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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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8 May 2020 - 9:48 AM  UPDATED 8 May 2020 - 9:54 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide Highlights: 11 - 17 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.

MONDAY 11 MAY

Time Bandits
5:20pm

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 (BrazilThe Fisher King, 12 Monkeys).

God Help the Girl
7:30pm

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance, Musical
Language: English
Director: Stuart Murdoch
Starring: Emily Browning, Olly Alexander, Hannah Murray, Pierre Boulanger
What's it about?
Life has never been easy for Eve (Browning), but this troubled young girl has a talent and songwriting becomes her way forward. Through her passion for music, she's led to Glasgow where she meets James (Alexander) and Cassie (Murray), two kindred spirits each at a crossroads of their own. Together they storm the city's music scene as their lives and lyric intertwine. What follows is a toe-tapping, heart-warming story of renaissance, friendship and romance over a long, dream-like summer.

God Help the Girl: Stuart Murdoch and Emily Browning interview

Ray
9:35pm

M
USA, 2004
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Jamie Foxx, Harry Lennix, Regina King, Terrence Howard
What's it about?
The story of one of America's true musical geniuses, Ray Charles, featuring an Oscar-winning performance from Jamie Foxx as the blind prodigy. From his humble beginnings in the South through his meteoric rise to the top of American music charts, Ray's inspirational journey is a tale of hope, redemption and the power of the human spirit.

TUESDAY 12 MAY

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya
4:50pm

PG
Japan, 2013
Genre: Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Language: Japanese
Director: Isao Takahata
Voice Cast: Aki Asakura, Kengo Kora, Nobuko Miyamoto, Atsuko Takahata
What's it about?
Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo by an old bamboo cutter and his wife, a tiny girl grows rapidly into an exquisite young lady. The mysterious young princess enthralls all who encounter her - but ultimately she must confront her fate, the punishment for her crime. A Studio Ghibli film, from legendary director Isao Takahata (Only Yesterday, Grave of the Fireflies).

The Namesake
7:30pm

M
India, USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Bengali, Hindi, English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Kal Penn, Tabu, Irrfan Khan, Sahira Nair, Jacinda Barrett
What's it about?
American-born Gogol (Penn), the son of Indian immigrants, wants to fit in among his fellow New Yorkers, despite his family's unwillingness to let go of their traditional ways. Spanning two generations, two clashing cultures and two very different ways of life that crash into each other only to become lovingly intertwined, The Namesake is ultimately about the question: what does it mean to be an American family? From director Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding), and starring the late Irrfan Khan as Gogol's father.

Get on Up
9:45pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Tate Taylor
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer
What's it about?
A chronicle of James Brown's (Boseman) rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history. It follows the man and his music in flashbacks from his impoverished early years in a shack in rural South Carolina, to living in a brothel run by Aunt Honey (Spencer) and singing in a local church, to his early career performing with the Famous Flames and later international stardom. Directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).

WEDNESDAY 13 MAY

Wildwitch
5:35pm

PG
Denmark, 2018
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: Danish
Director: Kaspar Munk
Starring: Gerda Lie Kaas, Sonja Richter, Signe Egholm Olsen, Vera Mi Fernandez Bachmann
What's it about?
12-year-old Clara (Kaas) is just like any other girl until one day a mysterious black cat scratches her. Clara soon discovers that she can communicate with the cat and that she belongs to a family of Wild Witches with a strong connection to nature and animals. It turns out that Clara is a very special Wild Witch and that her blood can set free the ancient and evil witch, Bravita Bloodyoung. Together with her mentor aunt Isa and her friends, Kahla and Oscar, Clara must face her destiny and embark on a dangerous journey in order to save herself and the Wild World.

Midnight Run
7:30pm

M
USA, 1988
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Martin Brest
Starring: Robert De Niro, Charles Grodin, Yaphet Kotto, Dennis Farina, Joe Pantoliano
What's it about?
When bounty hunter Jack Walsh (De Niro) is charged with grabbing bail jumper Jon Mardukas (Grodin), he has no idea the Mob and the FBI have the same idea. Nominated for two 1988 Golden Globes (Best Picture - Comedy or Musical and Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for De Niro).

David & Margaret review Midnight Run (5 stars each) on The Movie Show (Episode 34 1988)

Miles Ahead
9:50pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Don Cheadle
Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lakeith Stanfield
What's it about?
Inspired by events of his life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle also makes his directorial debut with this unconventional biographical drama.

