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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).
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1 Apr 2021 - 4:33 PM  UPDATED 7 Apr 2021 - 11:53 AM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand
TV Movie Guide: 5 - 11 April
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 Withnail & I, Love and Other Drugs, Shutter Island & The Fifth Element
  • Audio Description (AD) available for Love and Other DrugsShutter Island and The Fifth Element

 

MONDAY 5 APRIL

The Wave
7:30pm

M
Norway, 2015
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Language: Norwegian
Director: Roar Uthaug
Starring: Kristoffer Joner, Ane Dahl Torp, Jonas Hoff Oftebro, Edith Haagenrud-Sande
What's it about?
Although theorised, no one is really ready when a mountain pass above the scenic and narrow Geiranger fjord in Norway collapses and creates a tsunami over 300 feet high. A geologist (Joner) is one of those caught in the middle of it. Followed by the loose sequel The Quake.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Return of the Hero
9:30pm

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: History, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Jean Dujardin, Mélanie Laurent, Christophe Montenez, Fabienne Galula, Noémie Merlant
What's it about?
1809 France. Captain Neuville (Dujardin) is called to the front, leaving his future bride Pauline (Merlant) heartbroken. Her sister Elizabeth (Laurent) decides to write letters on his behalf to cheer her up, thinking he would never come back. When Neuville returns home unexpectedly, he is welcomed in glory, but in truth is a war deserter and an opportunistic coward, and a suspicious Elizabeth is determined to expose him.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 6 APRIL

Odd Thomas
7:40pm

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Stephen Sommers
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Addison Timlin, Willem Dafoe, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Patton Oswalt
What's it about?
In a California desert town, a short-order cook (Yelchin) with clairvoyant abilities encounters a mysterious man with a link to dark, threatening forces. Who the man is and what he wants, not even Odd’s deceased informants can tell him.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

My Big Gay Italian Wedding
9:30pm

M
Italy, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Alessandro Genovesi
Starring: Cristiano Caccamo, Salvatore Esposito, Diego Abatantuono, Monica Guerritore
What's it about?
Antonio (Caccamo) has finally found the love of his life, Paolo (Esposito), with whom he lives happily in Berlin. Even if still not sure about their families’ reactions, they decide to get married in Italy, in the small village from where Antonio’s parents live. Tradition and modernity clash heads in this heart-warming film.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 7 APRIL

Easy
7:45pm

M
Italy, Ukraine, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: Ukrainian, Italian, English
Director: Andrea Magnani
Starring: Nicola Nocella, Ostap Stupka, Вероніка Шостак, Barbara Bouchet
What's it about?
At the request of his brother, 40-year-old go-kart driver Isidoro (Nocella) drives from Italy to a mountainous Carpathian village in Ukraine with a coffin of a diseased Ukrainian worker, who died at a construction site in Italy.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Sink or Swim
9:30pm

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Gilles Lellouche
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Marina Fois, Benoit Poelvoorde
What's it about?
40-year-old Bertrand (Amalric) has been suffering from depression for the last two years and is barely able to keep his head above water. Despite the medication he gulps down all day, every day, and his wife's encouragement, he is unable to find any meaning in his life. Curiously, he will end up finding this sense of purpose at the swimming pool, by joining an all-male synchronised swimming team.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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THURSDAY 8 APRIL

A Private Function
7:40pm

M
UK, 1984
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Malcolm Mowbray
Starring: Michael Palin, Maggie Smith, Richard Griffiths, Denholm Elliott, Pete Postlethwaite
What's it about?
In the summer of 1947, Britain prepares to commemorate the wedding of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Phillip. To get around food-rationing laws, Dr. Charles Swaby (Elliott), accountant Henry Allardyce (Alison Steadman) and solicitor Frank Lockwood (John Normington) are fattening a black-market pig for the big day. Egged on by his wife Joyce (Smith), meek Gilbert Chilvers (Palin) steals the swine, but the couple must conceal it from inspector Morris Wormold (Bill Paterson).

