• L-R: Things To Come, Whiplash, Birdman, It's Only The End Of The World (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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18 Dec 2020 - 3:34 PM  UPDATED 2 Jan 2021 - 3:37 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand
TV Movie Guide: 4 - 10 January
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 Still Alice, Whiplash, L.A. Story, Spotlight, The Jane Austen Book Club and The Front Runner

 

MONDAY 4 JANUARY

It's Only the End of the World
7:35pm

M
Canada, France, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel, Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel
What's it about?
After 12 years of absence, Louis (Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love. Based on the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce, and directed by Xavier Dolan (Laurence Anyways, Heartbeats, Mommy).

Still Alice
9:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Julianne Moore, Kristen Stewart, Kate Bosworth, Shane McRae, Alec Baldwin
What's it about?
Fifty-year-old Alice Howland (Moore, whose performance won the 2015 Academy Award for Best Actress) leads a seemingly perfect life, with a happy marriage and three grown children, and a successful career as a renowned linguistics professor. However, that life is turned upside down when she starts forgetting words, before receiving a devastating diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease. This puts Alice and her family through the test, as she struggles to remain the woman she once was.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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A dignified story of personal decline

 

TUESDAY 5 JANUARY

The Fireflies Are Gone
7:40pm

M
Canada, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Sébastien Pilote
Starring: Karelle Tremblay, Pierre-Luc Brillant, Luc Picard, François Papineau
What's it about?
The sleepy town where Léo (Tremblay) lives doesn’t offer her much chance of self-fulfilment. Extricating herself from her mother’s influence and her constricting environment isn’t easy for the frustrated young woman, yet happiness might be close at hand. 

Whiplash
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Damien Chazelle
Starring: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist
What's it about?
Andrew Neiman (Teller) is an ambitious young jazz drummer, in pursuit of rising to the top of his elite music conservatory. Terence Fletcher (Simmons, in an Oscar-winning performance), an instructor known for his terrifying teaching methods, discovers Andrew and transfers him into the top jazz ensemble, forever changing his life. But Andrew's passion to achieve perfection quickly spirals into obsession, as his ruthless teacher pushes him to the brink of his ability and sanity. Nominated for Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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WEDNESDAY 6 JANUARY

Things to Come
7:35pm

M
France, Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French, English, German
Director: Mia Hansen-Løve
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, André Marcon, Roman Kolinka, Edith Scob, Sarah Le Picard
What's it about?
Nathalie (Huppert) teaches philosophy at a high school in Paris. She is passionate about her job and particularly enjoys passing on the pleasure of thinking. Married with two children, she divides her time between her family, former students and her very possessive mother. One day, Nathalie’s husband announces he is leaving her for another woman. With freedom thrust upon her, Nathalie must reinvent her life.

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Amour
9:30pm

M
France, Germany, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva
What's it about?
Georges (Trintignant) and Anne (Riva) are in their eighties. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has an attack and the couple's bond of love is severely tested. Winner of both the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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THURSDAY 7 JANUARY

L.A. Story
7:45pm

M, CC
USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Mick Jackson
Starring: Steve Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant
What's it about?
With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" (Martin) tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-90s Los Angeles.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Spotlight
9:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci
What's it about?
Follows a team of reporters at The Boston Globe who, in 2001, launched a dogged investigation into the misdeeds covered up by the Catholic Church. They were eventually able to out nearly 90 Boston-area priests as molesters and exposed a pattern of corruption at the church where the higher-ups privy to the scandal would effectively silence any accusers who came forward. Winner of Best Picture at 2016 Academy Awards, and directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station AgentThe Visitor).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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FRIDAY 8 JANUARY

The Jane Austen Book Club
7:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Robin Swicord
Starring: Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Emily Blunt, Amy Brenneman, Hugh Dancy
What's it about?
Six Californians start a club to discuss the works of Jane Austen. As they delve into Austen's literature, the club members find themselves dealing with life experiences that parallel the themes of the books they are reading.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
9:35pm

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Starring: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts
What's it about?
A fading actor (Keaton) best known for his portrayal of a popular superhero attempts to mount a comeback by appearing in a Broadway play. As opening night approaches, his attempts to become more altruistic, rebuild his career, and reconnect with friends and family prove more difficult than expected. Winner of Best Picture at the 2015 Academy Awards.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SATURDAY 9 JANUARY

This Beautiful Fantastic
6:50pm

PG
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English, Irish
Director: Simon Aboud
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine
What's it about?
A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships: between a reclusive, agoraphobic young woman (Finday) with dreams of being a children’s book author and a curmudgeonly old widower (Wilkinson), set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Front Runner
8:30pm

M, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Jason Reitman
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina, Sara Paxton
What's it about?
Gary Hart (Jackman), former Senator of Colorado, becomes the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1987. Hart's intelligence, charisma and idealism makes him popular with young voters, leaving him with a seemingly clear path to the White House. All that comes crashing down when allegations of an extramarital affair surface in the media, forcing the candidate to address a scandal that threatens to derail his campaign and personal life.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Long Story Short
10:35pm

M
Denmark, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Language: Danish
Director: May el-Toukhy
Starring: Mille Lehfeldt, Jens Albinus, Norma Omega Mengers Andersen, Trine Dyrholm
What's it about?
The film follows a group of friends and their highs and lows in pursuit of romantic redemption. It takes place over three years and is divided into eight parties: New Year's Eve, one housewarming, Midsummer, a wedding, a surprise party, a name of celebration, anniversary and birthday parties. The friends are all late thirties or early forties. They fought all with their own idea of ​​what the perfect love really is, and must re-evaluate their perception in the course of history.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Long Story Short

 

SUNDAY 10 JANUARY

A Street Cat Named Bob
6:35pm

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Starring: Luke Treadaway, Ruta Gedmintas, Joanne Froggatt, Anthony Stewart Head
What's it about?
Based on the international best selling book. The true feel good story of how James Bowen (Treadaway), a busker and recovering drug addict, had his life transformed when he met a stray ginger cat.

Jailbreak Pact
8:30pm

PG
Chile, 2020
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Spanish
Director: David Albala
Starring: Benjamín Vicuña, Roberto Farías, Amparo Noguera, Francisca Gavilán
What's it about?
On the night of January 29, 1990, shortly before the start of democratic transition period in Chile, dozens of political prisoners escaped from jail in Santiago. Neither the common prisoners in the nearby cells, nor the prison guards who guarded daily, discovered the plan that would lead to the freedom of 49 prisoners, in one of the most surprising and spectacular jailbreaks in Chilean criminal history.

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