• Asghar Farhadi's Oscar-winner A Separation, leaving SBS On Demand on December 23rd, 2020. (SBS Movies)Source: SBS Movies
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout December.
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30 Nov 2020 - 6:07 PM  UPDATED 30 Nov 2020 - 6:16 PM

'70s MOVIE CLASSICS LEAVING DECEMBER 31st
'70s Classics at SBS On Demand
A selection of timeless '70s classics now showing at SBS On Demand.

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

 

I Am Not Your Negro (leaving 1 December)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Raoul Peck
What's it about?
Based on Baldwin's unfinished manuscript Remember This House - a stirring, personal account of the lives and deaths of his friends Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. - acclaimed director Raoul Peck creates a meditation on what it means to be Black in the United States, using meticulously assembled archival footage and driven by stirring voiceover narration from Samuel L. Jackson. Nominated for Best Documentary at the 2017 Academy Awards.

 

Let the Right One In (1/12)

MA15+
Sweden, 2008
Genre: Horror, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Tomas Alfredson
Starring: Lina Leandersson, Kare Hedebrant, Per Ragnar
What's it about?
Oskar (Hedebrant) is bullied at school and at home tends to retreat into his own violent fantasies. Oskar’s life changes when he makes friends with the mysterious and unkempt twelve-year-old Eli (Leandersson). However, when locals start falling victim to a series of gruesome murders, many drained of their blood, Oskar starts to put two and two together and realises Eli might just be exactly what she seems.

 

The Nutty Professor (2/12)

PG
USA, 1963
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Language: English
Director: Jerry Lewis
Starring: Jerry Lewis, Stella Stevens, Henry Gibson, Richard Kiel, Del Moore
What's it about?
Jerry Lewis directed, co-wrote and starred in this riotously funny movie that set a new standard for screen comedy and inspired the hit remake. Lewis plays a timid, nearsighted chemistry teacher who discovers a magical potion that can transform him into a suave and handsome Romeo. The Jekyll and Hyde game works well enough until the concoction starts to wear off at the most embarrassing times.

 

12 Years a Slave (5/12)

MA15+
USA, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Steve McQueen
Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Lupita Nyong'o, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
In the years before the Civil War, Solomon Northup (Ejiofor), a free Black man from upstate New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery in the South. Subjected to the cruelty of one malevolent owner (Fassbender), he also finds unexpected kindness from another, as he struggles to survive and maintain some of his dignity. In the 12th year of the disheartening ordeal, a chance meeting with an abolitionist from Canada (Pitt) changes Solomon's life forever. Winner of Best Picture at the 2013 Academy Awards.

 

La Femme Nikita (5/12)

MA15+
France, 1990
Genre: Thriller, Action
Language: French
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Anne Parillaud, Jeanne Moreau, Jean-Hugues Anglade, Jean Reno
What's it about?
Nikita's (Parillaud) killer instincts as a ruthless street junkie make her the perfect assassin. Recruited against her will by a secret government organisation, she's transformed into a sexy lethal weapon. From director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional).

REVIEW
La Femme Nikita Review
A real heart grabber.

 

Selma (6/12)

M
USA, 2014
Genre: History, Drama
Language: English
Director: Ava DuVernay
Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey
What's it about?
A chronicle of Martin Luther King's (Oyelowo) campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson (Wilkinson) that ultimately led to the signing of the Voting Rights Act. Directed by Ava Duvernay (When They See UsThe 13th) and Oscar-nominated for Best Picture.

 

Border (7/12)

MA15+
Denmark, Sweden, 2018
Genre: Crime, Fantasy, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Ali Abbasi
Starring: Eva Melander, Eero Milonoff, Sten Ljunggren, Ann Petrén
What's it about?
When a border guard with a sixth sense for identifying smugglers encounters the first person she cannot prove is guilty, she is forced to confront terrifying revelations about herself and humankind. Based on a short story from Let the Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist, and winner of the top prize in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

REVIEW
'Border': Genre-Bending Swedish Film Destined For Cult Status
A not-readily-classifiable tale of outcasts in love, based on a story from Let The Right One In author John Ajvide Lindqvist.

