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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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28 Oct 2021 - 2:15 PM  UPDATED 29 Oct 2021 - 1:56 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 1 - 7 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 The Damned United, The Impossible, Driven, Boy, A Beautiful Mind and Farewell
  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Damned United, Big Night, The Impossible, Driven, Bride and Prejudice, Boy, A Beautiful Mind and Public Enemies

 

MONDAY 1 NOVEMBER

The Damned United
7:40pm

M, AD, CC
UK, 2009
Genre: Sport, Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Stephen Graham, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent
What's it about?
A film about controversial soccer manager Brian Clough (Sheen), set in 1974 but flashing back to the 1960s, depicting Clough's ill-fated 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United, then one of England's most successful soccer teams. From Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
The Damned United Review
Mr Sheen adds polish to EPL saga.

Angrezi Medium
9:30pm

PG
India, 2020
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Hindi
Director: Homi Adajania
Starring: Irrfan Khan, Radhika Madan, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Dimple Kapadia, Pankaj Tripathi
What's it about?
An unassuming mithai shop owner and single father (Khan) is set to fulfil his daughter's (Madan) dream to study in London. However, certain misadventures lead him and his family on a new quest, which renews their relationships and bonds.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

TUESDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Big Night
7:30pm

M, AD
USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott
Starring: Marc Anthony, Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Isabella Rossellini
What's it about?
Two Italian immigrant brothers (Tucci, Shalhoub) open a restaurant in New Jersey seeking to live out the American dream. Business is tough but when a prominent Italian-American musician comes to perform nearby, the brothers are galvanised into performing a sumptuous banquet.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Bala
9:30pm

PG
India, 2019
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Hindi
Director: Amar Kaushik
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Bhumi Pednekar, Yami Gautam, Saurabh Shukla
What's it about?
This satirical black comedy tells the story of Bala (Khurrana), a young man struggling to live with premature baldness in a world with superficial ideas of beauty. When his insecurity threatens his marriage, Bala seeks the help of a lawyer.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

WEDNESDAY 3 NOVEMBER

American Pastoral
7:30pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ewan McGregor
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning
What's it about?
Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor, also making his directorial debut), a former high school athlete who is now a successful businessman is married to Dawn (Connelly), a former beauty queen. When his beloved daughter, Merry (Fanning), disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel of the same name.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Gully Boy
9:30pm

M
India, 2019
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: Hindi, English
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Alia Bhatt, Siddhant Chaturvedi, Mona Ghosh Shetty, Vijay Raaz
What's it about?
Murad (Singh) is the 22-year-old son of a driver in Mumbai. His parents have worked to get him educated so that he could find a white-collar job. Instead he finds a love for hip-hop and comes of age while using his music to highlight inequalities.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

THURSDAY 4 NOVEMBER

The Impossible
7:30pm

M, AD, CC
Spain, USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Thai
Director: J.A. Bayona
Starring: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Geraldine Chaplin
What's it about?
Maria (Watts, in an Oscar-nominated performance) and Henry (McGregor) and their three sons begin the winter vacation in Thailand, looking forward to a few days in a tropical paradise. But on the morning of December 26th, as the family relaxes around the pool after their Christmas festivities the night before, a terrifying roar rises up from the centre of the earth. Based on the true story of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story
9:35pm

PG
India, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Neeraj Pandey
Starring: Sushant Singh Rajput, Disha Patani, Bhumika Chawla, Kiara Advani, Anupam Kher
What's it about?
The untold story of Mahendra Singh Dhoni's (Rajput) journey from Indian Railways ticket collector to trophy collector - the World Cup-winning captain of the men's Indian Cricket Team.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 5 NOVEMBER

Driven
7:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Thriller, History
Language: English
Director: Nick Hamm
Starring: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer, Corey Stoll, Isabel Arraiza, Michael Cudlitz
What's it about?
It's 1974 and Jim Hoffman (Sudeikis) is your average family man - father of two, hard-working pilot, doting husband, and occasional drug smuggler. But when Jim is caught using his family vacation to smuggle cocaine into the US, ambitious FBI agent Benedict Tissa (Stoll) sees an opportunity to earn a major victory for the Bureau by using Jim to entrap his elusive supplier.

