Catch these great movies at SBS On Demand before they disappear, along with 2018.
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Staff writers

19 Dec 2018 - 3:28 PM  UPDATED 19 Dec 2018 - 3:28 PM

Click each image to play the film in full at SBS On Demand. Please note that the films on this list expire at various times throughout the month (If there is no 'play' button in the image, the film is no longer available).

 

Paradise Road

MA15+
Australia, 1997
Genre: War, Drama, History
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Cate Blanchett, Pauline Collins, Frances McDormand, Glenn Close
What's it about?
The story of a group of women imprisoned by the Japanese in Sumatra during World War II, who form a choir, using music recalled by a fellow inmate, as a way of coping with the trauma of their situation.

The Virgin Suicides

MA15+
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Sofia Coppola
Starring: Josh Hartnett, Danny DeVito, Kathleen Turner, James Woods, Kirsten Dunst
What's it about?
The strange tale of the Lisbon sisters, five beautiful but troubled suburban teenagers.

Jedda

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
An aboriginal girl is brought up by a white family that adopts her. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years.

A Separation

PG
Iran, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Leila Hatami
What's it about?
An Oscar-winning story by Asghar Farhadi. A couple, Nader (Peyman Moaadi) and Simin (Leila Hatami), have opposite ideas about living abroad but the same opinions about divorce. They have acquired visas to emigrate from Iran, but whilst Simin is anxious to ensure a better future for their 10-year-old daughter Termeh (Sarina Farhadi), Nader refuses to leave his elderly father who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. When the judge refuses to formalise their separation, Simin resolutely departs the family home, leaving the obstinate Nader to contract the services of a housekeeper. Razieh (Sareh Bayat) is a devout, impoverished woman who tends to the apartment and Nader's father with her own four-year-old daughter in tow. When Nader returns one day to find his father alone and compromised, his fury leads to an altercation that has unexpected and devastating consequences. 

A Separation Review
Interview: Asghar Farhadi

The Duke of Burgundy

MA 15+, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Peter Strickland
Starring: Sidse Babett Knudsen
What's it about?
Two women act out a simple yet provocative daily ritual that ends in both pleasure and pain. When one of the women yearns for a more conventional relationship, her partner's obsession with erotic spellmaking quickly becomes an addiction that may push the relationship to its breaking point. 

The Duke of Burgundy review: '70s erotic cinema is resuscitated

Adventureland

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Greg Mottola
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Bill Hader, Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart
What's it about?
It’s the summer of '87 and for recent college grad James (Jesse Eisenberg), life after college isn't exactly what he expected. Realising he can't afford the dream European tour he's been planning he's forced to take a dead-end job at a local amusement park. Forget about German beer, world-famous museums and cute European girls, Adventureland promises to be the stage for the most painful summer of his life. However, as he meets new friends, falls in love and learns to loosen up, he realises that the worst job ever may just turn out to be the best time of his life.

Adventureland Review: A smart, sweet coming-of-age tale

Angele and Tony

M
France, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Alix Delaporte
Starring: Clotilde Hesme
What's it about?
In a small fishing harbour in Normandy, Angèle (Clotilde Hesme) enters in Tony’s (Grégory Gadebois) life. Angèle is rough and knows nothing about love – her attempts at seducing him are met with rebuttal. Not like this, not this fast. Tony cannot believe that she is here for him...

Angele and Tony review

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

PG
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison
What's it about?
Ricky is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople: Interview with Sam Neill
Hunt for the Wilderpeople review: Superbly written, beautifully performed and quite frankly hilarious

Asterix at the Olympic Games

PG
Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Family, Adventure
Language: French
Director: Frédéric Forestier, Thomas Langmann
Starring: Gérard Depardieu, Alain Delon, Clovis Cornillac, Benoét Poelvoorde, Vanessa Hessler
What's it about?
When the starry-eyed peasant Alafolix (Stéphane Rousseau) meets the beautiful Greek princess Irina (Vanessa Hessler), he falls desperately, hopelessly in love. But the princess has also captured the attention of Brutus (Benoét Poelvoorde), the ambitious, ruthless son of Julius Caesar (Alain Delon). Though she loves Alafolix, Irina says she will give her hand to whichever of the two wins the sports tournament about to take place on Mount Olympus. Enter the zany Asterix (Clovis Cornillac) and Obelix (Gérard Depardieu), who lead a delegation of France's best sporting heroes to help Lovesix—and France—win the Olympics and the Princess' heart.

Gantz

Japan, 2014
Genre: Action
Language: Japanese
Director:
Starring: Kazumari Ninomiya
What's it about?
Two teens (Kazunari Ninomiya, Ken'ichi Matsuyama) come to the aid of a man on the subway tracks, only to wake up in a room dominated by a mysterious black sphere that sends them on an alien-hunting mission.

What's in a Name?

France, 2012
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director:
Starring: Charles Berling
What's it about?
A polite dinner party erupts into chaos when two expectant parents disclose the name of their unborn son, with their closest friends and family. The name is highly provocative and sure enough, their choice provokes uproar amongst the group: shocking secrets are revealed; couscous is hurled; and someone is accused of adultery. 

