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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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14 Jun 2022 - 11:48 AM  UPDATED 14 Jun 2022 - 3:48 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: 15 - 21 June
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 Old Man & the Gun, The Woman in Black, The Wife, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Fifth Element, Miles Ahead, Jindabyne, Frozen River and The Light Between Oceans
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for The Old Man & the Gun, The Wife, The Keeper, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, The Fifth Element, Miles Ahead and Jindabyne

 

WEDNESDAY 15 JUNE 

The Old Man & the Gun
6:05pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Lowery
Starring: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits
What's it about?
The true story of Forrest Tucker (Redford), from his audacious escape from San Quentin at the age of 70 to an unprecedented string of heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are a detective, who becomes captivated with Forrest’s commitment to his craft, and a woman, who loves him in spite of his chosen profession.

The Woman in Black
7:50pm

M, AD
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: James Watkins
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Ciarán Hinds, Sophie Stuckey, Misha Handley, Jessica Raine
What's it about?
A young lawyer (Radcliffe), struggling with work after the death of his wife, is sent to a remote village to settle the estate of a deceased eccentric woman who owns an English manor. The village residents want him to leave as they are trying to conceal a deadly secret. But he refuses, and soon discovers that the house of his client is haunted by the vengeful ghost of a woman dressed in black.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Tell It to the Bees
9:30pm

MA15+
UK, 2019
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Annabel Jankel
Starring: Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger, Emun Elliott, Steven Robertson, Lauren Lyle
What's it about?
Dr. Jean Markham returns to the town she left as a teenager to take over her late father's medical practice. When a school-yard scuffle lands Charlie in her surgery, she invites him to visit the hives in her garden and tell his secrets to the bees, as she once did. The new friendship between the boy and the bee keeper brings his mother Lydia into Jean's world.

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THURSDAY 16 JUNE 

55 Steps
7:30pm

M
Belgium, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Italian
Director: Bille August
Starring: Helena Bonham Carter, Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Tambor, Johan Heldenbergh
What's it about?
Based a the inspiring true story of Eleanor Riese (Carter), a mental illness patient herself, who brings a class action suit to give competent mental patients the right to have a say in their medication while they’re in a hospital, and Colette Hughes (Swank), the lawyer appointed to her case. Directed by Bille August (Pelle the Conqueror, The Best Intentions).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

A Royal Night Out
9:40pm

M
UK, Belgium, 2015
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Julian Jarrold
Starring: Sarah Gadon, Bel Powley, Emily Watson, Rupert Everett, Mark Hadfield, Jack Laskey
What's it about?
The re-imagining of VE Day in 1945, when Princess Elizabeth (Gadon) and her sister, Margaret (Powley) were allowed out from Buckingham Palace for the night to join in the celebrations, and encounter romance and danger.

Intolerable Cruelty
11:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2003
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: George Clooney, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Billy Bob Thornton, Geoffrey Rush
What's it about?
A successful divorce attorney, Miles Massey (Clooney), marries a revenge-seeking gold digger (Zeta-Jones) who plans on making a killing from their divorce. An homage to classic Hollywood screwball comedies such as His Girl Friday and The Lady Eve from the Coen Brothers.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Intolerable Cruelty review: A romantic comedy with bite
From its elegant opening credit titles to its completely satisfying conclusion, this is sheer delight.

 

FRIDAY 17 JUNE 

The Wife
7:35pm

M, AD, CC
Sweden, UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Swedish
Director: Bjorn Runge
Starring: Glenn Close, Jonathan Pryce, Christian Slater, Max Irons, Harry Lloyd
What's it about?
As her husband Joe (Pryce) is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, in honour of his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan (Close, who earned an Oscar nomination for Best Actress) ruminates over shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.

The Keeper
9:30pm

M, CC
Germany, Ireland, UK, 2019
Genre: Drama, War, History
Language: English, German
Director: Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Starring: David Kross, Freya Mavor, John Henshaw, Gary Lewis, Harry Melling, Julian Sands
What's it about?
Inspired by the true story of Bert Trautmann (Kross, of The Reader), a German who during World War II served as an ardent member of the Hitler Youth and later of the Luftwaffe. Then after the war he played soccer in England, as a goalkeeper for Manchester City. His presence on the team, which hired him in 1949, inspired protests. Would fans ever accept a former enemy as a star player?

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

SATURDAY 18 JUNE 

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
6:35pm

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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Way of the Dragon
8:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 1972
Genre: Crime, Action, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Director: Bruce Lee
Starring: Bruce Lee, Nora Mia, Chuck Norris, Robert Wall
What's it about?
Tang Lung (Lee) travels to Rome to help a family friend whose restaurant is being targeted by the local Mafia. After driving off the local thugs, the stakes are raised as Tang must confront a number of martial arts experts hired by the crime boss, including Karate champion Colt - and soon a final showdown looms. Memorable for its iconic final battle scene between Bruce Lee and Chuck Norris in Rome’s historic Colosseum.

