SBS World Movies Highlights: December 27 – January 2 | Movie News


THIS WEEK’S MOVIES ON SBS, SBS VICELAND, NITV & SBS On Demand

  • Audio Description (AD) available for Strangerland, The Rehearsal, Burning Man, Esio Trot and Donnie Darko
  • Closed Captions (CC) available for Strangerland, Burning Man, Esio Trot, Booksmart, Donnie Darko and Room in Rome

 

MONDAY 27 DECEMBER

T-34
8:40pm

M
Russia, 2018
Genre: War, Action, Drama, History
Language: German, Russian
Director: Alexey Sidorov
Starring: Alexander Petrov, Victor Dobronravov, Irina Starshenbaum, Vinzenz Kiefer
What’s it about?
A group of Russian soldiers led by tank commander Nikolay Ivushkin (Petrov) are captured by German forces marching on Moscow during World War II. To save his team and his country, Ivushkin launches an escape plan with the help of Russian translator Anya (Starshenbaum) and a battered, legendary Soviet T-34 tank.

The Infinite Man
10:45pm

MA15+
Australia, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Hugh Sullivan
Starring: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades
What’s it about?
A young inventor (McConville) obsessively attempts to engineer the perfect romantic weekend and record every happy moment between him and his girlfriend, Lana (Marshall). When his idea is thwarted by the unexpected arrival of his partner’s aggressive ex-boyfriend (Dimitriades), the technical wiz invents a time-travelling device to return to the exact moment the incident occurred to prevent it from happening. As a result, the three characters become trapped in an infinite metaphysical time loop. 

 

TUESDAY 28 DECEMBER

Strangerland
8:45pm

MA15+, AD, CC
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kim Farrant
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, Joseph Fiennes
What’s it about?
Newly arrived in the remote Australian desert town of Nathgari, Catherine (Kidman) and Matt Parker (Fiennes) are trying to adjust, when their two teenage children, Lily and Tom disappear in the desert, just as a massive dust storm is about to hit. Rumours start swirling about what could have happened to children and, with temperatures rising and the chances of survival plummeting with each passing day, Catherine and Matthew find themselves pushed to the brink.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

The Rehearsal
10:50pm

MA15+, AD
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Alison Maclean
Starring: James Rolleston, Kerry Fox, Ella Edward, Alice Englert, Kieran Charnock
What’s it about?
First-year drama student Stanley (Rolleston) wants to impress his charismatic acting teacher, and when he discovers a sex scandal in his girlfriend’s family, he is tempted to use it as material for the end of year drama show – the result is a moral minefield. Based on the novel by Eleanor Catten (The Luminaries) and directed by Alison McLean (Jesus’ Son, Crush).

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

 

WEDNESDAY 29 DECEMBER

Burning Man
8:35pm

MA15+, AD, CC
UK, Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Essie Davis, Anthony Hayes
What’s it about?
The reckless, sexy, funny, moving and ultimately life-affirming story of Tom, a British chef in a Sydney restaurant, who seems to have decided there are no longer any rules he needs to obey. Whatever Tom is up to, his actions seem to be tolerated by those around him. As Tom descends into darkness, fragments of a different story begin to emerge. All the women in his world are trying in their own, very different ways to help put him back together.

Downriver
10:40pm

MA15+
Australia, 2015
Genre: Mystery
Language: English
Director: Grant Scicluna
Starring: Robert Taylor, Kerry Fox, Tom Green, Reef Ireland, Charles Grounds
What’s it about?
James (Ireland) is serving a sentence in juvenile detention for crime he doesn’t remember: the killing of a ten-year-old boy. When he’s released he embarks on a dangerous quest for answers and search for the missing body in the hope it will bring some closure for the grieving mother.

 

THURSDAY 30 DECEMBER

Edge of Darkness
8:50pm

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Martin Campbell
Starring: Mel Gibson, Danny Huston, Ray Winstone, Bojana Novakovic
What’s it about?
After his daughter is shot dead in front of him, a Boston homicide detective (Gibson) slowly realises that that she was the target, not him, leading him to investigate the nuclear research facility where she worked even as shadowy security operatives, both state and private, try to ascertain what he could uncover. Based on the acclaimed 1985 BBC mini-series of the same name.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

Neerja
10:55pm

MA15+
India, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Hindi
Director: Ram Madhvani
Starring: Sonam Kapoor, Shabana Azmi, Shekhar Ravjiani, Yogendra Tiku, Jim Sarbh, Abrar Zahoor
What’s it about?
Neerja is a portrayal on the life of the courageous Neerja Bhanot (Kapoor), who sacrificed her life while protecting the lives of 359 passengers on the Pan Am flight 73 in 1986. The flight was hijacked by a terrorist organisation.

