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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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30 Sep 2021 - 2:23 PM  UPDATED 8 Oct 2021 - 12:43 PM

FOR MOVIES HIGHLIGHTS ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV THIS WEEK
TV Movie Guide: 4 - 10 October
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 Brick Lane, Sweet Country, The Proposition, Gone Are The Days, Red Sun, True Grit, Sometimes Always Never, The Godfather Part II and Every Day
  • Audio Description (AD) available for All Is True, The Proposition, Gone Are The Days, Never Grow Old, Little Woods, Slow West, True Grit, Sometimes Always Never, The Godfather Part II and Every Day

 

MONDAY 4 OCTOBER

Brick Lane
7:35pm

PG, CC
UK, India, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Bengali
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Christopher Simpson, Satish Kaushik, Zafreen
What's it about?
Nazneem (Chatterjee), a young Bangladeshi woman, arrives in 1980s London for an arranged marriage with middle-aged Chanu (Kaushik). As their marriage proves loveless, she fears her soul is quietly dying. That is until the day hot-headed Karim (Simpson) comes knocking at her door. Winner of the CICAE Award at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival.

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Sweet Country
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie, Natassia Gorey-Furber
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind white preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After an ill-tempered bully (Leslie) arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife (Gorey-Furber) go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

INTERVIEW
Warwick Thornton on his Venice award-winning film, 'Sweet Country'
The Australian director/cinematographer took out the Special Jury Prize in Venice for his Outback Western.

 

TUESDAY 5 OCTOBER

All Is True
7:35pm

M, AD
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Kenneth Branagh
Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench, Ian McKellen, Kathryn Wilder, Lydia Wilson
What's it about?
London, June 29th, 1613. The Globe Theatre, ran by the famous playwright William Shakespeare (Branagh), accidentally burns to ashes. Seriously affected, he stops writing and returns to his hometown, where his wife Anne (Dench) and daughters Judith (Wilder) and Susanna (Wilson) get surprised to hear he intends to stay there definitively, after two decades working in the capital, neglecting his sincere affections for them.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

The Proposition
9:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime, Western
Language: English
Director: John Hillcoat
Starring: Tom Budge, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Guy Pearce, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
In the harsh outback of 1880s Australia, the brutal Burns brothers are wanted for a vicious crime. When Charlie Burns (Pearce) is captured, the officer arresting makes a startling proposition in order to end the cycle of violence: Charlie must hunt down and murder his violent older brother Arthur (Huston), in order to save his youngest brother from the noose. Scored by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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WEDNESDAY 6 OCTOBER

Gone Are the Days
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Western
Language: English
Director: Mark Landre Gould
Starring: Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger, Danny Trejo, Lulu Wilson, Jamie McShane
What's it about?
The story of notorious outlaw Taylon Flynn (Henriksen), a man hell-bent on exiting this life in a blaze of glory. His plans go awry upon the discovery of the sordid life his estranged daughter is forced to live. To save her, he must summon the inner demons he purged long ago, and finds that redemption is a hard road to travel.

Never Grow Old
9:30pm

MA15+, AD
Ireland, 2019
Genre: Western
Language: English, Italian
Director: Ivan Kavanagh
Starring: Emile Hirsch, John Cusack, Deborah Francois, Danny Webb, Tim Ahern
What's it about?
A once-peaceful frontier town becomes a den of vice after vicious outlaw Dutch Albert (Cusack) and his gang arrive and begin gunning down their opposition. Undertaker Patrick Tate (Hirsch) must now choose between the blood money he makes burying the murderers' victims and the threats he and his family face as the death toll continues to rise.

 

THURSDAY 7 OCTOBER

Little Woods
7:30pm

M, AD
USA, 2019
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Nia DaCosta
Starring: Tessa Thompson, Lily James, Luke Kirby, James Badge Dale, Lance Reddick
What's it about?
For years, Ollie (Thompson) has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister Deb (James). Written and directed by Nia DaCosta (director of the upcoming Jordan Peele-produced Candyman).

