• Incl: Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus, Beginners, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Halloween, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead, The Pianist, We Need To Talk About Kevin (SBS Movies)
A selection of 40 feature films and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand in September.
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29 Aug 2019 - 3:59 PM  UPDATED 16 Sep 2019 - 3:07 PM

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1st SEPTEMBER

1945

M
Hungary, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Hungarian, Russian
Director: Ferenc Török
Starring: Péter Rudolf, Bence Tasnádi, Tamás Szabó Kimmel, Dóra Sztarenki
What's it about?
An unsettling feeling overwhelms a small Hungarian town when two orthodox Jews arrive with a mysterious trunk. As residents begin to speculate on the purpose of the visit of these two strangers, order starts to crumble in town with some pursuing devious plans and others finding remorse in their hearts.

27 Missing Kisses

M
Georgia, 2000
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: English, French, Georgian, Russian
Director: Nana Dzhordzhadze
Starring: Evgeniy Sidikhin, Amaliya Mordvinova, Pierre Richard, Nutsa Kukhianidze
What's it about?
The bittersweet coming-of-age of Sibylla, an attractive 14-year-old redhead who arrives in a small provincial town in Georgia. Along with other women in the town, Sibylla is smitten by the handsome, 41-year-old astronomer Aleksandr. Mickey, Aleksandr's son and Sibylla's playmate, is in turn enamoured with Sibylla, and has exacted a promise from her to give him 100 kisses.

10th SEPTEMBER

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana
Featuring: Martin Scorsese, Iggy Pop, Steven Tyler, Tony Bennett, Robbie Robertson
What's it about?
Tells the story of a profound, essential and until now, missing chapter in the history of American music. Featuring music icons Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo and more, this documentary unravels the Indigenous influence and talented Native musicians who helped shape the soundtracks of our lives.

11th SEPTEMBER

WarGames

PG
USA, 1983
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: John Badham
Starring: Matthew Broderick, Dabney Coleman, Ally Sheedy, John Wood, Barry Corbin
What's it about?
High School student David Lightman (Broderick) has a talent for hacking. But while trying to hack into a computer system to play unreleased video games, he unwittingly taps into the Defense Department's war computer and initiates a confrontation of global proportions. Together with his girlfriend (Sheedy) and a wizardly computer genius (Wood), David must race against time to outwit his opponent - and prevent a nuclear Armageddon. Nominated for Best Original Screenplay, Cinematography and Sound at the 1984 Academy Awards.

13th SEPTEMBER

The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole, Colin Farrell, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Heath Ledger, Tom Waits
What's it about?
A fantastical morality tale, set in the present-day. With his extraordinary travelling show "The Imaginarium", Dr. Parnassus (Plummer) offers to members of the audience an irresistible opportunity to enter their universe of imaginations and wonders, by passing through a magical mirror. But Dr. Parnassus is cursed with a dark secret. An inveterate gambler, thousands of years ago he made a bet with the devil, Mr. Nick (Waits), in which he won immortality. From cult director and former Monty Python member Terry Gilliam (Brazil,12 Monkeys)

14th SEPTEMBER

The Infinite Man

MA15+
Australia, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Hugh Sullivan
Starring: Josh McConville, Hannah Marshall, Alex Dimitriades
What's it about?
A young inventor (McConville) obsessively attempts to engineer the perfect romantic weekend and record every happy moment between him and his girlfriend, Lana (Marshall). When his idea is thwarted by the unexpected arrival of his partner’s aggressive ex-boyfriend (Dimitriades), the technical wiz invents a time-travelling device to return to the exact moment the incident occurred to prevent it from happening. As a result, the three characters become trapped in an infinite metaphysical time loop. 

The Infinite Man: Hugh Sullivan interview
The Infinite Man Review: A smart, simply hilarious sci-fi adventure

15th SEPTEMBER

My Mistress

MA15+
Australia, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Stephen Lance
Starring: Harrison Gilbertson, Emmanuelle Béart, Anna Ryan
What's it about?
Ans unconventional and provocative Australian coming-of-age story, in which a beautiful and innocent affair between the vulnerable teenage romantic Charlie (Gilbertson) and S&M mistress Maggie (Béart) soon becomes something more dangerous.

My Mistress Review
Stephen Lance on the masters who influenced My Mistress

A Better Man

M
Canada, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Lawrence Jackman, Attiya Khan
Starring: Attiya Khan
What's it about?
Following a series of intimate conversations between a former couple who lived through two years of domestic abuse, this documentary is a fresh and nuanced look at the healing and revelation that can happen for everyone involved when men take responsibility for their abuse.

