• Luca Guadagnino's I Am Love, starring Tilda Swinton, leaving SBS On Demand November 30th. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout November.
28 Oct 2020 - 4:42 PM  UPDATED 28 Oct 2020 - 5:08 PM

For a list of all titles (including TV and more documentaries) leaving SBS On Demand during November, click here.

PEDRO ALMODOVAR COLLECTION
SBS On Demand: Pedro Almodóvar collection
Celebrate the work of the great Spanish auteur with this collection of films available to stream for free at SBS On Demand.
 

 

Black Cop (available at SBS On Demand until November 1st)

M
Canada, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Cory Bowles
Starring: Ronnie Rowe, Jr., Sophia Walker, Sebastien Lebel, Simon Paul Mutuyimana
What's it about?
A black police officer (Rowe, Jr.) is pushed to the edge, taking out his frustrations on the privileged community he's sworn to protect. Winner of the 2017  Vancouver Film Festival prize for Best Canadian Feature Film.

 

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (Nov 1)

MA15+
China, UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Joe Alwyn, Kristen Stewart, Chris Tucker, Garrett Hedlund, Vin Diesel, Steve Martin
What's it about?
Based on the widely-acclaimed, bestselling novel, the film is told from the point of view of 19-year-old private Billy Lynn (Alwyn) who, along with his fellow soldiers in Bravo Squad, becomes a hero after a harrowing Iraq battle and is brought home temporarily for a victory tour. Through flashbacks, culminating at the spectacular halftime show of the Thanksgiving Day football game, the film reveals what really happened to the squad - contrasting the realities of the war with America’s perceptions. From Oscar-winning director Ang Lee (Life of Pi, Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon).

 

Beautiful Boy (Nov 2)

MA15+
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Felix Van Groeningen
Starring: Steve Carell, Timothee Chalamet, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan, Christian Convery
What's it about?
Based on two memoirs, one from acclaimed journalist David Sheff (played by Carell) and one from his son, Nic Sheff (played by Chalamet). As Nic repeatedly relapses, the Sheffs are faced with the harsh reality that addiction is a disease that does not discriminate and can hit any family at any time. Directed by Felix Van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown).

 

Stations of the Cross (Nov 2)

M
Germany, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Dietrich Brüggemann
Starring: Lea Van Acken
What's it about?
Fourteen-year old Maria (Lea Van Acken) grows up in an extraordinarily conservative religious family, who belong to the (fictional) Society of St Paul. Desperate to please everyone in her life, Maria struggles as she tries to reconcile her feelings for a fellow pupil, whilst staying on the path of righteousness, in the face of the Lord.  

Stations of the Cross: Review

 

Under the Cover of Cloud (Nov 3)

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Ted Wilson
Starring: Ted Wilson, Arthur Wessing, Chris Wessing, David Boon
What's it about?
An embittered journalist (Wilson) returns home to Hobart after losing his Melbourne magazine job. With nothing to do except think about his next move, he lands on the idea of writing a book about Tasmanian upper-order batsmen, and in particular the great man himself: David Boon (who makes a cameo appearance in the film). But soon he’s discovering there’s a lot more to his homeland than he once thought, and that everything he’s been searching for could be closer than he imagined.

Under the Cover Of Cloud

 

Mug (Nov 4)

MA15+
Poland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Polish
Director: Małgorzata Szumowska
Starring: Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Malgorzata Gorol
What's it about?
Jacek (Kosciukiewicz) loves heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. His family, his small hometown, his fellow parishioners all see him as an amusing freak. He works at the construction site of what it is supposed to become the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a severe accident disfigures him completely, all eyes turn to him as he undergoes the first facial transplant in the country. Winner of the Silver Bear (2nd place) at the 2018 Berlin Film Festival.

 

Half the Picture (Nov 5)

M
USA, 2018
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Amy Adrion
Featuring: Lena Dunham, Sam Taylor-Johnson, Ava DuVernay, Mary Harron
What's it about?
At a pivotal moment for gender equality in Hollywood, successful women directors tell the stories of their art, lives and careers. Having endured a long history of systemic discrimination, women filmmakers may be getting the first glimpse of a future that values their voices equally.

