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Sink your teeth into this new collection of fresh and juicy movies added at SBS On Demand.
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11 Jun 2015 - 1:54 PM  UPDATED 19 May 2016 - 2:43 PM

The Lifeguard

Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) stars as Leigh, a young woman who, after a nervous breakdown, quits her job as reporter in New York and returns to the place where she felt the happiest: her childhood home in Connecticut, a decision that leaves her parents dubitative. She parties with her old friends, and gets work as a lifeguard at the local pool. But this is not the youth fountain she's hoped for, and she still can't reconnect with her carefree young self... until she meets troubled teenager Martin, with whom she starts a dangerous liaison.


I Know You Know

Robert Carlyle, best known for revealing it all on The Full Montyplays this time a man shrouded in mystery in this Bristish drama set in 1988 Wales and directed by Justin Kerrigan (Human Traffic). His young son, played superbly by Arron Fuller, suspects his dad might be working undercover for MI6, and he might well be right. Like most boys, he puts his father on a pedestal, however the hero he has imagined is somewhat removed from the reality.


Twelve 

Set in Manhattan's Upper East Side, Twelve could be described as a darker, trashier Gossip Girl, even starring one of the show's leads, Chase Crawford. His character White Mike is a young wealthy man who, after losing his mother to cancer, drops out of school and sell drugs to other privileged kids. But it all comes crashing down when Mike's cousin is brutally murdered, his best friend is arrested for the crime and everything comes to a violent end at an epic 18th birthday party.


Holly

Set in Cambodia, Holly offers an uncompromising look at child trafficking by focusing on the plight of Holly, a beautiful 12-year-old Vietnamese girl sold by her parents to child traffickers, who hope her virginity will earn them a large sum of money. When Patrick, an American dealer of stolen artefacts, meets the young girl, he is moved by her situation and soon makes it his mission to save her.


Geography Club

Based on Brent Hartinger's best-selling novel about sexual identity among suburban teens, Geography Club is a feel-good teen movie about a group of students at Goodkind High School, who have varying sexual orientations but aren't quite ready to come out. They form an after-school study group to act as a front for their LGBT support group, where they can share their feelings and experiences.


Miss Bala

Based on a true story, this film produced by actors Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna was acclaimed for its unwavering portrayal of criminality and corruption in Mexico. Laura is a young woman whose only dream is to become a beauty queen. When she enters the Miss Baja California competition, she meets drug-trafficker Lino and is pulled into the criminal underworld after witnessing a series of horrific murders. Soon the beautiful Laura is an unwilling participant in the rampant drug world of Mexico, from which there is little hope for escape. 

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Margin Call

This chilling thriller by J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year), starring Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons and Demi Moore, follows the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period on the cusp of the 2008 financial crisis. When entry-level analyst Peter Sullivan unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster.

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Comes a Bright Day

In this coming-of-age thriller, Sam is an ambitious bellboy who, when he runs an errand for a guest at a jewellery store, falls for the attractive jewellery sales assistant, Mary. However, the love spell is broken all to abruptly when psychotic robbers break in the jewellery store to get their hands on the rare million pound Stahl Papillon brooch. Things quickly deteriorate when Sam, Mary and her boss (Timothy Spall, Mr. Turner) are held hostages, with little hope for a positive outcome.


Ping Pong

Documentary Ping Pong follows tennis table players who traveled from all around the world to compete at the 2010 World Championships held in China. The twist: these competitors are 80 years and older, with the eldest being Australian legend Dorothy deLow, who at the ripe age of 100 shows no sign (well, very few signs) of slowing down. This is the journey of very attaching and inspiring characters who, quite literally, never say die.


Life in a Day

Award-winning director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Sctoland) teamed up with YouTube and executive producer brothers Ridley Scott and now the late Tony Scott to create this documentary shot in a single day – 24th July, 2010 - and crowdsourced from 80,000 videos submitted by people from 192 countries. The final result is a moving symphony of everyday life (and death) and our need to capture it.


My Way

A biopic of French pop star Claude François, most famous for co-writing the song 'My Way'. Tracing his life from childhood in Egypt through success in France to his untimely death in Paris in 1978. Despite his short stature and his "duck voice", Claude François climbed his way to the top of the charts, working tirelessly until his death to stay number one. Jérémie Renier (The Child) gives a superb performance as this icon who, behind the glamourous successful facade, was a tortured soul and a control freak.


Ginger and Rosa

In this emotional coming-of-age drama directed by Sally Potter (Orlando), and set in 1962, two teenage girls – Ginger and Rosa (Elle Fanning, Alice Englert) – dream of lives bigger than their mothers' frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cuba Missiles Crisis, their lifelong friendship is threatened when one of the girls becomes involved with a man they both know. Set against a great period jazz soundtrack, Ginger and Rosa offers a stylish, yet realistic depiction of 60s London and its atmosphere.

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The Words

In this star-studded affair which includes Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Jeremy Irons and Olivia Wild, young author Rory Jansen publishes a book that takes the literary world and the public imagination by storm. With a voice that’s fresh, and a wisdom about life that somehow seems to be timeless, Rory becomes an instant literary star. The twist: the words that brought him success and recognition are not his.

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Sympathy for Delicious

In Mark Ruffalo's (Foxcatcher) first foray into directing, Dean O'Dwyer (a.k.a. Delicious D.) is an up-and-coming DJ whose life is shattered when a motorcycle accident leaves him paralyzed. As he falls into a deep depression, he meets Father Joe Roselli, who introduces him to the world of faith-healing. Dean realises he has a gift for healing, however this gift doesn't work on himself. An edgy rock'n roll journey with an impressive cast: Ruffalo himself, Christopher Thornton, Laura Linney, Juliette Lewis and Orlando Bloom.


Splinterheads

This beautifully photographed, quirky romantic comedy follows Justin Frost, a small-town dork whose life is turned around when one summer, a travelling carnival comes to town and his path crosses one of its workers ("splinterheads"), the beautiful Galaxy (Australian actress Rachael Taylor). But there is one problem – her deranged boyfriend (Dean Winters, from HBO's Oz), who is quite the jealous type.


A Gang Story

Ex-cop Olivier Marchal (MR 73) directs this thriller exploring the enduring friendship between two notorious criminals, Edmond "Momon" Vidal and Serge Suttel, who grew up together in roma camps. Their notorious gang, "Les Lyonnais" (the original French title), was responsible for a series of daring heists in the early 70s, which came to a halt following their spectacular arrest in 1974. Now in their 60s, the men have each followed a different path, with Momon chosing redemption and taking care of his family. But his hopes for a happy and quiet life are dashed when news of Serge's arrest reach him. 


Tiny Furniture

Twenty-two-year-old Aura returns home to her mother’s NYC loft with a useless film theory degree, a boyfriend who’s left her to find himself, a dying hamster, and her tail between her legs. Luckily, her childhood best friend never left home, the restaurant down the block is hiring, and ill-advised romantic possibilities abound. Written, directed and starring Girls creator and ‘voice of a generation’ Lena Dunham, across from her real-life mother Laurie Simmons, sister Grace Dunham and Girls co-stars Alex Karpovsky and Jemima Kirke.

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