• Francois Ozon's erotic thriller Double Lover leaves SBS On Demand on August 31st (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
A selection of feature films and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand in August, including Calvary, Moonlight, Storm Boy, The Hunt For Red October, Once Were Warriors, Charlie's Country, Lost In Paris and so much more...
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7 Aug 2019 - 3:09 PM  UPDATED 7 Aug 2019 - 3:17 PM

For a comprehensive list of feature films, documentaries, shorts and TV episodes leaving SBS On Demand this month, click here.

7 August

Horns

MA15+
Canada, USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Alexandre Aja
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, Juno Temple, Kelli Garner, James Remar, Max Minghella
What's it about?
Blamed for the murder of his girlfriend, Ignatius Perrish (Radcliffe) awakens one morning to find he’s grown a pair of horns. Armed with new supernatural powers, he sets out to find the true killer. From Alexandre Aja, director of Crawl and High Tension.

The Grandmaster

M
Hong Kong, 2013
Genre: Drama, Biography, Action
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese, Japanese
Director: Wong Kar Wai
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Chen Chang
What's it about?
With martial arts getting more popular in the Thirties, more people seek to learn them via the professionals at Foshan in Southern China. Some of the experienced masters like to challenge their counterparts and undergoing battles. To have their whole concentration, it is their practice to lock up the venues and no one is allowed to leave during battles. No food and no rest before reaching any results. Ip Man (Tony Leung) is a young rich man extremely talented in martial arts, but he chooses to keep a low profile. Yet this doesn’t keep him out of these troubles ahead. One day he is trapped in this battleground so he has to use every means in order to get out of there...

The Grandmaster Review
The Grandmaster dominates HK film awards

The Song Keepers

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Naina Sen
What's it about?
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

The remarkable true story behind 'The Song Keepers'

The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir in action.

8 August

Mr. Holmes

M
UK, USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bill Condon
Starring: Ian McKellen, Laura Linney, Milo Parker, Hiroyuki Sanada
What's it about?
The story is set in 1947, following a long-retired Holmes (McKellen) living in a Sussex village with his housekeeper and rising detective son. But then he finds himself haunted by an unsolved 50-year old case. Holmes' memory isn't what it used to be, so he only remembers fragments of the case: a confrontation with an angry husband, a secret bond with his beautiful but unstable wife.

Mr. Holmes airs Tuesday 9th July at 7:30pm on SBS World Movies

The Lookout

MA15+
Belgium, France, Italy, 2012
Genre: Action, Crime, Mystery
Language: French, Italian
Director: Michele Placido
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Mathieu Kassovitz, Olivier Gourmet, Francis Renaud
What's it about?
A major police operation to take down a notorious gang of bank robbers goes horribly wrong when a rooftop sniper opens fire, killing several police officers and causing an explosive distraction in which the robbers make their getaway. Commissioner Mattei (Auteuil) launches a large-scale manhunt for the sniper and his team, and is thrown into the seedy Parisian underworld of criminals and fallen souls. 

9 August

Charlie's Country

M
Australia, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Peter Djigirr, Luke Ford
What's it about?
Living in a remote Aboriginal community in the northern part of Australia, Charlie (Gulpilil) is a warrior past his prime. As the government increases its stronghold over the community’s traditional way of life, Charlie becomes lost between two cultures. His new modern life offers him a way to survive but, ultimately, it is one he has no power over. Finally fed up when his gun, his newly crafted spear and his best friend’s jeep are confiscated, Charlie heads into the wild on his own, to live the old way.

2014 Cannes Film Festival: Charlie's Country premieres to positive reviews

11 August

Storm Boy

PG
Australia, 1976
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
In this Australian classic, Mike 'Storm Boy' Kingley (Rowe), a young free-spirited boy living along the South Australian coast line roams free with his pet pelican Mr. Percival and his secret Indigenous friend, Fingerbone Bill (Gulpilil), until one day, he is forced to choose between a life of continued isolation or the challenges of the outside world.

Storm Boy: Cheat Sheet

Moonlight

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Barry Jenkins
Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Janelle Monae, Andre Holland, Trevonte Rhodes, Ashton Sanders
What's it about?
The tender, heartbreaking story of a young man’s struggle to find himself, told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain, and beauty of falling in love, while grappling with his own sexuality. Winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2017.

Moonlight review: A fearless and exhilarating character study

12 August

Testament of Youth

UK, 2014
Genre: History, Drama, War
Language: English
Director: James Kent
Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Hayley Atwell
What's it about?
A powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. Starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl) in her breakthrough role.

The Hunt for Red October

PG
USA, 1990
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: English
Director: John McTiernan
Starring: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Sam Neill, Scott Glenn
What's it about?
A new technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it - because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. Based on Tom Clancy's bestseller and directed by John McTiernan (Die Hard).

