial deal with an American organised crime group, Shand finds his empire suddenly under attack. Somebody has killed two of his henchman, tried to murder his mother and blown his favourite pub to smithereens. And somebody's going to pay.

The Long Good Friday: Review (★★★★1/2)

WEDNESDAY 15 APRIL

The Secret of Moonacre
5:35pm

PG
UK, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Family
Language: English
Director: Gabor Csupo
Starring: Tamás Tóth, Dakota Blue Richards, Natascha McElhone, Juliet Stevenson, Tim Curry
What's it about?
Follows the quest of thirteen-year-old orphan, Maria Merryweather (Richards), who is sent away to live with her uncle, Sir Benjamin (Gruffudd), in the mysterious Moonacre Manor. It is there Maria uncovers the dark truth of the ancient curse that has nourished the feud that has been destroying Moonacre Valley for centuries. She has only until the next full moon to undo the curse and save Moonacre from destruction.

Monty Python and the Holy Grail
7:30pm

1975, PG
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
What's it about?
From the hilarious comedy troupe Monty Python, comes the story of King Arthur and his knights who embark on a low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles, including obnoxious French soldiers, a Three-Headed Giant and the dreaded Knights who say Ni.

How to quote Monty Python without being annoying

Withnail & I
9:10pm

MA15+
UK, 1987
Genre: Comedy, Cult
Language: English
Director: Bruce Robinson
Starring: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Ralph Brown, Richard Griffiths
What's it about?
This cult comedy classic follows a couple of destitute young actors living in drunken squalor in 1969, in the twilight days of swinging London. The elegantly wasted Withnail (Grant) is a depraved dandy without money or ambition, while his anxious sidekick is the younger and more impressionable Marwood (McGann). The demented duo drown their minds in booze and pills until finally escaping to the country, staying in the home of wealthy, lecherous Uncle Monty (Griffiths), who later takes a liking to young Marwood.

The Movie Show reviews Withnail & I (Episode 46, September 1987)

THURSDAY 16 APRIL

Your Name.
5:30pm

PG
Japan, 2016
Genre: Romance, Animation, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Makoto Shinkai
Starring (voice cast): Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Mone Kamishiraishi, Masami Nagasawa, Etsuko Ichihara
What's it about?
Mitsuha and Taki are two total strangers living completely different lives. But when Mitsuha makes a wish to leave her mountain town for the bustling city of Tokyo, they become connected in a bizarre way. She dreams she is a boy living in Tokyo, while Taki dreams he is a girl from a rural town he's never been to. What does their newfound connection mean? And how will it bring them together?

Your Name review: Story of distant love is a tender genre-bender (★★★★1/2)

Monty Python's Life of Brian
7:30pm

1979, M
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Terry Jones
Starring: John Cleese, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin
What's it about?
Monty Python tells the story of Brian (Chapman), a reluctant would-be messiah who rises to prominence as a result of a series of absurd and truly hilarious circumstances providing ample opportunity for the entire ensemble to shine in multiple roles as they mock everyone and everything from ex lepers, Pontius Pilate and the art of haggling to crazy prophets, Roman centurions and crucifixion.

How to quote Monty Python without being annoying

Sexy Beast
9:15pm

MA15+
UK, Spain, 2000
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Starring: Ian McShane, Ray Winstone, Ben Kingsley, Amanda Redman
What's it about?
Ex-villain Gal Dove (Winstone) has served his time behind bars and is blissfully retired to a Spanish villa paradise with a wife he adores. The idyll is shattered by the arrival of his nemesis Don Logan (Kingsley, in an Oscar-nominated performance), intent on persuading Gal to return to London for one last big job. Desperate not to sacrifice his enchanted existence, Gal is drawn into a shocking battle of wills with Don, and takes part in a sensational underwater heist, risking everything to protect the woman he loves. Directed by Jonathan Glazer (BirthUnder the Skin).

The Movie Show (Episode 21, 2001) reviews Sexy Beast: ★ (Margaret) and ★1/2 (David)

FRIDAY 17 APRIL

A Street Cat Named Bob
5:35pm

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Stewart Head
What's it about?
Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen (Treadaway), a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Bend It Like Beckham
7:30pm

PG
UK, 2002
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sport, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Archie Panjabi
What's it about?
Eighteen-year-old Jess (Nagra) is football mad (her hero is David Beckham), but her Indian parents want her to find a nice Indian boy and settle down, like her sister Pinky (Panjabi), who is about to be married. Jess starts to play in the local girls football team with Jules (Knightley) whose father is supportive, but mother is more interested in buying pretty underwear for her. The girls are both rather interested in Joe their football coach (Rhys Meyers) who has his own problems. 

