• Clockwise from top left: Watership Down, Blue Velvet, Kiki, Harold & Maude, Hoop Dreams, Heathers, Pan's Labyrinth, The Hunt (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
A selection of standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout March 2020.
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27 Feb 2020 - 10:56 AM  UPDATED 27 May 2020 - 11:24 AM

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SUNDAY 1st MARCH:

Harold and Maude

M
USA, 1971
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Hal Ashby
Starring: Bud Cort, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Pickles
What's it about?
Deadpan rich kid Harold (Cort) keeps staging elaborate suicide tableaux to get the attention of his mother (Pickles), but she keeps planning his brilliant future for him instead. Obsessed with the trappings of death, Harold freaks out his blind dates, modifies his new sports car to look like a mini-hearse, and attends funerals, where he meets the eccentric 79-year-old Maude (Gordon). To the disgust of Harold's relatives and the befuddlement of Harold's shrink, Harold falls in love with her. 

MONDAY 2nd MARCH:

Hemel

MA15+
Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch
Director: Sacha Polak
Starring: Hannah Hoekstra, Hans Dagelet, Rifka Lodeizen
What's it about?
Divided into chapters, this film first chronicles Hemel's (Hoekstra) many sexual conquests, then takes on a different tone as it explores her complicated relationship with her father, Gijs (Dagelet). A dapper auctioneer, Gijs has dated a series of younger women since Hemel's mother's death. But when Gijs starts seeing the charming Sophie (Lodeizen), for the first time Hemel feels that her special relationship with her father is threatened.

Hemel: Review

THURSDAY 5 MARCH:

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.

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.

FRIDAY 6th MARCH:

Lousy Little Sixpence

PG
Australia, 1983
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Alec Morgan
What's it about?
Tells of the early years of the Stolen Generation and Aboriginal Australians' removal from their families to be sent to work as servants for white people, and the rise of the first Aboriginal organisations in the 1930's, in particular the Aborigines Progressive Association (APA).

Lousy Little Sixpence, 1983, Alec Morgan and Gerry Bostock, documentary.

SATURDAY 7th MARCH:

Hoop Dreams

M
USA, 1994
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Steve James
What's it about?
Follows two young African-American men through their high school years as they perfect their skills in basketball in the hopes of getting a college scholarship and eventually playing in the NBA. Regularly cited as one of the greatest documentary films ever made, and selected by renowned American film critic Roger Ebert as the best film of the 1990s.

Hoop Dreams review

SUNDAY 8th MARCH:

Blue Velvet

MA15+
USA, 1986
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Isabella Rossellini, Dennis Hopper, Dean Stockwell, Laura Dern
What's it about?
A college student (MacLachlan) stumbles across a bizarre mystery after discovering a severed ear and wants to know more, perhaps too much more. The strange world he's found lurking beneath his hometown's picture-postcard veneer is about to become much stranger. Controversial upon its initial release, this film remains one of Lynch's signature works, and earned him a Best Director nomination at the 1987 Academy Awards.

The Hunt 

MA15+
Denmark, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
What's it about?
A teacher (Mikkelsen) lives a lonely life following a difficult divorce, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. This acclaimed film (written & directed by Festen's Thomas Vinterberg) was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

The Hunt: Mads Mikkelsen interview

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.

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".

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 acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney (Going ClearTaxi to the Darkside).

2014 Sydney Film Festival: Finding Fela! - Review

MONDAY 9th MARCH:

Mongol

MA15+
Russia, Germany, Kazakhstan, 2007
Genre: Drama, History, War
Language: Mongolian, Mandarin
Director: Sergei Bodrov
Starring: Tadanobu Asano, Khulan Chuluun, Honglei Sun
What's it about?
A sweeping epic, Mongol delves into the dramatic early years of Genghis Khan (Asano), who was born as Temudgin in 1162. As it follows him from his perilous childhood to the battle that sealed his destiny, the film paints a multi-dimensional portrait of the future conqueror, revealing him not as the evil brute of legend, but as an inspiring and visionary leader. Nominated for the 2008 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. 

Mongol Review

Heathers

MA15+
USA, 1989
Genre: Black Comedy, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Michael Lehmann
Starring: Winona Ryder, Christian Slater, Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker
What's it about?
A girl (Ryder) who halfheartedly tries to be part of the "in crowd" of her school meets a rebel (Slater) who teaches her a more devious way to play social politics: by killing the popular kids. A box office failure on its initial release, the film is now regarded as a classic teen film and a trenchant social satire.

