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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

7 Aug 2020 - 9:51 AM  UPDATED 7 Aug 2020 - 10:17 AM

TV Movie Guide: 10 - 16 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.


Tom Thumb
5:50pm (not available at SBS On Demand)

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 (Hugon) and his brothers try to find their way out making fantastic encounters.

Escobar: Paradise Lost

Belgium, France, Spain, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Romance
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Andrea Di Stefano
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Josh Hutcherson, Brady Corbet, Claudia Traisac
What's it about?
Young surfer Nick (Hutcherson) thinks all his dreams have come true when he goes to visit his brother in Colombia. Against an idyllic backdrop of blue lagoons and white beaches, he falls madly in love with a beautiful Colombian girl called Maria (Traisac). It all seems perfect until he meets her uncle, one Pablo Escobar (Del Toro).

El Angel

Argentina, Spain, 2018
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Luis Ortega
Starring: Lorenzo Ferro, Chino Darín, Mercedes Morán, Daniel Fanego, Luis Gnecco
What's it about?
Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1971. Carlos Robledo Puch (Ferro) is a 19-year-old boy with an angelic face, but a vocational thief as well, who acts ruthlessly, without remorse. When he meets Ramón (Darín), they follow together a dark path of crime and death.



UK, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy, History, Family
Language: English
Director: S.J. Clarkson
Starring: Freddie Highmore, Ken Stott, Victoria Hamilton, Helena Bonham Carter
What's it about?
Nigel's mother (Carter) was always a poor cook, but her chronic asthma and addiction to all things canned does not help... An adaptation of celebrity chef Nigel Slater's (Highmore) bestselling memoir, Toast is the ultimate nostalgic trip through everything edible in 1960's Britain.

Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore in ‘Toast’

Gary of the Pacific

Cook Islands, New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jarrod Holt, Ryan Hutchings, Nigel McCulloch
Starring: Josh Thomson, Megan Stevenson, Matt Whelan, David Fane
What's it about?
This hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Gary Vasis (Thomson), a struggling real-estate agent, who finds himself the chief of a sinking island in the South Pacific after his father finds out he is dying.

Josh Thomson & Matt Wheelan in 'Gary of the Pacific' (2017)

Gauguin: Voyage to Tahiti

France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Danish, French, Tahitian
Director: Édouard Deluc
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Tuheï Adams, Malik Zidi, Pua-Taï Hikutini
What's it about?
In 1891, the French painter Paul Gauguin (Cassel) leaves Paris and travels to Tahiti to renew his art as a free man, far from the European artistic conventionalism. On his journey of discovery, he faces solitude and disease, but he also knows the beauty of wild nature and the love of Tehura (Adams), a young native girl who becomes his wife and model.



USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance, LGBTIQ+
Language: English
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler
What's it about?
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel 'The Price of Salt', the 1950s-set romantic drama from acclaimed director Todd Haynes (SafeFar From HeavenI'm Not There) follows Carol (Blanchett), a Manhattan socialite trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience with Harge (Chandler), whose life is forever changed when she meets a department store clerk (Mara). Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay.

Carol review: A magnificent, mesmerising account of mid-century desire

Mary Shelley

UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Elle Fanning, Douglas Booth, Bel Powley, Stephen Dillane, Joanne Froggatt
What's it about?
The love affair between poet Percy Shelley (Booth) and Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Fanning) resulted in the creation of an immortal novel, “Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus.” She will forever be remembered as the writer who gave the world Frankenstein. But the real life story of Mary Shelley - and the creation of her immortal monster - is nearly as fantastical as her fiction. Directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda).


Spirited Away 
5:05pm (not available at SBS On Demand)

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

Image from Spirited Away (showing 12:00PM, Thurs 19th July)


USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Reginald Hudlin
Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Josh Gad, Kate Hudson, Sterling K. Brown, James Cromwell
What's it about?
In the year 1941, a nearly bankrupt NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People) sends its only lawyer, thirty-two year old Thurgood Marshall (Boseman), to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Brown) against charges of rape and attempted murder brought by his wealthy socialite employer (Hudson). In need of a high profile victory, but muzzled by the trial court, Marshall is joined by Samuel Friedman (Gad), a young Jewish lawyer who has never before tried a criminal case. Based on a true story.

