• From left: Adam, Scarface, The Great Beauty, The Mercy (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

3 Sep 2020 - 1:25 PM  UPDATED 3 Sep 2020 - 2:42 PM
TV Movie Guide: 7 - 13 September
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: Breathe, Kon-Tiki, Scarface



Alone in Berlin

France, Germany, UK, 2016
Genre: Thriller, War, Drama
Language: English
Director: Vincent Perez
Starring: Emma Thompson, Brendan Gleeson, Daniel Bruhl, Mikael Persbrandt
What's it about?
A German couple (Thompson, Gleeson) receive the news that their only son has been killed in a WWII battle. Already disillusioned with the Nazi regime, they begin a campaign of civil disobedience and write messages on postcards urging fellow Germans to resist.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

UK, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Comedy
Language: German, English, French
Director: Peter Chelsom
Starring: Simon Pegg, Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Christopher Plummer
What's it about?
Hector (Pegg) is an eccentric psychiatrist who has become increasingly tired of his humdrum life. As he tells his girlfriend, Clara (Pike), he feels like a fraud: he hasn’t really tasted life, and yet he’s offering advice to patients who are just not getting any happier. So Hector decides to break out of his deluded and routine-driven life, embarking on a global quest in hopes of uncovering the elusive secret formula for true happiness.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:



The Mercy

UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English, Spanish
Director: James Marsh
Starring: Colin Firth, Rachel Weisz, David Thewlis, Mark Gatiss, Simon McBurney
What's it about?
In 1968, Donald Crowhurst (Firth), an amateur sailor, endangers the fate of his family and business, and his own life, blinded by his ambition to compete in the Sunday Times Golden Globe Race, attempting to become the first person in history to single-handedly circumnavigate the world without making any stopover. From James Marsh, director of The Theory of Everything and Man on Wire.

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand


UK, Norway, Denmark, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Action
Language: Norwegian
Director: Joachim Rønning
Starring: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård
What's it about?
The story of the legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's (Hagen) epic 101 day, 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947. Along with 5 adventurous companions, Heyerdal sought to prove his theory that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times. Academy Award-nominated for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Kon-Tiki: Joachim Rønning interview
The hit Norwegian film scored not only an Oscar nomination, but an all-important thumbs up from Steven Spielberg.



USA, 2019
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Rhys Ernst
Starring: Nicholas Alexander, Bobbi Salvör Menuez, Leo Sheng, Chloë Levine, Margaret Qualley
What's it about?
Adam (Alexander), an awkward teen, spends a summer with his older sister, who is part of New York City's lesbian and trans activist scene. He meets the girl of his dreams (Menuez) but can't figure out how to tell her he's not the trans man she thinks he is. Based on the novel by Ariel Schrag (who also wrote the film's script).

'Adam' Unconventionally Approaches Transgender Issues
This controversial Sundance indie based on the novel by Ariel Shrag (writer on The L Word) is a comedy of manners that takes place in Brooklyn's LGBTIQ community, about a straight cisgender teen boy mistaken as a trans man by a woman he's attracted to.

The Emperor of Paris

France, 2018
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller, History, Adventure
Language: French, German
Director: Jean-Francois Richet
Starring: Vincent Cassel, Olga Kurylenko, August Diehl, Freya Mavor
What's it about?
Under the reign of Napoleon, François Vidocq (Cassel), the only man who escaped from the greatest penal colony of the country, is a legend of the low-Parisian fund. Left for dead after his last spectacular escape, the ex-penal colony prisoner tries to make him forget under the traits of a single trader.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:




Brazil, Germany, UK, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Portuguese
Director: Stephen Daldry
Starring: Rickson Tevez, Eduardo Luis, Rooney Mara, Wagner Moura, Martin Sheen
What's it about?
When two trash-picking boys from Rio's slums find a wallet in amongst the daily detritus of their local dump, little do they imagine that their lives are about to change forever. But when the local police show up, offering a handsome reward for the wallet's return, the boys, Rafael (Tevez) and Gardo (Luis), realise that what they've found must be important. Directed by Stephen Daldry (Billy Elliott, The Hours).