The Movie Show reviews Heathers (Episode 35 1989)

WEDNESDAY 11 MARCH:

Pan's Labyrinth 

MA15+
Spain, 2006
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, War
Language: Spanish
Director: Guillermo del Toro
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Sergi López, Maribel Verdu
What's it about?
Accompanied by her parents, Ofelia (Baquero) moves from a large Spanish city to a  rural area in the North of the country. Faced with the upheaval of moving home, an abusive stepfather (Lopez) and the general unpleasantness surrounding Franco's victory in 1944, Ofelia enters an imaginary world of creatures and demons, in a bid to escape. From acclaimed director Guillermo Del Toro (The Shape of Water), and the winner of three 2007 Academy Awards for cinematography, art direction and makeup.

Pan's Labyrinth review: Fantasy cinema at its finest (5 stars)

THURSDAY 12th MARCH:

Mississippi Grind

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Ben Mendelsohn, Sienna Miller
What's it about?
Gerry (Mendelsohn) is a talented but down-on-his-luck gambler whose fortunes begin to change when he meets Curtis (Reynolds), a younger, highly charismatic poker player. The two strike up an immediate friendship and Gerry quickly persuades his new friend to accompany him on a road trip to a legendary high stakes poker game in New Orleans. From the writer-director team Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck (Half Nelson).

'Mississippi Grind': A Beautifully Bittersweet Road Movie

Ryan Reynolds and Ben Mendelsohn in 2015's 'Mississippi Grind'

SUNDAY 15th MARCH:

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

SUNDAY 16th MARCH:

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.)

WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH:

Kiki

MA15+
Sweden, USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Sara Jordenö
What's it about?
25 years after Paris is Burning, we dive back into the fierce world of voguing battles in the Kiki scene of New York City, where competition between Houses demands leadership, painstaking practice, and performances on point. A film collaboration between Kiki gatekeeper, Twiggy Pucci Garçon, and Swedish filmmaker Sara Jordenö, we’re granted exclusive access into this high stakes world, where tough competitions act as a gateway into the daily lives of LGBTQ youth of color in NYC.

Why You Should Watch: Kiki

SUNDAY 29th MARCH:

Dallas Buyers Club

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Steve Zahn, Jennifer Garner, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto
What's it about?
1986, Texas. Homophobic womaniser Ron Woodruff (McConaughey, in an Oscar-winning performance) is completely oblivious of AIDS, even as it spreads through the world, terrifying the public. So when Ron contracts HIV, he is blindsided. Given just 30 days to live, he tries in vain to be included in the AZT drug trial. Ron seeks out other untested, alternative medications in Mexico, and establishes an underground network of drug supply for the growing increasing numbers of HIV and AIDS. Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.Wild, Big Little Lies).

Dallas Buyers Club: Interview
Vice Guide To Film: Jean-Marc Vallée

TUESDAY 31st MARCH:

The New Girlfriend

MA15+
France, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: François Ozon
Starring: Romain Duris, Anaïs Demoustier, Raphaël Personnaz, Isild Le Besco, Aurore Clement
What's it about?
Claire (Demoustier) and Laura (Le Besco) have been friends since primary school. Now, in their adult lives, with each happily married, to Gilles (Personnaz) and David (Duris) respectively, they are as close as ever. Then Laura dies after an illness and Claire's world is suddenly very empty. Being the godmother of Laura's child, Lucie, Claire visits David and Lucie, only to discover he has a startling secret. 

Transcend old prejudices in 'The New Girlfriend'

Policeman

MA15+
Israel, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Hebrew
Director: Nadav Lapid
Starring: Yaara Pelzig, Yiftach Klein, Tracy Abramovich
What's it about?
Told in two chapters, this film opens with the brawny and ultra-confident Yaron (Klein), an anti-terrorist officer. The story then shifts to the activists Yaron and his team are assigned with hunting down: bleeding heart Israeli youth planning a misguided terrorist attack on a billionaire’s daughter’s wedding. The two groups inevitably come to a head with an act of violence that brings the country's inequalities into a consuming climax. From Nadav Lapid, director of 2019's Berlinale Golden Bear winner Synonyms.

