• L-R: Woman at War, A Star is Born, Only the Animals, The Blues Brothers (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).
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16 May 2022 - 4:45 PM  UPDATED 19 May 2022 - 12:22 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: 18 - 24 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) available for Zoo, The Blues Brothers, A Star is BornBrief Encounter and Freeheld
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Blues Brothers, A Star is Born, Eight Miles High and Woman at War

 

WEDNESDAY 18 MAY

Warm Bodies
7:40pm

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, John Malkovich
What's it about?
When a zombie (Hoult) rescues a girl (Palmer) from imminent death at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets in motion a chain of events that will transform him, his fellow dead, and maybe even the whole lifeless world. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness50/50).

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
9:30pm

MA15+
UK, USA, 2007
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: English
Director: Tim Burton
Starring: Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Alan Rickman, Timothy Spall, Sacha Baron Cohen
What's it about?
Based on true events, this darkly comic musical tale tells the story of London barber Benjamin Barker (Depp, in an Oscar-nominated performance) who returns from wrongful imprisonment to 1840s London, bent on revenge for the rape and death of his wife, and resumes his trade while forming a sinister partnership with his fellow tenant, Mrs Lovett (Bonham Carter). Based on the late Stephen Sondheim's Broadway musical.

 

THURSDAY 19 MAY

Zoo
7:45pm

M, AD
UK, Ireland, 2018
Genre: Family, War, History
Language: English
Director: Colin McIvor
Starring: Art Parkinson, Emily Flain, Toby Jones, Ian O'Reilly, Ian McElhinney
What's it about?
The true story of a larger-than-life friendship. Twelve-year-old Tom (Parkinson) is the son of the zoo veterinarian at Belfast Zoo. As the bombs fall on Northern Ireland, during World War II, Tom's dad is drafted into the British army. With the animals' safety at stake, Tom must find a hiding place for the zoo's new addition: a baby elephant named Buster. Tom enlists his best friend, Pete (O'Reilly), and sensitive classmate Jane (Flain) to help him hide Buster.

The Blues Brothers
9:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 1980
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Music, Action
Language: English
Director: John Landis
Starring: Dan Aykroyd, John Belushi, James Brown, Carrie Fisher, Frank Oz, Aretha Franklin
What's it about?
Jake Blues (Belushi) is just out of jail, and teams up with his brother, Elwood (Aykroyd) on a 'mission from God' to raise funds for the orphanage in which they grew up. The only thing they can do is do what they do best – play music – so they get their old band together and they're on their way, while getting in a bit of trouble here and there.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
Ray Charles, John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in ‘The Blues Brothers’, airing Christmas Day on SBS World Movies.
REVIEW
Celebrate the Queen of Soul with 'The Blues Brothers: Aretha Franklin Tribute' on SBS
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FRIDAY 20 MAY

Brief Encounter
7:40pm

M, AD
USA, UK, 1974
Genre: Drama, TV Movie
Language: English
Director: Alan Bridges
Starring: Richard Burton, Sophia Loren, Jack Hedley, Rosemary Leach, Ann Firbank
What's it about?
Based on Noel Coward's classic play of a chance meeting, this is a story of innocence and unexpected love. Anna (Loren) and Dr Alec Harvey (Burton) meet by chance and their casual friendship turns into a tormenting relationship. Realising the danger to her marriage, Anna avoids Alec who is unhappy in his own marriage and pursues Anna with increasing intensity. Unable to resist his charm, Anna accepts Alec's invitation to a rendezvous in a friend's apartment.

A Star Is Born
9:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 1976
Genre: Music, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Frank Pierson
Starring: Kris Kristofferson, Barbra Streisand, Gary Busey, Robert Englund
What's it about?
The 1976 rock music version (following the 1937 and 1954 film versions, and preceding the recent 2018 update) of this story of a young woman (played by Streisand) who enters show business, and meets and falls in love with an established male star (played by Kristofferson), only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 21 MAY

The Hollars
6:55pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Krasinski
Starring: John Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Richard Jenkins, Sharlto Copley, Anna Kendrick
What's it about?
John Hollar (Krasinski) is an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s brain surgery. There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father, and his over-eager ex-wife flood back into his life ahead of the operation.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Regression
8:30pm

MA15+
Canada, Spain, 2015
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Emma Watson, David Thewlis, Lothaire Bluteau, Dale Dickey, David Dencik
What's it about?
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery.

