• Clockwise, top left: Bajirao Mastani, 99 Homes, Call Me By Your Name, Before Night Falls, Man Who Knew Infinity, 2 Faces of January, City of Lost Children, Vera (SBS Movies)
A selection of feature films and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand in October.
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SBS Movies

30 Oct 2019 - 10:08 AM  UPDATED 30 Oct 2019 - 10:11 AM

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

FRIDAY 1 NOVEMBER (day of expiry)

Housebound

MA15+
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Gerard Johnstone
Starring: Morgana O'Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru
What's it about?
When wayward teen Kylie Bucknell (O'Reilly) is sent under house arrest to live in the home she grew up in, she encounters something even more terrifying than her superstitious blabbermouth mother Miriam (Te Wiata). "By turns creepy, silly, inventive, darkly funny and, at one point, mind-blowingly bloody." - Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times.

SATURDAY 2 NOVEMBER

Bajirao Mastani

MA15+
India, 2015
Genre: War, History, Romance
Language: Hindi
Director: Sanjay Leela Bhansali
Starring: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan
What's it about?
Peshwa Bajirao (Singh) is married to Kashibai (Chopra), but falls in love with Mastani (Padukone), a warrior princess in distress. They struggle to make their love triumph amid opposition from his conservative family.

Reel Injun

M
Canada, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Neil Diamond, Catherine Bainbridge, Jeremiah Hayes
What's it about?
A feature-documentary that takes an entertaining and insightful look at the Hollywood Indian, exploring the portrayal of North American Natives through the history of cinema. Featuring interviews with film industry luminaries such as Sacheen Littlefeather, Zacharias Kunuk, Clint Eastwood, Adam Beach, Jim Jarmusch, Robbie Robertson, Russell Means, Wes Studi, and scholars Angela Aleiss and Melinda Micco.

Call Me By Your Name

M
Italy, France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English, Italian
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Timothee Chalamet, Armie Hammer, Michael Stuhlbarg
What's it about?
Elio Perlman (Chalamet) is spending the summer with his family at their vacation home in Lombardy, Italy. When his father hires a handsome doctoral student (Hammer), the curious 17-year-old finds himself developing a growing attraction to the young man.

Luca Guadagnino talks 'Call Me By Your Name'
Timothée Chalamet reveals the secrets of 'Call Me By Your Name'

SUNDAY 3 NOVEMBER

Frog Dreaming

PG
Australia, 1986
Genre: Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Henry Thomas, Tony Barry, Rachel Friend
What's it about?
American boy Cody (Thomas) lives in Australia with his guardian, Gaza (Barry). Cody is very imaginative, inventive, and inquisitive. He comes across some strange events happening in Devil's Knob national park associated with an aboriginal myth about "frog dreamings", and decides to investigate. This Aussie family classic was initially released under the titles The Quest and The Go Kids in the US and UK, respectively.

Why You Should Watch: Frog Dreaming

TUESDAY 5 NOVEMBER

A Little Chaos

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Alan Rickman
Starring: Kate Winslet, Alan Rickman, Stanley Tucci, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jennifer Ehle
What's it about?
The world’s greatest landscape architect, Le Notre (Schoenaerts) - designer of the Versailles gardens - is unfulfilled in love. Madame Sabine de Bara (Winslet) is pioneering and fiercely independent - her visionary ideas for design seem anarchic to King Louis’ (Rickman) formal court. It takes a little chaos for nature to blossom and love to heal and ignite.

Southwest of Salem: The Story of the San Antonio Four

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Paula Sacchetta
Starring: Deborah Esquenazi
What's it about?
In 1994, four women were accused, tried, and convicted of the heinous sexual assault of two young girls—as one newscaster puts it, “the modern version of the witchcraft trials.” Twenty years later, the four women have maintained their innocence, insisting that the accusations were entirely fabricated, and borne of homophobic prejudice and a late-’90s mania about covens, cults, and child abuse.

WEDNESDAY 6 NOVEMBER

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.

THURSDAY 8 NOVEMBER

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

Andhadhun

M
India, 2018
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Sriram Raghavan
Starring: Ayushmann Khurrana, Radhika Apte, Tabu, Zakir Hussain
What's it about?
A series of mysterious events change the life of Akash (Khurrana), an apparently blind pianist who now must report a crime that was actually never witnessed by him. Winner of four awards at India's Screen Awards ceremony, including Best Director and Best Screenplay, and five Filmfare Awards, including Best Film (Critics) and Best Actor (Critics) for Khurrana.

