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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

24 Jul 2020 - 10:39 AM  UPDATED 24 Jul 2020 - 2:41 PM

TV Movie Guide: 27 July - 2 August
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.


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 (Bonneville) 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. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham).

The Constant Gardener

USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Rachel Weisz, Archie Panjabi, Bill Nighy
What's it about?
A widower is determined to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive secret involving his wife's murder, big business, and corporate corruption. This adaptation of a novel by John Le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, A Most Wanted Man) from City of God director Fernando Meirelles won Rachel Weisz the 2006 Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.

The Constant Gardener: Review


Australia, 2001
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Ray Lawrence
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Armstrong, Vince Colosimo, Barbara Hershey, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
A psychiatrist (Hershey) fears her husband (Rush) to be the married man with whom one of her male clients is having an affair. Meanwhile, a female client (Armstrong) suspects her husband (LaPaglia), a detective, is also being unfaithful. When the psychiatrist goes missing, the detective is put on the case and soon uncovers a tangled web of intrigue and deceit.

Lantana: 2001 Movie Show Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ from both David and Margaret, 2001)


Irrational Man

USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey, Joe Stapleton
What's it about?
Abe (Phoenix) arrives at the small picturesque Braylin College in Rhode Island feeling that his life is meaningless. Tales have been buzzing around campus of him - a charismatic, radical romantic prone to bleak depressions. He quickly draws the attention of Rita Richards (Posey), a lonely professor who fantasises that Abe will rescue her from her unhappy marriage. Meanwhile, Abe attracts another admirer in Jill Pollard (Stone), a bright young student who finds his tortured artistic personality irresistible.

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). Oscar-nominated for Best Original Screenplay.

Why You Should Watch: Match Point


Finding Altamira

UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Hugh Hudson
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Golshifteh Farahani, Rupert Everett, Pierre Niney, Allegra Allen
What's it about?
In 1879, Spanish archaeologist Marcelino (Banderas) and his daughter Maria (Allen) discover seemingly impossible paintings of galloping bison adorning the walls of a hidden cave. The cave of Altamira brings the world together in amazement, drawing people of all types to see the paintings in person. But, Marcelino soon realises that the art on the walls must be 10,000 years old, earlier than anyone believes possible. The theory threatens to tear Maria and Marcelino’s family apart while the outside world’s astonishment soon turns to fury and fear.

Eye in the Sky

UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren, Aaron Paul, Barkhad Abdi, Iain Glen
What's it about?
London based military intelligence officer Colonel Michelle Madden (Mirren) is set to remotely command a top secret drone operation to capture a group of dangerous terrorists from their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya. The carefully planned mission suddenly escalates from a 'capture' to a 'kill' operation when Madden realises that the terrorists are about to embark on a deadly suicide mission, which would result in the catastrophic deaths of many innocent civilians. 

Eye In The Sky review: Drone thriller right on target

The Witness

South Korea, 2018
Genre: Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Cho Kyu-jang
Starring: Lee Sung-min, Kim Sang-ho, Jin Kyung, Kwak Si-yang
What's it about?
Sang-hoon (Lee), an average salary man lives in an apartment complex with his wife and child at the foot of the mountain. One night, he witnesses a crime scene through his living room window, and the killer also notices that he is being watched. Sang-hoon, despite the dilemma, decides to hide and neglect the fact that he had seen someone get murdered, but had done nothing. The killer, however, starts to search the apartment to find and eliminate his only witness of that night.


My Neighbour Totoro

Japan, 1988
Genre: Animation
Language: English
Director: Hayao Miyazaki
What's it about?
Satsuke and Mai are two young girls who find their new country home is in a mystical forest inhabited by a menagerie of mystical creatures called 'Totoros'. They befriend O Totoro, the biggest and eldest Totoro, who is also the king of the forest. As the girls' mother lies sick in the hospital, O Totoro brings the sisters on a magical adventure but also helps them to understand the realities of life. From the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke).


France, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French, Russian
Director: Angelin Preljocaj, Valerie Muller
Starring: Anastasia Shevtsova, Juliette Binoche, Niels Schneider, Miglen Mirtchev, Aleksey Guskov
What's it about?
Trained from an early age by rigorous, perfectionist Professor Bojinski (Guskov), Polina (Shevtsova) is a promising classic dancer. She is just about to join the prestigious Bolchoï Ballet when she discovers contemporary dance. That throws everything into question on a profound level. Polina leaves it all behind and moves to France to work with famous choreographer Liria Elsaj (Binoche). Despite her determination and hard work to the point of obsession, Polina just can't seem to break through. So she moves to Anvers in search of work - and a new life.