14 August

Another Country

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Molly Reynolds
Featuring: David Gulpilil
What's it about?
The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of 'Another Country', a story of what happened when his people's way of life was interrupted by ours. A companion film to Rolf De Heer's 2014 film Charlie's Country.

People, Places, Things

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Jim Strouse
Starring: Jemaine Clement, Regina Hall, Stephanie Allynne, Jessica Williams, Michael Chernus
What's it about?
Will Henry (Clement) is a newly single graphic novelist, balancing being a parent to his young twin daughters (played by real life twins Aundrea and Gia Gadsby) and teaching a classroom full of college students, all the while trying to navigate the rich complexities of new love (Hall) and letting go of the woman who left him (Allynne).

Interview: Jemaine Clement in People, Places, Things

Vicky Donor

M
India, 2012
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: Hindi
Director: Shoojit Sircar
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Yami Gautam, Annu Kapoor, Dolly Ahluwalia
What's it about?
The head of a fertility clinic and sperm bank (Kapoor) needs a reliable source of high-quality semen. As luck would have it, he comes into contact with Vicky Arora (Khurrana), an attractive Punjabi whom he convinces to become a donor. When Vicky falls in love and marries a Bengali called Ashima (Gautam), their relationship takes a turn for the worse when it is discovered that she is infertile.

15 August

Sky Captain And The World of Tomorrow

PG
USA, 2004
Genre: Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Kerry Conran
Starring: Gwyneth Paltrow, Jude Law, Angelina Jolie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Gambon, Bai Ling
What's it about?
In this science fiction adventure set in the 1930s, New York City reporter Polly Perkins (Paltrow) starts to investigate why so many famous scientists are being reported missing. Soon, she gets clues, as strange flying machines and giant robots threaten the city. Luckily, her old flame, aviator Captain Joseph Sullivan aka Sky Captain (Law), is there to battle the bad guys with the Flying Legion, in his Warhawk P-40.

17 August

Love & Friendship

PG
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Whit Stillman
Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Tom Bennett, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
From Jane Austen’s novella, the beautiful and cunning Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale) visits the estate of her in-laws to wait out colourful rumours of her dalliances and to find husbands for herself and her daughter. Two young men, handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Samuel) and wealthy Sir James Martin (Bennett), severely complicate her plans. An acerbic take on Austen from Whit Stillman, writer-director of Metropolitan & The Last Days of Disco.

'Love and Friendship': A Supremely Elegant Austen Adaptation
'Love and Friendship': An interview with Whit Stillman

The Reluctant Fundamentalist

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring:  Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, Martin Donovan, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland
What's it about?
From Award-winning director Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding), and based on the acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid, this film explores bias and the phenomenon of globalisation. A young Pakistani man (Ahmed) who is chasing corporate success on Wall Street soon finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. 

The Reluctant Fundamentalist: Interviews with Mira Nair, Riz Ahmed and Liev Schreiber
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Review: An accurate reflection of post-9/11 realities.

The Tracker

M
Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Grant Page, Damon Gameau
What's it about?
Fanatic (Sweet) a government trooper who is heading an expedition to find an aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. Others in the expedition are the Follower (Gameau) a greenhorn trooper, the Veteran (Page), and the Tracker (Gulpilil, who won the AFI award for Best Actor in a Leading Role). Directed by Rolf de Heer, who would collaborate again with Gulpilil on Ten Canoes and Charlie's Country.

The Tracker Review

18 August

Rabbit-Proof Fence

PG
Australia, 2002
Genre: History, Adventure
Language: Aboriginal, English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly (Sampi) and Daisy (Sansbury) and their cousin, Gracie (Monaghan), who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen hundred miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. The three girls embark on a brave escape in a bid to find their way home on foot, following the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong.

Rabbit-Proof Fence: Cheat Sheet
Rabbit-Proof Fence Review

19 August

Strayed

M
France, 2003
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Language: French
Director: André Téchiné
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Emmanuelle Béart, Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Clémence Meyer
What's it about?
The Germans are at Paris’s door. Odile (Béart) gets caught up in the widespread panic and flees with her two children, Philippe (Leprince-Ringuet), 13, and her daughter Cathy (Meyer), 7. Like everyone else, they head south. They drive without stopping on the overcrowded roads, slowed down by the masses traveling by foot. Hunger and thirst begin to overtake them. On the second day of their journey, German Stuka planes machine gun the column of refugees. The car bursts into flame. Odile and her children lose everything. A teenage boy (Ulliel) leads them into a neighboring forest to protect them from the aerial bombardment. What should they do, go deeper into the forest or return to the danger of the road?

22 August

Summer Wars

PG
Japan, 2009
Genre: Animation
Language: English, Japanese
Director: Momoru Hosoda
Voice cast: Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Nanami Sakuraba, Mitsuki Tanimura
What's it about?
Kenji Koiso, an eleventh grade math genius, solves a complex equation and inadvertently puts a virtual world's artificial intelligence in a position to destroy the earth. From the director of Wolf Children and The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.