 

Let the Fire Burn (7/12)

M
USA, 2013
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jason Osder
What's it about?
An account of the incidents leading up to and during the 1985 standoff between the Black Liberation organisation MOVE and Philadelphia authorities. The dramatic clash claimed eleven lives and literally and figuratively devastated an entire community. Winner of the 2014 Independent Spirit Award for Best Documentary.

Let The Fire Burn

 

JFK (8/12)

M
USA, 1991
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, Spanish
Director: Oliver Stone
Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Jack Lemmon
What's it about?
Jim Garrison (Costner) - a New Orleans's District Attorney - can't believe the Warren Commission official conclusion on the death of President Kennedy is accurate. Determined to prove them wrong, Garrison stakes everything to find the truth. He encounters a high-level Pentagon official who confirms to him that there was a conspiracy, but Garrison's over-the-top antics interfere with his credibility, leaving him open for ridicule. However, as more and more proof comes to light of a possible conspiracy and cover-up, the more people take note.

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Irrational Man (10/12)

M
USA, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Woody Allen
Starring: Joaquin Phoenix, Emma Stone, Jamie Blackley, Parker Posey, Joe Stapleton
What's it about?
Abe (Phoenix) arrives at the small picturesque Braylin College in Rhode Island feeling that his life is meaningless. Tales have been buzzing around campus of him - a charismatic, radical romantic prone to bleak depressions. He quickly draws the attention of Rita Richards (Posey), a lonely professor who fantasises that Abe will rescue her from her unhappy marriage. Meanwhile, Abe attracts another admirer in Jill Pollard (Stone), a bright young student who finds his tortured artistic personality irresistible.

 

Jedda (10/12)

PG
Australia, 1955
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Action
Language: English
Director: Charles Chauvel
Starring: Ngarla Kunoth, Robert Tudawali, Betty Suttor, Paul Reynall, Rosalie Kunoth-Monks
What's it about?
Jedda is an orphaned Arrernte baby who is adopted by a white family. She grows up, confused over her heritage and place in the world. As a young woman, she is mysteriously drawn to go "Walkabout" as people of her tribe have for hundreds of years. The first Australian feature film to be filmed in colour, and nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival.

 

Suspiria (11/12)

MA15+
Germany, Italy, USA, 2018
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Language: English, French, German
Director: Luca Guadagnino
Starring: Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton, Mia Goth, Angela Winkler, Ingrid Caven, Sylvie Testud
What's it about?
A darkness swirls at the centre of a world-renowned dance company, one that will engulf the troupe's artistic director (Swinton), an ambitious young dancer (Johnson) and a grieving psychotherapist (also Swinton). Some will succumb to the nightmare, others will finally wake up... A bold reimagining of Dario Argento's 1977 horror classic, directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your NameI Am Love).

 

Rabbit-Proof Fence (13/12)

PG
Australia, 2002
Genre: History, Adventure
Language: Walmajarri, English
Director: Phillip Noyce
Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, Deborah Mailman, David Gulpilil
What's it about?
Based on the true story of three young Aboriginal girls, Molly (Sampi) and Daisy (Sansbury) and their cousin, Gracie (Monaghan), who in 1931, were forcibly removed from their mothers and their home in Jigalong and moved over fifteen hundred miles away, as a part of official 'White Australia' Government policy. Molly leads her younger sister and cousin on a brave escape and in a bid to find their way home, following, on foot, the rabbit-proof fence that cuts across the Gibson Desert and towards Jigalong.

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Hard Eight (14/12)

MA15+
USA, 1996
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring: Philip Baker Hall, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. Reilly, Samuel L. Jackson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Melora Walters
What's it about?
Veteran gambler, Sydney (Hall), befriends John (Reilly) and proceeds to tutor him in the art of making a living as a gambler. Sydney also takes an interest in Clementine (Paltrow), a cocktail waitress and sex worker. One night, Sydney is called to a dark hotel by John and Clementine who have bound and beaten one of her 'Johns' for non-payment of services - Sydney engineers their escape. The directorial debut for Paul Thomas Anderson (Boogie NightsThere Will Be BloodPhantom Thread).