16th SEPTEMBER

St. Trinian's

M
UK, 2007
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Barnaby Thompson, Oliver Parker
Starring: Talulah Riley, Rupert Everett, Gemma Arterton, Colin Firth, Lena Headey, Russell Brand
What's it about?
St. Trinian’s continues to represent the unacceptable face of British education. When the new Minister of Education (Firth) announces he will sort the place out, he doesn't realise the enormity of the task or that the headmistress is an old flame. The school is threatened with closure by their bank; with the staff clearly a waste of space, the girls realise the responsibility to save the day falls on them. 

St Trinian's Review

Mekko

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Sterlin Harjo
Starring: Rod Rondeaux, Jamie Loy, Scott Mason, Zahn McClarnon
What's it about?
Mekko (Rondeaux) gets out of prison after 19 years. With no home or family, he makes his way to Tulsa. After unsuccessfully trying to connect with a cousin and with nowhere to go, Mekko ends up sleeping on the streets. He is taken in by the homeless native community, which, while at times jovial, has a dark undercurrent. He begins having issues with a member of this community, a man named Bill (McClarnon). Convinced that Bill is a witch, Mekko turns to the old teachings of his grandmother in order to rid the community of him.

18th SEPTEMBER

Jay-Z: Made in America

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ron Howard
Featuring: Eddie Vedder, Kanye West, Rita Ora, Jay-Z, Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, Skrillex
What's it about?
A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival, created by rap superstar Jay-Z.

Ron Howard and Jay-Z

20th SEPTEMBER

Biggie and Tupac

MA15+
UK, 2002
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Nick Broomfield
What's it about?
In 1997, rap superstars Tupac Shakur and Christopher Wallace (aka Biggie Smalls, The Notorious B.I.G.) were gunned down in separate incidents, the apparent victims of hip hop's infamous east-west rivalry. Nick Broomfield's (Kurt & Courtney) film introduces Russell Poole, an ex-cop with damning evidence that suggests the LAPD deliberately fumbled the case to conceal connections between the police, LA gangs and Death Row Records, the label run by feared rap mogul Marion "Suge" Knight.

22nd SEPTEMBER

Hunt for the Wilderpeople

PG
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyThor Ragnarok), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) 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 in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

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

23rd SEPTEMBER

The Pianist

MA15+
France, Poland, UK, 2002
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Language: English, German, Russian
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Maureen Lipman, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay
What's it about?
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Winner of the Palme D'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor (Brody) at the 2003 Academy Awards.

The Pianist Review

The Crow's Egg

PG
India, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Tamil
Director: M. Manikandan
Starring: Master Vignesh, Master Ramesh, Aishwarya Rajesh, Joe Malloori
What's it about?
Two slum kids yearn to taste a pizza after being enticed by the pizza shop that has opened near their locality. What happens when they mange to find the money to buy one?

 

25th SEPTEMBER

Dilili in Paris

PG
Germany, Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: Animation
Language: French
Director: Michel Ocelot
Starring: Prunelle Charles-Ambron, Enzo Ratsito, Natalie Dessay, Elisabeth Duda, Olivier Voisin
What's it about?
With the help of her delivery-boy friend, Dilili, a young Kanak, investigates a spate of mysterious kidnappings of young girls that is plaguing Belle Epoque Paris. In the course of her investigation she encounters a series of extraordinary characters, each of whom provides her with clues that will help her in her quest. From the director of Kirikou and the Sorceress.

Olympic Pride, American Prejudice

PG
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary, History
Language: English
Director: Deborah Riley Draper
What's it about?
In 1936, 18 African American athletes dubbed the "black auxiliary" by Hitler defied Nazi Aryan Supremacy and Jim Crow Racism to win hearts and medals at the 1936 Summer Olympic Games in Berlin. The world remembers Jesse Owens. But, Olympic Pride American Prejudice shows how all 18 are a seminal precursor to the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Romeo & Juliet

M
United Kingdom, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Carlo Carlei
Starring: Douglas Booth, Hailee Steinfeld, Damian Lewis, Natascha McElhone
What's it about?
In Verona, bad blood between the Montague and Capulet families leads to much bitterness. Despite the hostility, Romeo Montague manages an invitation to a masked ball at the estate of the Capulets and meets Juliet, their daughter. The two are instantly smitten but dismayed to learn that their families are enemies. Romeo and Juliet figure out a way to pursue their romance, but Romeo is banished for his part in the slaying of Juliet's cousin, Tybalt.