Slow West

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 (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Spain, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Pedro Almodovar
Starring: Penélope Cruz, Carmen Maura, Blanca Portillo, Antonio de la Torre
What's it about?
Raimunda (Cruz, in an Oscar-nominated performance), her teenage daughter and her hairdresser sister are coping as best they can since the death of their mother and also their grandmother, who died along with her husband, in a mysterious fire. However, all is not as it seems in their village, and unresolved matters within the family bubble to the surface. Nominated for the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2006.

Dinner and a Movie: ‘Volver’ paired with Spanish omelette


Sabrina the Teenage Witch

USA, 1996
Genre: TV Movie, Fantasy, Family
Language: English
Director: Tibor Takács
Starring: Melissa Joan Hart, Sherry Miller, Charlene Fernetz, Michelle Beaudoin, Ryan Reynolds
What's it about?
In the television movie that introduced the beloved character to audiences around the world, we meet young Sabrina (Hart) as she is sent to live with her eccentric aunts and discovers that she is actually a witch. Like any other girl her age, Sabrina just wants to have fun and be normal, but being normal may prove to be impossible, especially when her daily chores involve finishing her homework, cleaning her room, and learning to fly.

Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

USA, 2001
Genre: Adventure, Action, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Simon West
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Iain Glen, Noah Taylor, Daniel Craig
What's it about?
English aristocrat Lara Croft (Jolie) is skilled in hand-to-hand combat and in the middle of a battle with a secret society. The shapely archaeologist moonlights as a tomb raider to recover lost antiquities and meets her match in the evil Powell, who's in search of a powerful relic. Based on the hit video game.

Edge of Darkness

USA, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Bojana Novakovic
What's it about?
After his daughter is shot dead in front of him, a Boston homicide detective (Gibson) slowly realises that that she was the target, not him, leading him to investigate the nuclear research facility where she worked even as shadowy security operatives, both state and private, try to ascertain what he could uncover. Based on the acclaimed 1985 BBC mini-series of the same name.


Leave No Trace

Canada, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Debra Granik
Starring: Thomasin McKenzie, Ben Foster, Jeff Kober, Dale Dickey
What's it about?
A father (Foster) and daughter (Jojo Rabbit's Thomasin McKenzie) live a perfect but mysterious existence in Forest Park, a beautiful nature reserve near Portland, Oregon, rarely making contact with the world. But when a small mistake tips them off to authorities, they are sent on an increasingly erratic journey in search of a place to call their own. From Debra Granik, acclaimed writer-director of Winter's Bone.

11:05am & 6:40pm

USA, 2018
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: English
Director: Albert Hughes
Starring: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, Marcin Kowalczyk, Jens Hultén
What's it about?
In the prehistoric past, Keda, a young and inexperienced hunter, struggles to return home after being separated from his tribe when bison hunting goes awry. On his way back he will find an unexpected ally.

Midnight in Paris

Spain, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, Kathy Bates, Adrien Brody, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
Vacationing in contemporary Paris with his fiancee (McAdams), an insecure writer (Wilson) is whisked back in time and meets Jazz Age giants of art and literature. The most commercially successful film to date from Woody Allen, who won the Best Original Screenplay at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Midnight in Paris: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐1/2)


UK, 2006
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Leslie Phillips, Jodie Whittaker, Vanessa Redgrave, Richard Griffiths
What's it about?
Maurice (O'Toole, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is an ageing veteran actor who becomes absolutely taken with Jessie (Whitaker) - the grandniece of his closest friend. When Maurice tries to soften the petulant and provincial young girl with the benefit of his wisdom and London culture, their give-and-take surprises both Maurice and Jessie as they discover what they don't know about themselves.


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


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

Cold War

USA, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: J. Wilder Konschak
Starring: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc, Michael Blaiklock, Rammel Chan
What's it about?
Pawel Pawlikowski’s follow-up to 2013's Academy Award-winning Ida is a ravishing, music-fuelled romance charting two mismatched lovers (played by Kot & Kulig) caught between East and West in 1950s Europe. Nominated for three Academy Awards (Best Foreign Language Film, Best Director and Best Cinematography).

'Cold War': An Intimate Epic

Cold War

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