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A selection of standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout April 2020.
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SBS Movies

31 Mar 2020 - 7:51 PM  UPDATED 1 Apr 2020 - 8:25 AM

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

1 April

Burn Country

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, Thriller, War
Language: English
Director: Ian Olds
Starring: Dominic Rains, Melissa Leo, James Franco, Rachel Brosnahan, Thomas Jay Ryan
What's it about?
Leaving behind his life as a fixer for Western journalists reporting on the war in Afghanistan, Osman (Rains) lands in a small bohemian town in Northern California, working as a crime reporter for the local newspaper. There, he befriends the unstable hot tub craftsman Lindsay (Leo) and an elusive local actress Sandra (Brosnahan). But when Lindsay goes missing under troubling circumstances, Osman is drawn deep into the backwoods of this small town.


3 April

Beyond Gay: The Politics of Pride

M
Canada, 2010

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Bob Christie
What's it about?
Over the course of a year, film follows Vancouver Pride Society president Ken Coolen to various international Pride events, including Poland, Hungary, Russia, Sri Lanka and others where there is great opposition to pride parades. In North America, Pride is complicated by commercialisation and a sense that the festivals are turning away from their political roots toward tourism, party promotion and entertainment. Christie documents the ways larger, more mainstream Pride events have supported the global Pride movement and how human rights components are being added to more established events.

4 April

Waru

M
New Zealand, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Maori, English
Director: Briar Grace Smith, Casey Kaa, Ainsley Gardiner, Katie Wolfe, Chelsea Cohen, Renae Maihi, Awanui Simich-Pene, Paula Whetu Jones
Starring: Tanea Heke, Roimata Fox, Ngapaki Moetara, Awhina-Rose Ashby, Maria Walker, Kararaina Rangihau, Merehaka Maaka, Acacia Hapi, Antonio Te Maioha, Miriama McDowell, Amber Curreen
What's it about?
From eight female Maori directors come eight connected stories (in Maori, waru means 8), each taking place at the same moment in time during the tangi (funeral) of a small boy, Waru, who has died at the hands of a caregiver. The eight stories are all subtly linked and follow different female characters as they come to terms with Waru’s death and try to find a way forward in their community.

6 April

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.

The Tracker

M
Australia, 2002
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Rolf de Heer
Starring: David Gulpilil, Gary Sweet, Grant Page, Damon Gameau
What's it about?
Fanatic (Sweet) a government trooper who is heading an expedition to find an aboriginal man accused of murdering a white woman. Others in the expedition are the Follower (Gameau) a greenhorn trooper, the Veteran (Page), and the Tracker (Gulpilil, who won the AFI award for Best Actor in a Leading Role). Directed by Rolf de Heer, who would collaborate again with Gulpilil on Ten Canoes and Charlie's Country.

The Tracker: Review

7 April

Ella

G
Australia, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Douglas Watkin
What's it about?
Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. A descendant of the Wiradjuri people, Ella charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation of The Australian Ballet's artistic director David McAllister to join one of the world's foremost ballet companies.

Wiradjuri Ballet dancer, Ella Havelka

8 April

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.

Raid

M
India, 2018
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller, Action
Language: Hindi
Director: Raj Kumar Gupta
Starring: Ajay Devgn, Saurabh Shukla, Ileana D'Cruz, Gayathri Iyer, Sheeba Chaddha, Amit Sial
What's it about?
An incorruptible IT officer Amay Patnaik (Devgn) gets an anonymous tip about a political leader Tauji’s (Shukla) illegal assets. Patnaik plans an elaborate Raid on Tauji’s home and businesses.

9 April

Into the Forest

MA15+
Canada, 2016
Genre: Drama, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Patricia Rozema
Starring: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie
What's it about?
In the near future, two teenage sisters, Nell (Page) and Eva (Wood), live in a remotely located home with their father (Rennie) in a forest. There is a massive, continent-wide power outage that appears to be part of a region-wide technological collapse. The car battery is drained, so they are left stranded for days. Informed only by rumour, they fight intruders, disease, loneliness & starvation.