30th SEPTEMBER

The Brood

MA15+
Canada, 1979
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman
What's it about?
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

Attack Force Z

M
Australia, Taiwan, 1982
Genre: War, Drama, Action
Language: English
Director: Tim Burstall
Starring: John Phillip Law, Mel Gibson, Sam Neill, Chris Haywood, Sylvia Chang, John Waters
What's it about?
An action-packed Cannes Film Festival selection about the grim realities of World War II, based on actual events. Sent to rescue survivors from the site of a plane crash in the South Pacific, Capt. P.G. Kelly (Gibson) and his elite squad of Australian commandos must keep tabs on a defecting Japanese official who could hold the secret to peace.

Face to Face

MA15+
Australia, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: Laura Gordon, Robert Rabiah, Sigrid Thornton, Luke Ford, Vince Colosimo, Matthew Newton
What's it about?
A young construction worker rams into the back of his boss’s Jaguar in a fit of anger at being sacked. Rather than fronting court, he’s given the chance to explain his actions in a community conference. From the director of Angel Baby.

Face to Face Review

Beginners

M
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Mills
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Explores the hilarity, confusion, and surprises of love through the evolving consciousness of Oliver (McGregor), who meets the irreverent and unpredictable Anna (Mélanie Laurent) only months after his father Hal (Plummer, in a performance that won the 2011 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor) has passed away. This new love floods Oliver with memories of his father who – following 44 years of marriage – came out of the closet at age 75 to live a full, energised, and wonderfully tumultuous gay life.

Beginners Review
Interview with director Mike Mills (Video)

Cell 211

MA15+
Spain, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Daniel Monzon
Starring: Antonio Resines, Alberto Ammann, Luis Tosar
What's it about?
A new prison guard (Alberto Ammann) gets a baptism of fire on his first day, when the inmates riot and take over the prison. Abandoned by his colleagues, he is forced to swap sides and pose as a new prisoner in order to survive, but the situation deteriorates when the escalating violence turns political.

Cell 211 Review

Four Lions

M
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Chris Morris
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Adeel Akhtar
What's it about?
Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story) stars in this dark comedy about a group of British jihadists who push their abstract dreams of glory to breaking point. As the wheels fly off, and their competing ideologies clash, what emerges is an emotionally engaging (and entirely plausible) farce. From comic trailblazer Chris Morris (Brass Eye, Nathan Barley).

Four Lions Review

Mama Africa

PG
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
Featuring: Miriam Makeba, Harry Belafonte, Kathleen Cleaver, Nelson Mandela
What's it about?
Mama Africa is the biography of Miriam Makeba, South African singer and anti-apartheid activist, the voice and the hope of Africa. From director Mika Kaurismäki (brother of legendary Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki.)

Scanners

MA15+
Canada, 1981
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: Jennifer O'Neill, Patrick McGoohan
What's it about?
Scanners are people with extraordinary telepathic powers, who can read people's minds, make them mad or even explode. Darryl Revok, a rebellious scanner, is the leader of an underground movement and decides to wage a war against a weapons manufacturer who uses people of his ilk for their dastardly purposes.

'Scanners': The Joy of digital serendipity

Halloween

MA15+
USA, 1978
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: John Carpenter
Starring: Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles
What's it about?
On one particularly fraught-filled Halloween night, young Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister, terrifying a community and beginning a legacy of terror. Institutionalized for 15 years, Michael breaks out to fulfill his insatiable bloodlust. The only person who understands the murderer behind the mask is psychiatrist Dr. Sam Loomis, who knows Michael is coming back to Haddonfield to wreak havoc and spill blood in the long dark shadows of Halloween.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

MA15+
USA, 1974
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Tobe Hooper
Starring: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger
What's it about?
Five friends visiting their grandfather's house in the country are hunted and terrorized by a chain-saw wielding killer and his family of grave-robbing cannibals.

Why 'The Texas Chain Saw Massacre' is the best horror movie ever made

Hellraiser

MA15+
UK, 1987
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Clive Barker
Starring: Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman
What's it about?
Larry and his wife, Julia move into an old house and discover a hideous creature - the man's half-brother, who is also the woman's former lover - hiding upstairs. Having lost his earthly body to a trio of S&M demons, the Cenobites, Frank, is brought back into existence by a drop of blood on the floor. He soon forces his former mistress to bring him his necessary human sacrifices to complete his body... but the Cenobites won't be happy about this.