23 August

Sammy Davis, Jr.: I've Gotta Be Me

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Samuel D. Pollard
Featuring: Sammy Davis, Jr., Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Jerry Lewis
What's it about?
Explores the life and art of a uniquely gifted entertainer whose trajectory blazed across the major flashpoints of American society from the Depression to the 1980s. A star-studded roster of interviewees (including Jerry Lewis, Whoopi Goldberg and Billy Crystal) pay tribute to the legendary, multi-talented song-and-dance man.

24 August

Once Were Warriors

MA15+
New Zealand, 1994
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Temuera Morrison, Rena Owen, Cliff Curtis
What's it about?
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedevilled by a violent father (Morrison) and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts. This 1994 drama opened the eyes of audiences world-wide to the reality of life for a small section of New Zealand, broke domestic box office records, and was followed by the 1999 sequel What Becomes of the Broken Hearted?.

Once Were Warriors review: An absolutely devastating film

25 August

Ginger & Rosa

M
UK, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Oliver Platt, Annette Bening, Timothy Spall
What's it about?
London, 1962. Two teenage girls – Ginger and Rosa (Fanning, Englert) – play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered – by the clash of desire and the determination to survive. From Sally Potter, director of Orlando and The Party.

Ginger and Rosa: Sally Potter interview
Why You Should Watch: Ginger and Rosa

27 August

Black Sea

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
This thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the VoidLast King of Scotland) follows a captain (Jude Law), who puts together a misfit crew to search for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the depths of the Black Sea. But greed and desperation soon take hold onboard their claustrophobic vessel and the men start turning on each other, putting them as risk of never making it to the surface alive.

Calvary

MA15+
Ireland, UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) is a good-natured priest but finds himself being tormented by members of the local community. One day, when his life is threatened during a confession, the priest decides it's time to fight back against the dark forces around him. From John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of The Guard.

Calvary Review
Calvary - John Michael McDonagh Interview

Catfish

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ariel Schulman, Henry Joost
What's it about?
In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel's brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. At once a documentary that plays like a thriller and a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue. 

Catfish Review

Devdas

PG
India, 2002
Genre: Bollywood, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Madhuri Dixit, Jackie Shroff
What's it about?
One of the most lavish and expensive Bollywood films ever made. This is the sweeping tale of two soul mates, childhood sweethearts Devdas (Khan) and Paro (Rai), whose love is thwarted by India's rigid class structure. Young Devdas is sent to study in London by his wealthy father. On his return, love blossoms again, but the families oppose the romance.

31 August

Double Lover

MA15+
Belgium, France, 2017
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Marine Vacth, Jeremie Renier, Jacqueline Bisset, Myriam Boyer
What's it about?
Chloé, a fragile young woman, falls in love with her psychoanalyst, Paul. A few months later she moves in with him, but soon discovers that her lover is concealing a part of his identity. From director François Ozon (Swimming Pool, 8 Women), this film played in competition at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.

Francois Ozon's erotic thriller Double Lover leaves SBS On Demand on August 31st

George Washington

M
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee, Curtis Cotton IIIs
What's it about?
Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, this is a portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a member of the group dies. Narrated by one of the children, the film follows the kids as they struggle to balance their own ambitions and relationships against a tragic lie. Acclaimed by Roger Ebert as one of the best films of 2000.

Lost in Paris

M
Belgium, France, 2017
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel
Starring: Fiona Gordon, Dominique Abel, Emmanuelle Riva, Pierre Richard
What's it about?
Fiona (Gordon) visits Paris for the first time to assist her myopic Aunt Martha. Catastrophes ensue, mainly involving Dom (Abel), a homeless man who has yet to have an emotion or thought he was afraid of expressing.

3 things ‘Lost in Paris’ gets right about travelling alone

The Fool

MA15+
Russia, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Yury Bykov
Starring: Artyom Bystrov, Natalya Surkova, Yuriy Tsurilo, Sergei Artsybashev
What's it about?
Honest and idealistic Dima (Bystrov) devotes his free time studying to fulfil his dream of becoming an engineer. Leaving his family at home one evening, he goes to a seemingly derelict building housing the city's poor to investigate a leak. What he finds is much worse, however, and he realises that the 800 tenants need to be evacuated immediately. 

The Olive Tree

M
Germany, Spain, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: German, Spanish
Director: Iciar Bollain
Starring: Anna Castillo, Javier Gutierrez, Pep Ambrós, Manuel Cucala
What's it about?
Alma, 20, works in a chicken farm by the village of Canet, in the province of Castellon, on the East coast of Spain. She has a profound connection with her beloved Grandfather despite the fact he has stopped talking years ago. But when he begins to refuse food too Alma becomes obsessed with an idea: the only way to save her Grandfather is to recover the two thousand year olive tree that the family uprooted and sold 12 years ago against his will.