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Why You Should Watch: Diva

In 1981, this stunner kicked off the ‘Cinéma du look’ movement and movies have never been the same since. It’s free to watch at On Demand for the whole year.
A singular achievement, then and now By 1981, the French had been making films for nearly 100 years—France is, after all, the acknowledged birthplace of the cinema. Yet nobody had ever seen anything like Diva, the debut of director Jean-Ja...
Shut up and dance to this glorious supercut of movie stars tripping the light fantastic.
This amazing supercut of people dancing in the movies has come along at exactly the right time. Here at SBS Movies, we've been fist pumpin' and thrustin' all day, cos we've hit the magic number of 100,000 likes on Facebook. The video comes...
This is our favourite thing on the web today.
A unique supercut by Vimeo user Jacob T. Sweeney offers a side-by-side comparison of opening and closing shots of 55 landmark movies. The montage demonstrates how the first/final shots communicate the underlying themes of the movie. It's a...
A movie about the kids of LGBT couples is set to screen at North America's largest documentary festival, Hot Docs.
A couple of years ago we caught up with director Maya Newell, as she sought crowdfunding completion funds for her documentary Gayby Baby, about kids raised by LGBT parents in Australia. Newell was born to gay parents and says that she made...

Why You Should Watch: The Woodsman

Kevin Bacon gives one of his greatest performances in the harrowing – and humanistic – story of a sex offender's journey of reformation.
It’s uncompromising The focus of The Woodsman is Kevin Bacon’s Walter, who has just been released from jail after a 12-year sentence. For child molestation. Arriving back in his hometown of Philadelphia, Walter could be reformed or he coul...
The director of one of most anticipated movies of this year's French Film Festival talks us through a magic moment. Watch the interview and read more below.
One of the standout films of this year’s French Film Festival is Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, a coming-of-age drama about a group of girls on the outskirts of Paris, which happily, bucks all of the dreary clichés that you might expect from a...

Why You Should Watch: Transamerica

Trust a transgender road movie to reveal much about the human condition. You can watch it now at SBS On Demand.
It’s out of left field By the time the lights came up on the closing credits of the Transamerica’s world premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2005, it was abundantly clear to everyone in the cinema they’d just seen an astu...
The writer/director of powerful new movie Eastern Boys reveals the true origins of his tense and tender tale.
    Review of Eastern Boys
With all the THX digital sound tools available for filmmakers, there really is no reason for the dialogue in these movies to be turned down so low.
I loved Birdman, ‎Alejandro González Iñárritu’s dazzling film about the theatre, acting, public image and self-doubt. That I missed quite a few lines of the dialogue when I saw it in a cinema with a good sound system I initially put down t...

Why You Should Watch: The Band’s Visit

The clash of cultures is a catalyst for tolerance and benevolent humour in this endearing comedy-drama. It’s free to watch at SBS On Demand until October.
It starts with a solid premise Some plots just work, and that of The Band’s Visit is one of them. When some bright spark has the idea to send the Alexandria Ceremonial Police Band to perform at a rural Israeli civic centre, they clearly di...