 

Jasper Jones (14/12)

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Rachel Perkins
Starring: Aaron L. McGrath, Levi Miller, Angourie Rice, Toni Collette, Hugo Weaving
What's it about?
Based on the best-selling novel, Jasper Jones is the story of Charlie Bucktin (Miller), a young bookish boy living in a small town. One night, local mixed-race outcast Jasper Jones (McGrath) appears at Charlie’s window and the pair embark on a journey to solve a mystery that will consume the entire community. From Rachel Perkins, director of Radiance and Bran Nue Dae.

INTERVIEW
“I want to know: What happened?” - Rachel Perkins talks 'Jasper Jones'
The director and writer of the film adaptation of 'Jasper Jones' join us to talk about the quiet activism within the '60s-set film.

 

Lion (14/12)

M
Australia, UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Garth Davis
Starring: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, David Wenham
What's it about?
A five-year-old Indian boy (played by Sunny Pawar, and as an adult by Dev Patel) gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometres from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple (Wenham & Kidman) in Australia; 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family. Nominated for six 2017 Academy Awards (including Best Picture), and one of the most commercially successful Australian-made films of all time.

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Mary and Max (14/12)

PG
Australia, 2009
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Animation
Language: English
Director: Adam Elliot
Voice Cast: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Toni Collette, Eric Bana, Barry Humphries
What's it about?
A tale of friendship between two unlikely pen pals: Mary (voiced by Collette), a lonely, eight-year-old girl living in the suburbs of Melbourne, and Max (voiced by Hoffman), a forty-four-year old, severely obese man living in New York. From Adam Elliot, creator of the Oscar-winning 2003 short Harvie Krumpet, and nominated for Best Film at the 2009 AFI Awards.

REVIEW
Mary and Max Review
A beautiful character study of an enduring friendship

 

Gurrumul (15/12)

PG
Australia, 2018
Genre: Documentary, Music
Language: English
Director: Paul Damien Williams
Featuring: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Sting, Michael Hohnen, Mark Grose
What's it about?
Celebrated by audiences at home and abroad, Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music inspired by his community and country on Elcho Island in far North East Arnhem Land. Living a traditional Yolngu life, his breakthrough album ‘Gurrumul’ brought him to a crossroads as audiences and artists around the world began to embrace his music. 

Why Gurrumul is Australia's most important documentary

 

Sherpa: Trouble on Everest (16/12)

M
Nepal, Australia, 2015
Genre: Documentary, Adventure
Language: Nepali, English
Director: Jennifer Peedom
What's it about?
In 2013, the world's media reported on a shocking mountain-high brawl as European climbers fled a mob of angry Sherpas. Director Jennifer Peedom and her team set out to uncover the cause of this altercation, intending to film the 2014 climbing season from the Sherpa's point-of-view. Instead, they captured Everest's greatest tragedy, when a huge block of ice crashed down onto the climbing route.

 

Sweet Country (19/12)

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama, History, Western
Language: English
Director: Warwick Thornton
Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
What's it about?
It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly (Morris), a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind white preacher, Fred Smith (Neill). After an ill-tempered bully (Leslie) arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down. Warwick Thornton's acclaimed follow-up to 2009's landmark Samson & Delilah.

INTERVIEW
Warwick Thornton on his Venice award-winning film, 'Sweet Country'
The Australian director/cinematographer took out the Special Jury Prize in Venice for his Outback Western.

 

Bend It Like Beckham (21/12)

PG
UK, 2002
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Sport, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gurinder Chadha
Starring: Parminder Nagra, Keira Knightley, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Archie Panjabi
What's it about?
Eighteen-year-old Jess (Nagra) is football mad (her hero is David Beckham), but her Indian parents want her to find a nice Indian boy and settle down, like her sister Pinky (Panjabi), who is about to be married. Jess starts to play in the local girls football team with Jules (Knightley) whose father is supportive, but mother is more interested in buying pretty underwear for her. The girls are both rather interested in Joe their football coach (Rhys Meyers) who has his own problems. 

