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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

30 Apr 2020 - 8:42 PM  UPDATED 30 Apr 2020 - 9:08 PM

TV Movie Guide: 4 - 10 May
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.



UK, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson
What's it about?
This period drama is inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), who was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay, a Captain in the Royal Navy, and a Caribbean woman named Maria Belle who gave birth to their child in 1762. Belle's racial background renders her an outsider in her high society circle, and her uncle's role in a slavery case places her in the spotlight.

Film Review: 'Belle' Tells Continually Fascinating and Unusually Layered Story
Belle: Amma Asante interview

The Salvation

Denmark, 2014
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: Danish
Director: Kristian Levring
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt
What's it about?
Former Danish soldier Jon (Mikkelsen) lives in a wild frontier town in 1870s America. After being separated from his family for seven long years, his wife and son finally start making their way to him, but unfortunately they do not survive the journey. Devastated, Jon goes on a revenge killing spree after learning that his family was murdered.

The Salvation: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Match Point

UK, 2005
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Matthew Goode, Brian Cox
What's it about?
A former professional tennis player (Rhys Meyers) moves to the UK and quickly finds a job as a tennis coach. He befriends one of his well-off students (Goode), and marries into the family, but plays a dangerous game by falling for his friend's fiancée (Johansson).

Why You Should Watch: Match Point


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.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

UK, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Declan Lowney
Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Darren Boyd, Sean Pertwee
What's it about?
To save his own job, Alan Partridge (Coogan) gets radio colleague Pat (Meaney) laid off, but when the man returns to the station with a shotgun and a siege ensues, Alan is given the high-profile role of go-between, trying to appease both the hostage taker and armed police. The first big-screen outing for Coogan's beloved Alan Partridge character.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


USA, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
What's it about?
Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is an ambitious young man desperate to forge himself a career in L.A. crime journalism. He soon immerses himself in the nocturnal underbelly of Los Angeles and joins a group of freelance camera crews who are always on the lookout for crashes, fires and murders to film. Aided by Nina (Russo), a veteran of local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Nominated for a 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Jake Gyllenhaal Wrecked Himself for Nightcrawler, and Here’s Why
Nightcrawler Review: Journalism as bloodsport (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Spirited Away 

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)

Big Game

Finland, Germany, UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
Language: Finnish, English
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Onni Tommila, Ted Levine, Felicity Huffman
What's it about?
Air Force One is shot down by terrorists, leaving the President of the United States (Jackson) stranded in the wilderness. 13-year old Oskari is also in that wilderness, on a hunting mission to prove his maturity to his kinsfolk by tracking down a deer, but instead discovers the President in an escape pod. With the terrorists closing in to capture their prize, the unlikely duo team up to escape their hunters.

Animal Kingdom

Australia, 2010
Crime, Drama
David Michôd 
Starring: James Frecheville, Jackie Weaver, Ben Mendelsohn, Guy Pearce, Joel Edgerton
What's it about?
Set amidst the explosive world of a family addicted to crime, as experienced through the eyes of a naïve 17-year-old youth (Frecheville) who enters their lair. It’s the Wild West, where criminals and police wage their war on the city’s streets, while the innocent suffer the consequences. Winner of the Sundance Grand Jury Prize (World Dramatic Competition) in 2010, nominated for Best Supporting Actress (Jacki Weaver) at the next year's Academy Awards, and regarded as one of the finest contemporary Australian films.

Animal Kingdom review: Crime saga is shocking, brutal, brilliant (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)


Vanity Fair

UK, 2004
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Romola Garai, Gabriel Byrne, Rhys Ifans
What's it about?
Early 1800s. Napoleon and England are about to go to war as we meet the grown Becky Sharp (Witherspoon). Hers is the story of a social climber that begins as she graduates from governess school, where she was taken in as an orphaned toddler. Becky is from the wrong side of the tracks, but that doesn't stop her from marrying into the well to-do Crawley family in a time when women especially were forbidden to cross classes. The story takes Becky from poverty, a social outcast and rural England, to riches, society London, India and back again.

Vanity Fair (2004)

Alone in Berlin

France, Germany, UK, 2016
Genre: Thriller, War, Drama
Language: English
Director: Vincent Perez
Starring: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl, Mikael Persbrandt
What's it about?
A German couple (Thompson, Gleenson) receive the news that their only son has been killed in a WWII battle. Already disillusioned with the Nazi regime, they begin a campaign of civil disobedience and write messages on postcards urging fellow Germans to resist.

A Bigger Splash

France, Italy, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts
What's it about?
Rock legend Marianne Lane (Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Johnson). He interrupts this holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. From Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name and I Am Love.

A Bigger Splash review: Tilda Swinton is again Luca Guadagnino's muse in the sly erotic thriller
Luca Guadagnino on 'A Bigger Splash' (interview)



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.

Journey's End

UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Spanish
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring: Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham
What's it about?
Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope (Clafin), variously await their fate. From Saul Dibb, director The Duchess.

Under the Silver Lake

USA, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Grace van Patten, Zosia Mamet
What's it about?
Young and disenchanted Sam (Garfield) meets a mysterious and beautiful woman (Keough) who's swimming in his building's pool one night. When she suddenly vanishes the next morning, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy. From David Robert Mitchell, writer-director of It Follows.