 

The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Nov 6)

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Mira Nair
Starring: Riz Ahmed, Liev Schreiber, Om Puri, Martin Donovan, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland
What's it about?
From Award-winning director Mira Nair (Salaam Bombay!, Monsoon Wedding), and based on the acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid, this film explores bias and the phenomenon of globalisation. A young Pakistani man (Ahmed) who is chasing corporate success on Wall Street soon finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. 

 

Gattaca (Nov 8)

M
USA, 1997
Genre: Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Andrew Niccol
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Uma Thurman, Jude Law
What's it about?
In the 21st century, genetic engineering makes possible the creation of biologically superior human specimens ("valids"), who then grow to positions of power and prestige. Would-be astronaut Vincent (Hawke) born the old-fashioned way, can only hope for a janitorial position at the elite Gattaca Corporation – until he buys the blood, urine, and identity of a perfect but paralysed athlete. But a murder in the company's ranks attracts the attention of a detective (law) who threatens to sniff Vincent out.  

David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz review Gattaca: Review (The Movie Show, Episode 36, 1997)

 

Takeover (Nov 8)

M
Australia, 1979

Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: David MacDougall, Judith MacDougall
What's it about?
This documentary observes the profound effect on an Aboriginal community of political and bureaucratic decisions made far away. Although specific to time and place, the film is timeless and universal in its observations of a conflict between an Indigenous minority and a powerful government.

 

Belle (Nov 9)

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Amma Asante
Starring: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Tom Wilkinson, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson
What's it about?
This period drama is inspired by the life of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Mbatha-Raw), who was the illegitimate daughter of John Lindsay, a Captain in the Royal Navy, and a Caribbean woman named Maria Belle who gave birth to their child in 1762. Belle's racial background renders her an outsider in her high society circle, and her uncle's role in a slavery case places her in the spotlight.

Film Review: 'Belle' Tells Continually Fascinating and Unusually Layered Story
Belle: Amma Asante interview

 

Legend (Nov 9)

PG
USA, 1985
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Language: English, Italian
Director: Ridley Scott
Starring: Tom Cruise, Mia Sara, Tim Curry, David Bennent, Alice Playten, Billy Barty
What's it about?
Set in a timeless mythical forest inhabited by fairies, goblins, unicorns and mortals, this fantastic story follows a mystical forest dweller, chosen by fate, to undertake a heroic quest. He must save the beautiful Princess Lili and defeat the demonic Lord of Darkness, or the world will be plunged into a never-ending ice age.

 

Lean on Pete (Nov 10)

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Andrew Haigh
Starring: Charlie Plummer, Steve Zahn, Steve Buscemi, Chloë Sevigny, Amy Seimetz
What's it about?
Charley Thompson (Plummer), a teenager living with his single father, gets a summer job working for horse trainer Del Montgomery. Bonding with an ageing racehorse named Lean on Pete, Charley is horrified to learn he is bound for slaughter, and so he steals the horse, and the duo embark on an odyssey across the new American frontier. Directed by Andrew Haigh, director of 45 Years and Weekend.

 

Mustang (Nov 10)

M
Turkey, France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Turkish
Director: Deniz Gamze Erguven
Starring: Güneş Nezihe Şensoy, Doğa Zeynep Doğuşlu, Elit İşcan, Tuğba Sunguroğlu
What's it about?
Young orphaned Turkish girl Lale (Sensoy) and her four sisters are walking home from school, playing innocently with some boys. However, the ‘immorality’ of their play sets off a scandal. The family home is progressively transformed into a prison; instead of attending school, the girls are forced to learn homemaking skills, and talks of arranged marriages begin. Discontented, the five sisters who share a common passion for freedom find ways of getting around the constraints imposed on them. Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2016 Academy Awards.

 

Yeh Jawaani, Hai Deewani (Nov 10)

PG
India, 2013
Genre: Bollywood
Language: Hindi
Director: Ayan Mukherjee
Starring: Deepika Padukone, Ranbir Kapoor
What's it about?
Kabir (Kapoor) and Naina (Padukone) bond in college, but before Naina can express her love, Kabir leaves India to pursue his career. In a twist of fate, the two reconnect in their twenties.

