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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

14 Aug 2020 - 10:28 AM  UPDATED 14 Aug 2020 - 2:43 PM

TV Movie Guide: 17 - 23 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.

Jackie Chan at SBS On Demand
A handful of Jackie Chan's most famed Hong Kong films now streaming at SBS On Demand.



Iran, 2006
Genre: Comedy
Language: Persian
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi
What's it about?
Five young women go to extraordinary lengths to watch Iran's 2006 World Cup qualifier in a stadium where women have been banned, in this feature that was filmed during the actual football game between Iran and Bahrain in 2005. Winner of the Jury Grand Prix at the 2006 Berlin Film Festival, and the last feature film made by Panahi before his arrest in 2010 and subsequent filmmaking ban.


The Confirmation

Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Bob Nelson
Starring: Clive Owen, Maria Bello, Tim Blake Nelson, Patton Oswalt, Matthew Modine
What's it about?
Walt (Owen) and Bonnie (Bello) are the divorced parents of eight-year-old Anthony (Jaeden Martell). When Bonnie and her new husband (Modine) head off to a religious retreat, Anthony gets to spend two days with his dad for the first time in what seems like forever. 

Drunken Master

China, 1978
Genre: Comedy, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Director: Woo-Ping Yuen
Starring: Jackie Chan, Siu Tin Yuen, Jung-Lee Hwang
What's it about?
Wong Fei-Hong's (Chan) father has been trying to teach him kung-fu, but has found him too disobedient to teach. He sends him off to his uncle, a cruel and torturous master of the 8-Drunken Genii kung-fu. After much suffering, the son comes back to rescue the father from an assassin who has previously humiliated Naughty Panther.


Beauty and the Beast

France, 2014
Genre: Romance, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Christophe Gans
Starring: Vincent Cassel, André Dussollier, Eduardo Noriega, Léa Seydoux
What's it about?
In this adaptation of the classic fairy tale, an unexpected romance blooms after the youngest daughter (Seydoux) of a merchant (Dussollier) offers herself to the mysterious beast (Cassel) to which her father has become indebted. 

What We Did on Our Holiday

UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Starring: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly
What's it about?
Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike) take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

Project A Part II

Hong Kong, 1987
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Maggie Cheung, Jackie Chan
What's it about?
Having rid the high seas of the dreaded pirate Lo, Dragon Ma (Chan, who also directed this sequel) is back on land. This time he is assigned to the police force, where he is to clean up crime in a local district. Along the way, he is caught up in the fate of several Chinese patriots attempting to secure sympathy and support for their revolutionary cause.


Young Frankenstein

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?

Made in Dagenham

UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nigel Cole 
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike
What's it about?
Based on a true story, this film portrays a decisive moment in the '60s when the fight for equal rights and pay was led – unexpectedly – by ordinary working-class women. Led by a young married mother (Hawkins), one of 187 women who worked for the Ford Motor Company, the region‘s principal employer, these feisty factory girls shook their world with spirit and courage, and achieved lasting social change.

Made in Dagenham review: Factory girls fight back in warm UK comedy

Police Story 2

Hong Kong, 1988
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Lam Gwok-Hung, Bill Tung
What's it about?
Having successfully put a mobster behind bars, Detective Chan Ka Kui (Chan) is blamed for everything from not being a team player to damage to public property. As a result, Chan is demoted but is soon reinstated by his former unit when a gang of extortionists threaten to use explosives to destroy a conglomerate's investments. As expected,  Detective Chan succeeds in putting the extortionists out of action.


Jungle Book

USA, 1942
Genre: Action, Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Zoltan Korda
Starring: Sabu, Joseph Calleia, John Qualen, Frank Puglia, Rosemary DeCamp, Patricia O'Rourke
What's it about?
A baby is brought up in the jungle by a wolf pack. Mowgli (Sabu) is content with his animal friends, until one day he stumbles upon a village and is captured. One of the women recognises him as her lost son, and there he also meets and falls in love with a young girl, Mahala (O'Rourke). After killing his rival, Shere Kahn the tiger, he returns with its skin as a trophy, at which point the villagers believe he is a demon and cast him out. Back in the jungle once more, he is determined to see his mother and be loved again. The first big screen treatment of Rudyard Kipling's classic novel.

Just a Breath Away

France, 2018
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: French
Director: Daniel Roby
Starring: Romain Duris, Olga Kurylenko, Fantine Harduin, Michel Robin
What's it about?
When Paris is submerged in a strange mortal fog, survivors take refuge on the city’s upper floors and rooftops. Without news, electricity, water or food, one small family struggles to survive the catastrophe. But as the hours pass, they are forced to face reality - rescue teams aren’t coming. If they hope to make it out alive, they will have to risk going out into the fog.

Armour of God II (aka Operation Condor)

Hong Kong, 1991
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Carol Cheng, Eva Cobo, Shôko Ikeda, Vincent Lyn
What's it about?
Agent Jackie (Chan) is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bungling women who are all connected in some way. However, a team of mercenaries have ideas on the ownership of the gold. A chase ensues as to who gets there first.