Game of Death
10:25pm

M
Hong Kong, USA 1978
Genre: Action, Martial Arts, Crime
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, English
Director: Robert Clouse
Starring: Bruce Lee, Dean Jagger, Chuck Norris, Robert Wall, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sammo Hung
What's it about?
Bruce Lee challenges the underworld to a game of death, playing a martial arts movie star who must fake his own death in order to find the people who are trying to kill him. The film includes classic fights between both Lee and basketballer Kareem Abdul Jabar and nunchaku expert Dan Inosanto.

 

SUNDAY 19 JUNE 

The Fifth Element
6:10pm

PG, AD, CC
France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth. A cult classic by Luc Besson (Leon: The ProfessionalLa Femme Nikita).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Leon: The Professional
8:30pm

MA15+, CC
France, 1994
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
What's it about?
Léon (Reno) lives a lonely life in New York, working as a professional hitman for the mob. Near-silent and utterly ruthless, Léon doesn't seem to possess an ounce of humanity. But when his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda (Portman), arrives home to find her entire family massacred by a drug dealer (Oldman), Léon takes her in and, as per her request, teaches her the tools of his trade so that she can exact her revenge on her family's killer. From cult director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Nikita).

Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional, showing this Saturday on SBS
REVIEW
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An inventive and strange cult classic.

Little White Lies
10:55pm

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
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The anti-Big Chill.

 

MONDAY 20 JUNE 

Under the Cover of Cloud
5:50pm

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Ted Wilson
Starring: Ted Wilson, Arthur Wessing, Chris Wessing, Jessie Wilson, David Boon
What's it about?
An embittered journalist (Wilson) returns home to Hobart after losing his Melbourne magazine job. With nothing to do except think about his next move, he lands on the idea of writing a book about Tasmanian upper-order batsmen, and in particular the great man himself: David Boon. But soon he’s discovering there’s a lot more to his homeland than he once thought, and that everything he’s been searching for could be closer than he imagined.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
Under the Cover Of Cloud

Miles Ahead
7:35pm

M, AD
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Don Cheadle
Starring: Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lakeith Stanfield
What's it about?
Inspired by events of his life, this is a wildly entertaining, impressionistic, no-holds barred portrait of one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses, Miles Davis, featuring a career defining performance by Oscar nominee Don Cheadle in the title role. Working from a script he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, Cheadle also makes his directorial debut with this unconventional biographical drama.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Jindabyne
9:30pm

M, AD, CC
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

 

TUESDAY 21 JUNE 

It Must Be Heaven
10:05am

M
Palestine, Qatar, 2019
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English, Arabic, French
Director: Elia Suleiman
Starring: Elia Suleiman, Ali Suliman, Gael Garcia Bernal, Stephen McHattie, Gregoire Colin
What's it about?
Writer-director Elia Suleiman (Divine Intervention, The Time That Remains), playing himself, escapes from Palestine seeking an alternative homeland, only to find that Palestine is trailing behind him. The promise of a new life turns into a comedy of errors. However far he travels, from Paris to New York, something always reminds him of home. This comic saga asks the fundamental question - where is the place we can truly call home?

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Satellite Boy
6:00pm

PG
Australia, 2012
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Family
Language: English
Director: Catriona McKenzie
Starring: David Gulpilil, Cameron Wallaby, Joseph Pedley, Rohanna Angus, Dean Daley-Jones
What's it about?
When his grandfather's (Gulpilil) drive-in cinema and home in the outback town of Wyndham is threatened with demolition, a twelve-year-old Aboriginal boy (Wallaby) must journey through Australia's bush country — equipped only with ancient survival skills — to stop the city developers.

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A mythic story rich with emotion and visuals to match.

Frozen River
7:40pm

M, AD
USA, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Courtney Hunt
Starring: Melissa Leo, Misty Upham, Charlie McDermott, John Canoe, Jay Klaitz
What's it about?
Ray Eddy (Leo), an upstate New York trailer mom, is lured into the world of illegal immigrant smuggling. Broke after her husband takes off with the down payment for their new doublewide, Ray reluctantly teams up with Lila (Upham), a smuggler, and the two begin making runs across the frozen St. Lawrence River carrying illegal Chinese and Pakistani immigrants in the trunk of Ray's Dodge Spirit. Nominated for two Academy Awards (Best Original Screenplay and Best Actress for Leo).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Light Between Oceans
9:30pm

M, AD
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Emily Barclay, Alicia Vikander, Anthony Hayes
What's it about?
Tom Sherbourne (Fassbender) is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel (Vikander) live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. That is until one April morning, when they rescue an abandoned baby from an adrift rowboat. Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day. Directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
 
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