• The beloved 1956 Oscar-winning French short film 'The Red Balloon' leaves SBS On Demand on April 30th. (Supplied)Source: Supplied
Don't miss your chance to watch these standout movies and documentaries leaving SBS On Demand throughout April.
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31 Mar 2021 - 9:54 AM  UPDATED 12 Apr 2021 - 3:43 PM

For a complete list of feature films, documentaries, TV episodes and more leaving SBS On Demand throughout April, click here.

 

Cutthroat Island

PG
USA, 1995
Genre: Action, Adventure
Language: English, Latin
Director: Renny Harlin
Starring: Geena Davis, Matthew Modine, Frank Langella, Maury Chaykin
What's it about?
Morgan Adams (Davis) and her slave, William Shaw (Modine), are on a quest to recover the three portions of a treasure map. Unfortunately, the final portion is held by her murderous uncle, Dawg. Her crew is skeptical of her leadership abilities, so she must complete her quest before they mutiny against her. This is made yet more difficult by the efforts of the British crown to end her pirate raids.

Streaming until 7 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Woman at War

M
Iceland, 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.

Streaming until 7 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
'Woman at War': Environmental Injustice Drives One Woman To Revenge
Writer-director Benedikt Erlingsson's delightful follow-up to Of Horses and Men concerns a modest environmental activist determined to bring down heavy industry one electric pylon at a time.

 

Black Narcissus

M
UK, 1947
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Hindi
Director: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Starring: Deborah Kerr, David Farrar, Flora Robson, Kathleen Byron, SABU, Jean Simmons
What's it about?
A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth falls for a government worker, Mr. Dean, and begins to question her vow of celibacy. As Sister Ruth obsesses over Mr. Dean, Sister Clodagh becomes immersed in her own memories of love.

Streaming until 9 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Conversation

PG
USA, 1974
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Francis Ford Coppola
Starring: Gene Hackman, John Cazale, Frederic Forrest, Harrison Ford, Teri Garr
What's it about?
Surveillance expert Harry Caul (Hackman) is hired by a mysterious client's brusque aide to tail a young couple. Tracking the pair through San Francisco's Union Square, Caul and his associate Stan manage to record a cryptic conversation between them. Tormented by memories of a previous case that ended badly, Caul becomes obsessed with the resulting tape, trying to determine if the couple are in danger. Made by Coppola in between The Godfather and The Godfather Part II, this slow-burning character study is now regarded as one of the director's finest achievements. 

Streaming until 9 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Colette

M
UK, USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, History
Language: English, French
Director: Wash Westmoreland
Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh
What's it about?
After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as Willy (West), Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette (Knightley) is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendour of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels.

Streaming until 10 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Girl

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.

Streaming until 11 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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.

 

Hotel Salvation

PG
India, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: Hindi
Director: Shubhashish Bhutiani
Starring: Adil Hussain, Lalit Behl, Geetanjali Kulkarni, Palomi Ghosh
What's it about?
An ominous dream convinces 77-year-old Dayanand Kumar (Behl) that his end could be near. He takes the news to his son Rajiv (Hussain), knowing he wants to breathe his last in the holy city of Varanasi and end the cycle of rebirth, by attaining salvation. Being the dutiful son he is, Rajiv is left with no choice but to drop everything and make the journey with his stubborn father, checking into Mukti Bhawan (Hotel Salvation) in Varanasi.

Streaming until 11 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Ip Man 3

M
Hong Kong, 2015
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Cantonese, English
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Jin Zhang, Mike Tyson
What's it about?
When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on the big screen, in this soon-to-be genre classic.

Streaming until 11 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Red Joan

M
UK, 2018
Genre: Thriller, History
Language: English
Director: Trevor Nunn
Starring: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, Tom Hughes, Tereza Srbová, Stephen Campbell Moore
What's it about?
In a picturesque village in England, Joan Stanley (Dench), lives in contented retirement. Then suddenly her tranquil existence is shattered as she’s shockingly arrested by MI5. For Joan has been hiding an incredible past – she is one of the most influential spies in living history. Based on the novel by Jennie Rooney.

