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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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16 Apr 2020 - 7:59 PM  UPDATED 17 Apr 2020 - 10:43 AM

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 20 - 26 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 20 APRIL

Fame
5:30pm

PG
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama, Musical
Language: English
Director: Kevin Tancharoen
Starring: Kelsey Grammer, Bebe Neuwirth, Debbie Allen, Kay Panabaker, Walter Perez
What's it about?
As in the original 1980 film, the new Fame cast is comprised of young, up-and-coming performers who will climb the steps of the High School for the Performing Arts to explore a wide variety of classic and contemporary artistic disciplines, including singing, acting, ballet, tap, jazz, modern dance, hip-hop, slam poetry, spoken word, traditional theatre, and cinema.

A Long Way Down
7:45pm

M
UK, Germany, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots
What's it about?
Four strangers meet unintentionally on the roof of a London high-rise, each with the intent of committing suicide. They agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.

Strangerland
9:30pm

MA15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kim Farrant
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Joseph Fiennes
What's it about?
Newly arrived in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine (Kidman) and Matt Parker (Fiennes) are trying to adjust, when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear in the desert, just as a massive dust storm is about to hit. Rumours start swirling about what could have happened to children and, with temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink.

Kim Farrant, on the 5 reasons she had to make Strangerland

TUESDAY 21 APRIL

Golden Kingdom
5:40pm

PG
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Burmese
Director: Brian Perkins
Starring: Shine Htet Zaw, Ko Yin Saw Ri, Ko Yin Than Maung, Ko Yin Maung Sein
What's it about?
The story of four orphan boys, novice monks living in a Buddhist monastery in a remote part of northeast Burma. The head monk departs on a long journey from which he may never return, leaving the boys alone in the middle of the forest.

The Mercy
7:35pm

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English, Spanish
Director: James Marsh
Starring: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss
What's it about?
In 1968, Donald Crowhurst (Firth), an amateur sailor, endangers the fate of his family and business, and his own life, blinded by his ambition to compete in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, attempting to become the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the world without making any stopover.

Grace of Monaco
9:30pm

PG
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Parker Posey
What's it about?
Set in 1962, six years after her celebrated her wedding, Grace of Monaco tells of a year in the life of one of the twentieth century's most iconic women – Grace Kelly (Kidman) – as she strived to reconcile her past and her present, a yearning for a return to the big screen with her newfound role as a mother of two, monarch of a European principality and wife to Prince Ranier III (Roth). Opening night film at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.

WEDNESDAY 22 APRIL

Coming Home
5:30pm

PG
China, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Li Gong, Daoming Chen, Huiwen Zhang
What's it about?
Lu Yanshi (Chen), a political prisoner, is set free at the end of the Cultural Revolution. When he comes home, he discovers that his wife (Gong) suffers from memory loss and doesn't recognise him. Every day, she waits for her husband to return, without realising he's right beside her.

Kon-Tiki
7:30pm

M
UK, Norway, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Action
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård
What's it about?
The story of the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's (Hagen) epic 101 day, 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsa wood raft in 1947. Along with 5 adventurous companions, Heyerdal sought to prove his theory that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning interview

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
9:35pm

MA15+
UK, USA, Ireland, 2017
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Yorgos Lanthimos
Starring: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Barry Keoghan, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Camp
What's it about?
Dr. Steven Murphy (Farrell) is a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife (Kidman) and two children (played by Rafey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic). Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin (Keoghan), a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor's life in gradually unsettling ways. From Yorgos Lanthimos, acclaimed writer-director of Dogtooth, The Lobster and The Favourite.

'The Killing of a Sacred Deer' review: Masterfully Orchestrated, Extremely Discomforting

THURSDAY 23 APRIL

Whisky Galore
5:40pm

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Starring: Gregor Fisher, Eddie Izzard, Naomi Battrick, Ellie Kendrick, Sean Biggerstaff
What's it about?
The story of the inhabitants of the isolated Scottish island of Todday, in the Outer Hebrides, where gloom sets in as their wartime rationing of whisky runs out. When cargo ship the SS Cabinet Minister runs aground the shrewd islanders run rings around the buffoonish English Home Guard commander Captain Waggett (Izzard) and conspire to hide away cases of the precious amber nectar.

Made in Dagenham
7:30pm

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nigel Cole 
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike
What's it about?
Based on a true story, this film portrays a decisive moment in the '60s when the fight for equal rights and pay was led – unexpectedly – by ordinary working-class women with one foot in the kitchen, one foot on the factory floor, and ears glued to the pop coming over the radio and telly from far-off London. Led by a young married mother (Hawkins), one of 187 women who worked for the Ford Motor Company, the region‘s principal employer, these feisty factory girls shook their world with spirit and courage, and achieved lasting social change.

