• From left: Black Rain, Hearts Beat Loud, Border, The Virgin Suicides (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
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

21 Aug 2020 - 11:50 AM  UPDATED 21 Aug 2020 - 12:12 PM

TV Movie Guide: 24 - 30 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.

CC (Closed Captions) are available for the following titles: A Little Chaos, The Devil's Double, Young Adam, The Family Fang, Nightcrawler, The Breaker Upperers, The Railway Man, The Virgin Suicides (Border and Mostly Martha have English subtitles).


Third Person

UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Paul Haggis
Starring: Liam Neeson, Olivia Wilde, Mila Kunis, Kim Basinger, Adrien Brody, James Franco
What's it about?
Tells three stories of love, passion, trust, and betrayal, in a multi-strand story line reminiscent of writer-director Paul Haggis' 2005 Oscar-winning film Crash. The tales play out in New York, Paris and Rome - three couples who appear to have nothing related but share deep commonalities - lovers and estranged spouses, children lost and found.

Liam Neeson in 'Third Person' (2013)

Black Rain

USA, 1989
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Michael Douglas, Andy Garcia, Ken Takakura, Yûsaku Matsuda, Kate Capshaw
What's it about?
Two New York cops (Douglas, Garcia) get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers (Matsuda) and are ordered to escort him back to Japan. However, in Osaka he manages to escape, and as they try to track him down, they go deeper and deeper into the city's criminal underworld. Directed by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Alien). 

David & Margaret review Black Rain (The Movie Show Episode 43 1989)


A Little Chaos

UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Alan Rickman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle
What's it about?
The world’s greatest landscape architect, Le Notre (Schoenaerts) - designer of the Versailles gardens - is unfulfilled in love. Madame Sabine de Bara (Winslet) is pioneering and fiercely independent - her visionary ideas for design seem anarchic to King Louis’ (Rickman) formal court. It takes a little chaos for nature to blossom and love to heal and ignite.

The Devil's Double

MA15+, CC
UK, 2011
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier, Philip Quast, Raad Rawi, Khalid Laith
What's it about?
Based on the shocking true story of Latif (played by Cooper), an Iraqi army lieutenant forced to become the body double of Saddam Hussein’s depraved and sadistic son, Uday. Becoming almost indistinguishable from the reviled Black Prince, Latif realises he must escape the devil’s den - or die trying. Directed by Lee Tamahori (Once Were Warriors).


The Face of Love

USA, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Arie Posin
Starring: Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams
What's it about?
Lonely widow Nikki (Bening) begins a romance with art teacher Tom (Harris), who bears a startling resemblance to her late husband Garret (also played by Harris). She doesn't tell him of the resemblance, nor does she tell her friends and family, which begins to put a strain on her new relationship.

Young Adam

MA15+, CC
UK, 2003
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Peter Mullan, Ewan McGregor, Tilda Swinton, Emily Mortimer
What's it about?
A young drifter named Joe (McGregor) finds work on a barge owned by the down-to-earth Les (Mullan) and his enigmatic wife Ella (Swinton). One afternoon Joe and Les happen upon the corpse of a young woman floating in the water and the questions begin. Accident? Suicide? Murder? As the police investigate the case and a suspect is arrested, it becomes evident that Joe knows more about the drowned woman than he will admit. Directed by David Mackenzie (Hell Or High Water, Starred Up).

Young Adam: Review (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


The Family Fang

USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Jason Bateman
Starring: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett
What's it about?
Annie (Kidman) and Baxter (Bateman), the adult children of a controversial husband and wife conceptual performance art couple (played by Walken and Plunkett) famous for their quirky and macabre public performances, have never got over the fact that their parents kept using them during their childhood in their often gory and disturbing satirical public performances. However, the two become worried when they're told by the police that their parents have gone missing during their trip outside of town.


MA15+, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo, Bill Paxton, Riz Ahmed
What's it about?
Lou Bloom (Gyllenhaal) is an ambitious young man desperate to forge himself a career in L.A. crime journalism. He soon immerses himself in the nocturnal underbelly of Los Angeles and joins a group of freelance camera crews who are always on the lookout for crashes, fires and murders to film. Aided by Nina (Russo), a veteran of local TV news, Lou blurs the line between observer and participant to become the star of his own story. Nominated for a 2015 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.

Jake Gyllenhaal Wrecked Himself for Nightcrawler, and Here’s Why
Nightcrawler Review: Journalism as bloodsport (⭐⭐⭐⭐)


Hearts Beat Loud

USA, 2018

Genre: Drama, Music, Comedy, Family
Language: English
Director: Brett Haley
Starring: Nick Offerman, Kiersey Clemons, Ted Danson, Sasha Lane, Blythe Danner, Toni Collette
What's it about?
In the hip Brooklyn neighbourhood of Red Hook, single dad and record store owner Frank (Offerman) is preparing to send his hard-working daughter Sam (Clemons) off to college while being forced to close his vintage shop. Hoping to stay connected through their shared musical passions, Frank urges Sam to turn their weekly jam sessions into a father-daughter live act. After their first song becomes an internet breakout, the two embark on a journey of love, growing up and musical discovery.

'Hearts Beat Loud': Father and Daughter Reconnect Through Music

Kiersey Clemons and Nick Offerman form a father & daughter band in 'Hearts Beat Loud'

The Breaker Upperers

New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What's it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Executively produced by Taika Waititi.

'The Breaker Upperers': An Anti-Valentine's Day Comedy Delight
The best joke in ‘The Breaker Upperers’ is about the stuff white people laugh at

Journey's End

UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Spanish
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring: Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham
What's it about?
March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by Captain Stanhope (Clafin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers and their cook distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky. A young new officer, Raleigh (Butterfield), has just arrived, abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer.


The Railway Man

UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, Hiroyuki Sanada, Stellan Skarsgård
What's it about?
During the Second World war, Erik Lomax (Firth), a British soldier, was captured by the Japanese and forced to build The Burma Railway aka the 'Death Railway'. Decades later and still haunted by nightmares, he sets out to find those responsible for his torture with the help of his wife (Kidman).

The Railway Man: Jonathan Teplitzky and Colin Firth
The Railway Man: Review

The Virgin Suicides

MA15+, CC
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Josh Hartnett, Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner, James Woods
What's it about?
The story of five sisters, and their mysterious existence growing up in the 1970s. The film follows the chain of events initiated by one of the Lisbon sisters' suicide attempt, and its effects on their family, their suburban town and most importantly, the young men who loved the Lisbons from afar and whose words provide the narrative for the film. The acclaimed directorial debut of Sofia Coppola (Lost in TranslationMarie-Antoinette), based on the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides.

David & Margaret review The Virgin Suicides (The Movie Show, Episode 22, 2000)


Mostly Martha

Germany, 2001
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: German
Director: Sandra Nettleback
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Maxime Foerste, Sergio Castellitto
What's it about?
In a German restaurant, Chef Martha Klein (Gedeck) is the undisputed ruler of her kitchen staff and no customer would ever dare to criticise her cooking. Cooking is her life's obsession. Even when she is ordered to have therapy, she still constantly talks about her work. All that changes when her sister dies in a car accident, leaving her eight year old daughter, Lina in Martha's care. Remade in 2007 as No Reservations, starring Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Dinner and a Movie: 'Mostly Martha', paired with gnocchi


Denmark, Sweden, 2018
Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Ali Abbasi
Starring: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Sten Ljunggren, Ann Petrén
What's it about?
When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind. Based on a short story from Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, and winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

'Border': Genre-Bending Swedish Film Destined For Cult Status

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