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A selection of feature films and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout December.
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29 Nov 2019 - 3:07 PM  UPDATED 29 Nov 2019 - 3:32 PM

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

SUNDAY 1 DECEMBER (DAY OF EXPIRY)

Ghost Town

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Romance, Comedy
Language: English
Director: David Koepp
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear, Alan Ruck, Tea Leoni
What's it about?
When people-phobe Bertram Pincus (Gervais) dies unexpectedly, but is miraculously revived after seven minutes, he wakes up to discover that he now has the annoying ability to see ghosts. Even worse, they all want something from him, particularly Frank Herlihy (Kinnear) who pesters him into breaking up the impending marriage of his widow Gwen (Leoni).

Slow West

M
UK, 2015
Genre: Action, Thriller, Western
Language: English
Director: John Maclean
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
Set at the end of the 19th century, Slow West follows Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a 17-year-old Scottish aristocrat who travels to American West to look for his former lover. Faced with the brutal frontier environment, he soon teams up with a rough and mysterious traveler named Silas (Michael Fassbender), who soon discovers that Jay’s old flame has a price on her head. Together, they make their way through the wilderness, while trying to stay one step ahead of the bounty hunters.

Slow West - Review

Blue Ruin

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Macon Blair, Devin Ratray, Amy Hargreaves
What's it about?
When Dwight Evans (Blair), a loner who lives out in his his car near the beach, learns that the man who killed his parents has been released from prison, he sets out to return to his childhood home to take his revenge and kill him. However, his lack of skills in the field gets him deeper and deeper into trouble. From Jeremy Saulnier, director of 2015's punk-rock thriller Green Room.

Why You Should Watch: Blue Ruin

MONDAY 2 DECEMBER

The Warriors

MA15+
USA, 1979
Genre: Action
Language: English
Director: Walter Hill
Starring: Michael Beck, James Remar, Dorsey Wright
What's it about?
Prominent gang leader Cyrus calls a meeting of New York's gangs to set aside their turf wars and take over the city. At the meeting, a rival leader kills Cyrus, but a Coney Island gang called the Warriors is wrongly blamed for Cyrus' death. Before you know it, the cops and every gangbanger in town is hot on the Warriors' trail. A cult classic from legendary action director Walter Hill (48 HoursThe Driver).

The Untamed

MA15+
Mexico, 2016
Genre: Science Fiction, Drama, Horror
Language: Spanish
Director: Amat Escalante
Starring: Kenny Johnston, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Ruth Ramos, Eden Villavicencio
What's it about?
A couple in a troubled marriage locate a meteorite, initiating an encounter with a mysterious creature. Their lives are turned upside down by the discovery of the creature, which is a source of both pleasure and destruction. Winner of the Silver Lion (second prize) at the 2016 Venice Film Festival.

SATURDAY 7 DECEMBER

Roman J. Israel, Esq.

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Dan Gilroy
Starring: Denzel Washington, Colin Farrell, Carmen Ejogo, Lynda Gravatt
What's it about?
Hard-nosed liberal lawyer Roman J. Israel has been fighting the good fight forever while others take the credit. When his partner – the firm’s frontman – has a heart attack, Israel suddenly takes on that role. He soon discovers some unsettling truths about the firm – truths that conflict with his values of helping the poor and dispossessed – and finds himself in an existential crisis that leads to extreme actions. From Dan Gilroy, writer-director of Nightcrawler.

Brooklyn

M
Ireland, Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards
What's it about?
An Irish immigrant (Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, from the novel by Colm Tóibín.)

SUNDAY 8 DECEMBER

The Cove

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Louie Psihoyos
What's it about?
In the 1960's, Richard O'Barry was the world’s leading authority on dolphin training, working on the set of the popular television program Flipper. Day in and day out, O'Barry kept the dolphins working and television audiences smiling. But one day, that all came to a tragic end.

The Cove: Review (4.5 stars)

MONDAY 9 DECEMBER

Phoenix

M
Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German, English
Director: Christian Petzold
Starring: Nina Hoss, Ronald Zehrfeld, Nina Kunzendorf 
What's it about?
Badly injured, her face destroyed, Auschwitz survivor Nelly (Hoss) returns to her hometown, Berlin. Having barely recovered from facial surgery, Nelly ignores her friend’s warnings and sets out to find her husband, Johnny (Zehrfeld) – the love of her life who is convinced that his wife is dead. When Nelly finally tracks him down, he recognises nothing but an unnerving resemblance and doesn’t believe it could really be her. Hoping to secure her family’s inheritance, Johnny suggests to Nelly that she take on the identity of his late wife. From Christian Petzold, director of Barbara and Phoenix.

