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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

12 Jun 2020 - 1:53 PM  UPDATED 12 Jun 2020 - 2:30 PM

TV Movie Guide: 15 - 21 June
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 Thief of Bagdad

UK, 1940
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Michael Powell, Ludwig Berger, Tim Whelan
Starring: Conrad Veidt, Sabu, June Duprez, John Justin, Rex Ingram
What's it about?
The evil Jaffar (Veidt) has imprisoned the King of Bagdad, Ahmad (Justin). A young thief, Abu (Sabu), helps him to escape to the Sultan's palace where Ahmad falls in love with the Sultan's daughter, who is betrothed to Jaffar. As the two attempt to restore peace to the city, their adventures bring them into contact with a genie and a flying carpet, both of which they will need if they are to defeat Jaffar. Co-directed by Michael Powell (The Red Shoes, Black Narcissus).

In a World...

USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Lake Bell
Starring: Lake Bell, Geena Davis, Nick Offerman, Jeff Garlin, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed
What's it about?
An underachieving vocal coach (Bell) is motivated by her father, the king of movie-trailer voice-overs, to pursue her aspirations of becoming a voiceover star. Amidst pride, sexism and family dysfunction, she sets out to change the voice of a generation.

In a World... Review

The Sacrament

USA, 2013
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ti West
Starring: Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz, Kate Lyn Sheil
What's it about?
A fashion photographer (Swanberg) is traveling to meet his sister (Seimetz) at Eden Parish. Once there, his friends begin to film interviews with the Eden Parish inhabitants, all of whom speak of the commune in glowing terms. However, they soon discover that there is a sinister edge to the commune that belies the seemingly peaceful setting. Directed by Ti West (The Innkeepers, House of the Devil).


Little Nicholas

France, Belgium, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Maxime Godart, Vincent Claude, Charles Vaillant, Valérie Lemercier, Kal Merad
What's it about?
Nicolas (Godart) has a happy existence, parents who love him, a great group of friends with whom he has great fun, and all he wants is that nothing changes. However, one day, he overhears a conversation that leads him to believe that his life might change forever, his mother (Lemercier) is pregnant. 

Mr. Pip

Papua New Guinea, Australia, New Zealand, 2012
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Andrew Adamson
Starring: Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah Matsi, Florence Korokoro, Eka Darville
What's it about?
Matilda (Matsi) is a young girl living on the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. She is raised by a strict mother and attends school, where her teacher, Mr. Watts (Laurie), is the only white man in the village. As war descends on her province, she becomes captivated with the character of Pip in the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations, who eventually becomes her beacon of hope and gives her the desire to live. 

Martha Marcy May Marlene

USA, 2011
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Sean Durkin
Starring: Elizabeth Olsen, John Hawkes, Hugh Dancy, Sarah Paulson
What's it about?
A young woman, Martha (Olsen), flees her life in an abusive cult. Seeking help from her estranged older sister and brother-in-law, Martha is unable and unwilling to reveal the truth about her disappearance. Haunted by painful memories and increasing paranoia, Martha struggles to re-assimilate with her family. Winner of the directing award at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival.

Martha Marcy May Marlene: John Hawkes interview
Martha Marcy May Marlene: Review  (✰✰✰✰)


Howl's Moving Castle

Japan, 2004
Genre: Fantasy, Animation
Language: Japanese
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
Starring (voice cast): Emily Mortimer, Jena Malone, Lauren Bacall, Christian Bale, Billy Crystal
What's it about?
Sophie, a teenage girl working in her family's hat shop, finds her life thrown into turmoil when a handsome-but-mysterious wizard named Howl sweeps her off her feet. This innocent encounter enrages the vain and conniving Witch of the Waste, who transforms Sophie into a 90-year-old woman. Sophie's efforts to break the curse bring her to Howl's magical moving castle, where she befriends Mark, Howl's apprentice, and the hot-headed fire demon Calcifer.

Howl’s Moving Castle: review (✰)

Don't Tell

Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Tori Garrett
Starring: Sara West, Rachel Griffiths, Jack Thompson, Aden Young
What's it about?
The story of a young woman who fought back after enduring sexual abuse at a prestigious private school. The film is based on true events and the 2001 legal case that changed how Australia would handle child abuse claims. This is the story of a survivor, Lyndal (West), and the last trial by jury of its kind. The case was the catalyst behind the revolutionary Blue Card Childcare System.

Don't Tell review: Compelling tale of church abuse cover-up

Rachel Griffiths and Aden Young in 'Don't Tell'.

Worlds Apart

Denmark, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Niels Arden Oplev
Starring: Rosalinde Mynster, Pilou Asbæk, Sarah Boberg
What's it about?
Based on a true story, a young girl (Mynster) is torn between her conscience, religion and passion when she is forced to make a choice between her faith and her feelings for a man (Asbæk) who does not belong to her family's church, the Jehovah's Witnesses. From the director of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.



USA, 1995
Genre: Animation, Adventure, Family
Language: English
Director: Simon Wells
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Bob Hoskins, Bridget Fonda, Jim Cummings, Phil Collins
What's it about?
From executive producer Steven Spielberg comes this charming, heart-warming tale of a dog who travels 600 miles across the Alaskan wilderness to deliver medical supplies to dying children. Based on the true story which inspired the Iditarod race, Balto is perfect entertainment for children of all ages.

