• L-R: Black Book, Sequin in a Blue Room, Curse of the Golden Flower, Kursk (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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25 Jul 2022 - 3:55 PM  UPDATED 25 Jul 2022 - 4:01 PM

THIS WEEK'S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV
TV Movie Guide: 27 July - 2 August
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 Kursk, Sequin in a Blue Room, Fried Green Tomatoes, Beautiful Boy, The Squid and the Whale, Our Kind of Traitor and Yardie
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Assembly and Black Book

 

WEDNESDAY 27 JULY

White Tiger
7:30pm

M
Russia, 2012
Genre: Action, War
Language: Russian
Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Starring: Aleksey Vertkov, Vladimir Ilin, Valeriy Grishko, Vitaly Kishchenko
What's it about?
As WWII draws to a close, after barely surviving a battle with the ghostly-white Tiger tank that has devastated the artillery corps under his command, Red Army Sergeant Ivan Naydenov (Vertkov) becomes obsessed with the war-machine's destruction.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand
REVIEW
White Tiger Review
Russian drama offers a unique and enthralling metaphysical view on war.

Ip Man 3
9:30pm

M
Hong Kong, 2015
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Cantonese, English
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Jin Zhang, Mike Tyson
What's it about?
When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip (Yen) is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen, in this soon-to-be genre classic.

 

THURSDAY 28 JULY

Coming Home
5:25pm

PG
China, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Yimou Zhang
Starring: Gong Li, Chen Daoming, Zhang Huiwen, Guo Tao
What's it about?
Lu Yanshi (Chen Daoming) and Feng Wanyu (Gong Li) are a devoted couple forced to separate when Lu is arrested and sent to a labour camp as a political prisoner, just as his wife is injured in an accident. Released during the last days of the Cultural Revolution, he finally returns home only to find that his beloved wife has amnesia and remembers little of her past. From Zhang Yimou, director of The House of Flying Daggers and Raise the Red Lantern.

Curse of the Golden Flower
7:30pm

M
China, 2007
Genre: Drama, Martial Arts
Language: Mandarin
Director: Zhang Yimou
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Gong Li, Jay Chou, Qin Junjie
What's it about?
A Chinese emperor (Chow Yun-Fat) returns to his palace to discover his wife (Gong Li) is having an affair with her stepson, the Crown Prince (Jay Chou), who is himself actually in love with the Imperial doctor's daughter. In the lead up to the Chong Yang festival, an army of golden-plated warriors lay siege to the palace. 

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Master Z: Ip Man Legacy
9:35pm

M
China, Hong Kong, 2018
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin, English
Director: Yuen Woo-Ping
Starring: Zhang Jin, Dave Bautista, Liu Yan, Xing Yu, Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa, Kevin Cheng
What's it about?
Following his defeat by Master Ip, Cheung Tin Chi (Zhang Jin) tries to make a life with his young son in Hong Kong, waiting tables at a bar that caters to expats. But it's not long before the mix of foreigners, money, and triad leaders draw him once again to the fight.

Assembly
11:35pm

MA15+, CC
Hong Kong, 2007
Genre: Drama, History, Action, War
Language: Mandarin
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Starring: Hanyu Zhang, Chao Deng, Wenkang Yuan
What's it about?
Chinese master of the epic, Feng Xiaogang (I Am Not Madame Bovary), creates an incredible story of heroism and sacrifice. Captain Gu zidi (Hanyu Zhang), is sent with his 47 men on a mission to defend a coal mine. The hopelessly outgunned unit use guile, deceit and makeshift artillery to fend off tanks, shells and infantry. Gu zidi is the only man left standing and, after waking in hospital, he is shocked to discover the heroic fallen soldiers have been refused official recognition. 

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 29 JULY

Kursk
7:30pm

M, AD
Belgium, France, Luxembourg, 2018
Genre: War, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Lea Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, Max von Sydow, Colin Firth
What's it about?
Barents Sea, August 12th, 2000. During a Russian naval exercise, and after suffering a serious accident, the K-141 Kursk submarine sinks with 118 crew members on board. While the few sailors who are still alive barely manage to survive, their families push for accurate information and a British officer (Firth) struggles to obtain from the Russian government a permit to attempt a rescue before it is late. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (The Hunt, Another Round).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Ip Man 4: The Finale
9:40pm

M
China, Hong Kong, 2019
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Language: Cantonese, English, Mandarin
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Wu Yue, Vanness Wu, Scott Adkins, Danny Chan Kwok-kwan
What's it about?
Donnie Yen returns to his role as the legendary Wing Chun master in the grand finale of the Ip Man saga. Following the death of his wife, Ip Man travels to America to search for a better future for his son. Meanwhile, he must find a way to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee.

 

SATURDAY 30 JULY

Hot Air
7:35pm

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Frank Coraci
Starring: Steve Coogan, Neve Campbell, Taylor Russell, Skylar Astin, Judith Light, Griffin Newman
What's it about?
Steve Coogan stars as an abrasive right-wing radio host whose perfect life is thrown into disarray when his long lost 16-year-old niece (Russell) turns up on his doorstep, ready to challenge everything he stands for. Directed by Frank Coraci (The Wedding Singer).