Policeman: Review

Coherence

PG
USA, 2013
Genre: Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: James Ward Byrkit
Starring: Emily Baldoni, Maury Sterling, Nicholas Brendon, Lorene Scafaria
What's it about?
Four couples gather for dinner the night a mysterious and powerful comet passes overhead.As unexplained events begin to bend reality in frightening ways, the couples realise that visitors from a strange house down the road may be trying to prevent them from surviving the night. As the night unfolds, people experience terrifying revelations about themselves, forcing each one to question their own reality.

Brothers

MA15+
Denmark, 2004
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Susanne Bier
Starring: Connie Nielsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Ulrich Thomsen
What's it about?
Black sheep of the family, Jannik, comforts the wife and children of his more successful older brother, Michael, after he goes missing in Afghanistan. When Michael comes home, traumatised by being held prisoner in the mountains, nothing is the same.

A Touch of Sin

MA15+
China, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Mandarin
Director: Jia Zhangke
Starring: Wu Jiang, Baoqiang Wang, Tao Zhao
What's it about?
This film focuses on four characters, each living in different Chinese provinces, who are driven to violent ends. An angry miner, enraged by widespread corruption in his village, decides to take justice into his own hands. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities of owning a firearm. A young receptionist, who dates a married man and works at a local sauna, is pushed beyond her limits by an abusive client. And a young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. Winner of the Best Screenplay award from Steven Spielberg's jury at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

Orgazmo

MA15+
USA, 1997
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Trey Parker
Starring: Trey Parker, Matt Stone, David Dunn, Dian Bachar, Robyn Lynne Raab
What's it about?
Mormon Joe Young is about to get married, but he needs to find money quickly to be able to give his fiancé the wedding of her dreams. By chance, he knocks on the door of a porn movie producer and is recruited as a sex superhero. However, his "talents" are noticed and when the movie becomes a success, he finds a kind of fame that  wouldn't sit well with his unknowing fiancé. From South Park duo Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Anchor and Hope

MA15+
Spain, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Carlos Marques-Marcet
Starring: Oona Chaplin, Natalia Tena, David Verdaguer, Geraldine Chaplin
What's it about?
Eva and Kat enjoy a carefree existence on their houseboat on a London canal. Until Eva's dream of becoming a mother is reignited by the death of their pet. Kat just wants to get a new cat. But when Kat's best friend, Roger, visits from Barcelona, they decide in a moment of drunkenness that he can be Eva's sperm donor. But what are the consequences for the lesbian couple, the biological father, the child and their relationships with one another?

Last Days in the Desert

M
USA, 2014
Genre: Drama, History, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Rodrigo García
Starring: Ewan McGregor, Ciarán Hinds
What's it about?
This movie, directed by Rodrigo García (Mother and Child), follows Jesus Christ's (McGregor) last days of fasting and praying in the desert as he walks back to civilisation. As he is facing exhaustion and hallucinations in an unforgiving environment, Christ meets the Devil, who tries to test him.

Last Days in the Desert Review

Night Train to Lisbon

M
Germany, 2013
Genre: Romance, Thriller, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Bille August
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Lena Olin, Bruno Ganz, Mélanie Laurent
What's it about?
Raimund Gregorius (Irons) is a Latin teacher from Berne. When he encounters a book by the Portuguese poet and doctor Amadeu de Prado, he drops everything and takes the night train to Lisbon. He is determined to find out more about this writer who appears to have been obsessed by the very same questions that plague him: the purpose of human deeds and the unrealised potential of each and every life. From two-time Palme d'Or-winning director Bille August (The Best Intentions, Pelle the Conqueror).

Beloved Sisters

M
Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Language: German
Director: Dominik Graf
Starring: Hannah Hertzsprung, Henriette Confurius
What's it about?
In 1788 Wiemar, the Lengefeld sisters (Hannah Hertzsprung and Henrietta Confurius) become aquainted with the famous Post Enlightenment writer and philosopher, Friedrich Schiller (Florian Stetter). Soon, the three are involved in a complex love triangle.

Beloved Sisters: Review

Viceroy's House

PG
India, UK, 2017
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Michael Gambon, Manish Dayal
What's it about?
In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people, living upstairs at the house which was the home of British rulers, whilst 500 Hindu, Muslim and Sikh servants lived downstairs.

 

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