Don't miss our series of modern classics from the world’s great storytellers, every Wednesday night after the late news. These truly are movies worth staying up for, but to give you the best of both worlds, we're also making them available for catch-up viewing at SBS on Demand.
Director: Andrea Arnold
Cast: Katie Jarvis, Michael Fassbender
SBS ONE: Wednesday October 8, from 11pm
SBS On Demand: Thursday October 9
British director Andrea Arnold won the Cannes Jury Prize for her unflinching story of adolescent conflict and burgeoning sexuality, Fish Tank. Mia (Katie Jarvis) is a 15-year-old wannabe dancer with limited prospects, growing up on a housing estate in Essex. When her mother's new boyfriend (Michael Fassbender) arrives on the scene and wants to make friends, Katie responds to the chiselled stranger's attention with all the force of a coiled spring.
Director: Steve McQueen
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham
SBS ONE: Wednesday October 15, from 11pm
SBS On Demand: Thursday October 16
Steve McQueen's debut feature is an engrossing story of endurance, as IRA firebrand Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) stages a hunger strike at Northern Ireland's Maze Prison. Sands and his fellow IRA inmates are denied political prisoner status, and amid the increasing violence of the notorious H-Block, Sands embarks on a deadly campaign to use his withering body as a tool of political defiance.
Director: Robert Guéduigan
Cast: Jean-Pierre Darroussinm Ariane Ascaride
SBS ONE: Wednesday October 22, from 11pm
SBS On Demand: Thursday October 23
French director Robert Guéduigan has made a career out of sympathetic portraits of the working class. His depictions of good-hearted Gallics on struggle street have drawn comparisons to the works of kitchen sink socialist Ken Loach. In this 2012 charmer, Guéduigan brings a light touch to the story of a dock worker and union rep who loses his job on the eve of his 30th wedding anniversary. In other hands, the story of everyday hardship might have been a wrenching story of job loss, betrayal and emasculation. Under Guéduigan's stewardship, it's a moving reminder that humanity need not be a casualty of the recession.
Director: Julian Schnabel
Cast: Mathieu Almaric, Emmanuelle Seigner
SBS ONE: Wednesday October 29, from 11pm
SBS On Demand: Thursday October 30
French journalist Jean-Dominique Bauby's memoir was a labour of love like no other. A stroke had left the former editor of French Elle with locked-in syndrome – a rare neurological condition in which his mind was clear and alert but he could not move a muscle except for his left eyelid. Bauby was confined to a wheelshair in a hospital on the windswept coast of northern France and, with the help of family and patient caregivers, he commenced the writing process by assigning letters to a series of blinks using a method known as the Silent Alphabet. Julian Schnabel's adaptation reveals the witty, wild life force that thrived beneath the surface of the outward blinking shell of a man struck down in his prime. Matthieu Almaric won best actor honours at the French Academy Awards, the Cesars, and the film won the 2008 Golden Globe for best foreign film, and the BAFTA for best adapted screenplay.
Director: Takeshi Kitano
Cast: Beat Takeshi (aka Takeshi Kitano), Soichiro Kitamura
SBS ONE: Wednesday November 5, from 11pm
SBS On Demand: Thursday November 6
Japanese original Takeshi Kitano transplants you into the merciless world of warring gangs in his Yakuza bloodbath, Outrage. Messy and mean from start to finish, Outrage's villains meet grim ends with the aid of found objects, and each man's demise begets another in this ceaseless cycle of aggression and retribution. Kitano stars, as a subordinate clan boss who is tasked with dealing with the rot that has set into the organisation.