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A Separation (23/12)

PG
Iran, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Persian-Farsi
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Starring: Peyman Moaadi, Leila Hatami, Sarina Farhadi, Sareh Bayat
What's it about?
A married couple (Moaadi and Hatami) is faced with a difficult decision - to improve the life of their child by moving to another country or to stay in Iran and look after a deteriorating parent who has Alzheimer's disease. Winner of both the Golden Bear (top prize) at the 2011 Berlin Festival and the 2012 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, this remains one of the most celebrated and acclaimed Iranian films of all time.

REVIEW
A Separation Review
A mesmerising account of a complicated coupling.

 

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (25/12)

M
Taiwan, Hong Kong, USA, China, 2000
Genre: Martial Arts, Drama, Romance
Language: Mandarin
Director: Ang Lee
Starring: Ziyi Zhang, Michelle Yeoh, Chow Yun-Fat, Chen Chang
What's it about?
When a politician's daughter steals a legendary warrior's precious sword, a sequence of events is triggered to recover the sword, which leads to a deadly encounter with the thief's witch-like minder. From renowned director Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain), the film received four Academy Awards in 2001, including Best Foreign Language Film and Best Cinematography.

REVIEW
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Review
Elusive but magnificent.

 

The Pianist (28/12)

MA15+
France, Poland, UK, 2002
Genre: Drama, War
Language: English, German, Russian
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Adrien Brody, Maureen Lipman, Thomas Kretschmann, Emilia Fox, Frank Finlay
What's it about?
Wladyslaw Szpilman (Brody), a Polish Jewish radio station pianist, sees Warsaw change gradually as World War II begins. Szpilman is forced into the Warsaw Ghetto, but is later separated from his family during Operation Reinhard. From this time until the concentration camp prisoners are released, Szpilman hides in various locations among the ruins of Warsaw. Winner of the Palme D'Or at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and Best Actor (Brody) at the 2003 Academy Awards.

 

The Work (28/12)

PG
USA, 2017
Genre: Documentary
Language: English
Director: Jairus McLeary, Gethin Aldous
What's it about?
Set entirely inside Folsom Prison, this acclaimed fly-on-the-wall documentary follows three men during four days of intensive group therapy with convicts, revealing an intimate and powerful portrait of authentic human transformation that transcends what we think of as rehabilitation.

REVIEW
Folsom Prison's Group Therapy Program Rivetingly Documented In 'The Work'
The SXSW documentary competition winner gives audiences a raw look at a unique group-healing process between inmates at Folsom State Prison.

 

Leon: The Professional (28/12)

MA15+
France, 1994
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman, Danny Aiello
What's it about?
Léon (Reno) lives a lonely life in New York, working as a professional hitman for the mob. Near-silent and utterly ruthless, Léon doesn't seem to possess an ounce of humanity. But when his 12-year-old neighbour, Mathilda (Portman), arrives home to find her entire family massacred by a drug dealer (Oldman), Léon takes her in and, as per her request, teaches her the tools of his trade so that she can exact her revenge on her family's killer. From cult director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Nikita).

Jean Reno and Natalie Portman in Leon: The Professional, showing this Saturday on SBS
REVIEW
Leon: The Professional Review
An inventive and strange cult classic.

 

The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (28/12)

M
Sweden, 2013
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Drama
Language: Swedish
Director: Felix Herngren
Starring: Robert Gustafsson, Iwar Wiklander, David Wiberg, Mia Skäringer
What's it about?
After living a long and colourful life, Allan Karlsson (Gustafsson) finds himself stuck in a nursing home. On his 100th birthday, he leaps out a window and begins an unexpected journey. An international box office hit and 2016 Oscar nominee for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling.

REVIEW
'The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared': The Nordic Forrest Gump
Oscar-nominated makeup and prosthetics aid in this decades-spanning hit comedy, starring beloved Swedish actor Robert Gustafsson.

 

Dallas Buyers Club (30/12)

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).

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After decades of delay, the time was finally right to tell the remarkable story of Ron Woodroof.

