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Don't miss your chance to watch these standout feature films leaving SBS On Demand throughout October 2021.
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SBS Movies

28 Sep 2021 - 5:47 PM  UPDATED 28 Sep 2021 - 6:03 PM

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

COLLECTIONS FEATURING FILMS LEAVING THROUGHOUT OCTOBER:
Powell & Pressburger at SBS On Demand
Six films from the legendary British directing team of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger are now available to stream at SBS On Demand.
Jacques Tati at SBS On Demand
Classic films from the French comic trailblazer – and a contemporary animation based on one of his unproduced screenplays – screening on SBS World Movies & SBS On Demand.

 

The Young Victoria

PG
UK, 2009
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jean-Marc Vallée
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Jim Broadbent, Miranda Richardson
What's it about?
Director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers ClubWildC.R.A.Z.Y.) takes the helm for this look at the turbulent early years of Queen Victoria (Blunt), who was crowned at the age of 18, and whose ill-fated marriage to Prince Albert would later prompt her into a life of mournful seclusion.

Streaming until October 1st at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
The Young Victoria Review
Emily Blunt joins the ranks of great screen monarchs.

 

The Secret of Kells

PG
Ireland, 2009
Genre: Family, Fantasy, Animation
Language: English
Director: Tomm Moore, Nora Twomey
Voice Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Michael McGrath, Paul Young, Mick Lally
What's it about?
Adventure awaits 12-year-old Brendan who must fight Vikings and a serpent god to find a crystal and complete the legendary Book of Kells. In order to finish Brother Aiden's book, Brendan must overcome his deepest fears on a secret quest that will take him beyond the abbey walls and into the enchanted forest where dangerous mythical creatures hide. Will Brendan succeed in his quest? Nominated for an Oscar for Best Animated Feature.

Streaming until October 2nd at SBS On Demand:

 

Asterix & Obelix: God Save Britannia

PG
France, 2012
Genre: Family, Adventure, Comedy
Language: French
Director: Laurent Tirard
Starring: Gerard Depardieu, Edouard Baer, Guillaume Gallienne, Vincent Lacoste
What's it about?
Baer and Depardieu reprise their roles as comic book duo Asterix and Obelix in this zany adventure, which sees Asterix cross the channel to help his second-cousin Anticlimax face Caesar and the invading Romans. 

Streaming until October 3rd at SBS On Demand:

 

Esteros

MA15+
Argentina, 2016
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: Portuguese, International, Spanish
Director: Papu Curotto
Starring: Ignacio Rogers, Esteban Masturini, Joaquín Parada, Blas Finardi Niz, Renata Calmon
What's it about?
Matías and Jerónimo's childhood friendship transforms the summer before starting high school, when they both experience their sexual awakening. But Matías' father breaks up their relationship when he takes up a job in Brazil. More than ten years later, Matías returns to his old town and runs into Jerónimo, who now works as a biologist for a big company. Seeing his friend again reawakens his feelings and gives Matías the chance at real love.

Streaming until October 4th at SBS On Demand:

 

Farewell, My Queen

M, CC
France, 2012
Genre: Drama, History
Language: French, German, Italian
Director: Benoét Jacquot
Starring: Léa Seydoux, Diane Kruger, Virginie Ledoyen
What's it about?
Based on the best-selling novel by Chantal Thomas, Farewell, My Queen chronicles the final days of the French monarchy as seen through the eyes of one of Marie Antoinette’s ladies-in-waiting. Sidonie (Seydoux) is a seemingly innocent but shrewd servant to guileless Marie Antoinette (Kruger), working her way into her mistress favours before Revolution hijacks her fate.

Streaming until October 4th at SBS On Demand:
RELATED
Farewell, My Queen Review
Jacquot finds new life in familiar tale.
Farewell, My Queen: Benoét Jacquot interview
The veteran French director talks revolution, nudity and his reputation as a female-friendly filmmaker.

One Thousand Ropes

M
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Frankie Adams, Nathaniel Lees, Uelese Petaia, Beulah Koale
What's it about?
The father of a deeply troubled household that endured tragedy both from without and within, seeks to reconcile with his youngest daughter by making a journey to both symbolically and culturally lay the family "ghosts" to rest.