THURSDAY 14 MAY

Mr. Holmes
5:30pm

M
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
An aged, retired Sherlock Holmes (McKellan) deals with early dementia as he tries to remember both his final case and a mysterious woman whose memory haunts him. He also befriends a fan, the young son of his housekeeper, who wants him to work again.

'Mr. Holmes' plays like fan-fiction, but excellent fan-fiction

Mr. Holmes airs Tuesday 9th July at 7:30pm on SBS World Movies

Beyond the Lights
7:30pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Nate Parker, Minnie Driver, Machine Gun Kelly, Danny Glover
What's it about?
Noni Jean (Mbatha-Raw) is a hot new rising star. But not all is what it seems, and the pressure causes Noni to nearly fall apart - until she meets Kaz Nicol (Parker), a promising young cop and aspiring politician who's been assigned to her detail. Can Kaz's love give Noni the courage to find her own voice and break free to become the artist she was meant to be? From Gina Prince-Bythewood, writer/director of Love & Basketball.

 

Notorious
9:40pm

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: George Tillman Jr.
Starring: Anthony Mackie, Angela Bassett, Derek Luke, Naturi Naughton, Jamal Woolard
What's it about?
The true story about the life and death of Christopher Wallace (played here by Jamal Woolard), aka The Notorious B.I.G. In just a few short years, B.I.G. rose from the streets of Brooklyn to become one of the most influential hip hop artists of all time. B.I.G. was a gifted storyteller; his narratives about violent life on the streets were told with a gritty, objective realism that won him enormous respect and credibility. His stories were universal and gave a voice to his generation. Also starring Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and Derek Luke as Sean 'Puffy' Coombs (aka P. Diddy).

FRIDAY 15 MAY

Tanu Weds Manu Returns
5:10pm

PG
India, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Hindi
Director: Aanand L. Rai
Starring: Kangana Ranaut, R. Madhavan, Jimmy Sheirgill, Deepak Dobriyal, Swara Bhaskar
What's it about?
The sequel to Tanu Weds Manu (2011), in which stars Kangana Ranaut (Tanu) and R. Madhavan (Manu) reprise their roles from the original. Tanu and Manu's marriage collapses. What happens when Manu meets Tanu's lookalike Kusum - and when Tanu returns? Kangana Ranaut also portrays the additional role of a Haryanvi athlete Kusum in the film.

Florence Foster Jenkins
7:30pm

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant, Rebecca Ferguson
What's it about?
The story of Florence Foster Jenkins (Streep, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a New York heiress, who dreamed of becoming an opera singer, despite having a terrible singing voice. Directed by Stephen Frears (The Queen, My Beautiful Laundrette).

Florence Foster Jenkins review: A bright, bubbly and ear-bursting biopic

Love & Mercy
9:35pm

M
USA, 2014
Genre: 
Drama, Music, Biography
Language: 
English
Director: 
Bill Pohlad
Starring: 
Paul Dano, John Cusack, Paul Giamatti, Elizabeth Banks 
What's it about?
In the mid-60's, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson (played by Dano in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) grapples with his inner demons during the creation of the now-classic “Pet Sounds” album, even as the late 1980s Wilson (played by Cusack) escapes the influence of the domineering Dr. Landy (Giamatti) with the help of protective girlfriend Melinda (Banks).

Love and Mercy review: Paul Dano magnificent as Brian Wilson

 

SATURDAY 16 MAY

Young Frankenstein
4:05pm

PG
USA, 1974
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Language: English, German
Director: Mel Brooks
Starring: Gene Wilder, Peter Boyle, Madeline Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Teri Garr
What's it about?
A young neurosurgeon (Wilder) inherits the castle of his grandfather, the famous Dr. Victor von Frankenstein. In the castle he finds a funny hunchback called Igor (Feldman), a pretty lab assistant named Inga (Garr) and the old housekeeper, Frau Blucher (Leachman). Young Frankenstein believes that the work of his grandfather was delusional, but when he discovers the book where the mad doctor described his reanimation experiment, he suddenly changes his mind.

Is 'Young Frankenstein' the funniest movie ever made?

Laputa: Castle in the Sky
6:05pm

G
Japan, 1986
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Anna Paquin, Mark Hamill, James Van Der Beek
What's it about?
The orphan Sheeta inherited a mysterious crystal that links her to the mythical sky-kingdom of Laputa. With the help of resourceful Pazu and a rollicking band of sky pirates, she makes her way to the ruins of the once-great civilization. Sheeta and Pazu must outwit the evil Muska, who plans to use Laputa's science to make himself ruler of the world. From Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli, the team behind classics such as Spirited AwayPrincess Mononoke and My Neighbour Totoro.