 

Girl (30/12)

M
Belgium, Netherlands, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Dutch, English, French
Director: Lukas Dhont
Starring: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts
What's it about?
Determined 15-year-old Lara (Polster) is committed to becoming a professional ballerina. With the support of her father, she throws herself into this quest for the absolute at a new school. Lara's adolescent frustrations and impatience are heightened as she realises her body does not bend so easily to the strict discipline because she was born a boy. Winner of four Cannes awards including the Queer Palm and Golden Camera, for best directorial debut.

REVIEW
Cannes 2018 Film Review: 'Girl'
A deeply humane first feature from Belgian director Lukas Dhont about a transgender teen who wants to be a ballerina.

 

Tsotsi (30/12)

M
South Africa, 2005
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Zulu, Xhosa, Afrikaans, English
Director: Gavin Hood
Starring: Presley Chweneyagae, Mothusi Magano, Israel Matseke-Zulu
What's it about?
Set amidst the sprawling Johannesburg township of Soweto – where survival is the primary objective – this film traces six days in the life of ruthless young gang leader Tsotsi (Chweneyagae), who ends up caring for a baby accidentally kidnapped during a car-jacking. Winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

 

The Company of Wolves (31/12)

M
UK, 1984
Genre: Horror
Language: English
Director: Neil Jordan
Starring: Angela Lansbury, David Warner, Sarah Patterson
What's it about?
Adapted by Neil Jordan (The Crying Game, Interview With A Vampire) and author Angela Carter from stories in Carter's anthology The Bloody ChamberThe Company of Wolves gives a hallucinatory, Freudian charge to the Little Red Riding Hood story. In her dreams, a young girl finds herself in a fairy-tale world where her kindly old grandmother (Lansbury) presents her with a red cape and the advice to beware of men whose eyebrows meet. 

 

Ali's Wedding (31/12)

M
Australia, 2017
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Language: English, Persian, Arabic
Director: Jeffrey Walker
Starring: Osamah Sami, Don Hany, Helana Sawires, Robert Rabiah
What's it about?
Ali (Sami) is the charming son of a Muslim cleric who despite the best of intentions, just can’t seem to make the right life choices. Ali dreams big - he wants to be with the girl he loves, but he’s been promised to another girl at his father’s mosque. He wants to be the great doctor that the community expects him to be, but he doesn’t get the marks. And above all, he wants to make his father proud - really proud. So what will Ali do to live up to the impossible expectations? He must fake it, because as the son of the cleric, he doesn’t have a choice.

The crowdpleasing hit romantic comedy Ali's Wedding airs Fri 14 June, 8:35PM on SBS
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Burning Man (31/12)

MA15+
UK, Australia, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Teplitzky
Starring: Matthew Goode, Rachel Griffiths, Essie Davis, Anthony Hayes
What's it about?
The reckless, sexy, funny, moving and ultimately life-affirming story of Tom, a British chef in a Sydney restaurant, who seems to have decided there are no longer any rules he needs to obey. Whatever Tom is up to, his actions seem to be tolerated by those around him. As Tom descends into darkness, fragments of a different story begin to emerge. All the women in his world are trying in their own, very different ways to help put him back together.

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Capharnaüm (31/12)

M
Lebanon, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic
Director: Nadine Labaki
Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Nadine Labaki
What's it about?
Zain (Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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Das Boot (31/12)

M
Germany, 1981
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Starring: Jürgen Prochnow, Herbert Grönemeyer, Klaus Wennemann
What's it about?
The famed and feared German U boat, the U-96, is patrolling the Atlantic during World War II when it encounters a convoy of enemy ships. Steeling themselves for battle, those aboard the submarine are surprised to find that it is nature rather than the enemy which poses the greater threat. Nominated for six Academy Awards.

SBS On Demand: The Movie Show reviews Das Boot (Episode 01, 1998)

 

Dheepan (31/12)

France, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: Tamil, French
Director: Jacques Audiard
Starring: Antonythasan Jesuthasan, Kalieaswari Srinivasan
What's it about?
Three strangers in conflict-ridden northern Sri Lanka band together as a makeshift family in order to flee to the suburbs of Paris: Dheepan, an ex-Tamil Tiger (Antonythasan Jesuthasan, author, activist, and former child soldier); lost young woman Yalini (Kalieaswari Srinivasan); and orphan girl Illayaal (Claudine Vinasithamby). As they struggle to find stability, they are forced to improvise their relationships. Soon they find they must cope with new violence and intolerance in their adopted home.