Phoenix: Christian Petzold and Nina Hoss interview

TUESDAY 10 DECEMBER

Dreamcatcher

M
USA, UK, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Kim Longinotto
What's it about?
Longinotto's documentary is about Brenda Myers-Powell, who fights against sexual exploitation and supports sex workers in Chicago. Brenda knows what she is talking about: her own story, involving teenage prostitution and a life of violence and abuse, is in stark contrast to her dauntless energy and optimism. Winner of the Directing Award in the World Cinema - Documentary section at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.

WEDNESDAY 11 DECEMBER

The Red Riding Trilogy – 1974

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Julian Jarrold
Starring: David Morrissey, Rebecca Hall, Andrew Garfield
What's it about?
Set in Yorkshire against the backdrop of the Yorkshire Ripper murders – but more a tale of the time and the rampant police corruption that marred it, Red Riding 1974 is the first part of a trilogy of films adapted from a series of novels by David Pearce. The story centres on young Yorkshire journalist trying to solve the increasingly vexing case of a serial killer on the loose.

The Red Riding Trilogy – 1980

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Language: English
Director: James Marsh
Starring: Paddy Considine, Eddie Marsan
What's it about?
The second film in the Red Riding Trilogy focuses on DCC Philip Hunter (Paddy Considine), a Manchester man who is called in to preside over a Home Office inquiry into the Yorkshire Ripper investigation. As Hunter explores evidence that the Ripper's victims have been falsely attributed to the serial killer, he uncovers further corruption in the West Yorkshire police force which is met with obstructive politics, not to mention increasingly violent harassment and, ultimately, blackmail.

The Red Riding Trilogy – 1983

MA15+
UK, 2009
Genre: Thriller, Crime, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Anand Tucker
Starring: David Morrissey, Jim Carter, Lisa Howard, Mark Addy, Sean Bean
What's it about?
The final film in The Red Riding Trilogy once again sees an investigation going off on a tangent to reveal terrible corruption in the West Yorkshire police force. And the true evil mastermind behind the child abductions and murders of the last 14 years strikes again. Against them all, an incompetent lawyer and one remorseful policeman.

Lovers of the Arctic Circle

M
Spain, 1998
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Romance
Language: Spanish
Director: Julio Medem
Starring: Najwa Nimri, Fele Martínez, Joost Siedhoff, Peru Medem
What's it about?
Otto and Ana are kids when they meet each other. Their names are palindromes. They meet by chance, people are related by chance. A story of circular lives, with circular names, and a circular place (Círculo polar) where the day never ends in the midnight sun. There are things that never end, and Love is one of them.

FRIDAY 13 DECEMBER

The Work

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
What's it about?
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, this acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

SATURDAY 14 DECEMBER

Personal Shopper

MA15+
France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Horror
Language: English, French
Director: Olivier Assayas
Starring: Kristen Stewart, Lars Eidinger, Benjamin Biolay
What's it about?
Maureen (Stewart) is a young American in Paris making her living as a personal shopper for a celebrity. Also, she may have the psychic ability to communicate with spirits, just like her twin brother, Lewis, who recently passed away. Maureen soon starts receiving mysterious messages coming from an unknown source. From Olivier Assayas, director of Carlos, Irma Vep, Summer Hours and Clouds of Sils Maria.

Personal Shopper review: Kristen Stewart is a rare medium in ghost drama (Cannes)
Kristen Stewart talks fashion, fears, text etiquette - and 'Personal Shopper'

Call Girl

MA15+
Sweden, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Crime
Language: Swedish
Director: Mikael Marcimain 
Starring: Sofia Karemyr, Simon J. Berger, Josefin Asplund
What's it about?
Stockholm, late 70's. The model utopian society. But under the polished surface, desires are eager to be fulfilled. Within a stone's throw of government buildings and juvenile homes lies a world of sex clubs and strip shows. A young girl (Karemyr) is recruited from the bottom rung of society, into a ruthless world where power can get you anything.

Call Girl Review

When I Saw You

M
Palestine, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic, English
Director: Annemarie Jacir
Starring: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri, Anas Algaralleh
What's it about?
Jordan, 1967: displaced to a refugee camp after the occupation of their West Bank village, an eleven-year old boy and his mother enact the emancipating dream that every refugee has imagined countless times, in writer-director Annemarie Jacir's passionate and moving follow-up to her prize-winning debut Salt of This Sea.

101 Reykjavik

MA15+
Iceland, 2000
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Language: Icelandic
Director: Baltasar Kormákur
Starring: Hanna María Karlsdóttir, Hilmir SnÁ¦r Guonason
What's it about?
A young man's life gets turned upside down when he discovers that his one night stand is pregnant, and she's fallen in love with his mother. A frank look at gleeful debauchery in Iceland.

