• Clockwise from top left: Devdas, White God, Buena Vista Social Club, Love & Friendship, Tampopo, Somersault, Hell or High Water, Holy Motors (SBS Movies)
A selection of feature films and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand in October.
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SBS Movies

30 Sep 2019 - 11:15 AM  UPDATED 9 Oct 2019 - 3:12 PM

To view a complete list of films expiring soon, click here.

TUESDAY 1 OCTOBER

Devdas

PG
India, 2002
Genre: Bollywood
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 and Paro, 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.

Pop Aye

Singapore, Thailand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Thai
Director: Kirsten Tan
Starring: Thaneth Warakulnukroh, Penpak Sirikul, Bong
What's it about?
On a chance encounter, a disenchanted architect (Warakulnukroh) bumps into his long-lost elephant on the streets of Bangkok. Excited, he takes his elephant on a journey across Thailand in search of the farm where they grew up together with his family.

White God

MA15+
Hungary, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
Language: Hungarian
Director: Kornel Mundruczo
Starring: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth 
What's it about?
Favouring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. Hagen and his pretty master search desperately for each other until Lili loses faith. Struggling to survive, homeless Hagen realizes that not everyone is a dog’s best friend. Winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (as well as the coveted Palme Dog.)

White God - the 2014 Cannes-winning Hungarian thriller about a canine uprising - airs this Wednesday on SBS, and is now streaming on SBS On Demand.

Next Goal Wins

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
What's it about?
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet. An inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life. This story is also the subject for an upcoming feature film from director Taika Waititi (Hunt For the Wilderpeople, Boy).

WEDNESDAY 2 OCTOBER

Salute

PG
Australia, USA, 2008
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Matt Norman
What's it about?
The black power salute by Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico Olympics was an iconic moment in the US civil rights struggle. Far less known is the part in that episode in history played by Peter Norman, the white Australian on the podium who had run second – and the price paid afterward by all three athletes.

FRIDAY 4 OCTOBER

Soul on Ice: Past, Present and Future

PG
Canada, USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Damon Kwame Mason
What's it about?
A film that presents and retells the unknown contributions of black athletes in ice hockey. For decades, hockey was seen as a homogeneous sport, exciting to watch but played by one kind of player. But people deserve to now know of the exploits of athletes who dared to stand out, and dared to make the sport their own. These black athletes dared to give their sport soul.

SATURDAY 5 OCTOBER

Young & Wild

MA15+
Chile, 2012
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Spanish
Director: Marialy Rivas
Starring: Alicia Luz Rodríguez, Aline Küppenheim, María Gracia Omegna, Felipe Pinto
What's it about?
Seventeen-year-old Daniela is obsessed with sex. But her lifestyle is in direct conflict with her well-to-do, strict evangelical family in Santiago, Chile. She finds an outlet by detailing her naughty ruminations and exploits on her blog "Young & Wild" to her eager online followers. She dates handsome and pious Tomas, but maybe Antonia, the really cute girl at work, is more her speed. As she struggles to balance both relationships, Daniela learns that having it all - sex, love and eternal salvation - is more complicated than she ever imagined.

The September Issue

PG
USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: R.J. Cutler
Featuring: Anna Wintour
What's it about?
Anna Wintour, editor of Vogue for 20 years, is the most powerful and polarising figure in fashion. Director R.J. Cutler delivers a rare insider account of the nine months leading up to the printing of the highly anticipated September issue of the magazine, which promises to be the biggest one ever. At the eye of this annual fashion hurricane is the two decade relationship between Wintour and Grace Coddington. Through them, we see close up the delicate creative chemistry it takes to remain at the top of the ever changing fashion field.

The September Issue review: Rag trade doc a portrait of grace under pressure

The Thieves

MA15+
South Korea, 2012
Genre: Crime, Action
Language: Korean
Director: Dong-Hoon Choi
Starring: Yoon-Seok Kim, Jung-jae Lee, Hye-su Kim
What's it about?
In order to let things cool down from their latest heist, Popeye (Jung-Jae Lee) and his group of thieves go to Macau on a job. While working together to steal this fabled diamond, they all have their own agenda to keep the diamond for themselves.    