 

Rafiki (Nov 11)

M
Kenya, South Africa, 2018
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Swahili, English
Director: Wanuri Kahiu
Starring: Samantha Mugatsia, Sheila Munyiva, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji
What's it about?
Kena (Mugatsia) and Ziki (Munyiva) long for something more. Despite the political rivalry between their families, the girls resist and remain close friends, supporting each other to pursue their dreams in a conservative society. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

'Rafiki' tells a candy-coloured tale of love

 

A Matter of Life and Death (Nov 12)

PG
UK, 1946
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: David Niven, Kim Hunter, Kathleen Byron, Richard Attenborough
What's it about?
When a young airman (Niven) miraculously survives bailing out of his aeroplane without a parachute, he falls in love with an American radio operator. But the officials in the other world realise their mistake, and despatch an angel to collect him. From legendary directing team Michael Powell & Emeric Pressburger (Black Narcissus, The Red Shoes).

 

Get Low (Nov 12)

M
USA, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Aaron Schneider
Starring: Bill Murray, Sissy Spacek, Robert Duvall, Lucas Black
What's it about?
For years, townsfolk have been terrified of the backwoods recluse known as Felix Bush (Duvall). Then, one day, Felix rides to town with a shotgun and a wad of cash, saying he wants to buy a funeral. It's not your usual funeral for the dead Felix wants. On the contrary, he wants a 'living funeral', in which anyone who ever had heard a story about him will come to tell it, while he takes it all in.

 

Arctic (Nov 15)

M
Iceland, 2018
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Joe Penna
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Maria Thelma Smáradóttir, Tintrinai Thikhasuk
What's it about?
A man (Mikkelsen) stranded in the Arctic is finally about to receive his long-awaited rescue. However, after a tragic accident, his opportunity is lost and he must then decide whether to remain in the relative safety of his camp or embark on a deadly trek through the unknown for potential salvation.

Review: Mads Mikkelsen Fights For Survival In 'Arctic'

Mads Mikkelsen in 'Arctic'

 

Love and Other Drugs (Nov 16)

MA15+
USA, 2010
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Edward Zwick
Starring: Anne Hathaway, Hank Azaria, Jake Gyllenhaal, Dorothy Silver, Oliver Platt
What's it about?
Maggie (Hathaway) is an alluring free spirit who won't let anything, including a formidable personal challenge, tie her down. But she meets her match in Jaime Randall (Gyllenhaal), whose relentless and nearly infallible charm serve him well with the ladies and in the cutthroat world of pharmaceutical sales. Maggie and Jamie's evolving relationship takes them both by surprise, as they find themselves under the influence of the ultimate drug: love. Based on Jamie Reidy's memoir.

 

Saint Laurent (Nov 16)

MA15+
France, 2014
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: French
Director: Bertrand Bonello
Starring: Gaspard Ulliel, Léa Seydoux, Jérémie Renier, Louis Garrel, Brady Corbet
What's it about?
A look at the life of the late French fashion designer, Yves Saint Laurent (Ulliel), from 1965 to 1976 when he was at the peak of his career. From acclaimed director Bertrand Bonello (Nocturama, House of Pleasures).

Saint Laurent Review

 

The Odyssey (Nov 16)

PG
France, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Drama
Language: French, English
Director: Jerome Salle
Starring: Lambert Wilson, Pierre Niney, Audrey Tautou, Laurent Lucas
What's it about?
1948. Jacques Cousteau (Wilson), his wife SImone (Tautou) and his two sons are living in paradise, in a beautiful house overlooking the Mediterranean, but all Cousteau can think of is adventure. Thanks to his invention of an independent aqualung allowing divers to breathe under water, he has discovered a whole new world that he is willing to sacrifice everything to explore. 

 

Opal Dream (Nov 17)

PG
Australia, 2006
Genre: Drama, Family
Language: English
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Starring: Vince Colosimo, Jacqueline McKenzie, Sapphire Blossom, Christian Byers
What's it about?
Pobby & Dingan are invisible. They live in an opal town in Australia and are friends with Kellyanne, the 9 year-old daughter of an opal miner. The film tells the story of the bizarre and inexplicable disappearance of Pobby & Dingan, Kellyanne's imaginary friends, and the impact this has on her family and the whole town. The story is told through the eyes of Kellyanne's 11 years old brother Ashmol.