Streaming until 11 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Capharnaüm

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.

Streaming until 13 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Calvary

MA15+
Ireland, UK, 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: John Michael McDonagh
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Kelly Reilly, Chris O'Dowd, Marie-Josée Croze, Dylan Moran
What's it about?
Father James Lavelle (Gleeson) is a good-natured priest but finds himself being tormented by members of the local community. One day, when his life is threatened during a confession, the priest decides it's time to fight back against the dark forces around him. From John Michael McDonagh, writer-director of The Guard.

Streaming until 15 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Calvary Review

 

Philomena

M
UK, 2013
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Stephen Frears
Starring: Judi Dench, Steve Coogan, Sophie Kennedy-Clark, Mare Winningham
What's it about?
When former journalist Martin Sixsmith (Coogan, who also co-wrote the film's Oscar-nominated screenplay) is dismissed from the Labour Party in disgrace, he is at a loss as to what to do. That changes when a young Irish woman approaches him about a story of her mother, Philomena (Dench, in an Oscar-nominated performance), who had her son taken away when she was a teenage inmate of a Catholic convent. Martin arranges a magazine assignment about her search for him that eventually leads to America.

Streaming until 17 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Unfussy storytelling reveals a hidden gem.
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The veteran UK director and master of humanist storytelling talks Philomena and his long partnership with Judi Dench.

 

The Broken Circle Breakdown

MA15+
Belgium, Netherlands, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Flemish, English, Dutch
Director: Felix van Groeningen
Starring: Veerle Baetens, Johan Heldenbergh, Nell Cattrysse
What's it about?
Elise (Baetens) and Didier (Heldenbergh) have been together for seven passionate years. When their little girl Maybelle (Cattrysse) is diagnosed with a serious illness, all the turning points in their intense and moving relationship seem to flash by. 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming until 17 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
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Intoxicating rhythm lifts Belgian bluegrass tale.

 

Angel-A

M
France, 2005
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Luc Besson
Starring: Rie Rasmussen, Jamel Debbouze, Gilbert Melki
What's it about?
Down on his luck, and up to his neck in debt, André (Amélie's Jamel Debbouze) decides it's easier to end it all than repay his loan-sharks. As he is about to launch himself from the Pont Neuf, he notices a fellow suicide – a gorgeous, statuesque blonde. Leaping into the Seine, André inadvertently gets himself a champion intent on cleaning up his life, in return for saving hers. From director Luc Besson (The Fifth Element, Leon: The Professional).

Streaming until 18 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Brooklyn

M
Ireland, Canada, 2015
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: John Crowley
Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Domhnall Gleeson, Emory Cohen, Emily Bett Rickards
What's it about?
An Irish immigrant (Ronan) lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local (Cohen). When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within. Nominated for three Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Actress (Ronan) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Nick Hornby, from the novel by Colm Tóibín).

Streaming until 18 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Lord of the Flies

PG
UK, 1963
Genre: Drama, Cult
Language: English
Director: Peter Brook
Starring: James Aubrey, Tom Chapin, Hugh Edwards
What's it about?
As war in Europe is about to erupt, a group of well-heeled British schoolboys are flown from London to a safe haven in the South Pacific but are forced to fend for themselves after their plane crashes on a remote island and the pilot is killed. Based on Nobel Prize-winning author William Golding's classic novel.

Streaming until 18 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Lord of the Flies Review
A bleak view of humanity through kids’ eyes.