Sequin in a Blue Room
9:30pm

MA15+, AD
Australia, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Samuel Van Grinsven
Starring: Conor Leach, Anthony Brendan Wong, Ed Wightman, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
What's it about?
The story of 16-year-old Sequin (Leach), who is exploring his burgeoning sexuality through an obsession with anonymous, no-strings-attached sexual encounters. That is until he finds his way into The Blue Room - a strictly anonymous sex party - where he meets a captivating stranger. Winner of the Audience Award at the 2019 Sydney Film Festival.

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A Fantastic Woman
11:05pm

M
Chile, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Sebastián Lelio
Starring: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim
What's it about?
Marina's (Vega) life is thrown into turmoil following the death of her partner (Reyes). Mourning the loss of the man she loved, she finds herself under intense scrutiny from those with no regard for her privacy. The film won the 2018 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, and its Oscar win became used as a point of discussion for Chilean LBGTQ activists in passing a gender identity bill, which then led to the country approving laws for transgender citizens to change their official details in 2018.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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SUNDAY 31 JULY

Fried Green Tomatoes
6:05pm

PG, AD
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jon Avnet
Starring: Kathy Bates, Jessica Tandy, Mary-Louise Parker, Mary Stuart Masterson
What's it about?
During one of middle-aged housewife Evelyn Couch's (Bates) Wednesday nursing home visits, she encounters Ninny Threadgoode (Tandy, in an Oscar-nominated performance), a colourful old woman who brightens Evelyn's outlook by sharing tales from her past, giving her the confidence to change her own life for the better. Based on Fannie Flagg's novel "Fried Green Tomatoes At the Whistle Stop Cafe."

Beautiful Boy
8:30pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Christian Convery
What's it about?
After he and his first wife separate, journalist David Sheff (Carrell) struggles to help their teenage son (Chalamet), who goes from experimenting with drugs to becoming devastatingly addicted to methamphetamine. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown), and based on Sheff's bestselling memoir "Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction".

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Squid and the Whale
10:45pm

MA15+, AD
USA, 2005
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Noah Baumbach
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Owen Kline, Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Laura Linney
What's it about?
Writer and director Noah Baumbach (Marriage Story) was nominated for an Academy Award for his screenplay for this acclaimed film that captures the inner workings of a family in crisis in 1986 Brooklyn. Academic and author Bernard (Daniels, in a Golden Globe-nominated performance) and his restless wife, Joan (Linney), an up-and-coming writer, have given up on their marriage. Their two sons, Walt (Eisenberg), 16, and Frank (Kline), 12, are left to grapple with their confusing and conflicted feelings.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Squid and the Whale Review

 

MONDAY 1 AUGUST

Fair Play
7:40pm

M
Czech Republic, Germany, Slovakia, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Czech
Director: Andrea Sedláčková
Starring: Judit Bárdos, Anna Geislerová, Roman Luknár, Eva Josefíková, Michaela Pavlátová
What's it about?
In the 1980s, Anna (Bárdos), a young and talented Czech sprinter, starts training for the Olympics. After she collapses during training, she learns she is being given steroids as part of her preparation. Anna decides to stop using the steroids even though it may affect her performances. But when she comes last in a race, her mother teams up with Anna's coach to continue to administer the steroids in the guise of vitamins.

Our Kind of Traitor
9:30pm

MA15+, AD
France, USA, 2016
Genre: Thriller
Language: English, Russian, French
Director: Susanna White
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Stellan Skarsgård, Damian Lewis, Naomie Harris, Jeremy Northam
What's it about?
While on holiday in Marrakech, an ordinary English couple, Perry (McGregor) and Gail (Harris), befriend a flamboyant and charismatic Russian, Dima (Skarsgård) who unbeknownst to them is a kingpin money launderer for the Russian mafia. Based on the novel by John le Carre (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, The Constant Gardener).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Yardie
11:30pm

MA15+, AD
UK, 2018
Genre: Crime
Language: English
Director: Idris Elba
Starring: Aml Ameen, Stephen Graham, Shantol Jackson, Calvin Demba, Sheldon Shepherd
What's it about?
Set in ’70s Kingston and ’80s Hackney, Yardie centres on the life of a young Jamaican man named D (Ameen), who has never fully recovered from the murder, committed during his childhood, of his older brother Jerry Dread (Everaldo Creary). The directorial debut of actor Idris Elba, star of Luther and The Wire.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

TUESDAY 2 AUGUST

In My Country
7:35pm

M
UK, Ireland, South Africa, 2004
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Afrikaans, English
Director: John Boorman
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, Juliette Binoche, Brendan Gleeson
What's it about?
Can the deep wounds of Apartheid be healed through reconciliation? Anna Malan (Binoche) and Langston Whitfield (Jackson) must both question their sense of identity, where they belong and their personal responsibility. From renowned director John Boorman (ExcaliburDeliverance).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Black Book
9:30pm

MA15+, CC
Netherlands, 2006
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: Dutch, German
Director: Paul Verhoeven
Starring:  Carice van Houten, Christian Berkel, Sebastian Koch, Michiel Huisman
What's it about?
Rachel Stein (Houten) is hiding in rural Holland in the final stages of the war. When her foster home is destroyed by a bomb, she is rescued by a Resistance fighter and she meets Mr Smaal (Vries) a lawyer helping rich Jews escape. But the planned escape ends in slaughter, including Rachel's family. She joins the Resistance and becomes involved with a high ranking SS officer Ludwig Muntze (Koch), hoping to gather useful information. From Paul Verhoeven, director of Basic Instinct and Elle.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:
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