SATURDAY 9 NOVEMBER

Raw

MA15+
France, Belgium, 2016
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: French
Director: Julia Ducournau
Starring: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella, Laurent Lucas
What's it about?
In Justine’s (Marillier) family, everyone is a vet and a vegetarian. At 16, she’s a gifted teen ready to take on her first year in vet school, where her older sister also studies. There, she gets no time to settle: hazing starts right away. Justine is forced to eat raw meat for the first time in her life. Unexpected consequences emerge as her true self begins to form.

Raw review: A sensitive and sophisticated cannibal coming-of-age tale

Director Julia Julia Ducournau was nominated for best director at the 2018 Cesar Film Awards for 2016's Raw

SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER

Philomena

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Mare Winningham
What's it about?
When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan, who also co-wrote the film's Oscar-nominated screenplay) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what to do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena (Dench, in an Oscar-nominated performance), who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America.

Philomena: Stephen Frears interview
Philomena: Steve Coogan interview

TUESDAY 12 NOVEMBER

The Fox and the Child

G
France, 2009
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Family
Language: French
Director: Luc Jacquet
Starring: Isabelle Carré
What's it about?
Recounts the story of a magical, life-changing encounter between a wild fox and a young girl, portraying the story of their impossible friendship played out against a breath-taking mountainside wilderness. Springing from his own formative childhood encounters with a fox and drawing on years of wildlife documentary experience seen almost exclusively from the animal's perspective, this film offers viewers an unprecedented journey into the magical, secret world of this most elusive and enigmatic creature.

The Fox and the Child Review

WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER

Finding Fela!

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Music, Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alex Gibney
Featuring: Fela Kuti, Femi Kuti
What's it about?
Tells the story of Fela Kuti’s life, his music, his social and political importance. He created a new musical movement, Afrobeat, using that forum to express his revolutionary political opinions against the dictatorial Nigerian government of the 1970s and 1980s. From prolific documentarian Alex Gibney (Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of BeliefEnron: The Smartest Guys In The Room).

99 Homes

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ramin Bahrani
Starring: Michael Shannon, Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern
What's it about?
After his family is evicted from their home, proud and desperate construction worker Dennis Nash (Garfield) tries to win his home back by striking a deal with the devil and working for Rick Carver (Shannon), the corrupt real estate broker who evicted him. From director Ramin Bahrani (Chop Shop, Goodbye Solo).

99 Homes review: A fiery parable of income inequality
Michael Shannon talks '99 Homes', deals with the Devil, and why he's never owned a house
'99 Homes' is perfect viewing if you're mad at the banks

THURSDAY 14 NOVEMBER

Angel Heart

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Alan Parker
Starring: Mickey Rourke, Charlotte Rampling, Lisa Bonet, Robert De Niro
What's it about?
The down-and-out private detective Harry Angel (Rourke) is ordered, by a mysterious man named Louis Cyphre (De Niro), to go on a mission to find a missing person. His routine failure soon leads to a bloody spur with himself as Harry Angel goes on a supernatural journey into his soul.

SUNDAY 17 NOVEMBER

After Mabo

G
Australia, 1998
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: John Hughes
What's it about?
Filmed over a ten-month period throughout Australia, this probing documentary examines the political controversy surrounding Native Title and the Australian Federal Governments proposed amendments to the Native Title Act, 1993. It follows the Indigenous representatives in their attempt to fight the amendments in the media, in the bush, and in the halls of Parliament House, Canberra.

Jappeloup

MA15+
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English, French
Director: Christian Duguay
Starring: Guillaume Canet, Daniel Auteuil, Marina Hands, Tcheky Karyo
What's it about?
A true sports story that utterly defies the odds, Duguay’s film captures the wild ups and downs of the Olympics-bound career of legendary equine star Jappeloup and his troubled rider (Canet), locked in a tense relationship with his horseman father (Auteuil) and forever uncertain of his own skills as an equestrian.

Suffragette

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Carey Mulligan, Meryl Streep, Helena Bonham Carter, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw
What's it about?
A working wife and mother's (Mulligan) life is forever changed when she joins the UK's growing suffragette movement. She becomes an activist for the cause alongside women from all walks of life. When increasingly aggressive police action forces Maud and her dedicated fellow suffragettes underground, they engage in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse with the authorities, who are shocked as the women's civil disobedience escalates and sparks debate across the nation.