The Thieves Review

SUNDAY 6 OCTOBER

Metro Manila

MA15+
UK, Philippines, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: Filipino
Director: Sean Ellis
Starring: Jake Macapagal, John Arcilla, Althea Vega
What's it about?
Seeking a better life, Oscar Ramirez (Macapagal) and his family decide to move from the poverty-stricken rice fields of the Northern Philippine mountain ranges and journey towards the capital mega city of Metro Manila. Upon arriving in the big city, it isn't long before they fall foul to various city inhabitants whose manipulative ways are a daily part of city survival. After landing a job as a driver for a truck company, he befriends Ong (Arcilla) who forces Oscar to help in a robbery of the company.

Here I Am

M
Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Beck Cole
Starring: Shai Pittman, Quinaiha Scott, Bruce Carter, Marcia Langton
What's it about?
Fresh out of prison, Karen (Pittman), a beautiful young Aboriginal woman, finds herself stuck on the streets. She finds sanctuary at a shelter for Aboriginal women where she begins the painful journey of reconnecting with her estranged mother and her young daughter. Featuring cinematography by Warwick Thornton (Samson and Delilah and Sweet Country).

Here I Am Review

MONDAY 7 OCTOBER

Buena Vista Social Club

G
Cuba, 1999
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Wim Wenders
Featuring: Ry Cooder
What's it about?
In 1996, Ry Cooder gathered together some of the greatest names in the history of Cuban music to collaborate on what became the best selling album 'Buena Vista Social Club'. Inspired by these colourful characters and their extraordinary music, director Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas) film follows the musicians from Havana to Amsterdam and finally to Carnegie Hall in New York. 

Buena Vista Social Club review: A wonderful documentary
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WEDNESDAY 9 OCTOBER

Sherpa: Trouble on Everest

M
Nepal, Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Adventure
Language: Nepali, English
Director: Jennifer Peedom
What's it about?
In 2013, the world's media reported on a shocking mountain-high brawl as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. Director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of this altercation, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpa's point-of-view. Instead, they captured Everest's greatest tragedy, when a huge block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route. Nominated for a 2016 BAFTA award for Best Documentary.

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

Ong Bak 2

MA15+
Thailand, 2008
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Thai
Director: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
Starring: Tony Jaa, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Nirut Sirichanya
What's it about?
When his royal father is brutally murdered, young Tien is sold into slavery and thrown into a crocodile pit. He escapes with the help of a tribe of nomadic jungle bandits and, bent on avenging his father’s death, begins his transformation into the ultimate warrior.

SUNDAY 13 OCTOBER

Watership Down

PG
USA, 1978
Genre: Animated
Language: English
Director: Martin Rosen
Starring (voice cast): John Hurt, Richard Briers, Ralph Richardson
What's it about?
The timeless animated classic based on the best-selling novel by Richard Adams. Threatened with destruction of their warren, the rabbits are forced to leave their idyllic home in search of a new one. Features Art Garfunkel's hit song "Bright Eyes".

TUESDAY 15 OCTOBER

Dean Spanley

G
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam, Bryan Brown
What's it about?
Set in Edwardian England where upper lips are always stiff and men from the Colonies are not entirely to be trusted, Fisk Senior has little time or affection for his son, but when the pair visit an eccentric Indian, they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

FRIDAY 18 OCTOBER

Cheap Thrills

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: E.L. Katz
Starring: Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton, David Koechner
What's it about?
At the centre of the twisted tale is Craig (Healy), a broke family man who's drowning his sorrows in a bar when he bumps into Vince (Embry), an old school buddy working as a low-rent debt collector. Enter cashed-up Colin (Koechner) and glamorous Violet (Paxton), a couple celebrating their anniversary by throwing money around and buying drinks for strangers. That's when the nightmarish fun starts. The duo invite their new best friends home and offer large sums of legal tender in return for certain 'tasks' performed. 

