• L-R: Diva, To Sir With Love, The Darkside, Gosford Park (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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4 Jul 2022 - 3:09 PM  UPDATED 4 Jul 2022 - 3:13 PM

FOR THIS WEEK'S MOVIE HIGHLIGHTS ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV:
TV Movie Guide: 6 - 12 July
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 Take Shelter, White Boy Rick, Gosford Park, To Sir With Love, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July and The Lovers
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Charlie Wilson's War, JFK, Born on the Fourth of July and The Broken Circle Breakdown

 

WEDNESDAY 6 JULY

Diva
11:45am

M
France, 1981
Genre: Action, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Jean-Jacques Beineix
Starring: Frédéric Andréi, Richard Bohringer, Roland Bertin, Wilhelmenia Fernandez
What's it about?
Jules (Andréi), a young Parisian postman, secretly records a concert performance given by the opera singer Cynthia Hawkins (Fernandez), whom he idolises. The following day, Jules runs into a woman who is being pursued by armed thugs. Before she is killed, the woman slips an audio cassette into his mail bag.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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American Pastoral
7:30pm

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ewan McGregor
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning
What's it about?
Seymour “Swede” Levov (McGregor, also making his directorial debut), a former high school athlete who is now a successful businessman is married to Dawn (Connelly), a former beauty queen. When his beloved daughter, Merry (Fanning), disappears after being accused of committing a violent act, Swede dedicates himself to finding her and reuniting his family. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning Philip Roth novel of the same name.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Emu Runner
9:30pm

PG
Australia, 2019
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: English
Director: Imogen Thomas
Starring: Rhae-Kye Waites, Wayne Blair, Georgia Blizzard, Stella Carter, Maurial Spearim
What's it about?
A spirited young girl (Waites) in small town Australia forms a meaningful bond with a wild emu as she tries to cope with her beleaguered father (Blair), a naïve social worker (Blizzard), and her own painful grief in the aftermath of her mother’s (Spearim) sudden death.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Wolf and Sheep
11:15pm

M
Afghanistan, Denmark, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Dari
Director: Shahrbanoo Sadat
Starring: Sediqa Rasuli, Qodratollah Qadiri, Amina Musavi, Sahar Karimi, Masuma Hussaini
What's it about?
Based upon unpublished diaries, this film assumes the role of an anthropologist observing remote shepherd communities in Afghanistan where wolves and sheep have equal importance. Winner of the C.I.C.A.E. Art Cinema Award at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016. 

 

THURSDAY 7 JULY

Charlie Wilson's War
7:35pm

M, CC
USA, 2007
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman
What's it about?
In the early 1980s, US Congressman Charlie Wilson (Hanks), Texas socialite Joanne Herring (Roberts) and CIA agent Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman) form an unlikely alliance to boost funding for Afghan freedom fighters in their war against invading Soviets. The trio's successful efforts to finance these covert operations contributes to the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War. From director Mike Nichols (The GraduateCloser).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
Charlie Wilson's War review: Not your average war movie
How one man changed history - and had a hell of a time doing it.

The Darkside
9:30pm

PG
Australia, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Aaron Pedersen, Deborah Mailman, Sacha Horler, Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan
What's it about?
Director Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah, Sweet Country) assembles a collection of poignant, sad, funny and absurd true ghost tales from across Australia, and brings them to life with some of Australia's most iconic actors as the storytellers.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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Take Shelter
11:20pm

M, AD
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Michael Shannon, Jessica Chastain, Shea Whigham, Katy Mixon, Kathy Baker
What's it about?
Plagued by a series of apocalyptic visions, a young husband and father (Shannon) questions whether to shelter his family from a coming storm, or from himself. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols (MudLoving), and nominated for Independent Spirit awards in the Best Feature, Director, Actor (Shannon) and Supporting Actress (Chastain) categories.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

FRIDAY 8 JULY

Night Train to Lisbon
7:30pm

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bille August
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Raimund Gregorius (Irons) is a Latin teacher from Berne. When he encounters a book by the Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado, he drops everything and takes the night train to Lisbon. He is determined to find out more about this writer who appears to have been obsessed by the very same questions that plague him: the purpose of human deeds and the unrealised potential of each and every life. From two-time Palme d'Or-winning director Bille August (The Best Intentions, Pelle the Conqueror).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Mad Bastards
9:35pm

MA15+
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Brendan Fletcher
Starring: Dean Daley-Jones, Greg Tait, Lucas Yeeda, John Watson, Ngaire Pigram
What's it about?
In the frontier town of Five Rivers, TJ (Daley-Jones) the urban street warrior meets his match in Texas (Tait), a former Mad Bastard turned local cop. He also finds Bullet (Yeeda), his estranged son, and his personal transformation begins. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize in the World Cinema - Dramatic competition at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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White Boy Rick
11:20pm

M, AD
USA, 2018
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Richie Merritt, Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie
What's it about?
Based on the moving, true story of a blue-collar father (McConaughey) and his teenage son, Rick Wershe Jr. (Merritt), who became an undercover police informant and later a drug dealer, before he was abandoned by his handlers and sentenced to life in prison. Directed by Yann Demage ('71).

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SATURDAY 9 JULY

Gosford Park
7:30pm

M, AD
USA, 2001
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Crime, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Robert Altman
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Michael Gambon, Maggie Smith, Bob Balaban, Ryan Phillippe
What's it about?
Set in the 1930s, Robert Altman's film takes place in an English country house where a weekend shooting party is underway. The story centres on the McCordle family, particularly the man of the house, Sir William McCordle (Gambon). Getting on in years, William has become a benefactor to many of his relatives and friends. As the weekend goes on, secrets are revealed, and it seems that everyone, above stairs and below, wants a piece of William and his money.