Opal Dream

 

Gomorrah (Nov 18)

MA15+
Italy, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Italian
Director: Matteo Garrone
Starring: Gianfelice Imparato, Tony Servillo, Salvatore Abruzzese, Simone Sacchettino
What's it about?
Based on the book by Roberto Saviano, this is an inside look at Italy's modern-day crime families, told through the stories of five individuals who think they can make their own compact with the Camorra. Winner of the Grand Prize at Cannes in 2008, and five European Film Awards, including Best Film. 

Gomorrah review: A no-frills account of the realities of mob life

 

Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool (Nov 19)

M
UK, 2017
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Paul McGuigan
Starring: Annette Bening, Jamie Bell, Julie Walters, Stephen Graham
What's it about?
Based on Peter Turner's memoir, the film follows the playful but passionate relationship between Turner (Bell) and the eccentric Academy Award-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Bening) in 1978 Liverpool. What starts as a vibrant affair between a legendary femme fatale and her young lover quickly grows into a deeper relationship, with Turner being the person Gloria turns to for comfort. Their passion and lust for life is tested to the limits by events beyond their control.

 

Loving Pablo (Nov 19)

MA15+
Spain, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Fernando Leon de Aranoa
Starring: Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard
What's it about?
The true story of the volatile love affair between Colombia’s most famous journalist, Virginia Vallejo (Cruz) and the world’s most feared drug lord, Pablo Escobar (Bardem). When Virginia first met Pablo, she was drawn to him by his charisma and contagious passion for his country and the people he loves. As their passionate affair intensified, so did the brutal violence and tyranny that surrounded Escobar’s empire.

 

Suburra (Nov 19)

MA15+
Italy, 2015
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: Italian
Director: Stefano Sollima
Starring: Pierfrancesco Favino, Claudio Amendola, Alessandro Borghi, Elio Germano
What's it about?
A gangster known as "Samurai" (Amendola) wants to turn the waterfront of Rome into a new Las Vegas. All the local mob bosses have agreed to work for this common goal. But peace is not to last long. Based a true story, and adapted from the fact-based novel by journalists Giancarlo De Cataldo (author of Romanzo Criminale) & Carlo Bonini.

 

...And God Created Woman (Nov 20)

PG
France, Italy, 1956
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: French, English
Director: Roger Vadim
Starring: Brigitte Bardot, Curd Jürgens, Jean-Louis Trintignant
What's it about?
Brigitte Bardot finds herself in the middle of a steamy love triangle in the feature that made her a world sensation, from director Roger Vadim, best known for the 1968 cult classic Barbarella.

And God Created Woman

 

Black Sea (Nov 21)

M
UK, 2014
Genre: Action, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Kevin MacDonald
Starring: Jude Law, Scoot McNairy, Ben Mendelsohn
What's it about?
This thriller directed by Kevin Macdonald (Touching the VoidLast King of Scotland) follows a captain (Law), who puts together a misfit crew to search for a sunken submarine loaded with gold in the depths of the Black Sea. But greed and desperation soon take hold onboard their claustrophobic vessel and the men start turning on each other, putting them as risk of never making it to the surface alive.

 

Fishing Without Nets (Nov 21)

MA15+
Kenya, Somalia, USA, 2014
Genre: Thriller
Language: Somali, English, French
Director: Cutter Hodierne
Starring: Abdikani Muktar, Abdi Siad, Abduwhali Faarah, Reda Kateb, Idil Ibrahim, Eric Godon
What's it about?
In Somalia, principled, young husband and father Abdi (Muktar) turns to piracy to support his family. While his wife and child wait for him in Yemen, an outdated and fragile satellite phone is his only connection to all he truly values. Abdi and his fellow pirates hit the high seas and capture a French oil tanker, demanding a hefty ransom. During the long wait for the cash to arrive, Abdi forges a tentative friendship with one of the hostages. When some of the pirates resort to violence, Abdi must make dramatic choices to determine his course.

 

White God (Nov 21)

MA15+
Hungary, 2014
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Fantasy
Language: Hungarian
Director: Kornel Mundruczo
Starring: Zsófia Psotta, Sándor Zsótér, Lili Horváth 
What's it about?
Favouring pedigree dogs, a new regulation puts a severe tax on mixed breeds. Owners dump their dogs and shelters become overcrowded. 13-year-old Lili fights desperately to protect her pet Hagen, but her father eventually sets the dog free on the streets. Hagen and his pretty master search desperately for each other until Lili loses faith. Struggling to survive, homeless Hagen realizes that not everyone is a dog’s best friend. Winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival (as well as the coveted Palme Dog.)