Streaming until October 4th at SBS On Demand:

 

Rams

M
Iceland, 2015
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: Icelandic
Director: Grímur Hákonarson
Starring: Sigurður Sigurjónsson, Theodór Júlíusson, Charlotte Bøving
What's it about?
In a secluded valley in Iceland, two brothers, Gummi (Sigurjónsson) and Kiddi (Júlíusson), live side by side, tending to their sheep. Although they share the land and a way of life, Gummi and Kiddi have not spoken to each other in four decades. When a lethal disease suddenly infects Kiddi’s sheep, Gummi and Kiddi have to come together in order to save them. Winner of the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and the basis for the recent Australian remake starring Sam Neill and Michael Caton.

Streaming until October 5th at SBS On Demand:
Cannes-winning Icelandic film 'Rams'
RELATED
'Rams': Warm Comedy-Drama In Icelandic Cold
This touching dramedy about the reunion of two estranged brothers from an Iceland farming valley won the Un Certain Regard prize at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival, and is the basis of the recent Australian remake starring Michael Caton and Sam Neill.

 

Passion

MA15+
USA, 2012
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Language: English
Director: Brian De Palma
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Noomi Rapace, Karoline Herfurth, Leila Rozario, Ian T. Dickinson
What's it about?
Christine (McAdams) possesses the natural elegance and casual ease associated with one who has a healthy relationship with money and power. She takes particular pleasure in exercising control over her admiring protege Isabelle (Rapace), leading her one step at a time ever deeper into a game of seduction and manipulation, dominance and humiliation. This remake of the 2010 French film Love Crime (starring Kristin Scott-Thomas and Sylvie Testud) is directed by Brian De Palma (Scarface, The Untouchables).

Streaming until October 7th at SBS On Demand:

 

Ali's Wedding

M, CC
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 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.

Streaming until October 8th at SBS On Demand:
The crowdpleasing hit romantic comedy Ali's Wedding airs Fri 14 June, 8:35PM on SBS
RELATED
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"It takes a slice of Australia that's otherwise not represented on the big screen, and if it is represented then we're usually the ones doing the killings."

 

I Am Love

MA15+, CC
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. Directed by Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, A Bigger Splash).

Streaming until October 10th at SBS On Demand:
RELATED
Dinner and a Movie: I Am Love
Movies and food are two of the things we do best at SBS, so it's only natural that we combine the two in a new column, which will match delicious recipes with soul-nourishing films.
Why You Should Watch: I Am Love
Sex, love, food, and money: Tilda Swinton’s Milanese melodrama has got the lot. It’s free to watch for almost a year at SBS On Demand.

 

Storm Boy

PG
Australia, 1976
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Henri Safran
Starring: Greg Rowe, Peter Cummins, David Gulpilil, Judy Dick, Tony Allison
What's it about?
Mike (Rowe) is a lonely Australian boy living in a coastal wilderness with his reclusive father (Cummins). In search of friendship he encounters an Aboriginal native loner (Gulpilil) and the two form a bond in the care of orphaned pelicans.

Streaming until October 11th at SBS On Demand:
RELATED
Storm Boy: Cheat Sheet
As 'Storm Boy' turns 40 and is about to be remade, we revisit this bona fide Aussie classic and its enduring legacy.

 

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. Directed by Thomas Vinterberg (Another Round) and co-written by Vinterberg and Tobias Lindholm (The Investigation), the film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2014 Academy Awards.

Streaming until October 11th at SBS On Demand:
RELATED
The Hunt: Mads Mikkelsen interview
The Danish actor's Cannes-winning turn in 'The Hunt' comes in a long line of outstanding performances.
The Hunt review: Group hysteria drama gets it right
An unsettling saga with no easy villains.

 

The Gambler

M, CC
USA, 1974
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Karel Reisz
Starring: James Caan, Paul Sorvino, Lauren Hutton, Jacqueline Brookes, Burt Young
What's it about?
James Caan stars as Axel Freed, a college professor who is constantly in debt, and must rely on his former friends and associates to bail him out. As his habit becomes an incurable disease, Caan finds that the only people who will have anything to do with him are those to whom he owes money --particularly the polite but deadly loan shark Carmine (Young).

