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Why You Should Watch: Ginger & Rosa

The fracturing friendship between two 16-year-old girls creatively embodies arguments about feminism, radical politics and nuclear threat in early 1960s London.
Sally Potter wrote and directed British artist, composer and filmmaker Sally Potter pushes boundaries and explores ideas in lush and interesting ways – whether she’s making a film about a gender-bending time-traveller (Orlando, 1992), depi...
A very clever Youtuber has inserted 'the Donald's' presidential announcement into the 2015-set movie.
Sometimes the news cycle delivers the kind of gift that no talented Youtube mashup artist can refuse. So it is with Donald Trump’s latest bid for the US Republican presidential nomination. The very clever James Montalbano has discovered th...
Why are women filmmakers consistently overlooked in Australian cinema?
It's been an interesting year for issues around gender and film: Patricia Arquette spoke up for equal pay at the Oscars, although her choice of words was problematic for many; and the Cannes Film Festival attempted to redeem itself on the ...

Why You Should Watch: Miss Bala

The story is inspired by the real life case of a beauty queen caught up in the Mexican drug war. You can watch 'Miss Bala' now at SBS On Demand.
A blameless and beautiful victim Twenty-three-year-old Laura (Stephanie Sigman) lives with her father and little brother in a modest Tijuana neighbourhood. Her dreams are simple and girlish – she wants to be a beauty pageant queen. But whe...
From ‘Madame Bovary’ to ‘Far From the Madding Crowd’, why isn’t there anything new?
It’s perfectly understandable the media should habitually pistol whip the Hollywood studios for their obsession with remakes and sequels, decrying them for a woeful lack of creativity. By contrast the independent sector is usually by held ...
Movies and food are two of the things we do best at SBS, and you can now enjoy the best of both worlds in this new column matching delicious recipes with soul-nourishing films.
Italian director Vittorio De Sica's neorealist masterpiece Bicycle Thieves, which won an Academy Honorary Award at the 1950 Oscars, is considered one of the best movies ever made. It tells the story of Antonio Ricci (Lamberto Maggiorani),...
A searing yet little-seen dramatisation of the months leading up to John Lennon’s murder. You can watch it now on SBS On Demand.
Serious, or exploitative? You be the judge. For my money, this searing yet little-seen dramatisation of the months leading up to John Lennon’s murder at the hands of Mark David Chapman succeeds in nailing the former whilst largely avoiding...
Should we choose our festival schedules carefully to avoid a pile-up of horror?
On Sunday, the final day of the 2015 Sydney Film Festival, I watched a survivor of the Indonesian genocide interviewing his brother’s killers (The Look of Silence), baby seals being clubbed to death and the sea turning red around harpooned...
Digging a little deeper into the program pays off.
With new venues gradually being added – this year welcomes the Dendy cinema in the student-land of Newtown – the Sydney Film Festival program seems to get bigger every year. Faced with a sprawling program, I planned my viewing schedule thi...
The universally panned director lets rip in a sweary new video posted online.
By Nate Jones It took seven years, but the internet finally got Uwe Boll to quit — sort of. Turns out, all we had to do was wait for Kickstarter to be invented, and then use it to not fund Boll's latest film. The German filmmaker had been...