Suffragette review: A steely punch to the gut

The Riot Club

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Lone Scherfig
Starring: Sam Claflin, Max Irons, Douglas Booth, Tom Hollander, Natalie Dormer
What's it about?
At Oxford University the hottest invitation is to The Riot Club, a privileged and exclusive club whose members hold the keys to future success and power. First years Miles (Irons) and Alistair (Clafin) are both dazzlingly clever and offspring of pillars of the Establishment, though politically and socially polar opposites. Alistair, pressured by a family legacy of social success, is ruthlessly determined to succeed. Miles, however, has been seduced by the social kudos of the invitation, but his heart isn’t in it.

'The Riot Club' Offers Scandal And Smarts

FRIDAY 22 NOVEMBER

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.

SATURDAY 23 NOVEMBER

Raising Bertie

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Margaret Byrne
What's it about?
Raising Bertie follows three young African American boys over the course of six years as they grow into adulthood in Bertie County, a rural African American-led community in Eastern North Carolina. Through the intimate portrayal of these boys, this powerful vérité documentary offers a rare in-depth look at the issues facing America's rural youth and the complex relationships between generational poverty, educational equity, and race.

SUNDAY 24 NOVEMBER

Trumbo

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jay Roach
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, Helen Mirren, John Goodman
What's it about?
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. The film recounts how Dalton (played by (Cranston, in an Oscar-nominated performance) used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.

Trumbo Review: The tale of a Hollywood screenwriter for whom life became a horror movie

The Trials of Muhammad Ali

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bill Siegel
What's it about?
Examines the life of boxer Muhammad Ali outside the ring, beginning with the announcement of his deeply held and controversial Islamic religious beliefs and the decision to change his 'white man's name' of Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali. Ali refused to serve in the Vietnam War - even after his status as a conscientious objector was denied - on the grounds of protesting racial injustice at home. This documentary explores what made him such a controversial, charismatic and influential figure, not only in the sporting arena, but in world history generally.

MONDAY 25 NOVEMBER

Marfa Girl

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Larry Clark
Starring: Adam Mediano, Drake Burnette, Jeremy St. James
What's it about?
In Marfa, Texas, the clash between the whites and the Mexican Americans intensifies when an eccentric community of artists moves in. The border patrol is a smothering presence for the citizens. From controversial director Larry Clark (Kids, Bully, Ken Park).

TUESDAY 26 NOVEMBER

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: Caustic and sharply written
Calvary: John Michael McDonagh Interview

WEDNESDAY 27 NOVEMBER

Dean Spanley

G
UK, 2008
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Toa Fraser
Starring: Peter O'Toole, Sam Neill, Jeremy Northam, Art Malik, 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 (O'Toole) has little time or affection for his son (Northam), but when the pair visit a swami (Malik), they start a strange journey that eventually allows the old man to find his heart.

FRIDAY 29 NOVEMBER

The Two Faces of January

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Hossein Amini
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Oscar Isaac, Kirsten Dunst, Yiğit Özşener
What's it about?
Con artist Chester (Mortensen) and his glamorous wife (Dunst) try to flee their holiday destination in Greece with a random stranger (Isaac). One of them has been linked to the murder of a police officer and trying to frame the other for the crime. Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith (Carol, The Talented Mr. Ripley).

The Two Faces of January review: A high quality Highsmith adaptation 
The Two Faces of January: Viggo Mortensen and Hossein Amini interview

SATURDAY 30 NOVEMBER

Nowhere Boy

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Sam Taylor Wood
Starring: , Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kristin Scott Thomas, David Morrissey, Anne-Marie Duff
What's it about?
A spirited teenager (Taylor-Johnson), curious, sharp and funny, growing up in the shattered city of Liverpool. Two extraordinary sisters tussle for his love – Mimi, the formidable aunt who raised him from the age of five and Julia, the spirited mother who gave him up to Mimi’s care. Yearning for a normal family, John escapes into art and the new music flooding in from the US. His fledgling genius finds a kindred spirit in the young Paul McCartney. But just as John’s new life begins, the truth about his past leads to a tragedy he would never escape.

Why You Should Watch: Nowhere Boy

Before Night Falls

MA15+
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Javier Bardem, Diego Luna, Olivier Martinez, Johnny Depp
What's it about?
The true story of Cuban poet Reinaldo Arenas (Bardem). A boy from the Cuban countryside with a gift for writing and a passion for life, he leaves his mother and ventures into Havana just after the revolution has swept Castro to power. He throws himself into his writing and strikes some early success; but his homosexuality soon brings him to the attention of the authorities. From Julian Schnabel, director of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.

