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Why You Should Watch: Barney's Version

Barney Panofsky is one of contemporary cinema’s great characters. See him this Saturday at 8.35pm on SBS ONE, or now at SBS On Demand for the next year.
It's as epic as it is funny Barney’s Version is a big sweeping comedic drama about the life and loves of one man. That man doesn’t change the world or alter the course of history but the extent to which his experiences are both hilarious to watch...

Why You Should Watch: Fish Tank

Fish Tank is now available to watch for a year at SBS On Demand, so you've no reason to miss it. And besides, who would knock back Michael Fassbender?
Its fierce and raw teenage heroine Fifteen-year-old Mia (Katie Jarvis, an untrained actress in her debut performance) is an angry and aggressive teenaged girl, liable to head-butt anyone who crosses her. She lives in a bleak Essex housing estate ...
A new on-set video reveals the unsexy business of faking it for the cameras.
By Lindsey Weber Thanks to Patrick Wilson, Brooklyn Decker, and their Stretch director Joe Carnahan for this fascinating video — a quick look into the makings of a Hollywood sex scene. Watch them awkwardly readjust, awkwardly make small talk, awk...

Spoilsport: Yes, Gone Girl Has a Woman Problem

How did a story about two complicated people become a feature-length film about a dopey man?
By Amanda Dobbins  We will be discussing Gone Girl plot and twists. If you’ve read the book, you’re fine. If you haven’t and plan on seeing the movie unsullied, you might want to bookmark this page and weigh in later. In 2013, the author Gillia...

Jasin Boland Interview: The Man Behind The Movie Posters

You don't know his name or his face. But you've surely seen his pictures. For over a decade now Jason Boland has been one of the world's leading film photographers, and more of his stills have graced more movie posters than anyone else's. He talks...

TIFF 2014: Hot world cinema coming to Australia

A handful of films from Europe and beyond have shined this year – and many of them are set to screen here in the future.
After winning previous TIFF audience polls, The King’s Speech, Slumdog Millionaire and 12 Years a Slave went on to win the best picture Oscar, yet this year there has been an unfortunate lack of exceptional films in the programme. This has...

TIFF 2014: Bill Murray at his best in St. Vincent

The much-loved American actor and comedian stars alongside Naomi Watts as a Russian prostitute in his new movie, which premiered on ‘Bill Murray Day’ at TIFF.
The Toronto Film Festival has been memorable this year. Still, who would have thought that the biggest festival hit would be a comedy, Top Five, the third directing effort by Chris Rock where the American funnyman presents a day in the life of a...
“Hopefully we’ve done something different that can stand on its own,” says director Kriv Stenders, as his energetic Kill Me Three Times premieres in Toronto.
On stage at the Toronto Film Festival to present the world premiere of Kriv Stenders’ Kill Me Three Times, Simon Pegg admitted he was on a whirlwind trip from the set of Mission Impossible 5 in Morocco, and could only be there for the film’s...

Has Reality TV Killed the Movie Mockumentary?

It’s so much harder now for filmmakers to lampoon sub-cultures when their real-life members are more than happy to do it themselves – on their own shows.
In his 2000 improvisational comedy Best in Show, scenarist and director Christopher Guest plays Harlan Pepper, a good-natured soul from the rural south of America heading north so his bloodhound, Hubert, can compete at the prestigious Mayflower...

Why You Should Watch: Nowhere Boy

All you need is one John Lennon biopic and Nowhere Boy is it. See how the legend came to be before The Beatles, this Saturday at 8:30pm on SBS ONE.
Women with sons (or those interested in them) I’m sure I’m not the only one that is, generally speaking, fascinated by the relationship that women have with their sons. Nowhere Boy is about John Lennon’s life during his formative teenage years an...