Red Sun
9:30pm

PG, CC
France, Italy, Spain, 1971
Genre: Action, Western
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese
Director: Terence Young
Starring: Ursula Andress, Charles Bronson, Alain Delon, Toshirô Mifune
What's it about?
The Japanese ambassador is traveling through the Wild West by train, when gangsters hold up the train, to rob a gold shipment. They also carry an ancient Japanese sword the ambassador was carrying as a present for the US president. The ambassador's bodyguard (Mifune) will go after them, with the aid of one of the gang's leaders betrayed by his pals.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 8 OCTOBER

Slow West
7:55pm

M, AD
UK, 2015
Genre: Action, Western, Comedy
Language: English
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows Jay (Smit-McPhee), a 17-year-old Scottish aristocrat who travels to American West to look for his former lover. Faced with the brutal frontier environment, he soon teams up with a rough and mysterious traveller named Silas (Fassbender), who soon discovers that Jay’s old flame has a price on her head. Together, they make their way through the wilderness, while trying to stay one step ahead of the bounty hunters.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
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True Grit
9:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Western
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper
What's it about?
14-year-old Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) is determined to avenge her father's blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Brolin) – the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold – enlisting the help of one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Damon). This Coen brothers take on the classic 1969 John Wayne western was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
The Coen brothers' 'True Grit', starring (from left) Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon and Josh Brolin
REVIEW
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Bloody and blackly humourous.

 

SATURDAY 9 OCTOBER

Sometimes Always Never
6:50pm

PG, AD, CC
UK, 2019
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Carl Hunter
Starring: Bill Nighy, Sam Riley, Jenny Agutter, Alice Lowe, Tim McInnerny, Louis Healy
What's it about?
Alan (Nighy) is a stylish tailor with moves as sharp as his suits. He has spent years searching tirelessly for his missing son Michael who stormed out over a game of Scrabble. With a body to identify and his family torn apart, Alan must repair the relationship with his youngest son and solve the mystery of an online player who he thinks could be Michael, so he can finally move on and reunite his family.

The Godfather: Part II
8:30pm

MA15+, AD, 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
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Holy Motors
12:15am

MA15+
France, 2012
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Jean-François Balmer, Eva Mendes, Edith Scob, Kylie Minogue
What's it about?
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar (Lavant), a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man. He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part – but there are no cameras present. From Leos Carax, cult director of The Lovers on the Bridge and the upcoming musical Annette (starring Adam Driver and Marion Cotillard).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SUNDAY 10 OCTOBER

Every Day
6:40pm

PG, AD, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Michael Sucsy
Starring: Angourie Rice, Justice Smith, Debby Ryan, Maria Bello, Lucas Jade Zumann
What's it about?
Based on David Levithan’s acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Every Day tells the story of Rhiannon (Mare of Easttown's Angourie Rice), a 16-year-old girl who falls in love with a mysterious spirit named "A" who inhabits a different body every day. Feeling an unmatched connection, Rhiannon and A work each day to find one another, not knowing what or who the next day will bring.

The Motorcycle Diaries
8:30pm

M
Argentina, USA, 2004
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mercedes Morán
What's it about?
This acclaimed film is based on the written memoir of Che Guevara. In January 1952, the almost 30-year-old biochemist Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) and his younger friend, the 23-year-old student close to finishing his medical degree, Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal), set off from Buenos Aires on an old but treasured Norton 500 for an adventure through Latin America. The middle class young men begin to see Latin America through eyes that have been opened to poverty and oppression, big business and the sheer hardship of daily life. 

The Movie Show reviews The Motorcycle Diaries (The Movie Show Episode 36 2004)

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Hedgehog
10:50pm

M
France, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French, Japanese
Director: Mona Achache
Starring: Josiane Balasko, Garance Le Guillermic, Togo Igawa, Anne Brochet
What's it about?
Paloma is a deep thinker, a pessimistic 11-year-old girl who resolves to kill herself on her 12th birthday. When she discovers kindred spirits in a new Japanese neighbour and a reclusive widow, Paloma develops a new outlook on life. Based on the novel by Muriel Barbery's novel.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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