 

Swiss Army Man

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 wildly original film won the Directing Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Streaming until 18 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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REVIEW
'Swiss Army Man' Wears Its Weirdness As Badge Of Honour
A wildly original blend of 'Cast Away' and 'Weekend At Bernies' with shades of Michel Gondry, and featuring Harry Potter as a flatulent corpse, which won the Directing Prize at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

 

The Damned United

M
UK, 2009
Genre: Sport, Drama
Language: English
Director: Tom Hooper
Starring: Michael Sheen, Colm Meaney, Stephen Graham, Timothy Spall, Jim Broadbent
What's it about?
A film about controversial soccer manager Brian Clough (Sheen), set in 1974 but flashing back to the 1960s, depicting Clough's ill-fated 44-day reign as coach of Leeds United, then one of England's most successful soccer teams. From Tom Hooper, Oscar-winning director of The King's Speech.

Streaming until 18 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Damned United Review
Mr Sheen adds polish to EPL saga.

 

Flash Gordon

M
USA, 1980
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Language: English
Director: Mike Hodges
Starring: Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Max von Sydow
What's it about?
In this '80s all-star camp classic, bored alien king Ming the Merciless (von Sydow) keeps the blues at bay by conjuring up a series of disasters on Earth. He doesn't count on coming up against the star footballer and everyday hero Flash Gordon (Jones), who leads the charge to save Earth from certain destruction. Directed by Mike Hodges (Get CarterCroupier).

Streaming until 20 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Micmacs

M
France, 2009
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Nicolas Marié, Dany Boon, Yolande Moreau, André Dussollier, Jean-Pierre Marielle
What's it about?
This whimsical fantasy comedy from acclaimed director Jean-Pierre Jeunet (AmelieA Very Long Engagement), takes on the arms dealers of the world. While standing in the doorway of the video shop where he works, Bazil (Boon) has been inadvertently shot in the head. Now homeless and jobless, he is taken in by a troupe of misfits who live in a giant mound of trash. There, Bazil begins his quest for revenge against the people who produced the gun that shot him.

Streaming until 21 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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13 Minutes

MA15+
Germany, 2015
Genre: Drama, War
Language: German
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Starring: Christian Friedel, Katharina Schüttler, Burghart Klaußner, Johann von Bülow
What's it about?
The breath-taking story of a man who nearly would have changed the world. 1939, when Hitler tricked millions of people at the height of his power, one said a radical No: Georg Elser, disparaged as an assassin, is one of the greatest resistance fighters. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The ExperimentDownfall).

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

An Officer and a Gentleman

M
USA, 1982
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Taylor Hackford
Starring: Richard Gere, Debra Winger, Louis Gossett Jr., David Keith, Robert Loggia
What's it about?
Zack Mayo (Gere) is an aloof, taciturn man who aspires to be a navy pilot. Once he arrives at training camp for his 13-week officer's course, Mayo runs afoul of abrasive, no-nonsense drill Sergeant Emil Foley (Gossett Jr., who won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor). Mayo is an excellent cadet, but a little cold around the heart, so Foley rides him mercilessly, sensing that the young man would be prime officer material if he weren't so self-involved. Zack's affair with a working girl (Winger) is likewise compromised by his unwillingness to give of himself.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Blade of the Immortal

MA15+
Japan, South Korea, UK 2017
Genre: Action, Drama
Language: Japanese
Director: Takashi Miike
Starring: Takuya Kimura, Hana Sugisaki, Sota Fukushi, Hayato Ichihara, Erika Toda
What's it about?
Manji (Kimura), a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin (Sugisaki) avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu (Fukushi). The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine. The 100th film from prolific cult director Takashi Miike (Audition13 Assassins).

