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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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23 May 2022 - 2:24 PM  UPDATED 23 May 2022 - 2:34 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: 25 - 31 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 The Fountain, Angel Heart, Thirteen Days, The Company You Keep, The Ides of March, Dark Places, Weekend at Bernie's, Out of the Furnace, This is England, Last Chance Harvey and What Maisie Knew
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Company You Keep, The Ides of March and Last Chance Harvey

 

WEDNESDAY 25 MAY

Orlando
6:05pm

PG
UK, 1992
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Billy Zane, Tilda Swinton, Quentin Crisp, John Bott
What's it about?
Tilda Swinton stars as Virginia Woolf's gender-bending hero, the noble Orlando who is commanded by Queen Elizabeth to stay forever young. Orlando experiences four centuries of sexual politics, initially through the eyes of a man, until one day Orlando wakes as a woman, struggling to retain her property and status. From acclaimed director Sally Potter (YesThe Tango Lesson).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
ORIGINAL MOVIE SHOW REVIEW
Orlando review
You can't imagine a better film adaptation than this one.

The Fountain
7:45pm

M, AD
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Darren Aronofsky
Starring: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis, Stephen McHattie
What's it about?
Born from the sacrifices of man, the legendary Tree of Life promises eternity to those who drink its sap. It is the quest for this fabled tree - or more importantly, its gift, which has consumed Tom (Jackman) over the course of 1000 years. Told in a non-linear style, The Fountain follows Tom's soul through three separate incarnations, each of whom is desperate to save the life of his soul mate Izzi (Weisz) by harnessing the power of The Tree. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan, The Wrestler).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Angel Heart
9:30pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 1987
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet, Robert De Niro
What's it about?
The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel (Rourke) is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre (De Niro), to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul. Directed by Alan Parker (Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning).

 

THURSDAY 26 MAY

Thirteen Days
4:50pm

M, AD
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Roger Donaldson
Starring: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll, Caitlin Wachs
What's it about?
In October 1962, President John F. Kennedy (Greenwood) learns about the Soviet Union's plan of placing nuclear weapons in Cuba. These weapons could wipe out most of the eastern and southern United States in minutes if they become operational. Kennedy and his advisors must come up with a plan of action against the Soviets. Directed by Roger Donaldson (No Way Out, The Bank Job).

REVIEW
Thirteen Days Review
The Kennedys, the Cubans and the Cold War.

The Company You Keep
7:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Robert Redford
Starring: Robert Redford, Susan Sarandon, Shia LaBeouf, Stanley Tucci, Julie Christie
What's it about?
After a former member (Sarandon) of the radical protest/terrorist organisation the Weather Underground turns herself in to the FBI, a young journalist (LaBeouf) becomes determined to find the other members. Soon enough, he discovers the identity of Jim Grant (Redford), another former member who is wanted for murder. 

Manhattan Nocturne
9:45pm

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Brian DeCubellis
Starring: Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, Steven Berkoff
What's it about?
Porter Wren (Brody) is a Manhattan tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy, and anything that passes for the truth. At home, he is a dedicated husband and father. But when Caroline (Strahovski), a seductive stranger asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon (Scott), he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail--one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.

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FRIDAY 27 MAY

Sun Children
5:50pm

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).

The Ides of March
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: George Clooney
Starring: Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Marisa Tomei
What's it about?
Idealistic campaign worker Stephen Meyers (Gosling) has sworn to give all for Governor Mike Morris (Clooney), a wild card presidential candidate whose ground-breaking ideas could change the political landscape. However, a brutal Ohio primary threatens to test Morris' integrity, while Meyers finds himself caught up in a scandal involving a young intern (Wood). An enthralling political thriller directed by George Clooney (whose other directorial efforts include Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and Good Night & Good Luck).

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REVIEW
The Ides of March Review
Clooney dives into dirty politics with aplomb.

Dark Places
9:30pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2015
Genre: Thriller, Mystery, Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner
Starring: Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christina Hendricks
What's it about?
Libby Day (Theron) was only eight years old when her mother and two sisters were brutally murdered in their rural Kansas farmhouse. In court, she pointed the finger at her brother Ben (Sheridan), and her testimony put the troubled 16-year-old in prison for life. Twenty-five years later, Libby appears at a gathering of true-crime aficionados, led by Lyle Wirth (Hoult), and is shocked to learn most of them believe Ben is innocent and the real killer is still at large.

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SATURDAY 28 MAY

Weekend at Bernie's
6:45pm

M, AD
USA, 1989
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Ted Kotcheff
Starring: Andrew McCarthy, Jonathan Silverman, Catherine Mary Stewart, Terry Kiser
What's it about?
Two friends are invited for a weekend to a luxury island with their boss. The boss gets killed and nobody seems to notice, except for the two friends. In order not to become suspects of murder they treat the body as a puppet and make people believe he's still alive. The killer wants to do his job so when he is informed that the stiff is still alive he's got to shoot him again, and again, and again. Directed by Ted Kotcheff (Wake in Fright, First Blood).

