Our monthly snapshot of upcoming movies at the cinema.
SBS Film

4 Sep 2013 - 3:04 PM  UPDATED 20 Mar 2015 - 12:16 PM

Out September 5

The Gatekeepers
(Israel, documentary)
Dror Moreh
Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichter
What's it about?

In this Oscar-winning documentary, the history of Israel's internal secret service, Shin Bet, is examined in detail by six former heads who reflect on their time at the helm and what they see as the successes and failures of the 'peace process'.

Read our interview with director Dror Moreh

(US, documentary)
Director: Shane Salerno
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Edward Norton, Judd Apatow
What's it about?
New information has to come to light about Catcher and the Rye author and legendary recluse, J.D. Salinger. Director Shane Salerno discovers what just happened to the man behind one of the twentieth century's most beloved and iconic books.

Read review

Out September 12

Blancanieves (since moved to 24 October)
(Spain/France/Belgium, drama, fantasy)
Director: Pablo Berger
Starring: Maribel Verdú, Emilio Gavira, Daniel Giménez Cacho
What's it about?
The second film from Pablo Berger, the director of Torremolinos 73 (an SBS favourite), this black-and-white gothic fantasy is a celebration of silent cinema. Set in 1920s Spain, the Snow White-inspired tale stars Maribel Verdú as a female bullfighter.

Read our review

Mood Indigo
(France/Belgium, drama, fantasy)
Director: Michel Gondry
Starring: Romain Duris, Audrey Tautou, Gad Elmaleh
What's it about?

Eccentric French extraordinaire Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) adapts Boris Vian's novel about a woman's bizarre new illness: the poor thing has a flower growing in her lungs. The character, played by Amelie herself, Audrey Tautou, finds healing – and love – by way of a delightful dreamer (Roman Duris).

Blue Jasmine

(USA, drama)
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Alec Baldwin, Sally Hopkins
What's it about?
In her first film with Woody Allen, Australia's Cate Blanchett stars as a sulky, heartbroken New York socialite in need of mending after her marriage to Alec Baldwin falls apart. Her first step? Taking a trip to San Francisco to see much less well-off sister, played by Happy-Go-Lucky's Sally Hawkins.

Read our review
Read our interview with actor Alec Baldwin

Out September 19

I'm So Excited
(Spain, comedy)
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Starring: Javier Cámara, Pepa Charro, Cecilia Roth
What's it about?
Spanish national treasure Pedro Almodóvar (All About My Mother, Talk to Her) turns the camp up to 11 in his comedy about the pilot and cabin crew aboard Peninsula Flight 2549. While their flight appears to be doomed, the crew refuse to go down on anything but their terms…

Read our review

A Hijacking
(Denmark, drama, thriller)
Director: Tobias Lindholm
Starring: Pilou Asbæk, Søren Malling, Dar Salim
What's it about?
Inspired by a true story, Somali pirates jump aboard a cargo ship in the Indian Ocean and take the crew hostage and demand a massive sum for their safe release. The film comes from Tobias Lindholm, the Danish co-writer of Mads Mikkelsen's The Hunt and the much-loved hit television series Borgen.

Out September 19

The Turning
(Australia, drama)
Directors: Robert Connolly, Warwick Thornton, Mia Wasikowska etc.
Starring: Rose Byrne, Cate Blanchett, Hugo Weaving etc.
What's it about?
Seventeen Australian directors each adapt one of Tim Winton's short stories to make an almost three-hour film following numerous characters as they fight battles – with themselves and others – filled with melancholy, regret, and longing.

Read our review


(USA, biography, drama)
Directors: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Starring: Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, James Franco
What's it about?
Amanda Seyfriend embodies America's first major porn star, Linda Lovelace, made famous by Deep Throat in 1972. Co-directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman (Howl) reveal the ugly side of the pop culture icon's rise to infamy and her subsequent religious makeover.

Read interview with co-directors Jeffrey Friedman and Rob Epstein and stars Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard

Stories We Tell

(Canada, documentary)
Director: Sarah Polley
Starring: Michael Polley, John Buchan, Mark Polley
What's it about?
Canadian actress and director Sarah Polley (The Sweet Hereafter, Take This Waltz) turns the camera on her own family in the hopes of learning the real truth about her heritage. It seems her mother and father have never been exactly honest with her…

Read our review