SBS World Movies Highlights April 20 – 26 | Movie News

FOR THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND & NITV

  • Audio Description (AD) available for Finding Your Feet, Journey’s End, Without a Clue, The Old Man & The Gun, Apocalypse Now Redux, Blinded by the Light, The Big ShortInterlude in Prague, Race
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Finding Your Feet, The Eagle Has Landed, The Old Man & The Gun, Apocalypse Now Redux, The Big Short, Race

 

 

WEDNESDAY 20 APRIL

Finding Your Feet
6:25pm

M, AD, CC
UK, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Music
Language: English
Director: Richard Loncraine
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Celia Imrie, Timothy Spall, Joanna Lumley, David Hayman
What’s it about?
Sandra’s (Staunton) life is transformed when she flees her broken marriage to stay with her bohemian sister Bif (Imrie) in London. In an effort to cheer Sandra up, Bif drags her along to a community dance class, where gradually, the colourful, defiant and energetic group show Sandra that it’s never too late to start again.

Journey’s End
8:30pm

M, AD
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, War
Language: Spanish
Director: Saul Dibb
Starring: Sam Claflin, Asa Butterfield, Paul Bettany, Tom Sturridge, Toby Jones, Stephen Graham
What’s it about?
March, 1918. C-company arrives to take its turn in the front-line trenches in northern France led by Captain Stanhope (Clafin). A German offensive is imminent, and the officers and their cook distract themselves in their dugout with talk of food and their past lives. Stanhope, meanwhile, soaks his fear in whisky. A young new officer, Raleigh (Butterfield), has just arrived, abuzz with the excitement of his first real posting. Each man is trapped, the days ticking by, the tension rising and the attack drawing ever closer.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Berenshtein
22:30pm

MA15+
Israel, 2021
Genre: War, History, Documentary
Language: Russian
Director: Roman Shumunov
Starring: Leonid Berenshtein, Yaroslav Kucherenko, Anton Karlinsky, Lilya Ostapovich
What’s it about?
Based on the true story of Leonid Berenshtein, the last living commander of a partisan battalion in World War II. He was the man who located and destroyed the V2 missile development facility where Hitler was developing his doomsday weapon. By diving into his traumatic memories, Berenshtein is forced to grapple with the dissociation and loss of identity that ensued after the war. Despite this adversity, it becomes clear that he is able to stay true to his values through it all.

 

THURSDAY 21 APRIL

Without a Clue
6:30pm

PG, AD
UK, 1988
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: English
Director: Thom Eberhardt
Starring: Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Jeffrey Jones, Lysette Anthony, Nigel Davenport
What’s it about?
A farcical take on the Sherlock Holmes stories, which proposes that the world’s greatest detective is merely the fictional creation of Dr. Watson (Kingsley), the real crime-solving genius. However, the doctor has a problem, in that he needs someone to appear as Holmes, and the best he can turn up is drunken stage actor Reginald Kincaid (Caine). To cap it all, the ill-matched pair find themselves the victims of the villainous Moriarty.

The Eagle Has Landed
8:30pm

PG, AD, CC
UK, 1976
Genre: War, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English, German, Polish
Director: John Sturges
Starring: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence
What’s it about?
When the Nazi high command learns in late 1943 that Winston Churchill will be spending time at a country estate in Norfolk, it hatches an audacious scheme to kidnap the prime minister and spirit him to Germany for enforced negotiations with Hitler.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Sunset
11:00pm

M
Hungary, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Drama, History
Language: German, Hungarian
Director: Laszlo Nemes
Starring: Jakab Juli, Vlad Ivanov, Susanne Wuest, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn
What’s it about?
Set in Budapest in 1913, when the city was considered to be at the heart of Europe. 20-year-old Irisz Leiter (Juli), arrives in the Hungarian capital after spending her younger years in an orphanage, hoping to work as a milliner in the legendary hat store that belonged to her late parents. She is suddenly confronted with her past and starts searching for answers about her family before stumbling upon dark secrets. From Laszlo Nemes, writer-director of Son of Saul.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

FRIDAY 22 APRIL

The Old Man & the Gun
6:50pm

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.

Apocalypse Now Redux
8:30pm

MA15+, AD, CC
USA, 1979
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Dennis Hopper, Laurence Fishburne
What’s it about?
At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard (Sheen) is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, “does not exist, nor will it ever exist.” His goal is to locate – and eliminate – a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz (Brando), who has been leading his personal army on illegal guerrilla missions into enemy territory. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather trilogy, The Conversation), and loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

ORIGINAL 2001 MOVIE SHOW REVIEW

 

SATURDAY 23 APRIL

Blinded by the Light
6:20pm

PG, AD
UK, 2019
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Viveik Kalra, Nell Williams, Hayley Atwell, Kulvinder Ghir, Aaron Phagura
What’s it about?
Javed (Kalra) is a Pakistani teenager who experiences racial and economic turmoil while living in Luton in 1987. He writes poetry as a means to escape the intolerance of his hometown and the stubborn views of his traditional father. When a classmate introduces him to the music of Bruce Springsteeen, Javed sees parallels between the singer’s powerful lyrics and his own working-class environment. Directed and co-written by Gurinder Chadha (Bend it Like BeckhamBride & Prejudice).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Big Short
8:30pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Adam McKay
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Melissa Leo, Brad Pitt
What’s it about?
Based on the non-fiction book by Michael Lewis (‘The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game’), The Big Short tells the story of bond and real estate derivative geeks who saw the housing crash of 2008 coming and bet against the collateralised debt obligation bubble, thus striking it rich. Winner of the 2016 Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