Out of the Furnace
8:30pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Scott Cooper
Starring: Christian Bale, Woody Harrelson, Casey Affleck, Forest Whitaker, Willem Dafoe
What's it about?
After being released from prison, Russell Baze (Bale) returns home to discover that his brother Rodney (Affleck) joined a dangerous crime syndicate while he was away and has since disappeared. With the police search lacking the necessary urgency to find to him, Russell puts his own freedom in jeopardy to find and punish those responsible.

This Is England
10:40pm

MA15+, AD
UK, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: England
Director: Shane Meadows
Starring: Thomas Turgoose, Stephen Graham, Jo Hartley
What's it about?
12-year-old Shaun (Turgoose) is an isolated lad growing up in a grim coastal town, whose father has died fighting in the Falklands war. Over the course of the summer holiday he finds fresh male role models when those in the local skinhead scene take him in. With his new friends Shaun discovers a world of parties, first love and the joys of Doc Martens boots.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
This Is England (2006)
REVIEW
This is England Review
Tough, gritty but supremely heartfelt, This Is England succeeds not just as a piece of highly personal filmmaking but also as an uncompromising slice of social commentary.

 

SUNDAY 29 MAY

Last Chance Harvey
6:50pm

PG, AD, CC
USA, 2009
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Joel Hopkins
Starring: Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, James Brolin
What's it about?
Struggling New York jingle writer Harvey (Hoffman) and lonely British bureaucrat Kate (Thompson) meet by chance in London at a wedding and transforms one another's lives. Kate, for reasons which become clear, refuses to commit to a relationship; she lives in London, he’s based in New York, so how can they turn this into anything more than a fun interlude? 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Last Chance Harvey
REVIEW
Hoffman, Thompson shine in Last Chance Harvey
Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson are at the top of their game in Last Chance Harvey.

What Maisie Knew
8:30pm

M, AD
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Siegel, Scott McGehee
Starring: Julianne Moore, Steve Coogan, Emma Holzer, Alexander Skarsgård, Joanna Vanderham
What's it about?
Six-year-old Maisie (Holzer) is caught in the middle of a custody battle between her rock star mother, Suzanna (Moore) and art dealer father, Beale (Coogan). In a race to win the court’s advantage, Beale marries Maisie’s nanny, Margo (Vanderham), prompting Suzanna in turn to marry local bartender, Lincoln (Skarsgård). Maisie is infinitely accepting and angelic in her ability to observe their immature actions without judgement, staying calm among the chaos. 

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Custody drama satisfies all elements.
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Rust and Bone
10:20pm

MA15+
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Marion Cotillard, Céline Sallette, Corinne Masiero
What's it about?
After suddenly finding himself face-to-face with a young son he hardly knows, Ali (Schoenaerts), penniless and friendless, takes refuge with his sister (Masiero). Meanwhile, he meets a beautiful woman, Stephanie (Cotillard), during a night club brawl. Stephanie trains killer whales at Marineland. When a performance ends in tragedy, a call in the night again brings them together. From Jacques Audiard, director of A Prophet and The Beat That My Heart Skipped.

 

MONDAY 30 MAY

The Salvation
7:50pm

MA15+
Denmark, 2014
Genre: Drama, Western
Language: Danish
Director: Kristian Levring
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Eva Green, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Eric Cantona, Mikael Persbrandt
What's it about?
Former Danish soldier Jon (Mikkelsen) lives in a wild frontier town in 1870s America. After being separated from his family for seven long years, his wife and son finally start making their way to him, but unfortunately they do not survive the journey. Devastated, Jon goes on a revenge killing spree after learning that his family was murdered.

REVIEW
The Salvation Review
Mads on a mission in wild Dutch Western.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
9:30pm

M
Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China, 2000
Genre: Martial Arts, Drama, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Chen Chang
What's it about?
When a politician's daughter steals a legendary warrior's precious sword, a sequence of events is triggered to recover the sword, which leads to a deadly encounter with the thief's witch-like minder. From renowned director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), the film received four Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Watch it at Monday 30 May, 9:30pm on SBS World Movies.

 

TUESDAY 31 MAY

The Young Master
7:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 1980
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Cantonese
Director: Jackie Chan
Starring: Jackie Chan, Pai Wei, Yuen Biao, Sek Kin, Lily Li Li-Li, Hwang In-Shik
What's it about?
Dragon (Chan), the younger of two orphans who are brought up by a strict master, tries to save the elder orphan, Tiger (Pai Wei), from being arrested by the county sheriff. As he attempts to capture the chief thief he keeps bumping into the sheriff and his two children. He manages to clean his own name and save Tiger's life by capturing the prisoner whom Tiger has innocently set free.

Das Boot
9:30pm

M
Germany, 1981
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
What's it about?
The famed and feared German U boat, the U-96, is patrolling the Atlantic during World War II when it encounters a convoy of enemy ships. Steeling themselves for battle, those aboard the submarine are surprised to find that it is nature rather than the enemy which poses the greater threat. Nominated for six Academy Awards.

SBS On Demand: The Movie Show reviews Das Boot (Episode 01, 1998)

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