Streaming until October 12th at SBS On Demand:

 

The Light Between Oceans

M
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz, Emily Barclay, Alicia Vikander, Anthony Hayes
What's it about?
Tom Sherbourne (Fassbender) is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel (Vikander) live a quiet life, cocooned from the rest of the world. That is until one April morning, when they rescue an abandoned baby from an adrift rowboat. Only years later do they discover the devastating consequences of the decision they made that day. Directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines).

Streaming until October 12th at SBS On Demand:

 

This Beautiful Fantastic

PG
UK, USA, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English, Irish
Director: Simon Aboud
Starring: Jessica Brown Findlay, Tom Wilkinson, Andrew Scott, Jeremy Irvine
What's it about?
A contemporary fairy tale revolving around the most unlikely of friendships: between a reclusive, agoraphobic young woman (Finday) with dreams of being a children’s book author and a curmudgeonly old widower (Wilkinson), set against the backdrop of a beautiful garden in the heart of London. 

Streaming until October 13th at SBS On Demand:

 

Dede

M
Georgia, 2017
Genre: Drama
Language: Georgian
Director: Mariam Khatchvani
Starring: George Babluani, Natia Vibliani, Girshel Chelidze, Nukri Khatchvani, Spartak Parjiani
What's it about?
It's 1992. Young Dina lives in a remote mountain village where life is strictly governed by centuries of tradition. Dina's grandfather has promised her to David, who is returning from the war. But with him comes a comrade-in-arms, the handsome Gegi, and Dina falls in love. Is it possible to defy the firmly established order?

Streaming until October 14th at SBS On Demand:

Machete

MA15+, CC
USA, 2010
Genre: Action, Crime
Language: English
Director: Robert Rodriguez, Ethan Maniquis
Starring: Danny Trejo, Don Johnson, Steven Seagal, Michelle Rodriguez, Robert De Niro
What's it about?
Left for dead after clashing with notorious Mexican drug kingpin Torrez, Machete (Trejo) has escaped to Texas, looking to disappear and forget his tragic past. But what he finds is a web of corruption and deceit that leaves a bullet in a senator and Machete a wanted man. Directed by Robert Rodriguez (Sin CityFrom Dusk 'til Dawn).

Streaming until October 14th at SBS On Demand:

 

Erik & Erika

MA15+
Austria, 2018
Genre: Drama
Language: German
Director: Reinhold Bilgeri
Starring: Markus Freistätter, Birgit Melcher, Gerhard Liebmann, Anna Posch, Lili Epply
What's it about?
Erik/Erika Schinegger - the ski sensation that became media sensation. As Erika she was celebrated. As newly discovered Erik repudiated and accused of fraud. A true story about the injustice of nature, the taboo topics in Austria in the 1970s.

Streaming until October 15th at SBS On Demand:
Erik & Erika

 

Frankie

M
France, Portugal, 2019
Genre: Drama
Language: English, Portuguese
Director: Ira Sachs
Starring: Isabelle Huppert, Brendan Gleeson, Greg Kinnear, Marisa Tomei, Jeremie Renier
What's it about?
Three generations of a family grapple with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces. Directed by Ira Sachs (Little Men, Love is Strange).

Streaming from October 1st until October 15th at SBS On Demand:

 

Kirikou and the Sorceress

G
France, 1998
Genre: Animation
Language: English
Director: Michel Ocelot
Starring: Doudou Gueye Thiaw, Maimouna N'Diaye, Awa Sene Sarr
What's it about?
The tiny Kirikou is born into an African village upon which a sorceress called Karaba has cast a terrible spell - the spring has dried up, the villagers are being blackmailed, the men of the village have either been kidnapped or have mysteriously disappeared. Kirikou wants to rid the village of Karaba's curse, so goes on an adventurous voyage to reveal Karaba's secrets.