Eight Miles High
10:30pm

MA15+, CC
Germany, 2007
Genre: Music, Drama, Comedy
Language: German
Director: Achim Bornhak
Starring: Natalia Avelon, Matthias Schweighöfer, David Scheller, Victor Norén
What's it about?
Based on the true story of Uschi Obermeier (played by Avelon), a German cover model from the 1960s who embodied the dreams of the hippie generation - joining a commune in Berlin, beginning a modelling career, meeting rock stars, and travelling the world in a bus, enjoying love, drugs and freedom.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SUNDAY 22 MAY

Woman at War
6:35pm

M, CC
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Action
Language: Icelandic, English
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Jörundur Ragnarsson
What's it about?
Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life. From Of Horses and Men writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson, and winner of the SACD Screenwriting Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

REVIEW
'Woman at War': Environmental Injustice Drives One Woman To Revenge
Writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson's delightful follow-up to Of Horses and Men concerns a modest environmental activist determined to bring down heavy industry one electric pylon at a time.

Freeheld
8:30pm

M, AD
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Sollett
Starring: Steve Carell, Elliot Page, Michael Shannon, Julianne Moore
What's it about?
Laurel Hester (Moore), a decorated New Jersey police detective, is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard-earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie (Page). However, the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Laurel's hard-nosed detective colleague, Dane Wells (Shannon), and activist Steven Goldstein (Carell), unite in Laurel and Stacie's defence.

Little White Lies
10:25pm

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: Gilles Lellouche, François Cluzet, Benoét Magimel, Marion Cotillard
What's it about?
When charismatic party man Ludo (Dujardin) leaves a Paris nightclub one evening, he is involved in a car accident that leaves him comatose in hospital. He’s visited by his group of long-time friends, who decide the crash shouldn’t stop them from embarking on their long-awaited summer vacation. Once the group of families and friends arrive at the holiday house, tensions begin to fray and underlying passions and truths come to the surface. 

REVIEW
Little White Lies review
The anti-Big Chill.

 

MONDAY 23 MAY

The Girl in the Fog
7:30pm

M
Italy, 2017
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Mystery
Language: Italian
Director: Donato Carrisi
Starring: Toni Servillo, Jean Reno, Alessio Boni, Lorenzo Richelmy, Galatea Ranzi
What's it about?
In the hazy Italian mountain village of Avechot, inscrutable Detective Vogel (Servillo, from The Great Beauty) is investigating the sudden disappearance of a teenage girl. Two days before Christmas, fifteen-year-old Anna Lou disappeared, upended the tight-knit community. In Avechot nothing is what it seems and nobody tells the whole truth. An adaptation of the best-selling novel of the same name by Donald Carrisi, who also directed the film.

The Realm
9:50pm

M
France, Spain, 2018
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Rodrigo Sorogoyen
Starring: Antonio de la Torre, Josep Maria Pou, Monica Lopez, Bárbara Lennie, Nacho Fresneda
What's it about?
Manuel (de la Torre), a Spanish politician whose high-class lifestyle is based on nefarious and illegal business threatens to break his entire party after a newspaper exposes him to the public eye. Rather than admit to any wrongdoing, he decides to sell out his whole party in an effort to avoid jail time. It's a decision that will put many lives at risk.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

TUESDAY 24 MAY

Armour of God II (aka Operation Condor)
7:40pm

M
Hong Kong, 1991
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Carol Cheng, Eva Cobo, Shôko Ikeda, Vincent Lyn
What's it about?
Agent Jackie (Chan) is hired to find WWII Nazi gold hidden in the Sahara desert. He teams up with three bungling women who are all connected in some way. However, a team of mercenaries have ideas on the ownership of the gold. A chase ensues as to who gets there first.

Only the Animals
9:35pm

M
France, Germany, 2019
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: French
Director: Dominik Moll
Starring: Laure Calamy, Denis Ménochet, Valeria Bruni‑Tedeschi, Damien Bonnard
What's it about?
Following the disappearance of the glamorous and secretive Evelyne Ducat (Bruni Tedeschi) during a blizzard in the highlands of southern France, the lives of five people inextricably linked to Evelyne are brought together to devastating effect as the local police investigate the case. Written and directed by Dominik Moll (Harry He's Here To Help, Lemming). 

 

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