White God - the 2014 Cannes-winning Hungarian thriller about a canine uprising - airs this Wednesday on SBS, and is now streaming on SBS On Demand.

 

Brick Lane (Nov 22)

PG
UK, India, 2007
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Bengali
Director: Sarah Gavron
Starring: Tannishtha Chatterjee, Christopher Simpson, Satish Kaushik, Zafreen
What's it about?
Nazneem (Chatterjee), a young Bangladeshi woman, arrives in 1980s London for an arranged marriage with middle-aged Chanu (Kaushik). As their marriage proves loveless, she fears her soul is quietly dying. That is until the day hot-headed Karim (Simpson) comes knocking at her door. Winner of the CICAE Award at the 2007 San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Brick Lane: Internal journeys are the most challenging to film
Brick Lane review - For those who loved the book, be prepared.

 

Captain Fantastic (Nov 22)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Ross
Starring: Viggo Mortensen, George MacKay, Samantha Isler, Annalise Basso
What's it about?
Raised in the forest and living off the grid, six children venture out into the world for the first time after their recently widowed father (Mortensen, in an Oscar-nominated performance) takes them on a road trip.

Viggo Mortensen in 'Captain Fantastic'

 

Bedevil (Nov 23)

M
Australia, 1993

Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Tracey Moffatt
Starring: Lex Marinos, Tracey Moffatt, Riccardo Natoli 
What's it about?
BeDevil is a trilogy of ghost stories that follows characters pestered by visions - real, remembered and imagined. These contemporary tales travel from the sparseness of the outback, through the murky, rotting swamps of the islands, to the Brisbane docks in a stylish vision from writer/director and celebrated visual artist Tracey Moffatt.

 

Spotlight (Nov 23)

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom McCarthy
Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Michael Keaton, John Slattery
What's it about?
Directed by Tom McCarthy (The Station Agent, The Visitor), Spotlight follows a team of reporters at The Boston Globe who, in 2001, launched a dogged investigation into the misdeeds covered up by the Catholic Church. They were eventually able to out nearly 90 Boston-area priests as molesters and exposed a pattern of corruption at the church where the higher-ups privy to the scandal would effectively silence any accusers who came forward.

Spotlight review: Smart, subtle approach exposes villains hiding in plain sight

 

The Importance of Being Earnest (Nov 23)

G
UK, 1952
Genre: Romance, Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Anthony Asquith
Starring: Michael Redgrave, Michael Denison, Edith Evans, Joan Greenwood, Dorothy Tutin
What's it about?
Algernon Moncrieff (Denison) is surprised to discover that his affluent friend (Redgrave) -- whom he knows as "Ernest" -- is actually named Jack Worthing. Jack fabricated his alter ego in order to escape his country estate where he takes care of his charge, Cecily Cardew (Tutin). Cecily believes that Ernest is Jack's wayward brother and is keen on his raffish lifestyle. Algernon, seeing an opportunity, assumes Ernest's identity and sneaks off to woo Cecily. Based on the classic Oscar Wilde play.

The Importance Of Being Earnest (1952)

 

What We Did on Our Holiday (Nov 23)

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.

 

Babel (Nov 24)

MA15+
USA, 2006
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Spanish, Japanese, Arabic
Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Adriana Barraza
What's it about?
A rifle shot in the Moroccan desert sets in a motion a series of events that will have tragic consequences for the two young Moroccan gunmen, as well as a married American couple who are grieving on holiday, a Mexican nanny struggling to make ends meet and a rebellious, deaf Japanese girl. Nominated for seven 2007 Academy Awards including Best Picture, and winner of one for Best Original Score (Gustavo Santaolalla).

 

Amelie (Nov 30)

M
France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz
What's it about?
Young Amélie Poulain (Tautou) works in a Paris café, lives alone and helps people, surreptitiously. Whether it's secretly returning the childhood treasures of a middle aged man, to matchmaking for the lovelorn, Amélie gives fate a helping hand. When Nino (Kassovitz) enters her world, her life takes a new and exciting turn. Nominated for five Academy Awards, including Original Screenplay and Foreign Language Film.