Streaming until October 15th at SBS On Demand:

 

Taxi Driver

MA15+, CC
USA, 1976
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: English
Director: Robert De Niro
Starring: Robert De Niro, Harvey Keitel, Cybill Shepherd, Jodie Foster, Albert Brooks
What's it about?
Travis Bickle (De Niro) is an insomniac ex-marine who works the night shift as a taxi driver in 1970s New York. Chronically lonely and socially inept, he attempts to woo an attractive presidential campaign worker (Shepherd), but his misguided ideas about romance fall flat. Increasingly paranoid, Bickle fancies himself as the decaying city's saviour, culminating in a political assassination plot and the violent 'rescue' of a child prostitute (Foster). A landmark portrait of psychosis from director Martin Scorsese and screenwriter Paul Schrader.

Streaming until October 15th at SBS On Demand:

 

Tess

PG
France, UK, 1979
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Roman Polanski
Starring: Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, Leigh Lawson, John Collin, Sylvia Coleridge
What's it about?
A strong-willed peasant girl (Kinski) is sent by her father to the estate of some local aristocrats to capitalise on a rumor that their families are from the same line. This fateful visit commences an epic narrative of sex, class, betrayal, and revenge. Based on Thomas Hardy's Tess of the d'Urbervilles.

Streaming until October 15th at SBS On Demand:

 

Tom Thumb

PG
France, 2001
Genre: Family, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Olivier Dahan
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Romane Bohringer, Nils Hugon
What's it about?
In seventeenth century France, civil war rages, devastating the land. Out of despair, a couple decide to abandon their five children in the depths of a dark forest. Poucet (Hugon) and his brothers try to find their way out making fantastic encounters.

Streaming until October 16th at SBS On Demand:

 

11 Minutes

M
Ireland, Poland, 2015
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Polish
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Starring: Richard Dormer, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Andrzej Chyra, Dawid Ogrodnik
What's it about?
A jealous husband out of control, his sexy actress wife, a sleazy Hollywood director, a reckless drug messenger, a disoriented young woman, an ex-con hot dog vendor, a troubled student on a mysterious mission, a high-rise window cleaner on a sneaky break, an elderly sketch artist, a hectic paramedics team, and a group of hungry nuns live in an unsure world where anything could happen at any time. An unexpected chain of events can seal many fates in a mere 11 minutes.

Streaming until October 17th at SBS On Demand:

Gold

M, CC
USA, 2016
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Language: English, Indonesian
Director: Stephen Gaghan
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Bryce Dallas Howard, Edgar Ramirez, Timothy Simons
What's it about?
Kenny Wells (McConaughey), a modern-day prospector, hustler, and dreamer, is desperate for a lucky break. Left with few options, Wells teams up with an equally luckless geologist to execute a grandiose, last-ditch effort: to find gold deep in the uncharted jungle of Indonesia. Directed by Stephen Gaghan (writer of Traffic).

Streaming until October 17th at SBS On Demand:

 

Charlie Countryman

MA15+, CC
USA, 2013
Genre: Action, Comedy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Fredrik Bond
Starring: Shia LaBeouf, Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Vincent D'Onofrio, Melissa Leo
What's it about?
Traveling abroad, Charlie Countryman (LaBeouf) falls for Gabi (Wood), a Romanian beauty whose unreachable heart has its origins in Nigel (Mikkelsen), her violent, charismatic ex. As the darkness of Gabi’s past increasingly envelops him, Charlie resolves to win her heart, or die trying. 

Streaming until October 18th at SBS On Demand:

 

The Straight Story

G
USA, 1999
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: David Lynch
Starring: Richard Farnsworth, Sissy Spacek, Harry Dean Stanton
What's it about?
A retired farmer and widower in his 70s, Alvin Straight (Farnsworth, in an Oscar-nominated performance) learns one day that his distant brother Lyle (Stanton) has suffered a stroke and may not recover. Alvin is determined to make things right with Lyle while he still can, but his brother lives in Wisconsin, while Alvin is stuck in Iowa with no car and no driver's license. Then he hits on the idea of making the trip on his old lawnmower, thus beginning a picturesque and at times deeply spiritual odyssey.

Streaming until October 18th at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
Straight Story, The Review
"A most beautiful journey."

