• Martin Scorsese's 'Hugo' is one of many films leaving SBS On Demand throughout May (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand this month.
SBS Movies

1 May 2020 - 1:13 PM  UPDATED 26 May 2020 - 6:41 PM

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MAY 28

What We Do in the Shadows

New Zealand, 2014
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Jemaine Clement
What's it about?
Three flatmates, Viago (Waititi, who also wrote and directed the film before going on to make Hunt For the Wilderpeople and Jojo Rabbit), Deacon (Brugh), and Vladislav (Clement), are all vampires, hundreds of years old. The trio are finding modern society is not agreeing with them particularly well and it's creating conflict in the house they share together.

'What We Do in the Shadows': Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement interview


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.

MAY 30

The Future

USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Miranda July
Starring: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater, David Warshofsky
What's it about?
When a couple (July & Linklater) decides to adopt a stray cat their perspective on life changes radically, literally altering the course of time and space and testing their faith in each other and themselves. Miranda July's follow up as writer-director to 2005's arthouse hit Me and You and Everyone We Know.

The Future: Review


MAY 31


Belgium, 2011
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Dutch, French
Director: Michael R. Roskam
Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeroen Perceval, Jeanne Dandoy
What's it about?
Domineering cattle farmer Jacky Vanmarsenille (Schoenaerts), constantly pumped on steroids and hormones, initiates a shady deal with a notorious mafioso meat trader. When an investigating federal agent is assassinated and a woman from his traumatic past resurfaces, Jacky must confront his demons and face the far-reaching consequences of his decisions. A 2012 Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Why You Should Watch: Bullhead


France, Germany, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: German, French
Director: Christian Petzold
Starring: Franz Rogowski, Paula Beer, Godehard Giese, Lilien Batman
What's it about?
In an attempt to flee Nazi-occupied France, Georg assumes the identity of a dead author but soon finds himself stuck in Marseilles, where he falls in love with Maria, a young woman searching for her missing husband. From Christian Petzold, writer-director of Phoenix and Barbara.

The Road to Mandalay

Myanmar, Taiwan, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Burmese, Thai
Director: Midi Z
Starring: Wu Ke-Xi, Kai Ko
What's it about?
The human traffickers have a well-established route: from Burma into Thailand across the Mekong River at Tchilek, along quiet country roads, passing bribed police checkpoints and into Bangkok, where the illegal migrants are on their own. Lianqing is one of five illegals who travels this route one summer night in 2013; along the way a fellow migrant called Guo is kind to her, and their fates later become entwined.

The White Balloon

Iran, 1995
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Anna Borkowska
What's it about?
An international success and the winner of the Camera d'Or at Cannes in 1995, Jafar Panahi's (OffsideThe Circle) film follows a little girl trying to find the money her mother gave her to buy a goldfish. A charming allegory that celebrates tenacity, ingenuity, and the wide-eyed innocence of youth. Co-written by Abbas Kiarostami (The Taste of Cherry, Close-Up, Certified Copy).

Tony Takitani

Japan, 2004 
Genre: Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Jun Ichikawa
Starring: Issei Ogata, Rie Miyazawa, Shinohara Takahumi
What's it about?
Tony Takitani (Ogata) had a solitary childhood. At school he studied art, but while his sketches are accurate and detailed, they lack feeling. Used to being self-sufficient, Tony finds himself becoming more irrational and instinctive. After finding his true vocation as a technical illustrator, he becomes fascinated by Eiko (Miyazawa), a client who in turn is fascinated by high end fashion. Based on the novel by Haruki Murakami.

The Baulkham Hills African Ladies Troupe

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

Heading South

France, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Laurent Cantet
Starring: Charlotte Rampling, Karen Young, Ménothy Cesar
What's it about?
A trio of lonely, middle-aged American women finds their growing disillusionment with stateside men leading them to seek emotional comfort and sexual gratification in the arms of young Haitian men. Competing for the attentions of beautiful young Haitian native Legba (Cesar) are 55-year-old Wellesley professor Ellen (Rampling), sexually frustrated Canadian factory worker Sue (Portal), and fortysomething Georgia blonde Brenda (Young). 


Denmark, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Christoffer Boe
Starring: Ulrich Thomsen, Helena Christensen, Henning Moritzen
What's it about?
Helena Christensen stars in this film about famous pianist Zetterstrom who returns home to his native Denmark, to give a gala concert, just to find out that the choices he has made in his life have affected his love life greatly. Zetterstrom, in his quest for perfection has repressed his emotions, but his return to Copenhagen reawakens the memories of his past. 

Slut in a Good Way

Canada, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: French
Director: Sophie Lorain
Starring: Marguerite Bouchard, Rose Adam, Romane Denis, Alex Godbout
What's it about?
When 17-year-old Charlotte's newfound sexual empowerment gives her the 'perfect score' in a game created by her male co-workers, she bands her female colleagues together to go on a sex strike.

Prince Avalanche

USA, 2013
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Gordon Green
Starring: Gina Grande, Joyce Payne, Lance LeGault, Lynn Shelton, Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch
What's it about?
An odd couple of sorts, Alvin (Rudd), meditative and stern, and his girlfriend’s brother Lance (Hirsch), dopey and insecure, leave the city behind to spend the summer in solitude repainting traffic lines down the center of a country highway ravaged by wildfire. As the two begin their gradual journey across the landscape, swapping stories and butting heads, what unfolds is a humorous yet moving examination of an unlikely friendship. From David Gordon Green, director of George Washington and Pineapple Express.

Prince Avalanche: David Gordon Green interview


UK, 2017
Genre: Thriller
Language: English, Turkish
Director: Louis Lagayette
Starring: Louis Lagayette, Alan Ford, Lorraine Burroughs, Ayoola Smart
What's it about?
Richard, a 30 year-old teacher, moves to East London, where he discovers gentrification: hipsters meet cockneys and immigrants in a tense environment. Richard is looking for a fresh start. He explores the East End: its nights, its drugs, its people - But the big city is not a welcoming place. Faced with rejection and abuse, Richard's past demons resurface and let loose his violent instincts.

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