 

Big Night (Nov 30)

M
USA, 1996
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Stanley Tucci, Campbell Scott
Starring: Tony Shalhoub, Stanley Tucci, Isabella Rossellini, Minnie Driver, Ian Holm
What's it about?
Two Italian immigrant brothers (Tucci, Shalhoub) open a restaurant in New Jersey seeking to live out the American dream. Business is tough but when a prominent Italian-American musician comes to perform nearby, the brothers are galvanised into performing a sumptuous banquet.

Dinner and a Movie: ‘Big Night’ and seafood risotto

 

Boy (Nov 30)

M
New Zealand, 2010
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: James Rolleston, Taika Waititi, Te Aho Eketone-Whitu, Mavis Paenga
What's it about?
It's 1984, and 11-year-old Boy (Rolleston) lives on a New Zealand farm with his gran, a goat, and his younger brother. Shortly after Gran leaves for a week, Boy's father (Waititi) appears out of the blue. Having imagined a heroic version of his father during his absence, Boy comes face to face with the real version - an incompetent hoodlum who has returned to find a bag of money he buried years before. The second feature from Taika Waititi (who won an Academy Award this year for his Jojo Rabbit screenplay) as writer and director.

 

Cloverfield (Nov 30)

M
USA, 2008
Genre: Action, Thriller, Science Fiction
Language: Russian, English
Director: Matt Reeves
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, T. J. Miller, Lizzy Caplan, Jessica Lucas, Odette Annable
What's it about?
Five young New Yorkers throw their friend a going-away party the night that a monster the size of a skyscraper descends upon the city. Told from the point of view of their video camera, the film is a document of their attempt to survive the most surreal, horrifying event of their lives.

 

Delicatessen (Nov 30)

M
France, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: French
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Marie-Laure Dougnac, Dominique Pinon, Pascal Benezech
What's it about?
Set in a post-apocalyptic future, a landlord who happens to be a butcher starts slaughtering humans to feed his starving tenants, a practice which outrages a vegetarian guerrilla group living in the sewers beneath the city streets. Winner of four César Awards in 1992, including Best First Work for Marc Caro and Jean-Pierre Jeunet (who together directed The City of Lost Children, while Jeunet went on to direct Amelie.)

David and Margaret review Delicatessen on The Movie Show (Episode 05 1992)

 

Disturbia (Nov 30)

M
USA, 2007
Genre: Thriller
Language: English
Director: D.J. Caruso
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Sarah Roemer, David Morse, Carrie-Anne Moss 
What's it about?
A teen (LaBeouf) living under house arrest becomes convinced his neighbour (Morse) is a serial killer and decides to investigate, in this teen-oriented spin on Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

Sarah Roemer and Shia LaBeouf in 'Disturbia' (2007)

 

I Am Love (Nov 30)

MA15+
Italy, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: Italian, Russian
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Tilda Swinton, Flavio Parenti, Edoardo Gabbriellini, Pippo Delbono, Alba Rohrwacher
What's it about?
Over two decades ago, Emma (Swinton) left Russia to follow Tancredi Recchi (Delbono), the man who had proposed to her. Now a member of a wealthy Milanese family, she is the respected mother of three. Although not unhappy, Emma feels confusedly unfulfilled. As cracks in the family façade appear, she is reawakened to the forces of passion and unconditional love. From Luca Guadagnino, director of Call Me By Your Name.

Why You Should Watch: I Am Love
Dinner and a Movie: I Am Love

 

On Golden Pond (Nov 30)

M
USA, 1981
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Mark Rydell
Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Jane Fonda, Doug McKeon, Dabney Coleman
What's it about?
For Norman and Ethel Thayer, this summer on golden pond is filled with conflict and resolution. When their daughter Chelsea arrives, the family is forced to renew the bonds of love and overcome the generational friction that has existed for years. Norman must find his way through his anger and fear of growing old, while Chelsea struggles to rebuild their relationship. Ethel's consistent support of her "Knight in shining armour" is inspirational in its simplicity. This is a movie to ponder and always keep in your heart.

 

Orlando (Nov 30)

PG
UK, 1992
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Sally Potter
Starring: Billy Zane, Tilda Swinton
What's it about?
Tilda Swinton stars as Virginia Woolf's gender-bending hero, the noble Orlando who is commanded by Queen Elizabeth to stay forever young. Orlando experiences four centuries of sexual politics, initially through the eyes of a man, until one day Orlando wakes as a woman, struggling to retain her property and status. 