MONDAY 16 DECEMBER

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

FRIDAY 20 DECEMBER

I Am Not Your Negro

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Raoul Peck
What's it about?
Based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House - a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. - acclaimed director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States, using meticulously assembled archival footage and driven by stirring voiceover narration from Samuel L. Jackson. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Documentary 'I Am Not Your Negro' proves writer James Baldwin's views on racism in America are as relevant as ever

A Month of Sundays

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Matthew Saville
Starring: Anthony LaPaglia, Julia Blake, Justine Clarke
What's it about?
Frank Mollard (LaPaglia) won't admit it, but he can't move on. Divorced but still attached, he can't sell a house in a property boom, much less connect with his teenage son. One night Frank gets a phone call from his mother (Blake). Nothing out of the ordinary - apart from the fact that she died the year before.

A Month of Sundays: Anthony LaPaglia and Matthew Saville (interview)

SATURDAY 21 DECEMBER

Infinitely Polar Bear

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Maya Forbes
Starring: Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea
What's it about?
In Boston, a bipolar father (Ruffalo) takes over sole responsibility for his two spirited daughters while his wife (Saldana) attends graduate school in New York. Nominated for Best Performance by an Actor (Ruffalo) in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical at the 2014 Golden Globe awards.

SUNDAY 22 DECEMBER

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.

MONDAY 23 DECEMBER

A Bigger Splash

MA15+
France, Italy, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Ralph Fiennes, Tilda Swinton, Matthias Schoenaerts
What's it about?
Rock legend Marianne Lane (Swinton) is recuperating on the volcanic island of Pantelleria with her partner Paul (Schoenaerts) when iconoclast record producer and old flame Harry (Fiennes) unexpectedly arrives with his daughter Penelope (Johnson). He interrupts this holiday, bringing with him an A-bomb blast of nostalgia from which there can be no rescue. From Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name and I Am Love.

A Bigger Splash review: Tilda Swinton is again Luca Guadagnino's muse in the sly erotic thriller
Luca Guadagnino on 'A Bigger Splash' (interview)

TUESDAY 24 DECEMBER

Predestination

MA15+
Australia, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Michael Spierig
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Sarah Snook, Noah Taylor
What's it about?
On his final time travelling assignment, a Temporal Agent (Hawke) must stop The Fizzle Bomber, the one criminal that has always managed to elude him, from killing 10,000 New Yorkers. Whilst on this mission, he seeks out a new recruit by the name of John Doe (Snook).

Predestination review: A thoughtful, ambitious adaptation
Predestination: 5 minutes with the Spierig brothers and Sarah Snook (interview)

Laurence Anyways

MA15+
Canada, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Xavier Dolan
Starring: Melvil Poupaud, Nathalie Baye, Suzanne Clément
What's it about?
Laurence (Poupaud), a young french teacher and soon-to- be-published author, enjoys an intense and mutually loving relationship with his fiancée, Fred (Clément). But on the day after his 30th birthday, Laurence confesses to Fred that he longs to become a woman, asking her to support him in this transformation. Despite her best efforts, Fred is too hurt by this development, and they break up. Each of them tries to build a new life, without thinking of the past. Five years later, Laurence sends a copy of his first book of poetry to Fred. From acclaimed director Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Heartbeats, Tom at the Farm).

Laurence Anyways Review

WEDNESDAY 25 DECEMBER

Appropriate Behaviour

MA15+
UK, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: Persian, English
Director: Desiree Akhavan
Starring: Desiree Akhavan, Rebecca Henderson, Halley Feiffer, Scott Adsit
What's it about?
For Shirin (Akhavan), being part of a perfect Persian family isn't easy. Acceptance eludes her from all sides: her family doesn't know she's bisexual, and her ex-girlfriend, Maxine (Henderson), can't understand why she doesn't tell them. Following a family announcement of her brother's betrothal to a parentally approved Iranian prize catch, Shirin embarks on a private rebellion involving a series of bisexual escapades, while trying to decipher what went wrong with Maxine.

FRIDAY 27 DECEMBER

Lost Highway

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty, Robbert Loggia
What's it about?
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist (Pullman) is framed for the murder of his wife (Arquette) and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic (Getty) and begins leading a new life. Opening to mixed reviews on its initial 1997 release, this cryptic David Lynch film has grown in reputation and has been seen as a companion piece to Lynch's 2001 masterpiece Mulholland Drive.