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Fatal Attraction (31/12)

M
USA, 1987
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Adrian Lyne
Starring: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer, Ellen Hamilton Latzen
What's it about?
When a married lawyer (Douglas) has a one night stand, the woman (Close, in an Oscar-nominated performance) refuses to believe the relationship is over, and she embarks on a psychotic rampage to keep him in her life. Nominated for six Academy Awards including Best Picture.

 

Il Divo (31/12)

MA15+
Italy, 2008
Genre: Drama, Biography
Language: Italian
Director: Paolo Sorrentino
Starring: Toni Servillo, Anna Bonaiuto, Giulio Bosetti
What's it about?
A chronicle of the character and career of the seven-time Prime Minister, Giulio Andreotti (Servillo), renowned for leading one after another of Italy’s rapid succession of administrations and surviving a major bribery and corruption investigation, while opponents and former allies mysteriously dropped dead around him. From Paolo Sorrentino, director The Great Beauty and The Young Pope.

REVIEW
Why You Should Watch: Il Divo
Paolo Sorrentino reinvents the political biopic with 'Il Divo', which summons the strange, corrupted career of former Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti.

 

Let the Bullets Fly (31/12)

MA15+
China, Hong Kong, 2010
Genre: Action, Comedy
Language: Mandarin
Director: Jiang Wen
Starring: Chow Yun-Fat, Carina Lau, Ge You, Jiang Wen, Feng Xiaogang
What's it about?
Set in China during the warring 1920s, notorious bandit chief Zhang (Jiang Wen, who also directed) descends upon a remote provincial town posing as its new mayor, an identity that he had hijacked from Old Tang (Feng Xiaogang), himself a small-time imposter. Hell-bent on making a fast buck, Zhang soon meets his match in the tyrannical local gentry Huang (Chow Yun-Fat) as a deadly battle of wit and brutality ensues.

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Loving Vincent (31/12)

M
United Kingdom, Poland, 2017
Genre: Animation, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Dorota Kobiela, Hugh Welchman
Starring: Douglas Booth, Eleanor Tomlinson, Robert Gulaczyk, Helen McCrory, Saoirse Ronan, Chris O'Dowd
What's it about?
Brings the paintings of van Gogh to life to tell his remarkable story. Every one of the 65,000 frames of the film was hand-painted by 125 professional oil-painters who travelled from all across the world to the Loving Vincent studios in Poland and Greece to be a part of the production. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the 2018 Academy Awards.

'Loving Vincent', a 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Animated Feature
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Redoubtable (31/12)

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Romance, Comedy
Language: French, English, Italian
Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Starring: Louis Garrel, Stacy Martin, Berenice Bejo, Micha Lescot, Grégory Gadebois
What's it about?
In 1967, during the making of La Chinoise, film director Jean-Luc Godard (Garrel) falls in love with 19-year-old actress Anne Wiazemsky (Martin). Though they soon marry, their relationship is tested when Godard takes his film career in a different direction. From Michel Hazanavicius, director of 2012 Best Picture winner The Artist.

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Strange Colours (31/12)

MA15+
Australia, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Alena Lodkina
Starring: Kate Cheel, Daniel P. Jones, Justin Courtin
What's it about?
Milena (Cheel) travels to a remote opal mining community to see her estranged, ill father (Jones). Lost and alone, she falls into his bewildering world, where men escape society and share ideals of freedom. Soon, he doesn’t want her to leave. Stuck in time, father and daughter try to mend their fractured bond, but their connection is fragile, like the strange, colourful gems he digs up from the earth.