Cheap Thrills Review

A Season in France

M
France, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun
Starring: Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire, Aalayna Lys, Ibrahim Burama Darboe
What's it about?
Abbas (Ebouaney), a high school teacher in the Central African Republic, has fled his war-torn country with his two children. They now live in France, where Abbas works at a food market, while applying for political asylum. A French woman, Carole (Bonnaire), falls in love with him and offers a roof for him and his family. When Abbas’ application is rejected, they face a crucial decision.

'A Season in France' Examines Immigrant Issues

 

SATURDAY 19 OCTOBER

2 Days in Paris

MA15+
France, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English, French
Director: Julie Delpy
Starring: Albert Delpy, Marie Pillet, Adam Goldberg, Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl
What's it about?
French photographer Marion (Julie Delpy) and American interior designer Jack (Adam Goldberg) live in New York, but try to revive their sluggish romance with a European holiday. Venice is a disaster when they both go down with gastroenteritis and they stop over in Paris for two days. The city is full of promise, except for Marion's overbearing parents (Marie Pillet, Albert Delpy) who don't speak English, and her various, flirtatious ex-boyfriends who seem to pop up everywhere. 

2 Days in Paris Review

2 Days in New York

MA15+
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Julie Delpy
Starring: Julie Delpy, Chris Rock, Vincent Gallo, Kate Burton, Brady Smith, Malinda Williams
What's it about?
Marion (Julie Delpy) has broken up with Jack and now lives with their child in New York. Picking up a few years down the line, Marion's new beau is Mingus (Chris Rock), a radio host and journalist, whose life will be upended by a two-day visit from Marion's French family. The different cultural backgrounds held by her American boyfriend, her eccentric father and his sister Rose make for an explosive mix.

SUNDAY 20 OCTOBER

Lord of the Flies

PG
UK, 1963
Genre: Drama, Cult
Language: English
Director: Peter Brook
Starring: Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
What's it about?
As war in Europe is about to erupt, a group of well-heeled British schoolboys are flown from London to a safe haven in the South Pacific but are forced to fend for themselves after their plane crashes on a remote island and the pilot is killed. Based on Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's classic novel.

Lord of the Flies Review

TUESDAY 22 OCTOBER

Hell or High Water

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: David Mackenzie
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine, Ben Foster,Gil Birmingham
What's it about?
After years of estrangement, Texan brothers Toby (Chris Pine) and Tanner (Ben Foster) decide to rob the branches of the bank threatening to foreclose on their family land. Vengeance seems to be theirs until they find themselves on the radar of Marcus (Jeff Bridges), a Ranger looking for one last grand pursuit on the eve of his retirement, and his partner Alberto (Gil Birmingham). As the brothers plot a final bank heist to complete their scheme, and with the Rangers on their heels, a murderous showdown looms.

Hell or High Water review: A haunting, humanist western

'Hell or High Water' was a high point of 2016.

WEDNESDAY 30 OCTOBER

James White

MA15+
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Josh Mond
Starring: Christopher Abbott, Cynthia Nixon, Ron Livingston, David Harris
What's it about?
James White (Abbott) is a troubled twentysomething trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. As he retreats further into a hedonistic lifestyle, his mother's battle with a serious illness faces a series of setbacks that force him to assume more responsibility. With the pressure on him mounting, James must find new reserves of strength or risk imploding completely.

THURSDAY 31 OCTOBER

100 Bloody Acres

MA15+
Australia, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Cameron Cairnes, Colin Cairnes
Starring: Angus Sampson, Damon Herriman, Oliver Ackland, Anna McGahan
What's it about?
Brothers, Reg (Herriman) and Lindsay (Sampson) Morgan run 'Blood and Bone' fertiliser and their secret ingredient – dead car crash victims – is in short supply. When Reg comes across three young people stranded on a remote road, he sees a radical solution to their supply problems, and a way of finally gaining the respect of his big brother, Lindsay. But things don't quite go to plan when Reg becomes attracted to one of his captives, Sophie (McGahan).