I Am Not a Witch

M
France, Germany, United Kingdom, Zambia, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Tonga
Director: Rungano Nyoni
Starring: Maggie Mulubwa, Henry B.J. Phiri, Gloria Huwiler, Nellie Munamonga
What's it about?
After a minor incident in her village in Zambia, eight-year-old Shula is exiled to a travelling witch camp where she is told that if she tries to escape she will be transformed into a goat. As she navigates through her new life with her fellow witches and a government official who espouses her, exploiting her innocence for his own gain, she must decide whether to accept her fate or risk the consequences of seeking freedom. Winner of the BAFTA award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer.

We Need to Talk About Kevin

MA15+
UK, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Lynne Ramsay
Starring: John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller, Ashley Gerasimovich, Tilda Swinton
What's it about?
Eva (Swinton) puts her ambitions and career aside to give birth to Kevin. The relationship between mother and son is difficult from the very first years. When Kevin is 15, he does something irrational and unforgiveable in the eyes of the entire community. Eva grapples with her own feelings of grief and responsibility. Did she ever love her son? And how much of what Kevin did was her fault?

We Need To Talk About Kevin Review

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead

MA15+
USA, 2007
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Sidney Lumet
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Albert Finney, Marisa Tomei, Michael Shannon
What's it about?
Broke and in debt, Andy Hanson (Hoffman) is unhappy with his life, as is his wife Gina (Tomei). His younger, less resolute brother Hank (Hawke) is divorced and behind with the child support payments. Andy suggests an outrageous solution: robbing the Hanson family's suburban jewellery store, owned by their parents (Finney & Rosemary Harris). Directed by Sidney Lumet (12 Angry Men and Network).

Nine Lives

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Rodrigo García
Starring: Robin Wright, Amy Brenneman, Amanda Seyfried, Holly Hunter, Glenn Close
What's it about?
An exploration of the individual experiences of nine women as told through nine single unbroken takes. As characters from one story reappear in supporting roles in others, director Rodrigo Garcia interweaves a grand tapestry of universal resonance that hinges on performances from an incredible ensemble. By depicting nine different characters at emotional crossroads, Nine Lives examines how we so often find ourselves captive in relationships, both past and present.

Amal

M
India, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: Hindi, English
Director: Richie Mehta
Starring: Naseeruddin Shah, Rupinder Nagra
What's it about?
A hardworking rickshaw driver commits his days to ensuring the safety and well being of his passengers. His random acts of kindness are observed by an eccentric, ageing billionaire, who masquerades as a beggar in order to find a worthy heir to his fortune. This contemporary fairy tale takes place on the streets of New Delhi, and suggests that 'sometimes the poorest of men are the richest'.

Amal Review

I Am Not Madame Bovary

M
China, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Feng Xiaogang
Starring: Fan Bingbing, Zhang Jiayi, Yu Hewei, 郭涛, Dong Chengpeng
What's it about?
Tells the satirical story of a village woman (Bingbing) accused of being an adulterer. After a ruling is made against her in her divorce case, she begins an annual ‘journey of petition’ to Beijing in order to prove that her divorce was a sham, and to redeem her reputation.

The Little Death

MA15+
Australia, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Josh Lawson
Starring: Josh Lawson, Damon Herriman, Ben Lawson
What's it about?
In a multi-story narrative, we peer behind the closed doors of a seemingly normal suburban street. A woman with a dangerous fantasy and her partner's struggle to please her. A man who begins an affair by drugging his own wife without her knowing anything about it. A couple struggling to keep things together after a sexual experiment spins out of control. A woman who can only find sexual pleasure in her husband's pain. A call centre operator caught in the middle of a dirty and pornographic phone call. And the distractingly charming but dangerous new neighbour who connects them all.

Voyage of Time: Life's Journey

M
USA, France, 2017
Genre: Documentary, Drama
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Narration: Cate Blanchett
What's it about?
A celebration of the universe, displaying the whole of time, from its start to its final collapse. This film examines all that occurred to prepare the world that stands before us now: science and spirit, birth and death, the grand cosmos and the minute life systems of our planet. (Wide release version with narration by Cate Blanchett.)

Is Anybody There?

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Michael Caine, Linzey Cocker, Thelma Barlow
What's it about?
Set in 1980s seaside England, this is the story of Edward, an unusual ten year old boy growing up in an old people's home run by his parents. Whilst his mother struggles to keep the family business afloat, and his father copes with the onset of mid-life crisis, Edward is busy tape-recording the elderly residents to try and discover what happens when they die. Increasingly obsessed with ghosts and the afterlife, Edward's is a rather lonely existence until he meets Clarence (Caine), the latest recruit to the home, a retired magician with a liberating streak of anarchy. From the director of Brooklyn.

Is Anybody There? Review