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

Labyrinth of Lies

Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama, History
Language: German
Director: Giulio Ricciarelli
Starring: Alexander Fehling, André Szymanski, Friederike Becht, Johann von Bülow
What's it about?
Germany, 1958. Nobody wants to look back to the time of the Nazi regime, so when young prosecuting attorney Johann Radmann (Fehling) comes across sensitive documents that would bring members of the SS who served in Auschwitz to trial, he is told to bury the past. However, against the will of his superiors, he begins to examine the case and lands in a web of repression and denial.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

'Labyrinth of Lies': Bringing Nazis To Justice in Postwar Germany
Giulio Ricciarelli's fact-based drama is an intelligent and arresting tale of an ambitious young prosecutor intent on bringing war criminals to justice.



Les Cowboys

France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French, Urdu
Director: Thomas Bidegain
Starring: François Damiens, Finnegan Oldfield, Agathe Dronne, Iliana Zabeth
What's it about?
When his daughter runs away from their prairie town east of France with her Muslim boyfriend, Alain (Damiens) and his young son, Kid (Oldfield), head out to find her. The journey takes the men to some far-off and unsettling places in what begins to feel like an endless quest. His sense of mission is exacerbated by the events of 9/11, which happen more than half a decade after his daughter runs off. This directorial debut from Thomas Bidegain (co-writer of A Prophet and Rust & Bone) is a loose reworking of John Ford's The Searchers.


UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Andy Serkis
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Claire Foy, Hugh Bonneville, Tom Hollander
What's it about?
In 1957, Robin Cavendish (Garfield), a dashing, charismatic young Englishman, meets a beautiful woman named Diana Blacker (Foy) and swiftly decides to marry her. He takes his new wife out to Kenya, where he works as a tea broker. But within months, he is struck down by polio, which leaves him completely paralysed from the neck down, and dependent on a respirator to ‘breathe’ for him. 



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.


MA15+, CC
USA, 1983
Genre: Crime, Action, Thriller
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Al Pacino, Michelle Pfeiffer, Steven Bauer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Robert Loggia
What's it about?
After getting a green card in exchange for assassinating a Cuban government official, Tony Montana (Pacino) stakes a claim on the drug trade in Miami. Viciously murdering anyone who stands in his way, Tony eventually becomes the biggest drug lord in the state, controlling nearly all the cocaine that comes through Miami. But increased pressure from the police, wars with Colombian drug cartels and his own drug-fuelled paranoia serve to fuel the flames of his eventual downfall.

NOTE: No catchup at SBS On Demand

Scarface's impact on hip-hop culture
As Brian de Palma's cult movie screens on SBS World Movies this month, we look into why 'Scarface' still resonates so strongly with rappers.


One Role for Two

France, 2019
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Anne Giafferi
Starring: Mathilde Seigner, François-Xavier Demaison, Arié Elmaleh, Marie-Anne Chazel
What's it about?
Julie (Seigner) is an actress who hits rock bottom when undergoing an unsuccessful aesthetic-altering procedure. About to shoot a movie, she hires a stunt double to replace her, without knowing what big revelations await her in the process.

The Great Beauty

Italy, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso
What's it about?
Journalist Jep Gambardella (Servillo) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. But when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory - a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Great Beauty: Toni Servillo interview
Another collaboration with director Paolo Sorrentino, another great performance by Italian actor Toni Servillo.
The Great Beauty Review
An artful look at a melancholy life.

Ryan Coogler pays emotional tribute to Chadwick Boseman: ‘What an incredible mark he’s left for us’
Director Ryan Coogler released an emotional tribute in honour of Chadwick Boseman, the Black Panther star who died on Friday after a four-year battle with colon cancer.
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