Made in Dagenham review: Factory girls fight back in warm UK comedy

Stoker
9:35pm, SBS VICELAND

MA15+
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Chan-wook Park
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Jacki Weaver
What's it about?
Following the death of her father, India Stoker (Wasikowska) meets her charismatic uncle (Goode), whom she never knew existed. When he moves in to comfort India and her mother, the two find that the newest member of their family might actually be their worst nightmare. The first English language film from cult South Korean director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, The Handmaiden).

Stoker: Park Chan-wook and Mia Wasikowska interview

FRIDAY 24 APRIL

Ponyo
5:35pm

Japan, 2009
Genre: 
Animated, Family
Language:
 Japanese
Director:
 Hayao Miyazaki
What's it about?
This animated adventure, from acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki (Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away), centres on five-year-old Sosuke and his friendship with Ponyo, a goldfish princess who longs to become human. When a powerful magic threatens to destroy the world, the two friends embark on the adventure of a lifetime to save the planet. Nominated for the Golden Lion at the 2008 Venice Film Festival.

Still Alice
7:35pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Alec Baldwin
What's it about?
Fifty-year-old Alice Howland (Moore, whose performance won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actress) leads a seemingly perfect life, with a happy marriage and three grown children, and a successful career as a renowned linguistics professor. However, that life is turned upside down when she starts forgetting words, before receiving a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. This puts Alice and her family through the test, as she struggles to remain the woman she once was.

Julianne Moore on Still Alice, on getting inside the mind of Alzheimer's sufferers

The Railway Man
9:30pm

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Hiroyuki Sanada, Stellan Skarsgård
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 25 APRIL

Romeo & Juliet
5:45pm

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Carlo Carlei
Starring: Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone, Ed Westwick
What's it about?
In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague (Booth) manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet (Steinfeld), their daughter. The two are instantly smitten but dismayed to learn that their families are enemies. Romeo and Juliet figure out a way to pursue their romance, but Romeo is banished for his part in the slaying of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt (Westwick).

Slow West
7:55pm

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Action, Western, Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows Jay (Smit-McPhee), a 17-year-old Scottish aristocrat who travels to American West to look for his former lover. Faced with the brutal frontier environment, he soon teams up with a rough and mysterious traveller named Silas (Fassbender), who soon discovers that Jay’s old flame has a price on her head. Together, they make their way through the wilderness, while trying to stay one step ahead of the bounty hunters.

Slow West: Review (★★★★)

The Family Fang
9:30pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Jason Bateman
Starring: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken
What's it about?
Annie (Kidman) and Baxter (Bateman), the adult children of the controversial husband and wife conceptual performance art couple famous for their quirky macabre public performances, have never got over the fact that their parents kept using them during their childhood in their often gory and disturbing satirical public performances. They often clash with their now elderly parents over this and blame them for their problems in their adult life. However, the two become worried when they're told by the police that their parents have gone missing during their trip outside of town.

SUNDAY 26 APRIL

Titan A.E.
5:45pm

PG
USA, 2000
Genre: Animation, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English, Chinese
Director: Gary Goldman, Don Bluth
Voice Cast: Matt Damon, Bill Pullman, Drew Barrymore, John Leguizamo, Nathan Lane
What's it about?
A young man finds out that he holds the key to restoring hope and ensuring survival for the human race, while an alien species called the Drej are bent on mankind's destruction.

Vanilla Sky
7:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Cameron Crowe
Starring: Tom Cruise, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Tilda Swinton
What's it about?
David Aames (Cruise) has it all: wealth, good looks and gorgeous women on his arm. But just as he begins falling for the warmhearted Sofia (Cruz), his face is horribly disfigured in a car accident. That's just the beginning of his troubles as the lines between illusion and reality, between life and death, are blurred. A remake of the 1997 Spanish film Open Your Eyes (also starring Cruz) from director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Jerry Maguire).

Vanilla Sky: The Movie Show Review (December 2001)

Fearless
10:00pm

M
China, 2006
Genre: Martial Arts, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Ronny Yu
Starring: Jet Li, Nakamura Shidou, Sun Li, Dong Yong
What's it about?
Jet Li stars as the famed martial arts fighter Huo Yuanjia, who became the most famous fighter in China at the turn of the 20th century. Huo faced personal tragedy but ultimately fought his way out of darkness and into history, defining the true spirit of martial arts.

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