TUESDAY 31 DECEMBER

Sid & Nancy

MA15+
UK, 1986
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance
Language: English
Director: Alex Cox
Starring: Gary Oldman, Chloe Webb, David Hayman, Debby Bishop
What's it about?
In January 1978, after their success in England, the punk rock band Sex Pistols venture out on their tour of the southern United States. Temperamental bassist Sid Vicious (Oldman) is forced by his band mates and their manager to travel without his troubled girlfriend, Nancy Spungen (Webb), who will meet him in New York only after a traumatic event. When the band breaks up and Sid begins his solo career in a hostile city, the turbulent couple definitely falls into the depths of drug addiction and co-dependency, a last journey with no return.

The Motorcycle Diaries

M
Argentina, USA, 2004
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mercedes Morán
What's it about?
In January 1952, the almost 30-year-old biochemist Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) and his younger friend, the 23-year-old student close to finishing his medical degree, Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal), set off from Buenos Aires on an old but treasured Norton 500 for an adventure through Latin America. By the time they get to Machu Pichu, the middle class young men have begun to see Latin America through eyes that have been opened to poverty and oppression, big business and the sheer hardship of daily life. 

Attack the Block

MA15+
UK, 2011
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Joe Cornish
Starring: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh
What's it about?
A gang of tough inner-city kids who rob Sam (Jodie Whittaker) as she is walking home but she escapes when the gang is attacked by a small alien creature which falls from the sky. While Sam and the police hunt for the gang, a second wave of creatures falls. The gang grabs weapons, mount bikes, and set out to defend their turf.  But this time, the creatures are much bigger. Savage and bestial, nothing will stand in their way. And the bunch of no-hope kids who just attacked Sam are about to become her only hope.

Why You Should Watch: Attack the Block

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly

M
France, 2007
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: French
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Marie-Josée Croze, Max Von Sydow, Anne Consigny, Emmanuelle Seigner
What's it about?
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric), who suffers a stroke, leaving him entirely immobile, with his right eye the only fully functioning part of his body. Nominated for four Oscars including Best Director.

The Diving Bell and the Butterfly Review

Hunger

MA15+
UK, Ireland, 2008
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Liam Cunningham
What's it about?
Inside Belfast's Maze prison in the early '80s, IRA hunger striker Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) faces the brutality of the system and clashes with the Catholic priest (Liam Cunningham) as he determines to keep fasting in an effort to trigger change in the classification of IRA prisoners not as criminals but as Prisoners of War.

Hunger asks, What price principles?

The Baader Meinhof Complex

MA15+
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: German
Director: Uli Edel
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Nadja Uhl, Bruno Ganz, Moritz Bleibtreu
What's it about?
The radicalised children of the Nazi generation led by Andreas Baader, Ulrike Meinhof and Gudrun Ensslin are fighting a violent war against what they perceive as the new face of fascism: American imperialism supported by the German establishment, many of whom have a Nazi past. Their aim is to create a more human society but by employing inhuman means they not only spread terror and bloodshed, they also lose their own humanity. The man who understands them is also their hunter: the head of the German police force, Horst Herold.

The Baader Meinhof Complex Review

The Childhood of a Leader

PG
France, UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Language: French, English, German
Director: Brady Corbet
Starring: Berenice Bejo, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pattinson, Stacy Martin, Tom Sweet
What's it about?
The chilling story of a young American boy (Sweet) living in France in 1918 whose father (Cunningham) is working for the US government on the creation of the Treaty of Versailles. What he witnesses helps to mold his beliefs – and we witness the birth of a terrifying ego.

Columbus

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Korean
Director: Kogonada
Starring: John Cho, Haley Lu Richardson, Michelle Forbes, Rory Culkin, Parker Posey
What's it about?
When a renowned architecture scholar falls suddenly ill during a speaking tour, his son Jin finds himself stranded in Columbus, Indiana - a small Midwestern city celebrated for its many significant modernist buildings. Jin strikes up a friendship with Casey, a young architecture enthusiast who works at the local library. 

The Ice Storm

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Christina Ricci, Katie Holmes
What's it about?
In suburban New Canaan, Connecticut, 1973, middle class families experimenting with casual sex and substance abuse find their lives are steadily becoming more and more beyond their control. From director Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain), and based on the acclaimed 1994 novel by Rick Moody.

BMX Bandits

G
Australia, 1983
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Starring: Nicole Kidman, James Lugton, Angelo D'Angelo, David Argue
What's it about?
Teens P.J. and Goose get their thrills on BMX bikes, performing hair-raising tricks all across Sydney, Australia. Along with their new friend Judy, they discover a box of walkie-talkies -- and find out that a gang of criminals intends to use them to monitor police signals during a bank robbery. When the young trio snatches the devices, it propels them on a hair-raising adventure in which their pedaling skills might just save their necks.