Bride & Prejudice
9:35pm

PG, AD
UK, 2004
Genre: Musical, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gurinda Chadha
Starring: Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Martin Henderson, Nadira Babbar, Nalveen Andrews
What's it about?
A modern adaptation of Jane Austen's classic novel, Pride and Prejudice. Mrs Bakshi (Babbar) is looking for suitable husbands for her four daughters. When the rich single gentlemen Balraj (Andrews) and Darcy (Henderson) visit, the Bakshis have high hopes, but circumstances get in the way of romance.

 

SATURDAY 6 NOVEMBER

Sun Children
6:40pm

PG
Iran, 2020
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian
Director: Majid Majidi
Starring: Roohollah Zamani, Ali Nasirian, Javad Ezzati, Tannaz Tabatabaei
What's it about?
The story of 12-year-old Ali (Zamani) and his three friends. Together they work hard to survive and support their families, doing small jobs in a garage and committing petty crimes to make fast money. In a turn of events that seems miraculous, Ali is entrusted to find hidden treasure underground. He recruits his gang, but first, to gain access to the tunnel, the children must enroll at the Sun School, a charitable institution that tries to educate street kids and child laborers, close to where the treasure is located. Directed by Majid Majihi (Children of HeavenThe Colour of Paradise).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Boy
8:30pm

M, AD, CC
New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Mavis Paenga
What's it about?
It's 1984, and 11-year-old Boy (Rolleston) lives on a New Zealand farm with his gran and younger brother. Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version - an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. Written, directed (and starring) Taika Waititi (Hunt For the WilderpeopleThor: Ragnarok).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Boy review: A rose-coloured ode to the '80s
A story of superheroes (sort of)

A Beautiful Mind
10:10pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Starring: Russell Crowe, Ed Harris, Jennifer Connelly, Christopher Plummer, Paul Bettany
What's it about?
After distinguishing himself early in his career, mathematical genius John Forbes Nash, Jr. (Crowe) was enlisted by the US government to intercept Soviet communications during the Cold War. However, a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia plunges him into the depths of despair. Winner of four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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SUNDAY 7 NOVEMBER

About Elly
6:20pm

PG
Iran, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Golshifteh Farahani, Taraneh Alidoosti, Shahab Hosseini
What's it about?
A group of friends leave Tehran for a long weekend on the Caspian Sea. A young kindergarten teacher named Elly (Farahani) is invited along to join the good friends and family. The reason is soon made apparent: she's being set-up with a recently divorced man. Over an easy-going holiday, tensions rise until a crisis point is triggered, and Elly goes missing. Written and directed by Asghar Farhadi (A Separation) and winner of the Silver Bear at the 2009 Berlin Film Festival.

REVIEW
About Elly Review
A complex moral tale by a masterful filmmaker.

Farewell
8:30pm

M, CC
France, 2009
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: French, Russian
Director: Christian Carion
Starring: Emir Kusturica, Willem Dafoe, Guillaume Canet, Alexandra Maria Lara, Fred Ward
What's it about?
Tells the true story of little-known KGB Colonel Sergei Grigoriev (Kusturica). Growing increasingly disillusioned with the Soviet government during the darkest days of the Cold War, the veteran Russian spy turns double agent and leaks state secrets to the West via the ear of French businessman, Pierre Froment (Canet).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Farewell Review
A fascinating Cold War conspiracy.

Public Enemies
10:35pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2009
Genre: Crime, Drama, Action
Language: English
Director: Michael Mann
Starring: Johnny Depp, Marion Cotillard, Christian Bale, Lili Taylor, Billy Crudup
What's it about?
Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Michael Mann (Heat, The Insider, The Last of the Mohicans) directs this adaptation of Brian Burrough's best-seller about famed government agent Melvin Purvis (Bale) and his attempt to stop John Dillinger (Depp) and his gang. The 1930s-set drama depicts a lawless time in American history that made a stable of gangsters, of whom Dillinger was most notorious, front page celebrities. Efforts to thwart the high profile criminals led to the formation of what is now known as the FBI. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Public Enemies Review
Lawmen and outlaws collide in Mann’s stylish, brutal drama.

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