• L-R: The Savages, Ong-Bak, Behind the Candelabra, The Commitments (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Your guide to some of the stories from around the world, screening on Australia's own HD SBS World Movies channel (Digital channel 32).
By
SBS Movies

9 May 2022 - 4:20 PM  UPDATED 16 May 2022 - 12:02 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: 11 - 17 May
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) for The Savages, Hearts in Atlantis, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Hampstead, Children of Men, Then Came You, Sing Street and Behind the Candelabra
  • Closed Captions (CC) for The Savages, The Commitments, Hearts in Atlantis, Children of Men and Behind the Candelabra

 

WEDNESDAY 11 MAY

The Savages
7:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Tamara Jenkins
Starring: Laura Linney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Philip Bosco, Peter Friedman
What's it about?
Until recently, all John (Hoffman) and Wendy Savage (Linney) had in common was a lousy childhood and a few strands of DNA. But after years of drifting apart, they're forced to band together to care for the elderly, cantankerous father (Bosco) who made their formative years challenging. Nominated for Best Actress (Linney) and Best Original Screenplay at the 2008 Academy Awards.

REVIEW
The Savages Review
A through-provoking look at the human condition.

Inside Llewyn Davis
9:35pm

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Oscar Isaac, Carey Mulligan, Adam Driver, John Goodman, F. Murray Abraham
What's it about?
Follows a week in the life of a young folk singer (Isaac) as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. Guitar in tow, huddled against the unforgiving New York winter, he is struggling to make it as a musician against seemingly insurmountable obstacles - some of them of his own making. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Inside Llewyn Davis Review
A character study of an unpleasant character.

 

THURSDAY 12 MAY

Hearts in Atlantis
7:35pm

M, AD
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Scott Hicks
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis, Mika Boorem, David Morse, Alan Tudyk
What's it about?
Based on the Stephen King novella, the film is set in the small-town Connecticut of 1960 and centres around an 11-year-old fatherless boy (Yelchin), whose life is changed when a mysterious stranger (Hopkins), with a psychic gift, boards at his widowed mother's (Davis) home. Directed by Scott Hicks (Shine).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Commitments
9:30pm

M, CC
UK, Ireland, 1991
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English, Italian
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy
What's it about?
Jimmy Rabbitte (Arkins), just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers; things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females virtually in his back yard, a lead singer at a wedding, and, responding to his ad, an aging trumpet player, Joey "The Lips" Fagan. Based on the 1987 novel by Roddy Doyle.

RELATED
30 years on, ‘The Commitments’ is a rousing working-class comedy for the ages
An absolute cultural phenomenon on release in 1991, Alan Parker’s ‘The Commitments’ remains an essential piece of working-class cinema, and one of the greatest musicals of all time.
The Commitments review: Dirty, gutsy, and full of soul
The Movie Show reviews The Commitments.

 

FRIDAY 13 MAY

The Fabulous Baker Boys
7:30pm

M, AD
USA, 1988
Genre: Music, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Steve Kloves
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab
What's it about?
Frank (Bridges) and Jack Baker (Bridges) are brothers who have performed together in a small but successful piano act for years. However, their lack of ambition hurts them - they begin losing gigs, and are soon relegated to run-down venues. Attempting to infuse new life into their act, the brothers hire singer Susie Diamond (Pfeiffer). The new line-up brings success, but tensions mount as romance blossoms and one brother is left in the cold. Nominated for four Academy Awards (including Best Actress for Pfeiffer).

Jersey Boys
9:35pm

MA15+
USA, 2014
Genre: Biography, Drama, Musical
Language: English
Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Francesca Eastwood, Christopher Walken, Freya Tingley, Ashely Leilani
What's it about?
From Oscar-winning director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical, telling the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the legendary 1960s rock group The Four Seasons.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 14 MAY

Complicity
6:20pm

PG
China, France, Japan, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Chinese, Japanese
Director: Kei Chikaura
Starring: Lu Yulai, Tatsuya Fuji, Sayo Akasaka, Kio Matsumoto
What's it about?
Chen Liang (Yulai) is a young Chinese man and an illegal immigrant in Japan. One day he receives a call about a job offer meant for someone else. In his desperation, he pretends to be the intended recipient in order to get the job, which turns out to be work at a traditional Japanese soba restaurant. He starts his new life living and working with the elderly soba master, albeit in fear that his identity could be exposed at any moment.

The Boondock Saints
8:30pm

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Action, Thriller, Crime
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Troy Duffy
Starring: Willem Dafoe, Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, David Della Rocco, Billy Connolly
What's it about?
Tired of the crime overrunning the streets of Boston, Irish Catholic twin brothers Conner (Flanery) and Murphy (Reedus) are inspired by their faith to cleanse their hometown of evil with their own brand of zealous vigilante justice. As they hunt down and kill one notorious gangster after another, they become controversial folk heroes in the community. But Paul Smecker (Dafoe), an eccentric FBI agent, is fast closing in on their blood-soaked trail.

Ong-Bak
10:30pm

MA15+
Thailand, 2005
Genre: Crime, Martial Arts
Language: Thai
Director: Prachya Pinkaew
Starring: Tony Jaa, Petchtai Wongkamlao, Pumwaree Yodkamol 
What's it about?
In a poor Thai village, the sacred statue of Ong Bak watches over its inhabitants, who feel safe and secure in its presence. When a former villager steals the statue's head to sell it to the the underworld, the villagers are fearful of the consequences, and pin their hopes on Ting (Jaa), a gifted but reluctant Muay Thai boxer. Ting is charged with travelling to the seedy streets of Bangkok, to and fight and reclaim Ong Bak for his village.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 15 MAY

Hampstead
6:35pm

PG, AD
UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Joel Hopkins
Starring: Diane Keaton, Brendan Gleeson, James Norton, Lesley Manville, Jason Watkins
What's it about?
Emily Walters (Keaton) can't quite focus on the things that need attention in her life, like her lovely old apartment, her diminishing finances or even her son. But this all changes when she meets the eccentric, unkempt Donald (Gleeson), a man who has lived harmoniously on the Heath for 17 years in a ramshackle hut.