Orlando reviewed by David Stratton (4.5 stars) + Sally Potter interview (The Movie Show, Episode 20, 1993)

 

Rosemary's Baby (Nov 30)

M
USA, 1968
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: John Cassavetes, Mia Farrow, Ruth Gordon
What's it about?
This '68 classic starring Mia Farrow is an adaptation of Ira Levin's best-selling novel about a loving young New York City couple who are expecting their first child. Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse move to an apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbours, who have a great interest in Rosemary's pregnancy. Like most first-time mothers, Rosemary experiences confusion and fear. Her husband, an ambitious but unsuccessful actor, makes a pact with the devil that promises to send his career skyward.

 

Sirens (Nov 30)

MA15+
Australia, 1994
Genre: Drama, Biography,
Language: English
Director: John Duigan
Starring: Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, Portia de Rossi
What's it about?
A fictionalised account of the scandal surrounding Australian artist Norman Lindsay's 'The Crucified Venus'. In the 1930s, Lindsay was at the centre of a scandal when his painting was damned by the Church as blasphemous for its depiction of Christ as a naked woman. An Anglican minister, Anthony Campion (Grant), is sent to pay a call on Lindsay (Neill) and, encourage him to withdraw the painting from a public exhibition. Campion and his wife (Fitzgerald) spend a few days at Lindsay's remote Blue Mountains compound, where they confront disapproving locals, sensuous nude models and their own inhibitions.

Sirens review: Naughty and entertaining

 

Soapdish (Nov 30)

M
USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy
Language: English
Director: Michael Hoffman
Starring: Sally Field, Kevin Kline, Robert Downey Jr., Cathy Moriarty, Teri Hatcher
What's it about?
Celeste Talbert is the star of the long-running soap opera "The Sun Also Sets." With the show's ratings down, Celeste's ruthlessly ambitious co-star, Montana Moorehead, and the show's arrogant producer, David Seton Barnes, plot to aggravate her into leaving the show by bringing back her old flame, Jeffrey Anderson, and hiring her beautiful young niece, Lori Craven.

 

The Boys from Brazil (Nov 30)

M
UK, USA, 1978
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Franklin J. Schaffner
Starring: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen
What's it about?
Based on Ira Levin’s best-selling novel and set in the late 1970s, this gripping drama concerns a fanatical Nazi cloning Adolph Hitler in an attempt to groom a future Fuhrer. Lawrence Olivier plays the man who’s out to stop him.

 

The Man Who Killed Don Quixote (Nov 30)

M
Belgium, UK, France, Portugal, Spain, 2018
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Terry Gilliam
Starring: Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, Olga Kurylenko, Sergi López
What's it about?
Toby (Driver), a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself to be Don Quixote (Pryce). In the course of their comic and increasingly surreal adventures, Toby is forced to confront the tragic repercussions of a film he made in his idealistic youth. A long-in-the-making passion project from Terry Gilliam (The Fisher King12 MonkeysBrazil), whose first troubled shoot was the subject of the 2002 documentary Lost In La Mancha.

 

The Running Man (Nov 30)

MA15+
USA, 1987
Genre: Action, Science Fiction, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Paul Michael Glaser
Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Richard Dawson, María Conchita Alonso, Yaphet Kotto
What's it about?
By 2017, the global economy has collapsed and American society has become a totalitarian police state, censoring all cultural activity. A convicted murderer (Schwarzenegger) could win his freedom by participating in a survival game show. The rules are simple - to fight a team of trained assassins in a desolate section of Los Angeles. However, things become ugly when the game show host doesn't play by the rules.

 

The Student (Nov 30)

M
Russia, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: Russian
Director: Kirill Serebrennikov
Starring: Viktoriya Isakova, Petr Skvortsov, Yuliya Aug, Aleksandra Revenko, Alexandr Gorchilin
What's it about?
Veniamin, a teenager in the midst of a mystical crisis, has his mother, schoolmates and entire high school turned upside down by his questions. - Can girls go to their swimming classes in bikinis? - Does sex education have a place in school? - Should the theory of evolution be taught as part of the Natural Sciences? The adults are soon overwhelmed by the certitudes of the youngster who swears only by Scripture. No one but Elena, his biology teacher, will alone challenge him on his own ground.

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