• From left: Two Days One Night, The Red Turtle, Offside, Bloody Parrot, Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Pressed for time? Stream these thrifty titles at SBS On Demand.
By
Cam Williams

13 Dec 2019 - 12:41 PM  UPDATED 13 Dec 2019 - 2:32 PM

Sometimes, after a big day, you want to watch a film and be awake for the ending.

If the sight of any runtime over 90 minutes makes you wince, we’ve got you covered with an excellent collection of films, 90 minutes or less – guaranteed.

Final Portrait

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, French, Italian
Director: Stanley Tucci
Starring: Geoffrey Rush, Armie Hammer, Clemence Poesy, Tony Shalhoub, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
Actor Stanley Tucci is in the director’s chair for this biopic about world-renowned artist Alberto Giacometti (Geoffrey Rush). Set in 1964, the film examines the relationship between Giacometti and his friend writer James Lord (Armie Hammer) during a portraiture session.  

Armie Hammer and Geoffrey Rush in 'Final Portrait'

Offside

PG
Iran, 2006
Genre: Comedy
Language: Persian
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Sima Mobarak-Shahi, Shayesteh Irani, Ayda Sadeqi
What's it about?
After the establishment of the Islamic Republic in Iran, women are not allowed to enter the stadiums. Director Jafar Panahi focuses on five young women who go to extraordinary lengths to watch Iran's 2006 World Cup qualifier in a stadium where women have been banned.

Jafar Panahi at SBS On Demand

‘Offside’.

Two Days, One Night

M
Belgium, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
Starring: Marion Cotillard, Olivier Gourmet, Catherine Salée, Fabrizio Rongione
What's it about?
Marion Cotillard plays a woman who has only one weekend to convince her colleagues to give up their much-needed bonuses so that she can keep her job. A captivating 90 minute blitz from the Dardenne brothers.

Bloody Parrot

M
Hong Kong, 1981
Genre: Horror, Action, Fantasy
Language: Chinese
Director: Hua Shan
Starring: Jason Pai Piao, Tony Liu, Kwan Fung, Chan Shen, Ku Kuan-Chung
What's it about?
Get a 1980s marital arts fix with this tale of a legendary swordsman who is mistaken for a thief and goes in search of a magical item rumoured to resurrect the dead.

Amazonia

PG
Brazil, France, 2013
Genre: Family, Adventure
Language: Portuguese
Director: Thierry Ragobert
Voice cast: Lúcio Mauro Filho, Isabelle Drummond, Martin Sheen (narrator)
What's it about?
Ready for a little monkey business? After a plane crash, a capuchin monkey born and raised in captivity, finds himself alone and lost in the wilderness of the Amazon jungle. Get up close with jaguars, crocodiles, boas, tapirs and giant otters, repeat, giant otters!

Pixies

G
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Animation
Language: English
Director: Sean Patrick O'Reilly
Voice cast: Bill Paxton, Christopher Plummer, Geoff Gustafson, David Milchard
What's it about?
Okay, you’ve seen lots of animated films on repeat and it’s time to freshen things up. Give Pixies a whirl. A guy is cursed by pixies for something bad he did a long time ago and is desperate to hit the undo button. In order to make amends for his bad deed he’ll have to tangle with the mischievous and misunderstood pixies.

The Red Turtle

G
Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: [no dialogue]
Director: Michael Dudok de Wit
What's it about?
The geniuses from Studio Ghibli at are it again with a stunning animated film about a castaway who befriends a giant red female turtle. The gorgeous animation does all the work because the film has zero dialogue and it demands your attention. Get lost at sea with this beautiful film.

Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Declan Lowney
Starring: Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, Darren Boyd, Sean Pertwee
What's it about?
Steve Coogan’s greatest creation, Alan Partridge, finds himself in a Die Hard situation at radio station North Norfolk Digital. A hilarious riff on action films that works whether you’re new to Partridge or a long-time fan.

April Apocalypse

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Horror
Language: English
Director: Jarret Tarnol
Starring: Reece Thompson, Rebekah Brandes, Brent Tarnol, Stephanie Hunt
What's it about?
If you open your heart to someone but fear rejection, don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. Well, it is in this horror comedy. A guy finally gets the courage to confess his love but crashes his car and wakes up in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Love is a hell of a survival plan in April Apocalypse.

Pin Cushion

MA15+
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Deborah Haywood
Starring: Lily Newmark, Joanna Scanlan, John Henshaw, Loris Scarpa
What's it about?
A mother and daughter (Lily Newmark and Joanna Scanlan) move to a new town in the hope of finding a better life for themselves, but both struggle with social awkwardness after spending so much time together. Two mighty performances hold this black comedy together.

 

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