Recommended films on TV


The most remarkable World Cinema film showing this week is White God, directed by Kornél Mundruczó. Released in 2014, it follows 13-year-old Lili as she struggles to protect her dog Hagen. As a mixed-breed animal, Hagen is subject to a special tax imposed by the Hungarian government, so Lili’s father dumps him. Lili sets out to find the dog and save him. Meanwhile, the city’s dog shelters are filled to over-capacity and a terrible pressure builds up. A powerful racial and political allegory as well as a riveting animal story, White God is a brutal but brilliantly directed film that includes scenes of (simulated) animal cruelty that may upset some viewers. It is showing on Film 4 on Sunday morning (17/5) at 00.50.

Meanwhile, Film 4 also has The Warrior (2001), the breakthrough film for the late Irrfan Khan, on Monday (18/5) at 23.15. Channel 4 is showing François Ozon’s creepy twins mystery L’amant double (2017) on Monday morning (18/5) at 01.55. Thomas Vinterberg’s The Commune, about life in a Danish collective house in the 1970s, is on Sunday morning (17/5) at 00.00 on BBC2. Then there’s Hun Jang’s feature A Taxi Driver (2017) about a widowed driver who takes a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the uprising there that happened in 1980. That’s on Film 4 on Tuesday morning (19/5) at 01.00.

Notable English-language films include Wes Anderson’s visual feast The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014) on Film 4 on Tuesday (19/5) at 21.00 and Spotlight (2015), the true story of journalistic investigation into clerical child-abuse in Boston, on BBC2 on Friday (22/5) at 23.20.

Other film-related items include a repeat of a 2012 documentary, John Le Mesurier: It’s All Been Rather Lovely, on BBC2 on Saturday (16/5) at 18.45 and the final part of David Stratton’s excellent Stories of Australian Cinema on BBC4 on Sunday (17/5) at 21.00.

Some other films of interest in the week ahead:


Saturday 16/501.45Talking PicturesOutcast of the IslandsCarol Reed imperialism drama
09.00Sony MoviesMoneyballBrad Pitt baseball movie
11.30BBC2FrankenweenieTim Burton animation
15.35BBC2South PacificRodgers & Hammerstein musical
16.30Channel 5The Addams Family MovieComedy horror
16.55Sony MoviesDances With WolvesKevin Costner tames wild canines
21.00 (also Wednesday 21.00)ParamountHacksaw RidgeMel Gibson WWII film
22.30BBC4Made in DagenhamFord strike comedy
Sunday 17/500.00BBC2The CommuneDanish collective-house struggles
00.50Film4White GodDogs run amok
18.50Talking PicturesHobson's choiceDavid Lean comedy/drama
23.05Film4RushFormula One rivalry
Monday 18/500.355 SelectOn Golden PondHepburn/Fonda weepie
01.25Film4Good KillA drone pilot with a conscience
01.55Channel 4L'amant doublePsychological drama
15.05BBC2Wagon MasterJohn Ford Western
15.40Talking PicturesBurma VictoryRoy Boulting documentary
21.00 (also Thursday 22.50)Sony MoviesPulp FictionEarly Tarantino
22.00Talking PicturesThe Go-BetweenLosey direction, Pinter script
23.15Film4The WarriorReformed enforcer becomes prey
Tuesday 19/501.00Film4A Taxi DriverSouth Korean drama
12.00Talking PicturesThe Proud ValleyPaul Robeson in Wales
14.25Film4Tiger BayHayley Mills thriller
21.00Film4The Grand Budapest HotelSurreal Hungarian fun
22.00ParamountNo Country for Old MenCoen Brothers thriller
Wednesday 20/501.10Film4Mona LisaBritish movie with a twist
11.00Film4The ProfessionalsBurt Lancaster Western
13.25Film4How Green Was My ValleyJohn Ford coal-mining classic
14.30Talking PicturesCarve Her Name With PrideTrue story of WWII female spy
15.00BBC2Vivacious LadyJames Stewart and Ginger Rogers
15.55Film4GallipoliAussies in WWII
18.10Film4A Beautiful MindFrail maths genius John Nash
17.30Talking PicturesKippsFrom the H.G. Wells novel
21.00Film4The MartianStranded Matt Damon
23.05Sony MoviesDonnie BrascoPacino mob movie
Thursday 21/502.45Horror ChannelWitchfinder GeneralVincent Price in the Civil War
03.35Sony MoviesJulia & JuliaTwo chefs bond
12.50Film4The Spy in BlackWW1 submarine drama
18.55Talking PicturesSpring and Port WineJames Mason family drama
Friday 22/511.00Film4Sorry Wrong NumberBurt Lancaster noir
15.05BBC2CarefreeAstaire & Rogers romcom
21.00Film5Heat (1995)Pacino/De Niro heist movie
23.10Sony MoviesPremium RushBike messenger thriller
23.20BBC2SpotlightChild-abuse investigation