Why You Should Watch: Bend It Like Beckham

Slumdog Millionaire
9:35pm

MA15+
UK, USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Danny Boyle
Starring: Dev Patel, Freida Pinto, Saurabh Shukla
What's it about?
Orphan Jamal Malik (Patel) has to rely on his wits to survive on the streets and slums of Mumbai with his brother Salim. They narrowly escape the clutches of child exploiters, along with a little girl, Latika (Pinto), but the trio gets separated in the manic chase. Jamal never forgets Latika, and he returns to Mumbai to find her. Knowing her favourite show is Who Wants to be A Millionaire?, Jamal enters the contest, hoping she will see him and understand his love for her. But his success on the show raises accusations of cheating. Winner of the 2009 Academy Award for Best Picture.

My Favourite Film: Slumdog Millionaire

SATURDAY 18 APRIL

Searching for Bobby Fischer
5:25pm

PG
USA, 1993
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steven Zaillian
Starring: Max Pomeranc, Joe Mantegna, Joan Allen, Ben Kingsley, Laurence Fishburne
What's it about?
After discovering their prepubescent son's overwhelming talent in chess, Josh's (Pomeranc) parents hire a strict instructor who aims to instil chess legend Bobby Fischer's aggression into the boy. However, Josh is determined to succeed on his own terms. Written and directed by Steven Zaillian, writer of Schindler's List and The Irishman.

The Movie Show reviews Searching for Bobby Fischer (Episode 32, 1994)

Searching For Bobby Fischer (1993)

The King's Speech
7:30pm

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Derek Jacobi, Jennifer Ehle
What's it about?
After the death of his father King George V and the scandalous abdication of King Edward VIII, Bertie (Firth), who has suffered from a debilitating speech impediment all his life, is suddenly crowned King George VI of England. With his country on the brink of war and in desperate need of a leader, his wife, Elizabeth (Bonham Carter), the future Queen Mother, arranges for her husband to see an eccentric speech therapist, Lionel Logue (Rush). Winner of Best Picture at the 2011 Academy Awards.

The King's Speech review (★★★★1/2): Full of wit, grace and emotion

The Damned United
9:40pm

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Sport, Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Stephen Graham, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent
What's it about?
A film about controversial soccer manager Brian Clough (Sheen), set in 1974 but flashing back to the 1960s, depicting Clough's ill-fated 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United, then one of England's most successful soccer teams. From Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech.

The Damned United: Review (★★★★)

SUNDAY 19 APRIL

Fences
4:55pm

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Denzel Washington
Starring: Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Mykelti Williamson, Stephen Henderson
What's it about?
In 1950s Pittsburgh, a frustrated African-American father (Washington, in an Academy Award-nominated performance) struggles with the constraints of poverty, racism, and his own inner demons as he tries to raise a family. Based on the Tony-winning play by August Wilson, and featuring Viola Davis' Oscar-winning performance for Best Supporting Actress.

Fences review: Denzel Washington builds a towering achievement (★★★★)

Priceless
7:30pm

M
France, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Pierre Salvadori
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh, Vernon Dobtcheff
What's it about?
Irène (Tautou) is an old-fashioned gold-digger, seducing rich older men in return for dresses, trinkets and baubles. When she mistakes shy barman Jean (Elmaleh) for one of her usual prey, she is abhorred to discover his lowly status and flees to the Riviera. Jean tags along hopefully but Irène proceeds to viciously bleed him dry before unceremoniously dumping him. But when a rich older woman adopts Jean as her plaything, Irène becomes intrigued and starts to instruct him in her dark arts.

The Stepford Wives
9:30pm

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Frank Oz
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Matthew Broderick, Bette Midler, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken
What's it about?
Joanna Everhart (Kidman) is an ambitious television executive. When she's fired from her job, her world comes crashing down. Her husband Walter (Broderick), decides on a fresh start in the suburban paradise known as Stepford. Here, all the women conform to the male ideal of wife and mother. And the Stepford Men's association, run by Christopher Walken hides a frightening secret. A sophisticated and comic remake of the 1975 classic of the same name.

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