100 Bloody Acres mixes gags and gore
100 Bloody Acres Review

Somersault

M
Australia, 2004
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Cate Shortland
Starring: Sam Worthington, Abbie Cornish
What's it about?
At sixteen, Heidi is feeling her way in the world through brief sexual encounters. When she tries it on with her single mother's boyfriend and is sprung, she flees to the snow resort town of Jindabyne. Desperately attempting any connection possible, she meets Joe, the son of a local farmer who is caught up in his own world of confused sexuality. Winner of thirteen Australian Film Institute Awards in 2004.

Somersault Review

Don's Party

M
Australia, 1976
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Bruce Beresford
Starring: Ray Barrett, John Hargreaves, Pat Bishop, Graham Kennedy
What's it about?
Die-hard Labor supporter Don Henderson (John Hargreaves) invites his friends over to watch the federal election results. When it becomes apparent that Labor is heading for defeat, the drinks flow more freely and and the party starts to spiral out of control. 

Why you should watch: Don's Party

Angel Baby

MA15+
Australia, 1995
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Rymer
Starring: John Lynch, Jacqueline McKenzie, Colin Friels, Deborra-Lee Furness
What's it about?
Two psychologically disturbed people meet at a treatment center and fall passionately in love. Despite the misgivings of psychologists and family, they decide to set up house together. Distinguished by absolutely stunning performances from the two leads, this devastating love story focuses on people marginalised by society.

Tampopo

M
Japan, 1985
Genre: Comedy
Language: Japanese
Director: Juzo Itami
Starring: Ken Watanabe, Nobuko Miyamoto, Rikiya Yasuoka
What's it about?
A young widow, Tampopo (Miyamoto), is struggling to make ends meet running a noodle restaurant. When Goro (Yamazaki), a truck driver, saves Tampopo's young son from being beaten, he is rewarded with a bowl of very bad noodles. Goro tells Tampopo the awful truth about her cooking, and together they set out to create the perfect bowl of noodles.

The Endless

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson
Starring: Lew Temple, Callie Hernandez, Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson, Tate Ellington, James Jordan
What's it about?
Two brothers return to the cult they fled from years ago to discover that the group's beliefs may be more sane than they once thought.

The sun-drenched horror of a creepy cult in 'The Endless'

It's Only the End of the World

M
France, Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Lea Seydoux, Gaspard Ulliel, Nathalie Baye, Vincent Cassel
What's it about?
After 12 years of absence, Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, goes back to his hometown, planning on announcing his upcoming death to his family. As resentment soon rewrites the course of the afternoon, fits and feuds unfold, fuelled by loneliness and doubt, while all attempts of empathy are sabotaged by people's incapacity to listen and love. The film is based on the play of the same name by Jean-Luc Lagarce.

Holy Motors

MA15+
France, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Eva Mendes, Kylie Minogue, Edith Scob, Michael Piccoli
What's it about?
From dawn to dusk, a few hours in the life of Monsieur Oscar, a shadowy character who journeys from one life to the next. He is, in turn, captain of industry, assassin, beggar, monster, family man. He seems to be playing roles, plunging headlong into each part – but there are no cameras present. Monsieur Oscar is accompanied only by Céline, the slender blonde woman behind the wheel of the vast engine that transports him through and around Paris. He's like a conscientious assassin moving from hit to hit. In pursuit of the beautiful gesture, the mysterious driving force, the women and the ghosts of past lives.

Holy Motors: Denis Lavant interview
Holy Motors: Cheat sheet

Eagle vs. Shark

M
New Zealand, 2007
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Loren Horsley, Jemaine Clement, Brian Sergent, Craig Hall, Morag Hills
What's it about?
After bonding at a come-as-your-favourite-animal party, shop assistant Jarrod (Jemaine Clement) and fast food cashier Lily (Loren Horsely), embark on a romance which takes the pair to Jarrod's home town where he confronts a school body and addresses a fractured relationship with his father.

