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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

10 Jul 2020 - 11:17 AM  UPDATED 10 Jul 2020 - 11:17 AM

TV Movie Guide: 13 - 19 July
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.


Out of Africa

USA, 1985
Genre: History, Romance, Drama
Language: English, Swahili
Director: Sydney Pollack
Starring: Meryl Streep, Robert Redford, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Michael Kitchen
What's it about?
Based on a true story. Streep plays real-life author Karen Blixen, who moves from Denmark to Nairobi with her husband of convenience (Brandauer) to start a plantation. Once there, she finds herself falling in love with a British adventurer (Redford) and struggling with the troubles of daily life in Africa. Winner of seven Academy Awards, including Best Director (for Pollack) and Best Picture.

Vera Drake

UK, 2004
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan
What's it about?
Vera Drake (Staunton, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is tirelessly devoted to her family, and tends to the needs of her husband and two children, elderly mother, and sick neighbour. Vera also works as a house cleaner to the well-heeled but, unbeknownst to her family, she also "helps young girls out" when they are faced with unwanted pregnancies. Written and directed by Mike Leigh (Secrets & Lies, Topsy-Turvy).

‘Vera Drake’ – the film about abortion that is still so relevant in 2019

The Piano

New Zealand, 1993
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jane Campion
Starring: Holly Hunter, Anna Paquin, Harvey Keitel, Sam Neill
What's it about?
After a long voyage from Scotland, pianist Ada (Hunter) and her young daughter, Flora (Paquin), are left with all their belongings, including a piano, on a New Zealand beach. Ada, who has been mute since childhood, has been sold into marriage to a local man named Alisdair (Neill). Making little attempt to warm up to Alisdair, Ada soon becomes intrigued by his acquaintance, George (Keitel), leading to life-altering conflicts. Written and directed by Jane Campion, who won an Oscar for the film's original screenplay and became the second woman ever nominated for Best Director.

The Piano: Original 1993 Movie Show review (David & Margaret: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐)
Movie Show interviews with Jane Campion, Holly Hunter, Sam Neill and Harvey Keitel


The Fifth Element

France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth. From director Luc Besson (Leon: The Professional, The Big Blue).

My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element

Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

Japan, New Zealand, UK, 1983
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Nagisa Oshima
Starring: David Bowie, Tom Conti, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Takeshi Kitano, Jack Thompson
What's it about?
During WWII, British soldier Jack Celliers (Bowie) is captured by Japanese forces and held in a prison camp by the honour-bound Captain Yanoi (Sakamoto). Yanoi becomes intrigued with Celliers' open defiance in the face of their staunchly old-world ideas about cowardice and shame. Meanwhile, a translator, Lieutenant colonel John Lawrence (Conti), attempts to find common ground between British and Japanese beliefs. From legendary Japanese director Nagisa Oshima (In the Realm of the Senses).

David Bowie in Merry Christmas Mr Lawrence

Wall Street

USA, 1987
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah
What's it about?
Quick gains are the lure for two players on Wall Street: one a seasoned multi-millionaire corporate raider (Douglas, in an Oscar-winning performance); the other, a newly-minted young broker (Sheen) unprepared for the moral conflicts he will be forced to confront. Their dangerous friendship, set against the background of the Bull Market in the years 1985-1986, will become a mockery of mentor and aspirant, professor and student, father and son. Directed by Oliver Stone (JFK, Platoon).



Japan, 2009
Animated, Family
 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 force 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.

Maggie's Plan

USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Rebecca Miller
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Greta Gerwig, Julianne Moore, Bill Hader
What's it about?
Maggie's (Gerwig) plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John (Hawke), a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant and impossible Georgette (Moore). But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do you do when you suspect your man and his ex-wife are actually perfect for each other? From acclaimed writer-director Rebecca Miller (Personal Velocity).

'Maggie's Plan' review: A delightful screwball comedy for grown-ups (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

'Maggie's Plan'

Still Alice

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


Hunt for the Wilderpeople

New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

Warm Bodies

USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, John Malkovich
What's it about?
When a highly unusual zombie (Hoult) rescues a girl (Palmer) from imminent death at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets in motion a chain of events that will transform him, his fellow dead, and maybe even the whole lifeless world. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness, 50/50).

Dallas Buyers Club

USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Steve Zahn, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto
What's it about?
1986, Texas. Homophobic womaniser Ron Woodruff (McConaughey, in an Oscar-winning performance) is completely oblivious of AIDS, even as it spreads through the world, terrifying the public. So when Ron contracts HIV, he is blindsided. Given just 30 days to live, he tries in vain to be included in the AZT drug trial. Ron seeks out other untested, alternative medications in Mexico, and establishes an underground network of drug supply for the growing increasing numbers of HIV and AIDS. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.Wild, Big Little Lies).

