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A United Kingdom

8.20pm, Saturday 27 March on SBS

United Kingdom, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, Terry Pheto, Laura Carmichael, Jessica Oyelowo, 
What’s it about?
He was an Oxford-educated African king, while she was a white Englishwoman working as a clerk at Lloyd’s of London. Now their 1948 marriage, which caused scandal in Apartheid-stricken South Africa and the British protectorate of Bechuanaland (later Botswana), is the subject of a period drama starring Britain’s David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike. Oyelowo plays Seretse Khama, who in 1965 became independent Botswana’s first president. He was also kgosi (king) of the Bamangwato people, having been crowned at the age of four in 1925. Pike stars as Ruth Williams, who would go on to be the first lady of Botswana between 1966 and 1980.               

‘A United Kingdom’ celebrates interracial couples on screen, with contemporary relevance


My Big Gay Italian Wedding

9.30pm, Tuesday 6 April on SBS World Movies

Italy, 2018
Drama, Comedy
Alessandro Genovesi
Diego Abatantuono, Monica Guerritore, Salvatore Esposito, Cristiano Caccamo 
What’s it about?
Antonio (Cristiano Caccamo) has finally found the love of his life, Paolo (Salvatore Esposito, in a very different role to his compelling portrayal of mobster Gennaro Savastano in the Italian crime series Gomorrah, streaming now at SBS On Demand), with whom he lives happily in Berlin. Even if still not sure about their families’ reactions, they decide to get married in Italy, in the small village from where Antonio’s parents live. Tradition and modernity clash in this gentle, heartwarming film.




8.30pm, Thursday 8 April on NITV

United Kingdom, United States, 2016
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Jeff Nichols
Starring: Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon, Marton Csokas, Nick Kroll, Bill Camp, Sharon Blackwood, Alano Miller
What’s it about?
From acclaimed writer and director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an inter-racial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (Golden Globe nominee Joel Edgerton and Academy Award nominee Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case – Loving V. Virginia – went all the way to the Supreme Court.

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Loving is also streaming now at SBS On Demand. 



Ireland, Canada, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Aisling Walsh
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan, Zachary Bennett, Kari Matchett, David Feehan, Lawrence Barry, Marthe Bernard, Greg Malone, Nik Sexton, Brian Marler, Denise Sinnott, Mike Daly, Judy Hancock, Lisa Machin
What’s it about?
The true story of the unlikely romance between reclusive Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke) and his housekeeper, a fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Sally Hawkins, in an exceptional performance). Maudie, bright-eyed but afflicted with severe arthritis, yearns to be independent, and to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. Maudie charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, and Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man. 

Maudie is streaming now at SBS On Demand. 



United Kingdom, United States, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance, LGBTIQ+
Language: English
Director: Todd Haynes
Starring: Rooney Mara, Sarah Paulson, Kyle Chandler, Cate Blanchett
What’s it about?
Based on Patricia Highsmith’s seminal novel The Price of Salt, the 1950s-set drama follows Carol (Cate Blanchett), a Manhattan socialite trapped in a loveless marriage of convenience with Kyle Chandler, whose life is forever changed when she meets a department store clerk (Rooney Mara). As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change.

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Carol is streaming now at SBS On Demand.


The Beauty Inside

South Korea, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Language: Korean
Director: Baik
Starring: Han Hyo-joo, Kim Dae-myung, Do Ji-han, Bae Seong-woo, Park Shin-hye, Lee Beom-soo, Park Seo-jun, Kim Sang-ho, Chun Woo-hee, Juri Ueno, Lee Jae-joon, Kim Min-jae, Lee Hyun-woo, Jo Dal-hwan, Lee Jin-wook, Seo Kang-joon, Kim Hee-won, Lee Dong-wook, Go Ah-sung, Kim Joo-hyuk, Yoo Yeon-seok, Lee Dong-hwi, Mun Suk, Lee Kyung-young, Shin Dong-mi, Gong Min-jeung
What’s it about?
Woo-jin (various actors) wakes up in a different body every day, regardless of age, gender and nationality. Sometimes he’s a man, a woman, old, young, or even a foreigner. He’s the same person on the inside, but on the outside he’s always someone new. Looking at a different face in the mirror every morning is hard for ‘him’ to get used to. The only constant in his life is the girl he loves, Yi-soo (Han Hyo-joo). Each time he transforms, Woo-jin must figure out how to return to his own body and reunite with Yi-soo.

The Beauty Inside is streaming now at SBS On Demand.



Marry Me Marry My Family

Explore the colourful and sometimes chaotic road of intercultural relationships. This original Australian documentary series showcases stories of cross-cultural weddings in Australia and the importance of family traditions and obligations leading up to a milestone moment. With different religions and cultures, these couples have a not more to navigate on their path to wedded bliss. Among the many who share their wedding journey in the series: Fijian Indian–Australian Nandi is caught between two cultures. She feels the pressure juggling her father’s wishes for an extravagant three-day Hindu wedding and her Anglo–Australian fiancé Dan’s desire for a simple Aussie wedding. Greek Australian George always thought he’d marry a Greek girl in an Orthodox Church. Things changed when he met a Malaysian–Indian doctor, Ranmeet, a Sikh who dreams of a traditional wedding in a Sikh temple. And we also hear of Pakistani Australian Muslim Hassan’s dilemma. He loves Rose, a Filipino Catholic, but his parents have already arranged his marriage to his first cousin back in Pakistan.

Seasons 1 and 2 of Marry Me Marry My Family are streaming now on SBS On Demand. (Season 2 is also available with Arabic and Simplified Chinese subtitles.)


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