‘Eagle Vs Shark’ is New Zealand’s best movie of all time

In Bed with Victoria

M
France, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: English, French
Director: Justine Triet
Starring: Virginie Efira, Vincent Lacoste, Melvil Poupaud, Laurent Poitrenaux
What's it about?
Victoria Spick, a criminal lawyer who is single, turns up at a wedding and meets three men there: David, the father of her daughters; Vincent, a friend of hers; and Sam, a former drug dealer who she bailed out. The next day, Vincent is accused of attempted murder by his partner.

Café de Flore

M
France, Canada, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Vanessa Paradis, Hélène Florent, Kevin Parent, Marin Gerrier, Evelyn Brochu
What's it about?
In present-day Montreal, globetrotting DJ Antoine (Parent) is two years into a passionate relationship with Rose (Brochu), having left life-long partner Carole (Florent) and their daughters. Meanwhile, in a grimy 1969 Paris, cash-strapped Jacqueline (Paradis) single-handedly raises her seven-year-old Down Syndrome son Laurent (Gerrier). She places him in a non-specialised school, where Laurent succumbs to a powerful case of puppy love. Jacqueline's struggles to cope with this development are recalled by Carole in her dreams.

Café de Flore: Jean-Marc Vallée interview
Café de Flore Review

The Lovers on the Bridge

MA15+
France, 1991
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Leos Carax
Starring: Denis Lavant, Juliette Binoche
What's it about?
Set against Paris' oldest bridge, the Pont Neuf, while it was closed for repairs, this film is a love story between two young vagrants: Alex, a would be circus performer addicted to alcohol and sedatives and Michele, a painter driven to a life on the streets because of a failed relationship and an affliction which is slowly turning her blind. From Leos Carax, director of Holy Motors.

The Notorious Bettie Page

MA15+
USA, 2005
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mary Harron
Starring: Gretchen Mol, Jared Harris, David Strathairn, Sarah Paulson, Lili Taylor
What's it about?
The story of Bettie Page (Gretchen Mol), who grew up in a conservative religious family in Tennessee and became a photo model sensation in 1950s New York. Bettie's legendary pin-up photos made her the target of a Senate investigation into pornography, and transformed her into an erotic icon who continues to enthrall fans to this day.

Chaplin

M
USA, 1992
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Richard Attenborough
Starring: Robert Downey Jr., Geraldine Chaplin, Moira Kelly, Anthony Hopkins, Dan Aykroyd, Marisa Tomei, Penelope Ann Miller, Kevin Kline, Maria Pitillo, Milla Jovovich, Kevin Dunn, Deborah Moore, Diane Lane, Nancy Travis, James Woods, David Duchovny
What's it about?
An elderly Charlie Chaplin discusses his autobiography with his editor, while is depicted his amazing journey from his poverty-stricken childhood to world-wide success after the ingenious invention of the Little Tramp.

Bandit Queen

MA15+
India, 1994
Genre: Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Shekhar Kapur
Starring: Seema Biswas, Nirmal Pandey, Manoj Bajpai
What's it about?
This acclaimed Indian drama focuses on the life of Phoolan Devi, a revered criminal who eventually went on to become a politician. The film details the hardships that Phoolan faced in her youth as a female member of a lower caste. Subject to sexual abuse at the hands of numerous men, Phoolan isn't treated with respect until she falls in with a gang led by Vikram Mallah. Later, Phoolan forms her own gang and gains a remarkable level of notoriety across India.

India court convicts 'bandit queen' killer

Sholay

M
India, 1975
Genre: Action
Language: Hindi
Director: Ramesh Sippy
Starring: Amitabh Bachchan, Dharmendra, Sanjeev Kumar, Hema Malini
What's it about?
A Police Officer, whose family was killed by a bandit named Gabbar Singh, decides to fight fire with fire and recruits two convicts, Jai & Veeru, to bring Gabbar Singh to jail alive, but will they succeed in their mission and get their reward?