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My Mistress
10:00pm

MA15+
Australia, 2014

Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Stephen Lance
Starring: Emmanuelle Béart, Harrison Gilbertson
What's it about?
When a tragic family event tumbles Charlie (Gilbertson) into a world of pain, he tries to escape. Desperate and alone, he meets Maggie (Béart), the mysterious woman who lives down the street. She’s a professional, and she specialises in pain – giving it, exploring it and sharing it, all for money. Charlie insinuates his way into her life and despite herself Maggie can’t stop from going along with his wishes.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SUNDAY 10 JULY

To Sir, with Love
6:30pm

PG, AD
UK, 1967
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: James Clavell
Starring: Sidney Poitier, Christian Roberts, Judy Geeson, Suzy Kendall, Lulu, Ann Bell
What's it about?
A novice teacher (the late Sidney Poitier) faces a class of rowdy, undisciplined working-class students in this classic film that reflected some of the problems and fears of teenagers in the 1960s. Poitier gives one of his finest performances as Mark Thackeray, an out-of-work engineer who turns to teaching in London's tough East End.

JFK
8:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Sissy Spacek, Joe Pesci
What's it about?
Jim Garrison (Costner) - a New Orleans's District Attorney - can't believe the Warren Commission official conclusion on the death of President Kennedy is accurate. Determined to prove them wrong, Garrison stakes everything to find the truth, and as more and more proof comes to light of a possible conspiracy and cover-up, the more people take note. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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Born on the Fourth of July
12:00am

M, AD, CC
USA, 1989
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Tom Cruise, Kyra Sedgwick, Brian Larkin, Raymond J. Barry
What's it about?
based on the true story of Ron Kovic (Cruise, in an Oscar-nominated performance), an idealistic young American proudly enlists during the Vietnam War and returns home a quadriplegic. Struggling to overcome drug-addiction and depression, he turns his life around and becomes an outspoken critic of the war. Winner of the 1990 Golden Globe for Best Picture (Drama) and winner of that year's Academy Award for Best Director.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
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MONDAY 11 JULY

Mr. Stein Goes Online
7:30pm

M
Belgium, France, Germany, 2017
Genre: Romance, Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Stéphane Robelin
Starring: Pierre Richard, Yaniss Lespert, Fanny Valette, Stéphane Bissot, Stéphanie Crayencour
What's it about?
Pierre (Richard), widowed and retired, has not been out of his house for two years. He discovers the joys of the internet thanks to Alex (Lespert), a young man hired by his daughter to teach him the basics of computer science. On a meeting place, a charming young woman, Flora (Valette), seduced by the romanticism of Pierre, offers her a first date. Lovers, Pierre is back. But on his profile he put a picture of Alex and not his own. Pierre must convince the young man to meet Flora in his place.

Two of Us
9:25pm

M
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, 2020
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: German, French
Director: Filippo Meneghetti
Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Lea Drucker, Jérôme Varanfrain, Denis Jousselin
What's it about?
Pensioners Nina (Sukowa) and Madeleine (Chevallier) have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades. From everybody’s point of view, including Madeleine’s family, they are simply two neighbors living on the top floor of their building. They come and go between their two apartments, sharing the tender delights of everyday life together, until the day their relationship is turned upside down by an unexpected event leading Madeleine’s daughter to slowly unveil the truth about them.

The Broken Circle Breakdown
11:15pm

MA15+, CC
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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TUESDAY 12 JULY

Beautiful Lies
7:30pm

M
France, 2010
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: French
Director: Pierre Savladori 
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Nathalie Baye, Sami Bouajila
What's it about?
Emilie (Tautou) is a hairdresser who receives a beautiful, but anonymous love letter. She initially throws it away, before realising that it could be the way to rescue her mother who has become lonely since her husband left her. Without thinking further, she sends the letter on to her, but Emilie doesn't yet know that Jean, her shy employee, is the letter's author.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Beautiful Lies Review
Love letter go get her.

Female Agents
9:30pm

MA15+
France, 2008
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: French
Director: Jean-Paul Salomé
Starring: Sophie Marceau, Julie Depardieu, Moritz Bleibtreu, Deborah Francis, Marie Gillain
What's it about?
A five-woman commando unit parachutes into occupied France in May 1944 on a daring and dangerous mission to protect the secret of the D-Day Landings and eliminate Colonel Heindrich (Bleibtreu), the head of the German counter-intelligence. Louise (Marceau) is a trained sniper and the widow of a Resistance leader. Jeanne (Depardieu) is a tough sex worker who won't hesitate to kill. Gaelle (Francis) is a young and brilliant explosives expert desperate to see some action. Suzy (Gillain) is a stunning former showgirl and Heindrich's one-time lover. Maria (Maya Sansa) is an Italian contessa undercover with the French Resistance.

The Lovers
11:40pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Azazel Jacobs
Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters, Tyler Ross
What's it about?
Debra Winger and Tracy Letts star as a long-married and completely dispassionate husband and wife. Both are in the midst of serious affairs and are increasingly committed to their new partners. But on the brink of officially calling it quits, a spark between them suddenly and unexpectedly reignites, leading them into an impulsive romance that forces them to navigate the hilarious complications of 'cheating' on their respective lovers.

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