Shot Caller
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ric Roman Waugh
Starring: Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Omari Hardwick, Lake Bell, Jon Bernthal, Emory Cohen
What's it about?
A white-collar lawyer (Coster-Waldau) convicted of a DUI manslaughter charge becomes a gang leader in prison, and finds himself forced by his leaders to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang in Southern California. 

'Shot Caller': Authentically Gritty Prison Thriller

The Girl in the Book
10:45pm

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Marya Cohn
Starring: Emily VanCamp, Michael Nyqvist, Ana Mulvoy-Ten, Talia Balsam, Ali Ahn
What's it about?
Approaching 30 with no great pleasure, Alice (VanCamp) is a native Manhattanite whose life looks glamorous and privileged from the outside, but frustrates her on nearly every front. She works ostensibly as a junior editor for a stereotypically obnoxious boss (Jordan Lage) who treats her like a secretary/gofer at a publishing house, ignoring all pleas for more challenging work as well as her advocacy for an unknown scribe's exceptional manuscript. Soon she is forced to face difficult memories from when she was younger, when an older man from her past reappears.

'The Girl in the Book': Sharp, Compelling Literary Drama

The Girl In The Book

SUNDAY 17 MAY

The Importance of Being Earnest
1:05pm

G
UK, 1952
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood
What's it about?
Algernon Moncrieff (Denison) is surprised to discover that his affluent friend (Redgrave) -- whom he knows as "Ernest" -- is actually named Jack Worthing. Jack fabricated his alter ego in order to escape his country estate where he takes care of his charge, Cecily Cardew. Cecily believes that Ernest is Jack's wayward brother and is keen on his raffish lifestyle. Algernon, seeing an opportunity, assumes Ernest's identity and sneaks off to woo Cecily.

The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

Son of Rambow
5:00pm

G
UK, 2007
Genre: Comedy
Language: French, English
Director: Garth Jennings
Starring: Bill Milner, Will Poulter, Jessica Hynes, Anna Wing, Neil Dudgeon, Asa Butterfield
What's it about?
Will Proudfoot (Milner) is looking for an escape from his family's stifling home life when he encounters Lee Carter (Poulter), the school bully. Armed with a video camera and a copy of "Rambo: First Blood", Lee plans to make cinematic history by filming his own action-packed video epic. Together, these two newfound friends-turned-budding-filmmakers quickly discover that their imaginative ― and sometimes mishap-filled ― cinematic adventure has begun to take on a life of its own.

Operation Arctic
6:50pm

G
Norway, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Family
Language: Norwegian
Director: Grethe Bøe-Waal
Starring: Kaisa Gurine Antonsen, Ida Leonora Valestrand Eike, Leonard Valestrand Eike
What's it about?
Julia (Antonsen) and her twin siblings Sindre (Leonard Valestrand Eike) and Ida (Ida Leonora Valestrand Eike) have moved to a small town with their mother. Desperate to reach their father, who is working in Southern Norway, they secretly jump aboard a helicopter flying in his direction. Unfortunately, the helicopter changes its route and soon they find themselves lost and alone at a deserted island. Now the three are forced to face the epic powers of nature, as both blizzards and hungry polar bears threaten their very existence.

The Thin Red Line
8:30pm

M
USA, 1998
Genre: War
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, James Caviezel, Nick Nolte
What's it about?
In 1942, Private Witt (Caviezel) is a U.S. Army absconder living peacefully with the locals of a small South Pacific island. Discovered by his commanding officer, Sergeant Welsh (Penn), Witt is forced to resume his active duty training for the Battle of Guadalcanal. As Witt and his unit land on the island, and the American troops mount an assault on entrenched Japanese positions, the story explores their various fates and attitudes towards life-or-death situations. Nominated for seven 1999 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Why ‘The Thin Red Line’ is the only movie I watch again and again
The Thin Red Line: Review

Leningrad
11:40pm

M
UK, 2007
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, Russian, German
Director: Aleksandr Buravskiy
Starring: Gabriel Byrne, Mira Sorvino, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Vladimir Ilyin
What's it about?
In 1941 the German invasion of Russia leads to the siege of Leningrad, a two year long military campaign designed to literally starve the city. In the midst of the suffering an English newspaper reporter (Sorvino) finds herself trapped, unbeknownst to her American reporter boyfriend (Byrne), between the German guns and the Soviet security system that cannot admit it erred in reporting her dead.

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