Enjoy a family night in with these tales of fun and adventure, all streaming at SBS On Demand.
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3 Dec 2020 - 8:07 AM  UPDATED 23 Dec 2020 - 2:15 PM


China, New Zealand, 2019
Genre: Animation, Family, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Kirby Atkins
Starring: Lucy Lawless, John Rhys-Davies, Temuera Morrison, Rhys Darby, Kirby Atkins
What's it about?
The film tells the story of Mosley, a "thoriphant" who rebels against his life of servitude and embarks on a treacherous journey to find the fabled city of Uprights.

The White Balloon

Iran, 1995
Genre: Family, Drama
Language: Persian
Director: Jafar Panahi
Starring: Aida Mohammadkhani, Mohsen Kafili, Fereshteh Sadre Orafaiy, Anna Borkowska, Mohammad Shahani
What's it about?
A wry observation of human nature from Jafar Panahi. A little girl is cashed up with money for a pet goldfish, and she uses her smarts to try and fend off the efforts of people trying to deprive her of her pocket money. 

The Ash Lad: In the Hall of the Mountain King

Czech Republic, Ireland, Norway, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy
Language: Norwegian
Director: Mikkel Brænne Sandemose
Starring: Vebjørn Enger, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen, Elias Holmen Sørensen, Allan Hyde, Eili Harboe, Thorbjørn Harr, Gard B. Eidsvold, Synnøve Macody Lund, Robert Skjærstad, Arthur Berning, Antonio de la Cruz, Ida Ursin-Holm, Gisken Armand, Nasrin Khusrawi, Rune Hagerup
What's it about?
Espen "Ash Lad", a farmer's son, embarks on a dangerous quest with his brothers to save a princess from a vile troll known as the Mountain King – in order to collect a reward and save his family's farm from ruin.

Belle and Sebastian

France, 2013
Genre: Adventure
Language: German, French
Starring: Tcheky Karyo
What's it about?
The classic adventure tales comes to life. Belle and Sebastian is set high in the snowy Alps during the Second World War. The resourceful Sebastian is a lonely boy who tames and befriends a giant, wild mountain dog, Belle – even though the villagers believe her to be ‘the beast’ that has been killing their sheep. (The sequels Belle and Sebastian: The Adventure Continues and Belle and Sebastien 3: Friends for Life are also available.) 


Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Family, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Language: Mandarin
Director: Stephen Chow
Starring: Stephen Chow, Xu Jiao, Kitty Zhang, Lam Tze-chung, Lee Sheung-Ching, Huang Lei, Yao Wen-Xue, Steven Fung Min-Hang, Han Yong-Hua, Lei Yu
What's it about?
Single father Ti (Stephen Chow) works tirelessly to earn enough money to keep his son, Dicky (Xu Jiao), enrolled in a private school, hoping the education will lead to better career options. Dicky studies diligently, but his threadbare clothing prompts the derision of his affluent classmates, making him feel like an outcast. Unable to purchase an expensive toy Dicky wants, Ti finds a glowing ball in a junkyard and gives it to him. Soon, the orb turns into Dicky's new best friend, an alien.

Long Way North

France, Denmark, 2015
Genre: Adventure, Animation
Language: Danish, Dutch, French
Director: Rémi Chayé
Starring: Christa Théret, Féodor Atkine
What's it about?
1892, Saint Petersburg. Sasha, a young Russian aristocrat, has always been fascinated by her grandfather's life as an adventurer. A renowned explorer, he designed a magnificent arctic ship, but he hasn't returned from his last expedition to the North Pole. To save her family's honour, Sasha runs away. Headed towards the Great North, she follows her grandfather's trail in search of his famous ship.

Long Way North will be at SBS On Demand from 15 January.

Walking Out

United States of America, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Alex Smith, Andrew J. Smith
Starring: Matt Bomer, Josh Wiggins, Bill Pullman, Alex Neustaedter, Lily Gladstone, Ken White, Scott McMillion
What's it about?
A city teen travels to Montana to go hunting with his estranged father, only for the strained trip to become a battle for survival when they encounter a grizzly bear.


A Cat in Paris

France, Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, 2010
Genre: Animation, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Alain Gagnol, Jean-Loup Felicioli
Starring: Dominique Blanc, Bruno Salomone, Jean Benguigui, Bernadette Lafont, Oriane Zani, Patrick Ridremont, Jacques Ramade, Jean-Pierre Yvars, Bernard Bouillon, Philippe Hartmann, Patrick Descamps, Yves Barbaut, Line Wiblé
What's it about?
A thrilling mystery that unfurls in the alleys and on the rooftops of the French capital, Paris, over the course of one adventurous evening.

The Red Balloon

France, 1956
Genre: Classic
Language: French
Director: Albert Lamorisse
Starring: Pascal Lamorisse
What's it about?
In this deceptively simple, nearly wordless tale, a young boy discovers a stray balloon, which seems to have a mind of its own, on the streets of Paris. The two become inseparable, yet the world’s harsh realities finally interfere. With its glorious palette and allegorical purity, this 1956 Oscar-winning classic short has enchanted generations of movie lovers.

The beloved 1956 Oscar-winning French short film 'The Red Balloon' leaves SBS On Demand on April 30th.

The Red Turtle

Japan, France, 2016
Genre: Drama, Animation
Language: No dialogue
Director: Michael Dudok De Wit
What's it about?
A wordless film, this follows the major life stages of a castaway on a deserted tropical island populated by turtles, crabs and birds.

The Red Turtle review: Studio Ghibli's new animation a gorgeous island myth
Interview: Michael Dudok de Wit talks 'Red Turtle', and being backed by Studio Ghibli


School of Life

France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Family
Language: French
Director: Nicolas Vanier
Starring: François Cluzet, Jean Scandel, Eric Elmosnino, Francois Berleand, Valérie Karsenti
What's it about?
Trapped behind the high walls of an austere orphanage in suburban Paris, Paul has only ever known one home. His chance to discover the great wide world comes when a bohemian couple, Célestine and Borel, take him back to their countryside home.

The Nightingale

France, China, 2014
Genre: Drama
Language: Chinese
Director: Philippe Muyl
Starring: Li Baotian, Li Xiaoran, Qin Hao, Xin Yi Yang
What's it about?
In order to keep a promise he made to his wife, an old man sets off to her native village with a bird in a cage. Along the road, together with his granddaughter, he discovers new values, particularly those related to the heart.

Operation Arctic

Norway, 2014
Genre: Adventure, Family
Language: Norwegian 
Director: Grethe Bøe-Waal
Starring: Kaisa Gurine Antonsen, Ida Leonora Valestrand Eike, Leonard Valestrand Eike, Line Verndal, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Kristofer Hivju, Lars Arentz-Hansen, Per Kjerstad, Evy Kasseth Røsten
What's it about?
After stowing away on a rescue helicopter, three children find themselves stuck on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean with little hope of rescue. They have to conquer fear, wild animals, raging weather, lack of food, and find a way to communicate with the mainland.

Journey to the West: The Demons Strike Back

China, 2017
Genre: Adventure, Fantasy, Action
Language: Chinese
Director: Tsui Hark
Starring: Kris Wu, Lin Gengxin, Yao Chen, Lin Yun, Yang Yiwei, Mengke Bateer, Wang Likun, Bao Bei Er, Wang Duo, Dong Chengpeng, Cheng Si-Han, Shu Qi
What's it about?
A monk brings his three disciples on a journey to the West. Along the way they resolve their inner conflict and learn to work together, battling fantastic creatures including a spider demon.

Find more in the Family Movies collection at SBS On Demand.  

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