Why you should watch the peculiar ‘Under the Silver Lake’


Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey

USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Peter Hewitt
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Joss Ackland, George Carlin, Pam Grier, William Sadler
What's it about?
Amiable slackers Bill (Winter) and Ted (Reeves) are once again roped into a fantastical adventure when De Nomolos (Ackland), a villain from the future, sends evil robot duplicates of the two lads to terminate and replace them. The robot doubles actually succeed in killing Bill and Ted, but the two are determined to escape the afterlife, challenging the Grim Reaper (Sadler) to a series of games in order to return to the land of the living.

Margaret Pomeranz reviews Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey on The Movie Show (Episode 32 1991)

Waking Ned

UK, 1998
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Kirk Jones
Starring: Ian Bannen, David Kelly, Fionnula Flanagan, Susan Lynch, Brendan Dempsey, James Nesbitt
What's it about?
When Jackie (Bannen) and Michael (Kelly) discover that someone in their small Irish village has won the national lottery, they're determined to share in some of the wealth – but the winner turns out to be Ned Devine, who died of shock when he heard the news. Ned seems to have no nearest and dearest, so Jackie and Michael - and, eventually, all but one of the villagers – conspire to palm off Michael as Ned for the people from the lottery – with predictably comical results. Also known as Waking Ned Devine.

The Crow's Egg

India, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Tamil
Director: M. Manikandan
Starring: Master Vignesh, Master Ramesh, Aishwarya Rajesh, Joe Malloori
What's it about?
The Crow's Egg follows the life of two kids, Periya Kakka Muttai (Vignesh) and his younger brother Chinna Kaaka Muttai (Ramesh), who grow up in a slum. With their father in jail, their mother (Rajesh) brings them up alone. One day, Tamil star T.R. Silambarasan opens up a new pizza shop nearby, and the kids decide that by hook or crook, they will gain entry into the upmarket pizza shop and have a slice of it with their own money.

Beauty and the Beast

France, 2014
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Vincent Cassel, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
In this adaptation of the classic fairy tale, an unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter (Seydoux) of a merchant (Dussollier) offers herself to the mysterious beast (Cassel) to which her father has become indebted. 

The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir

Belgium, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Adventure, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ken Scott
Starring: Dhanush, Berenice Bejo, Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Gérard Jugnot
What's it about?
The story of Ajatashatru Oghash Rathod (Dhanush), a fakir who tricks his local village in Rajasthan, India into believing his possesses special powers and into paying him to fly to Paris to buy a bed of nails from an Ikea store.

The Death of Stalin

UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, History
Language: English
Director: Armando Iannucci
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Simon Russell Beale, Paddy Considine, Rupert Friend, Jason Isaacs, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Palin, Andrea Riseborough, Jeffrey Tambor, Adrian McLoughlin
What's it about?
When tyrannical dictator Josef Stalin (McLoughlin) dies in 1953, his parasitic cronies square off in a frantic power struggle to become the next Soviet leader. Among the contenders are the dweeby Georgy Malenkov (Tambor), the wily Nikita Khrushchev (Buscemi) and Lavrenti Beria (Beale), the sadistic secret police chief. From Armando Iannucci, creator of The Thick of It, In the Loop and Veep.

Interview: Michael Palin & Armando Iannucci (from 29:00)


Tom Thumb

France, 2001
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Romane Bohringer, Nils Hugon
What's it about?
In seventeenth century France, civil war rages, devastating the land. Out of despair,  a couple decide to abandon their five children in the depths of a dark forest. Poucet (Nils Hugon) and his brothers try to find their way out making fantastic encounters.

The Wind Rises

Japan, 2013
Genre: Drama, Biography, Animation
Language: Japanese, German, French
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Voice cast: Hideaki Anno, Hidetoshi Nishijima, Miori Takimoto
What's it about?
An account of Jiro Horikoshi, a would-be pilot, who designed the fighter planes deployed by the Japanese army in World War Two. When Jiro's dreams to become a pilot are dashed by his short-sightedness, he takes a job in the aircraft division of an engineering company where he flourishes as a designer, and his talent takes him to the top of his field. Miyazaki guides us through pivotal moments in Jiro's life, through the Great Depression and into the war.

A United Kingdom

UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport
What's it about?
The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

'A United Kingdom' celebrates interracial couples on screen, with contemporary relevance

Gagarin: First in Space

Russia, 2013
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Russian
Director: Pavel Parkhomenko
Starring: Yaroslav Zhalnin, Mikhail Filippov, Vladimir Steklov, Olga Ivanova
What's it about?
In 1961, Yuri Gagarin (Zhalnin) blasted off from Vostok to become the first man in space. It was a mission fraught with danger as he rocketed into unknown territory and an uncertain fate. Part of an elite squad of cosmonauts Gagarin rose through the ranks, his bravery set him apart as the best of the best.

La Vie en Rose

France, 2007
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Gérard Depardieu, Emmanuelle Seigner, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
A biopic about the legendary international singing icon Edith Piaf (Cotillard, in an Oscar-winning performance), whose voice and talent captivated the world. The remarkable artist was born into poverty but survived using the only gift she had – her voice. Piaf's tragic life was a constant battle to sing and survive, to live and love, with no regrets.  

La Vie En Rose review: You will have no regrets seeing this.


UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Mackie Burns
Starring: Emily Beecham, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Nathaniel Martello-White, Ritu Arya
What's it about?
Daphne is a young woman negotiating the tricky business of modern life. Caught in the daily rush of her restaurant job and a nightlife kaleidoscope of new faces, she is witty, funny, the life of the party. Too busy to realise that deep down she is not happy. When she saves the life of a shopkeeper stabbed in a failed robbery, the impenetrable armour she wears to protect herself begins to crack, and Daphne is forced to confront the inevitability of a much-needed change in her life.



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