Bone Tomahawk

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Horror, Adventure, Western
Language: English
Director: S. Craig Zahler
Starring: Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Kurt Russell
What's it about?
During a shootout in a saloon, Sheriff Hunt injures a suspicious stranger. One of the villagers takes care of him in prison. One day they both disappear – only the spear of a cannibal tribe is found. Hunt and a few of his men go in search of the prisoner and his nurse.

Kurt Russell stars in the 2015 western-horror hybrid Bone Tomahawk, showing this Wednesday 27th March at 8:35PM

Augustine

France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Alice Winocour
Starring: Vincent Lindon, Chiara Mastroianni, Soko
What's it about?
Paris,1885. Professor Charcot (Vincent Lindon) is studying a baffling disease, hysteria. His favourite patient is 19-year-old Augustine (Soko), the star of his hypnosis demonstrations. Yet the focus of his studies soon becomes the object of his desire.

Interivew: Alice Winocour and Soko

Jane Got a Gun

United States of America, 2015
Genre: Drama, Western, Action
Language: English
Director: Gavin O'Connor
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Rodrigo Santoro, Noah Emmerich, Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton
What's it about?
After her outlaw husband returns home shot with eight bullets and barely alive, Jane reluctantly reaches out to an ex-lover who she hasn't seen in over ten years to help her defend her farm when the time comes that her husband's gang eventually tracks him down to finish the job.

Watch the trailer for Joel Edgerton and Natalie Portman's ill-fated 'Jane Got a Gun'

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

M
Australia, 1978
Genre: Drama
Director: Fred Schepisi
Starring: Jack Thompson, Ray Barrett
What's it about?
Jimmie Blacksmith is taken in by a white Minister and his wife, and raised to 'assimilate' into polite white society. He takes a wife and earns a living on local farms. However, he cannot escape prejudice and oppression, and after a series of setbacks, Jimmie erupts with extreme violence.

Star Trek: The Motion Picture

G
USA, 1979
Genre: Adventure, Mystery, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director:
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, James Doohan
What's it about?
An alien spacecraft (disguised within a huge energy cloud) advances on Earth and destroys all Klingon warships in its path. Admiral Kirk, demoted to 'Captain', takes control of the newly redesigned Starship Enterprise, but his biggest battle is internal politics. As the crew searches out the force in the cloud, one of their own is captured and a robot replica is sent as a replacement. But is the enemy ship what it seems?

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

PG
USA, 1982
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director:
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, James Doohan
What's it about?
The Starship U.S.S. Enterprise is on a routine training mission when Admiral James T. Kirk learns that a top-secret device named Project Nemesis has been appropriated by Kirk's old enemy Khan, a brilliant renegade from the 20th century, who uses this universe-threatening device in a deadly game of revenge. Aided by his band of genetic supermen, Khan sets out in pursuit of the Enterprise, determined to kill Kirk.

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

PG
USA, 1984
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: Russian, English
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
What's it about?
The defeat of Khan and the creation of the Genesis planet are empty victories. Spock is dead and McCoy is inexplicably being driven insane. A surprise visit from Spock's father provides a startling revelation about Spock's life force. With friends in limbo and in pain, Kirk squares off with the Klingons in a deadly rendezvous.

Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home

PG
USA, 1986
Genre: Adventure, Science Fiction
Language: Finnish, English
Director: Leonard Nimoy
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, George Takei, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley
What's it about?
A mysterious alien power is threatening Earth by evaporating the oceans and destroying the atmosphere. In a frantic attempt to save mankind, Kirk and his crew must time travel back to 1986 San Francisco where they find a world of punk, pizza and exact-change buses that are as alien as anything they've ever encountered in the far reaches of the galaxy.

Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

PG
USA, 1989
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: William Shatner
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley
What's it about?
The crew of the Federation starship Enterprise is called to Nimbus III, the Planet of Intergalactic Peace. They are to negotiate in a case of kidnapping only to find out that the kidnapper is a relative of Spock. This man is possessed by his life long search for the planet Shaka-Ri which is supposed to be the source of all life. Together they begin to search for this mysterious planet.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

PG
USA, 1991
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director:
Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, James Doohan, DeForest Kelley
What's it about?
After years of war, the Federation and the Klingon empire find themselves on the brink of a peace summit when a Klingon ship is nearly destroyed by an apparent attack from the Enterprise. Both worlds brace for what may be their dealiest encounter.

Star Trek: Generations

PG
USA, 1994
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director:
Starring: William Shatner, Patrick Stewart, Malcolm McDowell
What's it about?
Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the Enterprise-D rescue an El Aurian physicist, whose secret plan is to destroy the Enterprise and millions of lives. Now Picard's only hope for a future rests within the Nexus, a mysterious energy ribbon, and a legendary captain from the past, Captain Kirk.

