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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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3 Dec 2021 - 5:02 PM  UPDATED 3 Dec 2021 - 5:16 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: 6 - 12 December
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 Program, Grandma, Chef, Skin, Joshy, My Brilliant Career, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Viceroy's House, Jackie and Agatha Christie's Crooked House
  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Program, Sweet Country, Chef, Charlie & Boots, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Viceroy's House and Frankie

 

MONDAY 6 DECEMBER

The Program
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Dustin Hoffman, Jesse Plemons, Lee Pace, Guillaume Canet
What's it about?
From Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Frears (The QueenPhilomena) comes the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history - Lance Armstrong (played by Foster), the world-renowned Tour de France champion.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Program review: Performances enhance shorthand account of epic scandal
The Armstrong lie gets the big screen treatment.

Sweet Country
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
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 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 7 DECEMBER

Grandma
8:00pm

M, AD
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul Weitz
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner, Marcia Gay Harden, Judy Greer, Laverne Cox, Elizabeth Pena
What's it about?
Self-described misanthrope Elle Reid (Tomlin) has her protective bubble burst when her 18-year-old granddaughter, Sage (Garner), shows up needing help. The two of them go on a day-long journey that causes Elle to come to terms with her past and Sage to confront her future.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Grandma review
Tough love comedy takes no prisoners.

Dean Spanley
9:30pm

G
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam, Art Malik, Bryan Brown
What's it about?
Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior (O'Toole) has little time or affection for his son (Northam), but when the pair visit a swami (Malik), they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

 

WEDNESDAY 8 DECEMBER

Chef
7:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jon Favreau
Starring: Jon Favreau, Robert Downey Jr., John Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman
What's it about?
Carl Casper (Favreau) is a disillusioned chef fed up with his restaurant’s management, poor reviews and lack of creativity. After an online battle with a well-known critic leads to further frustration, Carl decides to leave and go solo as a food truck operator in a bid to rediscover his flair for cooking.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Skin
9:35pm

M, AD
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Anthony Fabian
Starring: Sophie Okonedo, Sam Neill, Alice Krige
What's it about?
The true story of Sandra Laing (Okonedo), a black child born in the 1950s to white Afrikaners, unaware of their black ancestry. Her parents are rural shopkeepers serving the local black community, who lovingly bring her up as their 'white' little girl. But at the age of ten, Sandra is driven out of white society. The film follows her thirty-year journey from rejection to acceptance, betrayal to reconciliation, as she struggles to define her place in a changing world.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

THURSDAY 9 DECEMBER

Joshy
7:55pm

M, AD
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jeff Baena
Starring: Thomas Middleditch, Adam Pally, Alex Ross Perry, Nick Kroll, Jenny Slate, Aubrey Plaza
What's it about?
After his engagement ends badly, Josh decides to take advantage of his bachelor-party plans in Ojai, California, with the few friends still willing to join him. Focused on drugs and their own hangups, his self-absorbed friends refuse to confront the elephant in the room and ask Josh how he’s feeling. As welcome and unwelcome guests stop by, Josh will attempt to find some closure over this weekend with the guys.

Joshy

My Brilliant Career
9:30pm

G, AD
Australia, 1979
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Judy Davis, Wendy Hughes, Sam Neill
What's it about?
Sybylla (Davis), a headstrong girl growing up in early 20th century Australia, has the opportunity of marriage to a wealthy young man whom she loves, but rejects it in order to maintain her independence, preferring to take a job as governess/housekeeper to the family of an illiterate neighbor to whom her father owes money. The debut feature from director Gilliam Armstrong (StarstruckThe Last Days of Chez Nous, High Tide, Little Women).

Gillian Armstrong talks to Marc Fennell

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 10 DECEMBER

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, estranged brothers Charlie (Hogan) and 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.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
9:30pm

PG, AD, CC
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SATURDAY 11 DECEMBER

Viceroy's House
6:30pm

PG, AD, CC
India, UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal
What's it about?
In 1947, Lord Mountbatten (Bonneville) assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs. Directed by Gurinder Chadha (Bend It Like Beckham).

Jackie
8:30pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Pablo Larrain
Starring: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup, John Hurt
What's it about?
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy. Nominated for three Academy Awards in 2017, including Best Actress (Portman) and directed by Pablo Larraín (Ema, Neruda and the upcoming Spencer, starring Kristen Stewart as Princess Diana).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

My Best Friend
10:25pm

M
Argentina, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Martín Deus
Starring: Angelo Mutti Spinetta, Lautaro Rodríguez, Guillermo Pfening, Mariana Anghileri
What's it about?
Lorenzo (Spinetta) lives a sheltered life in Argentine Patagonia with his parents and little brother. When a good friend of the family dies in an accident, his son Caíto (Rodríguez) is taken in by them. Although the two boys have nothing in common, they form a friendship that turns into something more.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 12 DECEMBER

Agatha Christie's Crooked House
6:20pm

PG, AD
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Crime
Language: English
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Starring: Glenn Close, Max Irons, Stefanie Martini, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp
What's it about?
When a wealthy tycoon is poisoned in his own bed, Detective Charles Hayward (Irons) is invited to solve the gruesome crime. He is shocked to discover that one of the key suspects is the tycoon's beautiful granddaughter Sophia (Martini), his former lover. Hayward must keep a clear head to navigate the sultry Sophia and the rest of her hostile family in a case where nobody is above suspicion.

Frankie
8:30pm

M, CC
France, Portugal, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Portuguese
Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, Jeremie Renier
What's it about?
Three generations of a family grapple with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces. Directed by Ira Sachs (Little Men, Love is Strange).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Chambermaid Lynn
10:25pm

M
Germany, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Ingo Haeb
Starring:  Vicky Krieps, Lena Lauzemis, Steffen Münster
What's it about?
In this coming out story with a difference, Lynn - a painfully shy hotel maid with an obsessive-compulsive disorder - voyeuristically watches a guest's encounter with a dominatrix, then decides to hire the call girl to help her shed her own inhibitions. Starring Phantom Thread's breakout star Vicky Krieps. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 
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