The Pianist

France, Poland, UK, 2002
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, German, Russian
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Maureen Lipman, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay
What's it about?
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Winner of the Palme D'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor (Brody) at the 2003 Academy Awards.


Hunt for the Wilderpeople
11:15am (not available at SBS On Demand)

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 (⭐⭐⭐⭐)

God Willing

Italy, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Edoardo Falcone
Starring: Marco Giallini, Enrico Oetiker, Alessandro Gassman, Laura Morante, Ilaria Spada
What's it about?
Tommaso (Giallini) is a successful, respected cardiac surgeon who also happens to be an atheist. However, Tommaso's son Andrea (Oetiker) who is a medical student announces in a family get-together that he wants to become a priest. Tommaso is petrified with he hears the news as he expected his son was going to come out as homosexual. Irritated, Tommaso goes undercover on retreat in a monastery, to investigate and bring down the charismatic Father Don Pietro (Gassman), who he believes has 'brain-washed' his son.

The Words

USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Dennis Quaid, Michael McKean, Zoe Saldana, Olivia Wilde
What's it about?
Young writer Rory Jansen (Cooper) has finally achieved long-sought-after literary success after publishing the next great American novel. There's only one catch: he didn't write it. As the past comes back to haunt him and his literary star continues to rise, Jansen is forced to confront the steep price that must be paid for stealing another man's work, and for placing ambition and success above life's most fundamental three words. 

The Words: interview with Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons and more

Public Enemy Number 1 (Part 1)

France, 2009
Genre: Biography, Crime, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Cecile de France, Gérard Depardieu, Gilles Lellouche
What's it about?
The story of legendary French gangster Jacques Mesrine (Cassel), who was active in the 1960s and 1970s, and came to be known as French Public Enemy Number 1. Infamous for his bravado and daring prison escapes, Mesrine carried out numerous robberies, kidnappings and murders in a criminal career that spanned France, Canada and the USA. Winner of three César Awards, 2009.


Time Bandits

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).

Zero Dark Thirty

USA, 2013

Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kathryn Bigelow
Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Ehle, Jason Clarke, Chris Pratt, James Gandolfini
What's it about?
For a decade, an elite team of intelligence and military operatives, working in secret locations across the globe, devoted themselves to a single goal to track down and eliminate wanted terrorist, Osama bin Laden. From Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow (The Hurt Locker, Point Break), and nominated for five 2013 Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Zero Dark Thirty review: Fact blurs with fiction into a crackerjack thriller

Charlie Countryman

USA, 2013
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Fredrik Bond
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Vincent D'Onofrio, Melissa Leo
What's it about?
Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) falls for Gabi (Wood), a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel (Mikkelsen), her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. 




Saudi Arabia, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour
Starring: Waad Mohammed, Abdullrahman Al Gohani, Reem Abdullah
What's it about?
A rebellious Saudi girl (Mohammed) enters a Koran recitation competition at her school and hopes to win enough money to buy her own bicycle. The story is tailored to highlight the pressures and difficulties faced by women in Saudi Arabia, with a rare glimpse into the lives of women behind closed doors and the warm relationships between mothers and daughters. Nominated for a 2013 BAFTA award for Best Film Not In The English Language.

Wadjda: Haifaa Al-Mansour interview
Wadjda review: A film about female triumph

The Importance of Being Earnest

UK, 1952
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Dorothy Tutin
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 (Tutin). 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. Based on the classic Oscar Wilde play.

The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

The Square

Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Swedish, Danish, English
Director: Ruben Ostlund
Starring: Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West, Terry Notary, Christopher Læssø
What's it about?
Christian (Bang) is the respected curator of a contemporary art museum. His next show is “The Square”, an installation which invites passersby to altruism, reminding them of their role as responsible fellow human beings. But disaster strikes when Christian’s phone is stolen, his new performance art piece turns dangerously awry, and his marketing campaign goes viral for all the wrong reasons. Winner of the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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