Star Trek: First Contact

PG
USA, 1996
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: James Cromwell, Alfre Woodard
What's it about?
After an epic battle against the Borg (cybernetically-enhanced life forms), Captain Picard and the crew of the Enterprise follow the Borg Sphere back into the 21st century to prevent the Borg from contaminating Earth’s timeline and preventing Earth’s first contact. Picard and the crew must work together to battle the Borg Queen before she assimilates all of mankind and changes history forever. Resistance is futile because of course it is.

Star Trek: Insurrection

PG
USA, 1998
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Frakes
Starring: Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart, Jonathan Frakes
What's it about?
When Captain Picard learns that Lt. Commander Data has run amok and taken a cultural survey team hostage, he finds something strange about the Ba'ku, the race survey team was observing. The Enterprise command team also discovers that there more to the supposed cultural survey than they had been told. Soon, Captain Picard is forced to choose between disobeying a direct order and violating the Prime Directive of the Federation.

Star Trek: Nemesis

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Thriller, Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director:
Starring: Ron Perlman, Brent Spiner, Patrick Stewart, Bryan Singer, Tom Hardy, Whoopi Goldberg, Michael Dorn, Jonathan Frakes, Kate Mulgrew, Wil Wheaton
What's it about?
En route to the honeymoon of William Riker to Deanna Troi on her home planet of Betazed, Captain Jean-Luc Picard and the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise receives word from Starfleet that a coup has resulted in the installation of a new Romulan political leader, Shinzon, who claims to seek peace with the human-backed United Federation of Planets. Once in enemy territory, the captain and his crew make a startling discovery: Shinzon is human, a slave from the Romulan sister planet of Remus, and has a secret, shocking relationship to Picard himself.

Death in Brunswick

MA 15+
Australia, 1990
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Ruane
Starring: Sam Neill, Zoe Carides, Yvonne Lawley, Nick Lathouris, Nicholas Papademetriou, Maria Beck, Deborah Kennedy, John Clarke
What's it about?
A reserved man in need of a job, Carl Fitzgerald finds employment at a Greek restaurant. Upon meeting waitress Sophie, Carl begins dating the attractive woman. Though it seems things are improving for Carl, an unexpected situation leads to the death of Mustafa, a shady coworker, and Carl must figure out how to cover up the incident. Unsure of what to do, Carl enlists the help of his buddy, Dave, to get rid of Mustafa's corpse.

Road Games

M
Australia, 1981
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Franklin
Starring: Stacy Keach, Jamie Lee Curtis, Grant Page
What's it about?
A psychopathic killer is targeting people on the highway through the desolate Australian Nullabor Plain. When a Loan Truck driver and a hitchhiker get curious, and start some amateur investigating the stakes become deadly.

Poongsan

MA15+
South Korea, 2011
Genre: Drama, Romance, Action, Foreign
Language: Korean
Director: Juhn Jaihong
Starring: Yoon Kye-sang, Kim Gyu-ri
What's it about?
A young man fearlessly journeys between North and South Korea to deliver the messages and belongings of separated families. One day the South Korean government asks him to sneak into the North to bring over In-oak, the lover of a high-ranking North Korean defector. However Poongsan and In-Oak develop feelings along the course of their journey.

Canopy

Australia, 2013
Genre: Drama, War
Director: Aaron Wilson
Starring: Khan Chittenden, Edwina Wren, Tzu-yi Mo, Robert Menzies 
What's it about?
Singapore, 1942. We are deep into World War II and the Japanese are invading. Jim (Khan Chittenden) is an Australian airman, who wakes up in the jungles of Singapore where he has crash-landed and is hanging off a tree by his parachute. Seng (Mo Tzu-Yi), is a Singapore-Chinese resistance fighter who has been injured and is lost in the same jungle. When the two collide, the mortal enemies have to form an unlikely friendship in order to survive the jungle.

Canopy director tells a singular tale
Canopy Review
Aaron Wilson interview: Canopy

Colonia

MA 15+
United Kingdom, Luxembourg, France, Germany, 2016
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: English, Spanish
Director:
Starring: Emma Watson, Michael Nyqvist, Daniel Bruhl
What's it about?
A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend that draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.

Palo Alto

MA 15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Gia Coppola
Starring: Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer
What's it about?
Shy, sensitive April (Emma Roberts) is the class virgin, torn between an illicit flirtation with her soccer coach Mr. B (James Franco) and an unrequited crush on sweet stoner Teddy (Jack Kilmer).

James Franco on Palo Alto and playing a sexual predator

Pawn Sacrifice

United States of America, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Peter Sarsgaard, Liev Schreiber, Tobey Maguire, Michael Stuhlbarg, Lily Rabe, Evelyne Brochu, Sophie Nélisse, Robin Weigert, Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick, Shawn Campbell, Joe Cobden, André Sogliuzzo
What's it about?
American chess champion Bobby Fischer prepares for a legendary match-up against Russian Boris Spassky.

'Pawn Sacrifice' examines prodigy, paranoia of chess master Fischer

 

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