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Changing Lanes

M
USA, 2002
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Roger Michell
Starring: Ben Affleck, Samuel L. Jackson, Toni Collette, Sydney Pollack, William Hurt
What's it about?
A rush-hour fender-bender on New York City's crowded FDR Drive, under most circumstances, wouldn't set off a chain reaction that could decimate two people's lives. But on this day, at this time, a minor collision will turn two complete strangers (Affleck, Jackson) into vicious adversaries. Their means of destroying each other might be different, but their goals, ultimately, will be the same: Each will systematically try to dismantle the other's life in a reckless effort to reclaim something he has lost.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Compliance

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English
Director: Craig Zobel
Starring: Dreama Walker, Pat Healy, Ann Dowd, Bill Camp
What's it about?
When a young manager at a Mid-West US fast food chain answers the phone one day at work, she is met with the demands of a police officer. He instructs her that one of her employees is a robbery suspect, and must be detained while he searches her house. Based on a true story, where 70 such phone calls were made to restaurants around America last decade.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Haemoo [Sea Fog]

M
South Korea, 2014
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Language: Korean
Director: Shim Sung-bo
Starring: Kim Yoon-seok, Park Yoo-chun, Han Ye-ri, Lee Hee-jun, Moon Sung-keun
What's it about?
A fishing-boat crew takes on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants from China to Korea. However, things don't go according to plan when the vessel encounters heavy fog.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Hustle & Flow

M
USA, 2005
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Craig Brewer
Starring: Terrence Howard, Taryn Manning, Anthony Anderson, Taraji P. Henson
What's it about?
With help from his friends, a Memphis pimp in a mid-life crisis attempts to become a successful hip-hop emcee. Nominated for Best Actor (Terrence Howard) at the 2005 Academy Awards, where it also won the Oscar for Best Original Song ("It's Hard Out Here For a Pimp").

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Mother

MA15+
Korea, 2009
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Hye-ja Kim, Won Bin, Jin Goo, Je-mun Yun
What's it about?
When a mentally disabled boy (Won Bin) is arrested for the murder of a young girl in rural South Korea, the case is quickly closed thanks to an inefficient lawyer and an apathetic police force. It's left to the boy's widowed mother (Hye-ja Kim) to find the girl's killer and to prove her son's innocence. Directed by Bong Joon-ho (Parasite) and winner of three Asian Film Awards in 2010, including Best Film.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Orchestra Class

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Rachid Hami
Starring: Kad Merad, Samir Guesmi, Alfred Renély, Tatiana Rojo, Slimane Dazi
What's it about?
Simon (Daoud) is a distinguished, but disillusioned violinist. He has recently gone through a divorce and found a job teaching orchestra in a working-class neighbourhood of Paris. Arnold (Renely) is a shy and chubby student who is fascinated with the violin and discovers that he has real talent for it. With Arnold's raw talent and the joyous energy of his class, Simon gradually rediscovers the joys of music. But will he keep his promise to take the class to perform at the Paris Philharmonic?

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Rey

M
Chile, France, Germany, Netherlands, Qatar, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Spanish
Director: Niles Atallah
Starring: Rodrigo Lisboa, Claudio Riveros, Eduardo Barril, Francisco Ossa, Gabriela Aguilera
What's it about?
In the nineteenth century, a French adventurer sets off to establish a kingdom in the inhospitable South of Chile, uniting the feared Mapuche under him. The response of the Chilean army is devastating.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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School of Life

PG
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?
Paris 1930. Paul (Scandel) has only ever had one and the same horizon: the high walls of the orphanage, an austere building in the Parisian working class suburbs. Entrusted to a joyful country woman, Célestine (Karsenti), and her husband, Borel (Elmosnino), the rather stiff gamekeeper of a vast estate in Sologne, the city child, recalcitrant and stubborn, arrives in a mysterious world, that of a sovereign and wild region. 

