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Why You Should Watch: Bullhead

Belgian stud Matthias Schoenaerts is a big talent with a big future, and Bullhead was his breakout movie. It’s available to watch for a year at SBS On Demand.
This is a different view of Belgium The masterful work of the Dardenne Brothers has given cinema audiences an engrossing, ground-level view of one strata of Belgian life, the frayed working class communities around Namur, but Bullhead is a differ...

Why You Should Watch: Agora

Agora could simply be called a swords-and-sandals biopic, but that sells it short. See why Saturday at 8.30pm on SBS ONE, or now at On Demand for the next year.
Agora goes against the grain I won’t bore you with the statistics on the extent to which women are absent from and subjected to gender stereotyping on the big screen – though if interested, start here – but because of recent events in my life, I’...

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...