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FRIDAY 31 DECEMBER

Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot
6:50pm

PG, AD, CC
UK, 2015
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Dearbhla Walsh
Starring: James Corden, Dustin Hoffman, Judi Dench, Salo Gardner, Lara Rossi
What’s it about?
Retired bachelor Mr Hoppy is hopelessly in love with his neighbour Mrs Silver, but she is only interested in her pet tortoise Alfie, that is until Mr Hoppy hatches an audacious plan to win her love.

Booksmart
8:30pm

MA15+, CC
USA, 2019
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Olivia Wilde
Starring: Beanie Feldstein, Kaitlyn Dever, Jessica Williams, Billie Lourd, Diana Silvers
What’s it about?
Two academic teenage superstars (Dever, Feldstein) realise, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they should have worked less and played more. Determined to never fall short of their peers, the girls set out on a mission to cram four years of fun into one night.

Porto
10:25pm

MA15+
USA, Portugal, 2017
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Gabe Klinger
Starring: Lucie Lucas, Anton Yelchin, Paulo Calatré, Françoise Lebrun, Chantal Akerman
What’s it about?
Jake (Yelchin) and Mati (Lucas) are two outsiders in the northerly Portuguese city of Porto who once experienced a brief connection. A mystery remains about the moments they shared, and in searching through memories, they relive the depths of a night uninhibited by the consequences of time.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand

 

SATURDAY 1 JANUARY

Strings
6:50pm

PG
Denmark, UK, 2004
Genre: Adventure, Animation, Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Anders Rønnow Klarlund
Starring: James McAvoy, Catherine McCormack, Julian Glover, Derek Jacobi, Ian Hart
What’s it about?
Strings is a mythological story about the son of a king, Hal Tara, who sets out on a journey to avenge the death of his father. To his surprise he discovers the truth of his own people – and where he least expects it – he finds true love.

Streaming after broadcast at SBS On Demand:

David Brent: Life on the Road
8:30pm

MA15+
UK, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Music
Language: English
Director: Ricky Gervais
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Ben Bailey-Smith, Rebecca Gethings, Jo Hartley, Andrew Brooke
What’s it about?
Twelve years after the airing of the hit BBC series ‘The Office’, David Brent (Gervais) is working as a travelling salesman. However, he hasn’t given up on his dream of rock stardom. Assembling a group of session musicians who are just in it for the money, and a talented rapper in an attempt to gain some street cred, Brent embarks on a self-financed tour – a last ditch effort to find fame and fortune.

Donnie Darko
10:20pm

M, AD, CC
USA, 2001
Genre: Drama, Sci-Fi, Cult
Language: English
Director: Richard Kelly
Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore, Patrick Swayze
What’s it about?
During the presidential election of 1988, a teenage boy named Donnie Darko (Gyllenhaal) sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes, and 12 seconds. He returns home the next morning to find that a jet engine has crashed through his bedroom. As he tries to figure out why he survived, and tries to deal with people in his town, Frank continues to turn up in Donnie’s mind, causing him to commit acts of vandalism. 

 

SUNDAY 2 JANUARY

Orlando
6:50pm

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).

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ORIGINAL MOVIE SHOW REVIEW

Stan & Ollie
8:30pm

PG
UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jon S. Baird
Starring: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Danny Huston
What’s it about?
With their golden era long behind them, comedy duo Stan Laurel (Coogan) and Oliver Hardy (Reilly) embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland. Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule, and with the support of their wives Lucille and Ida – a formidable double act in their own right – the pair’s love of performing, as well as for each other, endures as they secure their place in the hearts of their adoring public

Room in Rome
10:20pm

MA15+, CC
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Italian, Russian, Spanish
Director: Julio Medem
Starring: Elena Anaya, Natasha Yarovenko, Enrico Lo Verso
What’s it about?
When Alba (Anaya, The Skin I Live In) seduces Natasha (Yarovenko) in a bar, the two women agree to limit their passionate affair to a one-night encounter. However, as they begin to slowly reveal their true selves to each other, their lust is met with deeper emotions that open the door for what evolves into a poignant character study. Directed by Julio Medem (Sex & LuciaLovers of the Arctic Circle) and nominated for four Spanish Goya Awards in 2011.



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