10 April

Message from Mungo

G
Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Andrew Pike, Ann McGrath
What's it about?
Lake Mungo is an ancient Pleistocene lake-bed in south-western New South Wales, and is one of the world’s richest archaeological sites. This documentary focuses on the interface over the last 40 years between the scientists on one hand, and, on the other, the Indigenous communities who identify with the land and with the human remains revealed at the site.

Sharknado

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Starring: Tara Reid, Ian Ziering, John Heard, Cassie Scerbo
What's it about?
A freak hurricane hits Los Angeles, causing man-eating sharks to be scooped up in tornadoes and flooding the city with shark-infested seawater. Surfer and bar-owner Fin sets out with his friends Baz and Nova to rescue his estranged wife April and teenage daughter Claudia.

Brace yourself for a mockbuster marathon as the 'Sharknado' movies rain down on SBS VICELAND


11 April

What We Did on Our Holiday

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Andy Hamilton, Guy Jenkin
Starring: Rosamund Pike, David Tennant, Billy Connolly
What's it about?
Doug (Tennant) and Abi (Pike) take their kids on a family vacation. Surrounded by relatives, the kids innocently reveal the ins and outs of their family life and many intimate details about their parents. It's soon clear that when it comes to keeping a big secret under wraps from the rest of the family, their children are their biggest liability.

12 April

The Vicious Kind

MA15+
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Lee Toland Krieger
Starring: Adam Scott, Brittany Snow, J.K. Simmons, Alex Frost
What's it about?
Caleb (Scott) reluctantly picks up his brother Peter at college and brings him and his new girlfriend Emma (Snow) home for the Thanksgiving holiday. Caleb, who recently broke up with his long-time girlfriend is very wary of relationships, and warns Peter (Frost) that Emma will hurt him. Caleb can’t stop himself from becoming infatuated with her; as his feelings grow, he must decide whether to act on his feelings or protect his brother’s first love.

Brigsby Bear

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Dave McCary
Starring: Kyle Mooney, Claire Danes, Mark Hamill, Greg Kinnear, Andy Samberg
What's it about?
Brigsby Bear Adventures is a children's TV show produced for an audience of one: James (Mooney). When the show abruptly ends, James's life changes forever, and he sets out to finish the story himself.

Maliglutit (The Searchers)

M
Canada, 2016
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Language: Inuktitut
Director: Zacharias Kunuk
Starring: Benjamin Kunuk, Joey Sarpinak, Jocelyne Immaroitok, Karen Ivalu
What's it about?
Inuk filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk (Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner) returns with this Arctic epic inspired by the classic John Ford western The Searchers, about a vengeful husband who sets off in pursuit of the violent men who kidnapped his wife and destroyed his home.

14 April

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me

MA15+
USA, 1992
Genre: Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick, David Bowie, Kyle Maclachlan
What's it about?
In this prequel to David Lynch’s cult television series, a young FBI agent disappears while investigating a murder miles from Twin Peaks that may be related to the future murder of Laura Palmer. Critically savaged upon its Cannes premiere and initial theatrical release, this precursor to the events in Lynch's cult TV series has grown in reputation with time.

Interview with David Lynch from Cannes on Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (The Movie Show, Episode 37, 1993)
David Lynch: Vice Guide To Film

19 April

Green Room

MA15+
USA, 2016
Genre: Thriller, Crime
Language: English
Director: Jeremy Saulnier
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart
What's it about?
Down on their luck rock band The Ain’t Rights are about to call it quits when they get an unexpected booking at an isolated, run-down club deep in the backwoods of Oregon. What seems a third-rate gig escalates into something much more sinister when they witness an act of violence backstage that they weren’t meant to see. From Jeremy Saulnier, director of the acclaimed 2013 indie thriller Blue Ruin.

21 April

Next Goal Wins

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Mike Brett, Steve Jamison
What's it about?
In 2001, the tiny Pacific island of American Samoa suffered a world record 31-0 defeat at the hands of Australia, garnering headlines across the world as the worst football team on the planet. An inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds, and an object lesson in what it really means to be a winner in life. Soon to be a fictionalised feature film written and directed by Taika Waititi (Jojo Rabbit, Hunt For The Wilderpeople).