Withnail & I
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
UK, 1987
Genre: Comedy, Cult
Language: English
Director: Bruce Robinson
Starring: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann, Ralph Brown, Richard Griffiths
What's it about?
This cult British comedy follows a couple of destitute young actors living in drunken squalor in 1969, in the twilight days of swinging London. The elegantly wasted Withnail (Grant) is a depraved dandy without money or ambition, while his anxious sidekick is the younger and more impressionable Marwood (McGann). The demented duo drown their minds in booze and pills until finally escaping to the country, staying in the home of wealthy, lecherous Uncle Monty (Griffiths), who later takes a liking to young Marwood.

SBS ON DEMAND: The Movie Show reviews Withnail & I (Episode 46, September 1987)

 

FRIDAY 9 APRIL

Get Low
7:35pm

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Aaron Schneider
Starring: Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Lucas Black
What's it about?
For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush (Duvall). Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It's not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a 'living funeral', in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Love and Other Drugs
9:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hank Azaria, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dorothy Silver, Oliver Platt
What's it about?
Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anything, including a formidable personal challenge, tie her down. But she meets her match in Jaime Randall (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Based on Jamie Reidy's memoir.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 10 APRIL

Storm Boy
6:50pm

PG
Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison
What's it about?
Mike (Rowe) is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father (Cummins). In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner (Gulpilil) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

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Shutter Island
8:30pm

MA15+, CC, AD
USA, 2010
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Martin Scorsese
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Michelle Williams, Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley
What's it about?
In 1954, as Cold War tensions grow and modern psychiatric treatment starts to adhere, two U.S. Marshals arrive on a secluded island in Boston Harbour to investigate a multiple murderess who has vanished from her cell at a highly secure hospital for the criminally insane. Trapped on the island by a looming storm, one of the officers (Dicaprio) struggles to discover the island’s true purpose even as events from his past intertwine with the case.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Shutter Island Review
Pulp fiction in its purest form.

A Cool Fish
11:00pm

M
China, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Thriller
Language: Chinese
Director: Rao Xiaozhi
Starring: Chen Jianbin, Ren Suxi, Zhang Yu, Wang Yanhui, Kong Jiu, Pan Binlong
What's it about?
Cop-turned-security guard Ma Xianyong finds himself in a criminal twilight zone when two unrelated events turn his world upside down. The mysterious disappearance of his boss has implications for his financial security. Even more perilous is the abduction of his paralyzed sister who, unknown to Ma, makes a morbid deal with her captors.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 

SUNDAY 11 APRIL

The Fifth Element
6:10pm

PG, AD, CC
France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
ARTICLE
My Favourite Film: The Fifth Element
Let's sing the praises of the one of the great loopy space adventures of our time.

Infernal Affairs 2
8:30pm

MA15+
Hong Kong, 2003
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Action
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, Thai
Director: Andrew Lau, Alan Mak
Starring: Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Eric Tsang, Carina Lau, Shawn Yue, Edison Chen
What's it about?
This sequel to the 2002 hit is set in the years 1991-1997, against the backdrop of the Hong Kong hand-over to China. Inspector Wong (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang) befriends triad member Hon Sam (Tsang) in an attempt to control law and order in crime-infested Tsimshatsui, and encourages the assassination of crime lord Kwun (Joe Cheung), triggering a power struggle within the triad world. 

You Disappear
10:40pm

MA15+
Denmark, Sweden, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish, Swedish, Swahili
Director: Peter Schønau Fog
Starring: Trine Dyrholm, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Michael Nyqvist, Laura Bro, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard
What's it about?
Frederik is the headmaster of a private school and one day he is being accused of stealing 12 million Danish crowns from the school. But everything is not as simple as it might seem. Frederik has been living with a tumor in his brain for the last 3 years and it has changed his personality. Now his wife Mia and the defense lawyer Bernard have to try and get Frederik acquitted of all charges.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

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