• From left: Dancer in the Dark, Ali's Wedding, Let the Sunshine In, Ip Man, A Quiet Passion (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
A selection of feature films and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout February.
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31 Jan 2020 - 10:02 AM  UPDATED 10 Feb 2020 - 4:06 PM

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Leaving 10th February

Monty Python and the Holy Grail (expiring 10:15pm)

1975, PG
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
What's it about?
From the hilarious comedy troupe Monty Python, comes the story of King Arthur and his knights who embark on a low-budget search for the Holy Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles, including obnoxious French soldiers, a Three-Headed Giant and the dreaded Knights who say Ni.

Leaving 14th February

The Song Keepers

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English, Aboriginal
Director: Naina Sen
What's it about?
Central Australia’s answer to The Buena Vista Social Club, The Song Keepers tells the uplifting story of women from the world’s oldest culture preserving some of the world’s oldest sacred songs, connecting Germany to Indigenous history in the process.

The remarkable true story behind 'The Song Keepers'

The Central Australian Aboriginal Women’s Choir in action.

Leaving 17th February

George Washington

M
USA, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Candace Evanofski, Donald Holden, Damian Jewan Lee, Curtis Cotton IIIs
What's it about?
Set in the landscape of a rural southern town, this is a portrait of how a group of young kids come to grips with a hard world of choices and consequences. During an innocent game in an abandoned amusement park, a member of the group dies. Narrated by one of the children, the film follows the kids as they struggle to balance their own ambitions and relationships against a tragic lie. Acclaimed by Roger Ebert as one of the best films of 2000.

Leaving 18th February

Dil Dhadakne Do

PG
India, 2015
Genre: Drama, Family, Romance, Comedy
Language: Hindi
Director: Zoya Akhtar
Starring: Anil Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Shefali Shah, Ranveer Singh
What's it about?
On a cruise to celebrate their parents' 30th wedding anniversary, a brother (Kapoor) and sister (Chopra) deal with the impact of family considerations on their romantic lives. From acclaimed, multiple-award-winning writer-director Zoya Akhtar (Gully Boy, Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara).

Leaving 20th February

Ip Man

M
Hong Kong, China, 2008
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan
What's it about?
In 1930's China, the town of Foshan is the legendary hub of Kung Fu martial arts. Ip Man (Yen) is an accomplished grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung Fu but chooses to keep a low profile and doesn't take any students. Challenge after brutal challenge sees the town realise that Ip Man is unstoppable. After the Japanese invasion, the town descends into chaos and struggles to survive. Ip Man rises up to challenge General Miura and the Japanese Army.

Leaving 23rd February

Storm Boy

PG
Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison
What's it about?
Mike (Rowe) is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father (Cummins). In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner (Gulpilil) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

Leaving 24th February

We Don't Need a Map

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Featuring: Warwick Thornton, Adam Briggs, Baluka Maymuru, Bill Harney, Bruce Pascoe
What's it about?
Filmmaker Warwick Thornton (Samson & Delilah, Sweet Country) investigates our relationship to the Southern Cross, in this fun and thought provoking ride through Australia's cultural and political landscape. Opening of film of the Sydney Film Festival this past June.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton's film We Don't Need A Map takes a journey through Australia's cultural and political landscape.

Leaving 25th February

Another Country

PG
Australia, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Molly Reynolds
Featuring: David Gulpilil
What's it about?
The great Australian Aboriginal actor David Gulpilil tells the tale of 'Another Country', a story of what happened when his people's way of life was interrupted by ours. A companion film to Rolf De Heer's 2014 film Charlie's Country.

Ali's Wedding

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: English, Persian, Arabic
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Starring: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires, Robert Rabiah
What's it about?
After a "white lie" which spirals out of control, neurotic, naive and musically gifted Muslim cleric's eldest son Ali (Sami) must follow through with an arranged marriage, except he is madly in love with an Australian born-Lebanese girl.

How Osamah Sami turned his life into Australian Muslim rom-com, 'Ali's Wedding'

The crowdpleasing hit romantic comedy Ali's Wedding airs Fri 14 June, 8:35PM on SBS

Leaving 26th February

'71

MA15+
UK, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Action, Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Yann Demange
Starring: Jack O'Connell, Sean Harris, Paul Anderson, Sam Reid, Barry Keoghan
What's it about?
A young and disoriented British soldier (O'Connell, star of Starred Up and Unbroken) is accidentally abandoned by his unit following a riot on the deadly streets of Belfast in 1971. Nominated for a BAFTA award for Best British Film.