24 April

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

25 April

Novitiate

M
USA, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Latin
Director: Margaret Betts
Starring: Margaret Qualley, Melissa Leo, Julianne Nicholson, Dianna Agron
What's it about?
Raised by a vehemently non-religious, single mother (Nicholson) in rural Tennessee during the '50s, a scholarship to Catholic school soon finds Cathleen (Qualley) drawn into all the mystery and romanticism of a life devoted to the worship and servitude of God. With the dawn of the Vatican II era, radical changes in the Church are threatening the course of nuns’ lives. Cathleen finds herself struggling with issues of faith, sexuality, and the changing administration.

'Novitiate': Engrossing, Superbly Acted Convent Drama

26 April

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

PG
Australia, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Ros Horin
Featuring: Aminata Conteh-Biger, Yordanos Haile-Michael, Rosemary Kariuki-Fyfe, Yarrie Bangura
What's it about?
Four African Australian women (former refugees), all victims of sexual abuse and violence, take on the risky and difficult challenge of creating and performing their stories in a professional Theatre production. The film charts their journeys over a 5-year period from tentative and painful beginnings in exploratory workshops through to the eventual triumph of their theatre show against all the odds.

From suffering to joy: The healing might of The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

30 April

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A Late Quartet

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Music, Drama
Language: English
Director: Yaron Zilberman
Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Mark Ivanir, Catherine Keener, Imogen Poots, Christopher Walken
What's it about?
When the beloved cellist of a world-renowned string quartet is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, the group’s future suddenly hangs in the balance as suppressed emotions, competing egos and uncontrollable passions threaten to derail years of friendship and collaboration. As they are about to play their 25th anniversary concert — quite possibly their last — only their intimate bond and the power of music can preserve their legacy.

Camille Claudel, 1915

M
France, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Bruno Dumont
Starring: Juliette Binoche, Jean-Luc Vincent, Robert Leroy, Armelle Leroy-Rolland
What's it about?
Winter, 1915. Confined by her family to an asylum in the South of France - where she will never sculpt again - the chronicle of Camille Claudel's (Binoche) reclusive life, as she waits for a visit from her brother, Paul Claudel. Directed by Bruno Dumont (L'il Quinquin, Slack Bay).

Camille Claudel, 1915: Juliette Binoche interview

Juliette Binoche in 'Camille Claudel, 1915'

Control

MA15+
UK, 2007
Genre: Music, Drama, Biography
Language: English
Director: Anton Corbijn
Starring: Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Alexandra Maria Lara, Toby Kebbell
What's it about?
It's 1979 and the Manchester post punk band Joy Division are poised to strike it big in the US. The group's success can be largely be attributed to the intense stage presence of vocalist Ian Curtis (Riley), however his personal troubles place its future in jeopardy.

Control: Review


England Is Mine

MA15+
UK, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mark Gill
Starring: Jack Lowden, Jessica Brown Findlay, Simone Kirby, Peter McDonald, Jodie Comer
What's it about?
The 17-year-old Steven Patrick Morrissey (Lowden) is a young dreamer amid the tough, macho world of 1970s northern England. When his parents’ relationship begins to deteriorate, Steven blocks out family life and spends most of his time writing savage music letters to the NME. But what Steven really wants is to become the frontman of a band - this film tells the story of how Morrissey formed The Smiths.

Girls Can't Swim

M
France, 2000
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Anne-Sophie Birot
Starring: Isild Le Besco, Pascale Bussières, Pascal Elso, Marie Rivière, Karen Alyx, Yelda Reynaud
What's it about?
Gwen (Besco) is a teenager living in a small coastal town. Lise (Alyx) is her best friend, a city girl who comes every year with her family to spend the summer. This year things are different though; at first Lise might not come at all, and when she does it is obvious that Gwen grew up faster than she did.

Good Vibrations

MA15+
UK, Ireland, 2012
Genre: English
Language: Biography, Drama
Director: Lisa Barros D'sa, Glenn Leyburn 
Starring: Richard Dormer, Jodie Whittaker, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
This 2013 film brings the story of Irish record label owner Terri Hooley (played by Dormer) to the screen. A major player in the Belfast punk scene during the 1970s, Hooley's record store and label, both called Good Vibrations, introduced the world to Northern Irish bands like Rudi and The Undertones (known for their song "Teenage Kicks" and lead singer Feargal Sharkey). Set in the midst of The Troubles conflict that raged for decades in Northern Ireland, Good Vibrations brings the energy and urgency of the era to life.