Interlude In Prague
10:50pm

M, AD
Czech Republic, UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: John Stephenson
Starring: Aneurin Barnard, James Purefoy, Samantha Barks, Morfydd Clark
What’s it about?
Tired of demonstrating his talents to a privileged elite, Mozart (Barnard) is brought to Prague by Baron Saloka (Purefoy), a vain and self-obsessed aristocrat, apparently above the law who lives a privileged life. On his arrival, Mozart is happy to have found the one place on earth where he feels his talent is appreciated and sets about creating a new opera at the Nostitz Theatre. However, Mozart’s presence in Prague soon unleashes a series of dramatic and tragic events that go on to become immortalised in the world’s most famous opera – Don Giovanni.

 

SUNDAY 24 APRIL

Race
6:00pm

PG, AD, CC
Canada, Germany, 2016
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Starring: Stephan James, Jason Sudeikis, Carice van Houten, Jeremy Irons, William Hurt
What’s it about?
Based on the story of Jesse Owens (James), the Black athlete whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf Hitler’s vision of Aryan supremacy. 

Predestination
8:30pm

MA15+, CC
Australia, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Michael Spierig
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
What’s it about?
On his final time travelling assignment, a Temporal Agent (Hawke) must stop The Fizzle Bomber, the one criminal that has always managed to elude him, from killing 10,000 New Yorkers. Whilst on this mission, he seeks out a new recruit by the name of John Doe (Snook).

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

True Grit
10:20pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Western
Language: English
Director: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
Starring: Hailee Steinfeld, Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Josh Brolin, Barry Pepper
What’s it about?
14-year-old Mattie Ross (Steinfeld) is determined to avenge her father’s blood by capturing Tom Chaney (Brolin) – the man who shot and killed him for two pieces of gold – enlisting the help of one-eyed, trigger-happy U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn (Bridges) and Texas Ranger LaBoeuf (Damon). This Coen brothers take on the classic 1969 John Wayne western was nominated for ten Academy Awards including Best Picture.

NOTE: No catch-up at SBS On Demand

 

MONDAY 26 APRIL

The Silver Brumby
6:45pm

PG, AD
Australia, 1993
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Tatoulis
Starring: Russell Crowe, Caroline Goodall, Amiel Daemion, Johnny Raaen, Buddy Tyson
What’s it about?
During a violent storm in the Victorian Highlands, a mother tells her frightened daughter a fable about a great silver brumby who must find its place among its kind, while one man, living in the wilderness, is determined to capture the brumby and tame it. Based on Elyne Mitchell’s novel of the same name.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Beneath Hill 60
8:30pm

M, AD
Australia, 2010
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Jeremy Sims
Starring: Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson, Steve Le Marquand, Aden Young
What’s it about?
By 1916 the Great War in Europe has reached a stalemate. The two massive armies have fought themselves to a standstill. Millions of lives have already been lost. Mining engineer Oliver Woodward returns to Australia from Papua to join a secret Australian Tunnelling Company. Ordinary miners from all over the country are given just two weeks military training before being sent the Western Front. Their task is to undermine the German Lines.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Blade of the Immortal
10:45pm

MA15+
Japan, South Korea, UK 2017
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sota Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda
What’s it about?
Manji (Kimura), a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin (Sugisaki) avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu (Fukushi). The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine. The 100th film from prolific cult director Takashi Miike (Audition13 Assassins).

 

TUESDAY 27 APRIL

Kundun
6:00pm

PG
USA, Monaco, Morocco, 1997
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English, Tibetan, Mandarin
Director: Martin Scoresese
Starring: Tenzin Thuthob Tsarong, Gyurme Tethong, Tulku Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
What’s it about?
In 1937, a two year old boy from a simple family is recognised as Kundun, the fourteenth reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political leader of Tibet Educated by the monks. The film charts his extraordinary growth into a figure who raises the world’s consciousness about the Buddhist society of the spirit, the plight of Tibet, and the sufferings endured by his people with unspeakable grace and dignity. From legendary director Martin Scorsese.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

ORIGINAL MOVIE SHOW REVIEW (1998)

The Eight Hundred
8:30pm

MA15+
China, 2020
Genre: War, History, Drama, Action
Language: Chinese, Japanese, English
Director: Guan Hu
Starring: Wang Qian-Yuan, Zhang Yi, Huang Zhizhong, Jiang Wu, Oho Ou
What’s it about?
From the acclaimed filmmaker behind Mr Six comes this riveting war epic. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely surrounded by the Japanese army.

Liberation
11:15pm

MA15+
China, 2019
Genre: Drama, History
Language: Mandarin
Director: Chang Xiao Yang, Li Shaohong
Starring: Wallace Chung, Zhou Yiwei, Yang Mi, Elaine Zhong, Philip Keung, Wang Xun
What’s it about?
Based on real life events, the film is set in January 1949 and focuses around a group of soldiers involved in the final stages of the Battle of Pingjin.

 

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