Moonrise Kingdom

USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Wes Anderson
Starring: Jared Gilman, Kara Hayward, Bill Murray, Frances McDormand, Bruce Willis
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

The Bookshop

UK, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Isabel Coixet
Starring: Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy, Patricia Clarkson, Hunter Tremayne, Julie Christie
What's it about?
In 1959, Florence Green (Mortimer), a free-spirited widow, puts grief behind her and risks everything to open up a bookshop - the first such shop in the sleepy seaside town of Hardborough, England. By exposing the narrow-minded local townsfolk to books such as Nabokov's scandalising Lolita and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, she opens their eyes thereby causing a cultural awakening in a town which has not changed for centuries. Based on Penelope Fitzgerald's novel of the same name. Directed by Isabel Coixet (Elegy, My Life Without Me).

Chinese Zodiac

Hong Kong, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Action
Language: Mandarin, English, French
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Shu Qi, Yao Xing-Tong, Zhang Lan-Xin, Liao Fan
What's it about?
Asian Hawk (Chan) leads a mercenary team to recover several lost artefacts from the Old Summer Palace, the bronze heads of the 12 Chinese Zodiac animals which were sacked by the French and British armies from the imperial Summer Palace in Beijing in 1860. Assisted by a Chinese student and a Parisian lady, Hawk stops at nothing to accomplish the mission.



USA, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp
What's it about?
The story of Richard (Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Negga, in an Oscar-nominated performance), an interracial couple, whose challenge of their anti-miscegenation arrest for their marriage in Virginia led to a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme Court. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Mud), the story was also the subject of the documentary The Loving Story, now streaming at SBS On Demand.

Joel Edgerton talks 'Loving', Cathy Freeman and 'feeling judged'

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

USA, 1998
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Benicio Del Toro, Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Cameron Diaz, Tobey Maguire
What's it about?
For sports writer Raoul Duke (Depp) and his attorney Dr Gonzo (Del Toro), the proud highway leads straight to Las Vegas in a mean crimson convertible dubbed 'The Red Shark'. Packing a truckload of mind-bending pharmaceuticals along with an armoury of herbal remedies, the two are on a savage journey to the heart of the American Dream. Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, and directed by Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Twelve Monkeys).

Dom Hemingway

UK, 2013
Genre: Crime, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Shepard
Starring: Jude Law, Richard E. Grant, Emilia Clarke
What's it about?
Dom Hemingway (Law) is an infamous safe-cracker, who has spent 12 years in prison to avoid ratting on any of his cohorts. On his release Dom expects to be rewarded for keeping this mouth shut, so along with his faithful best friend Dickie, they travel to France to find the crime boss he holds responsible for his time away. Only an alcohol and drug binge mixed with a car accident and an encounter with a mysterious lady leads Dom down another path: towards his estranged daughter (Clarke).

Jude Law on the challenge of playing outrageous ex-con 'Dom Hemingway'


My Life as a Zucchini

France, Switzerland, 2016
Genre: Animation, Drama, Family
Language: French
Director: Claude Barras
Starring: Gaspard Schlatter, Sixtine Murat, Paulin Jaccoud, Michel Vuillermoz
What's it about?
After his mother’s death, Zucchini is befriended by a kind police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home filled with other orphans his age. There, with the help of his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love as he searches for a new family of his own. The screenplay for this Oscar nominee for Best Animated Feature was adapted for the screen (from Gilles Paris' novel) by Céline Sciamma, writer-director of Portrait of a Lady on Fire.

Animated film 'My Life as a Zucchini' is simply irresistible for kids and adults alike


Belgium, France, 2012
Genre: Family, Animation
Language: German, French, Czech
Director: Rémi Bezançon, Jean-Christophe Lie
Voice Cast: Max Renaudin, Simon Abkarian, Vernon Dobtcheff, Roger Dumas, Ronit Elkabetz
What's it about?
After escaping the clutches of a slave trader, a bold ten-year-old Sudanese boy befriends a young giraffe and a kind Bedouin, who takes them on a splendid journey via a hot-air balloon as far as the palace of King Charles X of France. Inspired by the true story of the first giraffe to visit France, this a sumptuously animated and stirring adventure, and a throwback to a bygone era of hand-drawn animation.

Her Smell

USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Alex Ross Perry
Starring: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Dan Stevens, Amber Heard, Agyness Deyn
What's it about?
A self-destructive punk rocker (Moss) struggles with sobriety while trying to recapture the creative inspiration that led her band to success. From writer-director Alex Ross Perry (Listen Up Phillip, Queen of Earth).

Witness colourful lives in beautiful monochrome at SBS On Demand
The vibrant characters leap off the screen in this collection of classic and modern Black & White films now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Connecting in a time of crisis: SBS World Movies Modern Masterpieces collection
SBS World Movies presents Modern Masterpieces all month at 9:30PM on Sundays starting from 2 August.
Movies Leaving SBS On Demand: August
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand this month.
Turn up the heat with the Winter Warmers collection now 'steaming' at SBS On Demand
Get up close and personal with some of the more mature-themed movies at SBS On Demand. No social distancing required.
Delve into the fascinating lives of others with the Biopics collection on SBS World Movies and SBS On Demand
From famous names to humble adventurers, music legends to artistic mavericks, here is just a taste of what's on offer in the Biopics collection on SBS World Movies and SBS On Demand.
Arthouse film essentials now streaming at SBS On Demand
These films at SBS On Demand offer you something just a little bit different. Film festival favourites that can mystify, stun and take your breath away? It can only be arthouse cinema.