Before Night Falls review: Episodic look at the life of Cuban poet and novelist, Reinaldo Arenas

This Must Be the Place

M
Ireland, Italy, France, 2011
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Sean Penn, Frances McDormand, Judd Hirsch, David Byrne
What's it about?
Cheyenne (Penn) is a former rock star. At 50 he still dresses like a goth and lives in Dublin off his royalties. The death of his father, with whom he wasn't on speaking terms, brings him back to New York. He discovers his father had an obsession: to seek revenge for a humiliation he had suffered. Cheyenne decides to pick up where his father left off, and starts a journey, at his own pace, across America. From Paolo Sorrentino, director of The Great Beauty and The Young Pope.

Vera Drake

M
UK, 2004
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Mike Leigh
Starring: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Eddie Marsan
What's it about?
Vera Drake (Staunton, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is tirelessly devoted to her family, and tends to the needs of her husband and two children, elderly mother, and sick neighbour. Vera also works as a house cleaner to the well-heeled but, unbeknownst to her family, she also "helps young girls out" when they are faced with unwanted pregnancies. 

‘Vera Drake’ – the film about abortion that is still so relevant in 2019

10,000 km

MA15+
Spain, 2014
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Catalan, English, Spanish
Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Starring: Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer
What's it about?
Two people in love, two apartments - one in Barcelona and another on in Los Angeles - and the images of their past, present and future. Can love survive 10,000km?

The City of Lost Children

M
France, 1995
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Ron Perlman, Judith Vittet, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
What's it about?
With this follow-up to the black comedy gem Delicatessen, Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and Marc Caro transport us to a dark and nightmarish universe where cynical adults long for the innocence of childhood. In a derelict port, a joyless genius has children abducted so their dreams can be harvested. It's left to the local circus strongman and an unusually mature street-kid to rescue their friends. 

Watch The Movie Show's original review
Watch Cannes interview with Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Watch interview with Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Ron Perlman

Ran

PG
Japan, 1985
Genre: Drama, Action, War
Language: Japanese
Director: Akira Kurosawa
Starring: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, Jinpachi Nezu, Daisuke Ryu
What's it about?
The Great War Lord Hidetora Ichimonji (Nakadai) has decided to relinquish his throne and divide his kingdom among his three sons. While his two eldest sons, Taro (Terao) and Jiro (Nezu) flatter and wheedle; the youngest Saburo (Ryu) tries to warn his father of the dangers of the conflict and greed that will come from such a plan. Saburo is banished, but soon his predictions begin to take shape as his covetous brothers conspire to strip the great lord of all that he owns. An adaptation of Shakespeare's King Lear from legendary director Akira Kurosawa (Seven Samurai, Rashomon).

Paris

M
France, 2008
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Cédric Klapisch
Starring: Romain Duris, Juliette Binoche, Fabrice Luchini, Albert Dupontel
What's it about?
When male dancer at the Moulin Rouge, Pierre (Duris), is diagnosed with a serious heart condition that, even with a transplant, could end his life, he takes stock of his surroundings. He calls his not-so-close sister (Binoche), and tries to find a way of coping with the possibility of life ending. Meanwhile, all around him, Parisians are getting on with their lives, working and loving, and sometimes dying, too.

Paris Review

Krisha

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Trey Edward Shults
Starring: Krisha Fairchild, Alex Dobrenko, Robyn Fairchild, Chris Doubek, Victoria Fairchild
What's it about?
Krisha (Fairchild) returns for Thanksgiving dinner after ten years away from her family, but past demons threaten to ruin the festivities. Winner of both the South by Southwest Film Festival's Grand Jury Award and the Audience Award.

The Sea Of Trees

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Gus Van Sant
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Ken Watanabe, Naomi Watts
What's it about?
A man (McConaughey) travels to Japan to enter the Aokigahara forest and kill himself. There he meets a Japanese man (Watanabe) and both start a journey of self-reflection and survival.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

M
Finland, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Action
Language: Finnish
Director: Jalmari Helander
Starring: Jorma Tommila, Onni Tommila, Peeter Jakobi 
What's it about?
In the depths of the Korvatunturi mountains, 486 metres deep, lies the closest ever guarded secret of Christmas. The time has come to dig it up. This Christmas everyone will believe in Santa Claus.

The Man Who Knew Infinity

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Brown
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
When self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Patel) fails out of college, he does not give up hope. Determined to pursue his passion, he contacts Professor GH Hardy (Irons) and is invited to attend Trinity College.