Dallas Buyers Club: Interview
Dallas Buyers Club: Review


Song of the Sea

Ireland, 2014
Genre: Family, Animation, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Tomm Moore
Voice Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Fionnula Flanagan, Lisa Hannigan, David Rawle
What's it about?
This Oscar-nominated animated feature tells the story of the last Seal Child’s journey home. After their mother’s disappearance, Ben and Saoirse are sent to live with Granny in the city. When they resolve to return to their home by the sea, their journey becomes a race against time as they are drawn into a world Ben knows only from his mother’s folktales. But this is no bedtime story; these fairy folk have been in our world far too long. It soon becomes clear to Ben that Saoirse is the key to their survival.

'Song of the Sea': Gorgeously Animated 'Secret Of Kells' Follow-Up

Oscar-nominated 2014 animated feature 'Song Of The Sea'

Brideshead Revisited

UK, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Julian Jarrold
Starring: Anna Madeley, Michael Gambon, Matthew Goode, Emma Thompson
What's it about?
In 1925 at Oxford University, Charles Ryder (Goode) is befriended by the flamboyant Sebastian Flyte (Whishaw), son of Lord and Lady Marchmain (Gambon and Thompson). Sebastian takes Charles under his wing and when he's invited to Brideshead, the Flyte family's magnificent ancestral home, Charles becomes infatuated with Julia, Sebastian's beautiful sister Julia (Atwell) as well as everything the family represents.

Brideshead Revisited: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

The Iron Lady

UK, 2011
Genre: Drama, History, Biography
Language: English
Director: Phyllida Lloyd
Starring: Meryl Streep, Anthony Head, Jim Broadbent, Richard E. Grant, Olivia Colman
What's it about?
An intimate portrait of Margaret Thatcher (played by Streep in an Oscar-winning performance), leader of the UK's Conservative Party from 1979-1990 and the first and only female Prime Minister of The United Kingdom. The film's story is related by an elderly Thatcher talking to the imagined presence of her recently deceased husband as she struggles to come to terms with his death while scenes from her past life, from girlhood to British Prime Minister, intervene. Screenplay by Abi Morgan (Shame, Brick Lane, Suffragette).


Moonrise Kingdom

USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, Bob Balaban, Frances McDormand, Jason Schwartzman, Edward Norton, Bruce Willis, Lucas Hedges, Tilda Swinton
What's it about?
Written and directed by Wes Anderson (The Royal Tenenbaums, The Grand Budapest Hotel), this film is set on an island off the coast of New England in the summer of 1965. Two 12-year-olds (Gilman, Hayward) fall in love, make a secret pact, and run away together into the wilderness. As authorities try to hunt them down, a violent storm is brewing off-shore - and the peaceful island community is turned upside down. Nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Oscar.

Moonrise Kingdom review: Ain't young love grand


Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Joe Penna
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk
What's it about?
A man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long-awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Review: Mads Mikkelsen Fights For Survival In 'Arctic'

Mads Mikkelsen in 'Arctic'

The Grey

USA, 2012
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: English
Director: Joe Carnahan
Starring: Liam Neeson, James Badge Dale, Frank Grillo, Dermot Mulroney
What's it about?
A group of oil-rig workers find themselves stranded on the freezing Alaskan tundra after their plane home crashes. Their efforts to survive and find a way home to their loved ones are threatened when the men come under attack by a pack of vicious, aggressive wolves, who see the humans as intruders in their territory who must be killed. From Joe Carnahan, director of Narc.


The Odyssey

France, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: English, French, Italian, German
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas
What's it about?
1948. Jacques Cousteau (Wilson), his wife and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean, but all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention, an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world. Now all he wants to do is explore this world: and he is willing to sacrifice everything to achieve this. 

Escape from Alcatraz

USA, 1979
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Don Siegel
Starring: Clint Eastwood, Patrick McGoohan, Roberts Blossom, Jack Thibeau, Fred Ward
What's it about?
Tells the story of the only three men ever to escape from the infamous maximum security prison at Alcatraz. In 29 years, the seemingly impenetrable federal penitentiary, which housed Al Capone and "Birdman" Robert Stroud, was only broken once - by three men never heard of again. Directed by Don Siegel, who worked with Eastwood in earlier films such as Dirty Harry and The Beguiled.

The Girl in the Fog

Italy, 2017
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Language: Italian
Director: Donato Carrisi
Starring: Toni Servillo, Jean Reno, Alessio Boni, Lorenzo Richelmy, Galatea Ranzi
What's it about?
In the hazy Italian mountain village of Avechot, inscrutable Detective Vogel (Servillo, from The Great Beauty) is investigating the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Two days before Christmas, fifteen-year-old Anna Lou disappeared, upended the tight-knit community. But the fog that has swallowed her hides a greater mystery. In Avechot nothing is what it seems and nobody tells the whole truth. An adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Donald Carrisi, who also directed the film.

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