Under the Cover of Cloud

Australia, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ted Wilson
Starring: Ted Wilson, Arthur Wessing, Chris Wessing, David Boon
What's it about?
An embittered journalist (Wilson) returns home to Hobart after losing his Melbourne magazine job. With nothing to do except think about his next move, he lands on the idea of writing a book about Tasmanian upper-order batsmen, and in particular the great man himself: David Boon (who makes a cameo appearance in the film). But soon he’s discovering there’s a lot more to his homeland than he once thought, and that everything he’s been searching for could be closer than he imagined.

Under the Cover Of Cloud

The Physician

Germany, 2013
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Phlipp Stölzl
Starring: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Ben Kingsley, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby
What's it about?
In the 11th century London, a young man (Payne) dreams of becoming a surgeon. He decides to travel to Persia to learn medicine from prestigious physician Avicenna (Kingsley) and passes himself as a Jew so he can be accepted at the school. 

The Endless

USA, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Starring: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Callie Hernandez, Tate Ellington
What's it about?
Living in poverty in a shared studio apartment in Los Angeles, brothers Aaron and Justin (played by Moorhead and Benson, who also wrote and directed) receive a mysterious videotape in a box that seems to have been shipped through a hundred countries before arriving on their doorstep. On it, a Heaven’s Gate-like cult member talks about an impending 'Ascension'. We learn that the brothers were raised in this cult, and fled from it a decade ago because Justin pulled Aaron out when he became aware of an impending mass suicide.

The sun-drenched horror of a creepy cult in 'The Endless'



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  (✰✰✰✰1/2)

The Duchess

UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring:  Keira Knightley, Georgia King, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling, Ralph Fiennes
What's it about?
The tale of a woman (Knightley) who became one of the world’s first celebrities, who was adored by all the people of England, save one: her husband, the Duke (Fiennes). Once she marries him, she will attain the very heights of society. Yet, for all her power and notoriety, for all the affection she receives from the masses, she will have to break all of society’s rules, and sacrifice everything, the set her own passionate heart free.


UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Florian Gallenberger
Starring: Emma Watson, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Bruhl
What's it about?
Based on the true story of a determined stewardess (Watson) who tries to rescue her boyfriend (Bruhl) when he becomes a prisoner during a military coup in Chile in 1973.


Big Fish

USA, 2003 
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Albert Finney, Billy Crudup, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
When Edward Bloom (played by Finney in the present day and McGregor as a younger man in flashbacks) becomes ill, his son, William (Crudup), travels to be with him. William has a strained relationship with Edward because his father has always told exaggerated stories about his life, and William thinks he's never really told the truth. Even on his deathbed, Edward recounts fantastical anecdotes. When William, who is a journalist, starts to investigate his father's tales, he begins to understand the man and his penchant for storytelling. 

Changing Lanes

USA, 2002
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt
What's it about?
A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two complete strangers (Affleck, Jackson) into vicious adversaries. Their means of destroying each other might be different, but their goals, ultimately, will be the same: Each will systematically try to dismantle the other's life in a reckless effort to reclaim something he has lost.

The Movie Show reviews Changing Lanes: ✰ &  ✰1/2 (Episode 35, 2002)


USA, 2018
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Director X.
Starring: Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell, Michael Kenneth Williams, Lex Scott Davis
What's it about?
Career criminal Youngblood Priest (Jackson) wants out of the Atlanta drug scene, but as he ramps up sales, one little slip up threatens to bring the whole operation down before he can make his exit. A reimagining of the 1972 blaxploitation classic - the film that helped define a genre in its characters, look, sound, and feel - from Director X, director of legendary music videos by Drake, Rihanna and more.


A Stork's Journey

Belgium, 2017
Genre: Family, Adventure, Animation
Language: English
Director: Toby Genkel, Reza Memari
Voice cast: Tilman Döbler, Cooper Kelly Kramer, Shannon Conley, Christian Gaul
What's it about?
Orphaned at birth and raised by a stork family, the teenage sparrow Richard believes he is one of them. But when the time comes to reveal his true identity and migrate to Africa without him, Richard boldly chases after them to prove that he is a stork after all. Also known as A Stork's Journey.

Viceroy's House

India, UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal
What's it about?
In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs.


UK, 2007
Genre: Drama, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Joe Wright
Starring: Keira Knightley, Brenda Blethyn, Saoirse Ronan, James McAvoy, Juno Temple
What's it about?
In the English summer of 1935, 13-year-old fledgling writer Briony Tallis (Ronan), irrevocably changes the course of several lives when she accuses her older sister Cecilia's (Knightley) lover, Robbie (McAvoy), a servant's son, of a crime he did not commit. The trauma follows them through World War II. Based on the novel by Ian McEwan and nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

Atonement: Review (✰✰✰✰)

Le Week-End

UK, 2013
Genre: Biography
Language: English
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Lindsay Duncan, Jeff Goldblum, Olly Alexander
What's it about?
A long married British couple (Broadbent, Duncan) return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. Whilst on holiday they run in to an old friend (Goldblum), who changes the way the couple think about their love for one another.

Le Week-End: Review (✰✰✰✰)

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