Good Vibrations review
Good Vibrations Lisa Barros D'Sa and Glenn Leyburn interview

Hannah Arendt

PG
Germany, 2014
Genre: War
Language: English
Director: Margarethe von Trotta
Starring: Barbara Sukowa, Axel Milberg, Janet McTeer
What's it about?
A portrait of the influential German-Jewish philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt (played by Sukowa). In the course of reporting on the 1961 trial of ex-Nazi Adolf Eichmann in The New Yorker, Arendt introduced now-famous concept of the 'Banality of Evil'. Margarethe von Trotta blends actual footage from the trial into her narrative of the woman at the centre of a political firestorm.

Hannah Arendt Review
Hannah Arendt: Barbara Sukowa interview

Me, Myself and Mum

M
France, 2013
Genre: Comedy
Language: Spanish, French, English, German
Director: Guillaume Gallienne
Starring: Guillaume Gallienne, Françoise Fabian, André Marcon, Diane Kruger
What's it about?
How to become a man when your mother and your closed circle have decided otherwise? This is the challenge Guillaume (Gallienne) took up. The film recounts Guillaume's tragicomic battle from the young age of eight, as he adopts the role of a girl then of a homosexual... until, aged 30, he meets the woman who, after his mother, will become the other woman in his life. Beyond this story of a heterosexual coming-out, the film tells the tale of an actor who never stopped loving women, maybe even a little too much.


Paris Can Wait

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Romance
Language: French, English
Director: Eleanor Coppola
Starring: Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin, Arnaud Viard
What's it about?
Anne (Lane) is at a crossroads in her life. Long married to a successfully driven but inattentive movie producer (Baldwin), she finds herself taking a car trip from Cannes to Paris with a business associate of her husband (Viard). What should be a seven-hour drive turns into a journey of discovery involving picturesque sights, fine food and wine, humor, wisdom, and much more.

Siddharth

M
Canada, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Richie Mehta
Starring: Rajesh Tailang, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Anurag Arora, Shobha Sharma Jassi
What's it about?
Mahendra (Tailang) is a chain-wallah, making a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi. To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory. When the boy doesn't come home for the Diwali holiday, Mahendra and his wife Suman (Chatterjee) slowly begin to suspect that he was kidnapped by child traffickers. With little resources and no connections, he travels across India to look for his son.

Siddharth

The Concert

M
Italy, France, Belgium, Romania, 2009
Genre: Music, Comedy
Language: French, Russian
Director: Radu Mihaileanu
Starring: Aleksey Guskov, Mélanie Laurent, Dmitriy Nazarov
What's it about?
A former acclaimed Russian conductor (Guskov), demoted to cleaner during the Soviet era, comically schemes to book himself and his former musicians into a prestigious Parisian booking after he intercepts an offer of a show. Making ends meet by unexpected means, they arrive in Paris only to fall into disarray, even as the young French violin soloist (Laurent) who has agreed to play with them begins to realise her connection to their collective past.

The Concert Review

War Witch

MA15+
Canada, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: French
Director: Kim Nguyen
Starring: Rachel Mwanza, Alain Lino Mic Eli Bastien, Serge Kanyinda
What's it about?
A teenage girl enslaved to a life of guerrilla warfare in the African jungle finds hope for survival in protective, ghost-like visions and with a fellow soldier named Magician. Oscar-nominated in 2013 for Best Foreign Language Film.

Rebelle / War Witch: Kim Nguyen interview
War Witch review: A child's eye view of atrocity

White Tiger

M
Russia, 2012
Genre: Action, War
Language: Russian
Director: Karen Shakhnazarov
Starring: Vladimir Ilin, Valeriy Grishko, Aleksey Vertkov, Vitaly Kishchenko
What's it about?
World War II is drawing to a close. Furious and prolonged fighting is exhausting both the Soviet and the fascist troops. The more decisive the advance of the Soviet army, the more often White Tiger, a huge, indestructible fascist tank, appears in the battlefield. It relentlessly emerges from the smoke of combat, ruthlessly destroys the adversary and swiftly vanishes. No one can either verify or refute its existence. However, the Soviet military command decides to build an extraordinary tank – a special version of the T-34.

White Tiger: Review (4 stars)

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