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Tanna

M
Australia, Vanuatu, 2015
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: Bislama
Director: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Starring: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Kapan Cook, Charlie Kahla, Lingai Kowia
What's it about?
In a traditional tribal society in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, refusing her arranged fate. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2017 Academy Awards.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Tell No One

MA15+
France, 2006
Genre: Drama, Crime, Mystery
Language: French
Director: Guillaume Canet
Starring: François Cluzet, Kristin Scott Thomas, Marie-Josée Croze, André Dussollier, Marina Hands
What's it about?
Eight years ago, Doctor Alex Beck's (Cluzet) wife Margot was brutally murdered and a serial killer was charged with her murder. But the discovery of two bodies on the shores of the lake where Margot was killed and mutilated after a midnight swim forces the police to reopen the case, with new evidence casting suspicion on Alex. At the same time, Dr Beck is receiving strange email messages from his presumably dead wife.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Fabulous Baker Boys

M
USA, 1989
Genre: Music, Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Steve Kloves
Starring: Jeff Bridges, Michelle Pfeiffer, Beau Bridges, Ellie Raab
What's it about?
Real-life brothers Jeff and Beau Bridges star as The Boys, a brotherly duo of lounge pianists, who make a living by moving from one drab job to another. When they hire the singer Susie Diamond (Michelle Pfeiffer) to liven up their act – a woman with a face as beautiful as her voice – tensions mount as romance blossoms and one brother is left in the cold.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Host

M
South Korea, 2006
Genre: Sci-Fi, Thriller
Language: Korean
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-Bong, Park Hae-il, Doona Bae
What's it about?
An American military base of Yongson releases toxic chemicals in the drain to the Han River under the direct order of an arrogant coroner. Six years later, a mutant squid monster leaves the water and attacks people on the side of the river. The third feature from Bong Joon-ho (also starring his regular actor Song Kang-ho), director of 2020's Best Picture Oscar-winner Parasite.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Hunt 

MA15+
Denmark, 2012
Genre: Drama
Language: Danish
Director: Thomas Vinterberg
Starring: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Annika Wedderkopp
What's it about?
A teacher (Mikkelsen) lives a lonely life following a difficult divorce, all the while struggling over his son's custody. His life slowly gets better as he finds love and receives good news from his son, but his new luck is about to be brutally shattered by an innocent little lie. This acclaimed film (written and directed by Festen's Thomas Vinterberg) was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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The Italian Job

PG
UK, 1969
Genre: Action, Crime, Comedy
Language: English
Director: Peter Collinson
Starring: Michael Caine, Noel Coward, Benny Hill, Margaret Blye, Raf Vallone
What's it about?
Charlie's (Caine) got a 'job' to do. Having just left prison he finds one of his friends has attempted a high-risk job in Torino, Italy, right under the nose of the mafia. Charlie's friend doesn't get very far, so Charlie takes over the 'job'. Using three Mini Coopers, a couple of Jaguars and a bus, he hopes to bring Torino to a standstill, steal a fortune in gold and escape in the chaos.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Raid

MA15+
Indonesia, 2011
Genre: Action
Language: Indonesian
Director: Gareth Evans
Starring: Iko Uwais, Ananda George, Ray Sahetapy
What's it about?
Deep in the heart of Jakarta's slums lies an impenetrable multi-level safe house for the world's most dangerous killers and gangsters. Until now, the rundown apartment block has been considered untouchable to even the bravest of police. Cloaked under the cover of pre-dawn darkness, an elite SWAT team is tasked with raiding the safe house to take down the notorious drug lord that runs it.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Red Balloon

G
France, 1956
Genre: Classic
Language: French
Director: Albert Lamorisse
Starring: Pascal Lamorisse, Sabine Lamorisse, Georges Sellier
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.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
The beloved 1956 Oscar-winning French short film 'The Red Balloon' leaves SBS On Demand on April 30th.

 

Toni Erdmann

M
Germany, Austria, 2016
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, German, Romanian
Director: Maren Ade
Starring: Sandra Hüller, Peter Simonischek, Michael Wittenborn
What's it about?
Without a warning a father (Simonischek) comes to visit his daughter (Hüller) abroad. He believes that she lost her humour and therefore surprises her with a barrage of jokes. Nominated for a 2017 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

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.

Streaming until 30 April 2021 at SBS On Demand:
 
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