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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).
SBS Movies

20 Jan 2022 - 12:46 PM  UPDATED 27 Jan 2022 - 10:26 AM

TV Movie Guide: 24 - 30 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.

  • Audio Description (AD) available for The Wave, Jindabyne, Irrational Man, Margin CallThe Breaker Upperers, Once Were Warriors and Abe
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Wave, Jindabyne, Margin Call, The Breaker Upperers, Room in Rome and Abe


Lola Versus

USA, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Daryl Wein
Starring: Greta Gerwig, Joel Kinnaman, Bill Pullman, Zoe Lister-Jones, Debra Winger
What's it about?
Just three weeks before her wedding, Lola (Gerwig) finds herself suddenly without a partner when her longtime fiance, Luke (Kinnaman), dumps her. With her 30th birthday looming and being forced to re-enter the New York City dating scene, she feels adrift in a cold world. She leans on her friends for support but, after a series of romantic humiliations, professional blunders and boozy antics, Lola realizes that she alone is in charge of her fate.

The Wave

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2019
Genre: Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Gille Klabin
Starring: Justin Long, Tommy Flanagan, Katia Winter, Donald Faison, Sheila Vand, Bill Sage
What's it about?
Frank (Long) is a bored corporate lawyer about to get the biggest promotion of his life. To celebrate, he lets loose on a night out with a coworker, Jeff (Faison) and winds up at a house part where he's persuaded by a stranger to try a mysterious drug. After blacking out and then waking up alone with no memory of the night before, Frank must make sure he gets his promotion while bouncing between unexpected waves of psychedelic trips.



The Skin of Others

Australia, 2020
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Tom Murray
Starring: Tom E. Lewis, Max Cullen, Archie Roach
What's it about?
A story of modern Australia - its violent past and its future potential - told through the extraordinary life of Aboriginal World War One soldier Douglas Grant (c.1885-1951). Featuring acclaimed Indigenous actor Balang Tom E. Lewis in his final performance (as Grant) and guest appearances from Max Cullen and Archie Roach, this film movingly interweaves the lives of Grant and Lewis: two truly remarkable men.

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Australia, 2006
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Ray Lawrence
Starring: Laura Linney, Gabriel Byrne, Deborra-Lee Furness, John Howard, Leah Purcell
What's it about?
Stewart Kane (Byrne), an Irishman living in the Australian town of Jindabyne, is on a fishing trip in isolated hill country with three other men when they discover the body of a murdered girl in the river. Rather than return to the town immediately, they continue fishing and report their gruesome find days later. Based on the short story 'So Much Water So Close To Home' by Raymond Carver, and written & directed by Ray Lawrence (Lantana).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Gabriel Byrne in Jindabyne



Storm Boy

Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Dalaithngu, 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 (Dalaithngu) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Storm Boy: Cheat Sheet
As 'Storm Boy' turns 40 and is about to be remade, we revisit this bona fide Aussie classic and its enduring legacy.

Samson and Delilah

Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Rowan McNamara, Marissa Gibson, Mitjili Napanangka Gibson, Scott Thornton
What's it about?
Samson (McNamara) and Delilah's (Gibson) world is small - an isolated community in the Central Australian desert. When tragedy strikes, they turn their backs on home and embark on a journey of survival. Lost, unwanted and alone they discover that life isn't always fair, but love never judges. Winner of the Camera D'or (best debut feature) at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival, and regularly cited as one of the greatest Australian films of all time.

Samson & Delilah
Samson and Delilah Review
A subtly powerful work, with an abiding sense of setting and character.
Samson And Delilah: a symbol of things to come
The choice by Cannes selectors to screen Samson and Delilah in Un Certain Regard is the latest in a string of accolades for director Warwick Thornton, and a coup for indigenous filmmakers in general. Sandy George looks at other indigenous films in the pipeline, on the eve of the Message Sticks Film Festival.



Irrational Man

USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey, Joe Stapleton
What's it about?
Abe (Phoenix) arrives at the small picturesque Braylin College in Rhode Island feeling that his life is meaningless. Tales have been buzzing around campus of him - a charismatic, radical romantic prone to bleak depressions. He quickly draws the attention of Rita Richards (Posey), a lonely professor who fantasises that Abe will rescue her from her unhappy marriage. Meanwhile, Abe attracts another admirer in Jill Pollard (Stone), a bright young student who finds his tortured artistic personality irresistible.

Margin Call

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Demi Moore
What's it about?
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial sector, Margin Call involves the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Academy Award-nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 2012.

Why You Should Watch: Margin Call
Sandy George tells us why 'Margin Call' gives her goose bumps.
Margin Call Review
Taut Wall Street drama takes an inside look at financial and human meltdown.



The Breaker Upperers

New Zealand, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Madeleine Sami, Jackie van Beek
Starring: Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami, Celia Pacquola, James Rolleston
What's it about?
Fifteen years ago, Mel (Sami) and Jen (van Beek) discovered they were being two-timed by the same man. Bitter and cynical, they became fast friends and formed The Breaker Upperers, a small-time business breaking up couples for cash. Now they’re in their late-thirties and business is booming. But when they run into an old victim, Mel develops a conscience and their friendship is truly put to the test. Executive produced by Taika Waititi.

The best joke in ‘The Breaker Upperers’ is about the stuff white people laugh at
A joke about what it's like to be mixed race.
'The Breaker Upperers': An Anti-Valentine's Day Comedy Delight
Executively produced by Taika Waititi (and featuring 'Boy' star James Rolleston in the supporting cast), this Kiwi anti-romatic comedy offers a terrific showcase for the acting/writing/directing talents of Jackie van Beek and Madeleine Sami.