Children of Men
8:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
UK, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alfonso Cuaron
Starring: Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Caine, Danny Huston
What's it about?
This sci-fi epic from Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity, Roma) imagines a future world that has fallen into anarchy on the heels of an infertility defect in the population that has made humankind face the likelihood of its own extinction. Set against a backdrop of London torn apart by violence, the film follows an unlikely champion of Earth's survival: Theo (Owen), a disillusioned ex-activist turned bureaucrat, who is forced to face his own demons and protect the planet's last remaining hope for a future generation. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
RELATED
Failing fertility and the fight for women’s rights in ‘Children of Men’ and ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’
As Elisabeth Moss prepares to lead the rebellion against Gilead, we take a look at the terrifying reality behind weaponising infertility in patriarchal dystopias.
Why 'Children of Men' remains relevant with each passing year
Director Alfonso Cuarón revisits Children of Men, his overlooked 2006 masterpiece.

The Great Beauty
10:30pm

MA15+
Italy, 2013
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Carlo Verdone, Sabrina Ferilli, Carlo Buccirosso
What's it about?
Journalist Jep Gambardella (Servillo) has charmed and seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades. But when his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep finds himself unexpectedly taking stock of his life, turning his cutting wit on himself and his contemporaries, and looking past the extravagant nightclubs, parties, and cafes to find Rome in all its glory - a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. Winner of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Picture.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
RELATED
Dinner and a Movie: ‘The Great Beauty’ and pasta e fagioli
Match a meal from SBS Food with a movie at SBS on Demand, for the perfect night in.
The Great Beauty: Toni Servillo interview
Another collaboration with director Paolo Sorrentino, another great performance by Italian actor Toni Servillo.
The Great Beauty Review
An artful look at a melancholy life.

 

MONDAY 16 MAY

Then Came You
7:40pm

M, AD
USA, 2019
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Hutchings
Starring: Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev, Tyler Hoechlin, David Koechner
What's it about?
In this funny and poignant coming-of-age story celebrating the desire for friendship, romance and life, a hypochondriac (Butterfield) working as an airport baggage handler is forced to confront his fears when a British teenager (Williams) with a terminal illness enlists him to help her carry out her eccentric bucket list.

Sing Street
9:30pm

M, AD, CC
Ireland, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Romance, Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: John Carney
Starring: Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, Lucy Boynton, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Aidan Gillen, Jack Reynor
What's it about?
With the recession hitting people hard in Dublin during the 1980s, 14-year-old Conor (Walsh-Peelo) is moved from his private school by his father (Gillen) to a tough inner-city alternative. As he tries to adjust to a new way of life, he decides to start his own band. Directed by John Carney (Once).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 17 MAY

The Music of Silence
7:15pm

PG
USA, Italy, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Italian
Director: Michael Radford
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Jordi Molla, Toby Sebastian, Luisa Ranieri, Daniel Vivian
What's it about?
Born with a serious eye condition that eventually leads to his blindness, Bocelli (Banderas) nevertheless rises above the challenges, driven by great ambitions towards his passion. The silent pursuit of his daily mission continues. Directed by Michael Radford (Il Postino, 1984).

Behind the Candelabra
9:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Steven Soderbergh
Starring: Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Reynolds, Paul Reiser, Rob Lowe
What's it about?
Based on the autobiographical novel by Scott Thorson and Alex Thorleifson, the film follows the tempestuous six-year relationship between Thorson (Damon) and the world-famous pianist Liberace (Damon). Winner of 11 Primetime Emmy Awards in 2013, including Outstanding Lead Actor (Douglas) and directed by Steven Soderbergh (Sex, Lies & Videotape, Traffic, Erin Brockovich).

REVIEW
Behind The Candelabra Review
Soderbergh back on form with tale of sex, lies, and rhinestones
 
MORE AT SBS:
'Petite Maman' director Céline Sciamma, on writing her fantasy fable about a mother-daughter bond
The French writer/director's story of a mother-daughter meeting across time will melt the hardest heart. She speaks to Fiona Williams about how the pandemic inspired her to make it, and how casting twin sisters created the spark on screen.
Movies Leaving SBS On Demand: May 2022
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout feature films leaving SBS On Demand throughout May 2022.
‘First Love’ is your new romantic and ferocious late-night favourite
The streets of Tokyo are filled with lovelorn losers, stab-happy Yakuza, rage-possessed pimps and bumbling dirty cops in infamous Japanese director Takashi Miike’s latest genre killer.
'About Endlessness': An intro to (and possible outro for) Roy Andersson
An appreciation of legendary Swedish auteur Roy Andersson's supposed swan song, now streaming at SBS On Demand.
The Cost of War: These films capture bravery and tragedy on the battlefield and beyond
SBS World Movies and SBS On Demand present a selection of films centred on the toll of conflict.
‘Sorry We Missed You’ and the will to push on
Looking at the true cost of next-day deliveries, director Ken Loach drags a camera through the mire of modern working life to expose the human dramas that play out every day.
Sydney Film Festival set to return in June, announces early lineup
Sydney's premier film event is gearing up for a return to its traditional winter timeslot, announcing a preview of films planned for June.