Jack O’Connell Suffers (Again) and Shines in Northern Ireland Thriller ’71

Leaving 28th February

Let the Sunshine In

M
France, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: French
Director: Claire Denis
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Xavier Beauvois, Gerard Depardieu, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi, Alex Descas
What's it about?
Isabelle (Binoche), a Parisian artist and divorced mother, goes from one bad romance to another in her quixotic pursuit of true love. From acclaimed director Claire Denis (Beau Travail, White Material), and loosely based on Roland Barthes' book "A Lover's Discourse."

Utøya: July 22

MA15+
Norway, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Norwegian
Director: Erik Poppe
Starring: Andrea Berntzen, Aleksander Holmen, Brede Fristad, Elli Rhiannon Müller Osbourn
What's it about?
The movie tells the story about a girl who has to hide and survive from terrorist Anders Breivik while looking for her little sister during the terrorist attacks in Norway on the island Utøya, July 22nd. From Erik Poppe, director of The King's Choice.

Unexpected

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Kris Rey
Starring: Cobie Smulders, Gail Bean, Anders Holm, Elizabeth McGovern
What's it about?
An inner-city high school teacher (Smulders) discovers she is pregnant at the same time as one of her most promising students (Bean) and the two develop an unlikely friendship while struggling to navigate their unexpected pregnancies.

Made in Dagenham

M
UK, 2010
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Nigel Cole
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Miranda Richardson, Rupert Graves, Bob Hoskins, Rosamund Pike
What's it about?
Based on a true story, this film portrays a decisive moment in the '60s when the fight for equal rights and pay was led – unexpectedly – by ordinary working-class women with one foot in the kitchen, one foot on the factory floor, and ears glued to the pop coming over the radio and telly from far-off London. Led by a young married mother (Hawkins), one of 187 women who worked for the Ford Motor Company, the region‘s principal employer, these feisty factory girls shook their world with spirit and courage, and achieved lasting social change.

Made in Dagenham Review

A United Kingdom

M
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport
What's it about?
The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama (Oyelowo), the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams (Pike), the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

Maudie

PG
Canada, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Aisling Walsh
Starring: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Gabrielle Rose, Billy MacLellan, Zachary Bennett
What's it about?
The true story of the unlikely romance between reclusive Everett Lewis (Hawke) and his housekeeper, the fragile yet determined woman named Maudie (Hawkins). Maudie, bright-eyed but hunched with crippled hands, yearns to be independent, and to create art. Unexpectedly, Everett finds himself falling in love. The film charts Everett’s efforts to protect himself from being hurt, Maudie’s deep and abiding love for this difficult man and her surprising rise to fame as a folk painter.

Breaking the Waves

MA15+
Denmark, 1996
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Lars Von Trier
Starring: Emily Watson, Stellan Skarsgård, Katrin Cartlidge, Jean-Marc Barr
What's it about?
In a small and conservative Scottish village, a woman's (Watson, in an Oscar-nominated performance that was her screen debut) paralytic husband (Skarsgård) convinces her to have extramarital intercourse so she can tell him about it and give him a reason for living.

Leaving 29th February

Dancer in the Dark

MA15+
Denmark, 2000
Genre: Drama, Musical
Language: English
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Bjork, Catherine Deneuve, Peter Stormare, David Morse, Udo Kier
What's it about?
Selma (Bjork) is an immigrant factory worker and single mother with failing eyesight living in 1960s Washington. All of Selma's income goes towards the financing of an operation on her son's eyes, but a horrible twist of fate results in her arrest and prosecution for murder.

Dogville

MA15+
Denmark, 2003
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Lars von Trier
Starring: Jeremy Davies, Harriet Andersson, Jean-Marc Barr, Ben Gazzara, Paul Bettany, Patricia Clarkson, Nicole Kidman, James Caan, Lauren Bacall
What's it about?
On the run from gangsters, Grace (Nicole Kidman) finds refuge in the isolated township of Dogville. To repay their good deed, she carries out odd jobs for the townsfolk, but soon realises their loyalty has a greater price.

Dogville review: Von Trier creates anti-American scenario

A Quiet Passion

PG
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Terence Davies
Starring: Cynthia Nixon, Jennifer Ehle, Keith Carradine, Emma Bell
What's it about?
The story of American poet Emily Dickinson (Nixon) from her early days as a young schoolgirl to her later years as a reclusive, unrecognised artist. From acclaimed director Terence Davies (Distant Voices, Still Lives, The House of Mirth).

The Selfish Giant

MA15+
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Clio Barnard
Starring: Conner Chapman, Shaun Thomas, Sean Gilder, Lorraine Ashbourne
What's it about?
In northern England, two 13-year-olds are expelled from school and start 'scrapping' for a local metal dealer, in exchange for cash. Soon the boys, Arbor (Conner Chapman) and Swifty (Shaun Thomas) are drawn into the criminal underworld, which they struggle to leave.

The Selfish Giant Review