'Strange Colours' (2017), directed by Alena Lodkina
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Swiss Army Man (31/12)

M
USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Daniel Scheinert, Daniel Kwan
Starring: Paul Dano, Daniel Radcliffe, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Shane Carruth
What's it about?
Alone on a tiny deserted island, Hank (Dano) has given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a dead body (Radcliffe) washes ashore, and he soon realises it may be his last opportunity to escape certain death. Armed with his new “friend” and an unusual bag of tricks, the duo go on an epic adventure to bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams (Winstead). This uncategorisably original film won the Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Paul Dano and Daniel Radcliffe star in 'Swiss Army Man'
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The Baader Meinhof Complex (31/12)

MA15+
Germany, 2008
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: German
Director: Uli Edel
Starring: Martina Gedeck, Nadja Uhl, Bruno Ganz, Moritz Bleibtreu
What's it about?
Details the story of the Red Army Faction, a left-wing terrorist organisation that became increasingly active in the late 1960s and '70s. Also known as the Baader-Meinhof Group, the faction was formed by the radicalised children of the Nazi generation with the intended goal of battling Western imperialism and the West German establishment. Nominated for the 2009 Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

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The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (31/12)

M
France, 2007
Genre: Biography, Drama
Language: French
Director: Julian Schnabel
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Marie-Josée Croze, Max Von Sydow, Emmanuelle Seigner
What's it about?
The true story of Elle editor Jean-Dominique Bauby (Amalric), who suffers a stroke, leaving him entirely immobile, with his right eye the only fully functioning part of his body. Nominated for four Oscars including Best Director, Adapted Screenplay, Cinematography and Editing.

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Avoids cliché at every turn.

 

The Fifth Element (31/12)

PG
France, USA, 1997
Genre: Action, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Bruce Willis, Milla Jovovich, Ian Holm, Gary Oldman
What's it about?
For ex-Marine Korben Dallas (Willis), life has become tediously repetitive: he drives a flying cab for a living, and eats take away from the same Chinese restaurant, which delivers directly to his window, every day. But little does Korben know, a great extra-terrestrial Evil has teamed up with Zorg, and threatens to destroy the Earth. 

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The Motorcycle Diaries (31/12)

M
Argentina, USA, 2004
Genre: Drama, Adventure, Biography
Language: Spanish, English
Director: Walter Salles
Starring: Gael García Bernal, Rodrigo De La Serna, Mercedes Morán
What's it about?
This acclaimed film is based on the written memoir of Che Guevara. In January 1952, the almost 30-year-old biochemist Alberto Granado (Rodrigo de la Serna) and his younger friend, the 23-year-old student close to finishing his medical degree, Ernesto Guevara (Gael Garcia Bernal), set off from Buenos Aires on an old but treasured Norton 500 for an adventure through Latin America. The middle class young men begin to see Latin America through eyes that have been opened to poverty and oppression, big business and the sheer hardship of daily life. 

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Thelma (31/12)

MA15+
Norway, 2017
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Language: Norwegian, Swedish
Director: Joachim Trier
Starring: Eili Harboe, Kaya Wilkins, Henrik Rafaelsen, Ellen Dorrit Petersen
What's it about?
A confused religious girl (Harboe) tries to deny her feelings for a female friend who's in love with her. This causes her suppressed psychokinectic powers to reemerge with devastating results. Co-written and directed by Joachim Trier (Oslo, August 31st).

'Thelma'

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Under the Silver Lake (31/12)

MA15+
USA, 2018
Genre: Mystery, Crime, Drama
Language: English
Director: David Robert Mitchell
Starring: Andrew Garfield, Riley Keough, Topher Grace, Grace van Patten, Zosia Mamet
What's it about?
Young and disenchanted Sam (Garfield) meets a mysterious and beautiful woman (Keough) who's swimming in his building's pool one night. When she suddenly vanishes the next morning, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal and conspiracy. From David Robert Mitchell, writer-director of It Follows.

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Woman at War

M
France, Iceland, Ukraine, 2018
Genre: Drama, Comedy, Action
Language: Icelandic, English
Director: Benedikt Erlingsson
Starring: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Jörundur Ragnarsson
What's it about?
Halla (Geirharðsdóttir) declares a one-woman-war on the local aluminium industry. She is prepared to risk everything to protect the pristine Icelandic Highlands she loves, until an orphan unexpectedly enters her life. From Of Horses and Men writer/director Benedikt Erlingsson, and winner of the SACD Screenwriting Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

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