• L-R: I Am Not Your Negro, A Long Way Down, The Godfather, The Fountain (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).
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22 Oct 2020 - 1:20 PM  UPDATED 22 Oct 2020 - 1:44 PM
THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 26 October - 1 November
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.
 
Closed Captions (CC) available for Charlie & Boots, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, The Godfather Part III, What We Do In The Shadows, I Am Not Your Negro
 

MONDAY 26 OCTOBER

Charlie & Boots
7:35pm

M, CC
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dean Murphy
Starring: Shane Jacobson, Paul Hogan, Morgan Griffin, Roy Billing
What's it about?
After a family tragedy, Charlie (Hogan) and his estranged son Boots (Jacobson) try and put their differences aside and head off on the road trip of a lifetime - from regional Victoria to the Cape York Peninsula - they overcome many challenges to reach their dream - to fish off the northern most tip of Australia.

Let the Bullets Fly
9:30pm

MA15+
China, Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Jiang Wen
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Carina Lau, Ge You, Jiang Wen, Feng Xiaogang
What's it about?
Set in China during the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang (Jiang Wen, who also directed) descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang (Feng Xiaogang), himself a small-time imposter. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.

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TUESDAY 27 OCTOBER

Alone in Berlin
7:35pm

M
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.

The Godfather
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 1972
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Marlon Brando, John Cazale, Diane Keaton, Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, James Caan
What's it about?
Don Vito Corleone (Brando) is a man trying to protect his children Michael (Pacino), Sonny (Caan), and Fredo (Cazale) from the horrors of the family 'business', while Michael attempts to care for his new wife Kay (Keaton). Winner of three Academy awards including Best Picture, and based on the novel by Mario Puzo. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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WEDNESDAY 28 OCTOBER

Youth
7:30pm

MA
UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: German, Spanish, English
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Harvey Keitel, Michael Caine, Paul Dano, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda
What's it about?
Two lifelong friends ponder retirement while vacationing in a luxury Swiss Alps lodge. While Fred (Caine) has no plans to resume his musical career despite the urging of his loving daughter Lena (Weisz), Mick (Keitel) is intent on finishing the screenplay for what may be his last important film for his muse Brenda (Fonda). And where will inspiration lead their younger friend Jimmy (Dano), an actor grasping to make sense of his next performance? From Paolo Sorrentino, director of The Young Pope and The Great Beauty.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Godfather: Part II
9:45pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, Italian
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Robert Duvall, Diane Keaton, Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Talia Shire
What's it about?
In the continuing saga of the Corleone crime family, a young Vito Corleone (De Niro) grows up in Sicily and in 1910s New York. In the 1950s, Michael Corleone (Pacino) attempts to expand the family business into Las Vegas, Hollywood and Cuba.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

THURSDAY 29 OCTOBER

A Long Way Down
7:45pm

M
UK, Germany, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Pascal Chaumeil
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots
What's it about?
Four strangers meet unintentionally on the roof of a London high-rise, each with the intent of committing suicide. They agree to call off their plans for six weeks, forming an unconventional, dysfunctional family, becoming media sensations as the Topper House Four and searching together for the reasons to keep on living.

The Godfather: Part III
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
Italy, USA, 1990
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Italian, German, Latin
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Al Pacino, Diane Keaton, Talia Shire, Andy Garcia, Eli Wallach, Bridget Fonda
What's it about?
Michael Corleone (Garcia) has a strong desire to escape the corruption of his 'family business', but fate and circumstance dictate otherwise. It seems all the power on Earth can't change destiny - every time Michael tries to get out and 'go legit', he's pulled back in. Nominated for seven Academy Awards including Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 30 OCTOBER

The Fountain
7:35pm

M
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie
What's it about?
Born from the sacrifices of man, the legendary Tree of Life promises eternity to those who drink its sap. It is the quest for this fabled tree - or more importantly, its gift, which has consumed Tom (Jackman) over the course of 1000 years. Told in a non-linear style, The Fountain follows Tom's soul through three separate incarnations, each of whom is desperate to save the life of his soul mate Izzi (Weisz) by harnessing the power of The Tree. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Once Upon a Time in America
9:30pm

MA15+
USA, Italy, 1984
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Sergio Leone
Starring: Robert De Niro, James Woods, Elizabeth McGovern, Joe Pesci, Tuesday Weld
What's it about?
The final film by legendary Italian director Sergio Leone (The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, Once Upon a Time in the West) is an epic gangster film spanning decades, following the life of Jewish gangster David 'Noodles' Aaronson (De Niro) and his friends, from their childhoods in 1920s New York through Noodles' return to New York in 1968 after a long absence.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 31 OCTOBER

Young Frankenstein
6:30pm

PG
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.

NOTE: No Catch-up at SBS On Demand
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What We Do in the Shadows
8:30pm

M, CC
New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Jemaine Clement
What's it about?
Three flatmates, Viago (Waititi, who also wrote and directed), Deacon (Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement), are all vampires, hundreds of years old. The trio are finding modern society is not agreeing with them particularly well and it's creating conflict in the house they share together.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Sicilian Ghost Story
10:05pm

MA15+
France, Italy, Switzerland, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
Language: Italian
Director: Fabio Grassadonia, Antonio Piazza
Starring: Julia Jedlikowska, Gaetano Fernandez, Corinne Musallari, Andrea Falzone
What's it about?
In a little Sicilian village at the edge of a forest, Giuseppe, a boy of 13, vanishes. Luna, his classmate who loves him, refuses to accept his mysterious disappearance. She rebels against the silence and complicity that surround her, and to find him she descends into the dark world which has swallowed him up and which has a lake as its mysterious entrance.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Let the Right One In
12:30am

MA15+
Sweden, 2008
Genre: Horror, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Lina Leandersson, Kare Hedebrant, Per Ragnar
What's it about?
Oskar (Hedebrant) is bullied at school and at home tends to retreat into his own violent fantasies. Oskar’s life changes when he makes friends with the mysterious and unkempt twelve-year-old Eli (Leandersson). However, when locals start falling victim to a series of gruesome murders, many drained of their blood, Oskar starts to put two and two together and realises Eli might just be exactly what she seems.

REVIEW
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SUNDAY 1 NOVEMBER

I Am Not Your Negro
9:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Raoul Peck
What's it about?
Based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House - a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. - acclaimed director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States, using meticulously assembled archival footage and driven by stirring voiceover narration from Samuel L. Jackson. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Young And Beautiful
11:10pm

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Marine Vacth, Charlotte Rampling, Nathalie Richard
What's it about?
Acclaimed director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, In The House) helms this erotic tale of sexual awakening. After losing her virginity, 17-year-old budding beauty Isabelle (Vacht) takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her older gentlemen clients for erotic hotel room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes, while Ozon slyly refrains from offering easy answers.

Young & Beautiful: François Ozon interview (SBS On Demand)

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

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