Once Were Warriors

MA15+, AD
New Zealand, 1994
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Cliff Curtis
What's it about?
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedevilled by a violent father (Morrison) and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. This 1994 drama opened the eyes of audiences world-wide to the reality of life for a small section of New Zealand, broke domestic box office records, and was followed by the 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Once Were Warriors review: An absolutely devastating film

Slack Bay

Belgium, France, Germany, 2016
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Bruno Dumont
Starring: Fabrice Luchini, Juliette Binoche, Valeria Bruni‑Tedeschi, Jean-Luc Vincent
What's it about?
In the early 20th century, at the Pas de Calais, people mysteriously disappear as Ma Loute, son of the local fisherman family, and Billie, daughter of the snobbish Van Peteghems, fall in love with each other. Directed by Bruno Dumont



Our Little Sister

Japan, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Koreeda
Starring: Haruka Ayase, Masami Nagasawa, Kaho, Suzu Hirose, Shinobu Ōtake, Ryô Kase
What's it about?
Three sisters Sachi, Yoshino and Chika live together in a large house in the seaside city of Kamakura. When their father absent from the family home for the last 15 years dies, they travel to the countryside for his funeral and meet their shy 14-year-old half-sister, Suzu. Bonding quickly with the orphaned Suzu, they invite her to live with them. From acclaimed director Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters, Nobody Knows).

Our Little Sister review: Shades of Ozu in classic family drama
An elegant domestic drama

Septembers of Shiraz

USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Wayne Blair
Starring: Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek, Gabriella Wright, Shohreh Aghdashloo
What's it about?
An adaptation of the critically acclaimed debut novel by Iranian American author Dalia Sofer, based on true events, of a secular Jewish family caught up in the Islamic revolution in Iran in 1979 - and their heroic journey to overcome and ultimately escape from the deadly tyranny that swept their country and threatened to extinguish their lives at every turn/ Directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires).

Room in Rome

MA15+, CC
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Italian, Russian, Spanish
Director: Julio Medem
Starring: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
What's it about?
When Alba (Anaya, The Skin I Live In) seduces Natasha (Yarovenko) in a bar, the two women agree to limit their passionate affair to a one-night encounter. However, as they begin to slowly reveal their true selves to each other, their lust is met with deeper emotions that open the door for what evolves into a poignant character study. Directed by Julio Medem (Sex & LuciaLovers of the Arctic Circle) and nominated for four Spanish Goya Awards in 2011.




USA, Brazil, 2020
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Fernando Grostein Andrade
Starring: Noah Schnapp, Seu Jorge, Dagmara Dominczyk, Mark Margolis, Tom Mardirosian
What's it about?
The Israeli-Jewish side of his family calls him Avram. The Palestinian-Muslim side Ibrahim. His first-generation American agnostic lawyer parents call him Abraham. But the 12-year-old kid from Brooklyn who loves food and cooking prefers just Abe, and tries to unite his family through his culinary skills.

Police Story

Hong Kong, 1985
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Bill Tung, Chor Yuen, Charlie Cho
What's it about?
Ka Kui (Chan), a Special Squad police officer, has arrested the leader of a drug syndicate Chu (Chor). To convict Chu, the prosecutor has to rely on the evidence of Selina (Lin) who is Chu's secretary and has turned witness for the prosecution. Ka Kui is assigned to protect Selina. On the trial day, Selina disappears and Chu is therefore released. As a result, Ka Kui is demoted. However, Chu wants to dishonour Ka Kui so he sets him up, using his gun to kill another cop.

Police Story 2

Hong Kong, 1988
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Maggie Cheung, Lam Gwok-Hung, Bill Tung
What's it about?
Having successfully put a mobster behind bars, Detective Chan Ka Kui (Chan) is blamed for everything from not being a team player to damage to public property. As a result, Chan is demoted but is soon reinstated by his former unit when a gang of extortionists threaten to use explosives to destroy a conglomerate's investments. As expected,  Detective Chan succeeds in putting the extortionists out of action.

Ex-boxer Mickey Rourke packs a punch in three heavy-hitting movies
The troubled Hollywood star shows how devilishly good he can be in ‘Angel Heart’, ‘Fall Time’ and ‘Animal Factory’ at SBS On Demand.
With ‘Black Book’, director Paul Verhoeven brings his trademark excess to World War II
After he left Hollywood, the provocateur behind ‘Starship Troopers’ and ‘Showgirls’ crafted one of the most transgressive war movies ever made.
These four real-life spies show James Bond how secret agents really operate
In the SBS World Movies 'Secrets & Spies' collection, four secret agents get the job done by using their brains, not high-tech gadgets. See them 9.30pm from Monday 17 to Thursday 20 January.
Celebrate some of the best SBS On Demand movies turning 10 in 2022
We take a closer look at great films that have marked their first decade on screens worldwide.
Long-time love, secrets and lies are at the heart of films, ‘The Leisure Seeker’ and ‘45 Years’
Four screen legends star in these two moving films at SBS On Demand.
It takes a village to raise a superhero in ‘Supa Modo’
Sometimes, imagination proves to be the strongest superpower of all.
This and That: ‘J.T. LeRoy’ and ‘Tomboy’
Two movies at SBS On Demand tell stories of gender and identity.
Filmmaker Sean Baker on community and men behaving badly in darkly comic misadventure 'Red Rocket'
The 'Florida Project' and 'Tangerine' director talks casting luck and tales driven by the locals as his new film hits screens.
Indigenous-themed terror and ghost stories await in ‘The Darkside’, ‘The Moogai’ and ‘Bedevil’
Scare yourself silly with some chilling Aussie ghost stories at SBS On Demand.
It is time to celebrate Korean cinema with the Korean Collection at SBS On Demand
Here is a selection of films you will find in our Korean Collection, now streaming at SBS On Demand.