 

Hidden [Caché]

MA15+
Austria, France, 2005
Genre: Mystery, Drama, Thriller
Language: French
Director: Michael Haneke
Starring: Daniel Auteuil, Juliette Binoche, Annie Girardot, Maurice Bénichou, Bernard Le Coq
What's it about?
A married couple (Binoche & Auteuil), terrorised by a series of surveillance videotapes and drawings planted at their home, finds to find the identity of their stalker, with unexpected and life-shattering consequences. Written and directed by Michael Haneke (Amour, The White Ribbon), who took home the Best Director award at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

Streaming until October 19th at SBS On Demand:
REVIEW
An exquisitely creepy experience.
Superbly performed and directed, with a perfect suspense buildup throughout.

 

A Monster in Paris

G
France, 2011
Genre: Comedy, Family, Animation
Language: French
Director: Bibo Bergeron
Voice cast: Vanessa Paradis, Adam Goldberg, Gad Elmaleh, Sean Lennon
What's it about?
Paris,1910. Emile, a shy movie projectionist, and Raoul, a colourful inventor, find themselves embarked on the hunt for a monster terrorising citizens. They join forces with Lucille, the big-hearted star of the Bird of Paradise cabaret, an eccentric scientist and his irascible monkey to save the monster, who turns out to be an oversized but harmless flea, from the city's ruthlessly ambitious police chief.

Streaming until October 20th at SBS On Demand:

 

Sink or Swim

M
Belgium, France, 2018
Genre: Comedy
Language: French
Director: Gilles Lellouche
Starring: Mathieu Amalric, Guillaume Canet, Marina Fois, Benoit Poelvoorde
What's it about?
40-year-old Bertrand (Amalric) has been suffering from depression for the last two years and is barely able to keep his head above water. Despite the medication he gulps down all day, every day, and his wife's encouragement, he is unable to find any meaning in his life. Curiously, he will end up finding this sense of purpose at the swimming pool, by joining an all-male synchronised swimming team.

Streaming until October 20th at SBS On Demand:
RELATED
French star Gilles Lellouche makes a directorial splash with 'Sink or Swim'
Coming at a time when France is racked with division, star-turned-director Gilles Lellouche found emotional poetry and a more tender masculinity in the water.

 

Warm Bodies

M
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Horror, Romance
Language: English
Director: Jonathan Levine
Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, Analeigh Tipton, Dave Franco, John Malkovich
What's it about?
When a highly unusual zombie (Hoult) rescues a girl (Palmer) from imminent death at the hands of his cohorts, their unlikely romance sets in motion a chain of events that will transform him, his fellow dead, and maybe even the whole lifeless world. Written and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Wackness50/50).

Streaming until October 20th at SBS On Demand:

 

Back to Burgundy

M
France, 2017
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Language: English, Spanish, French
Director: Cedric Klapisch
Starring: Pio Marmaï, Ana Girardot, François Civil, Jean-Marc Roulot, María Valverd
What's it about?
After a 10 year absence, Jean (Marmaï) returns to his hometown of Burgundy when his father falls seriously ill. Reuniting with his sister Juliette and his brother Jérémie, the three young adults rediscover and reinvent their familial bonds, maturing and blossoming along with the wine they are making. Directed by Cédric Klapisch (The Spanish Apartment, Russian Dolls).

Streaming until October 21st at SBS On Demand:

 

Free In Deed

M
New Zealand, 2015
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Jake Mahaffy
Starring: David Harewood, Edwina Findley Dickerson, Kathy Smith, Helen Bowman, RaJay Chandler
What's it about?
When a single mother (Dickerson) brings her young boy (Chandler) to church for healing, this lonely pentecostal minister is forced to confront the seemingly incurable illness of the child, and his own demons as well. The more he prays, the more things seem to spiral out of his control. Winner of the Best Film Award in the Horizons section at the 2015 Venice Film Festival.

Streaming until October 22nd at SBS On Demand:
Free in Deed

 

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 October 22nd at SBS On Demand:

 

Shoplifters

M
Japan, 2018
Genre: Drama, Crime
Language: Japanese
Director: Hirokazu Kore-Eda
Starring: Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Mayu Matsuoka, Jyo Kairi, Miyu Sasaki, Kirin Kiki
What's it about?
After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu (Franky) and his son (Kairi) come across a little girl (Sasaki) in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter the girl, Osamu’s wife (Ando) agrees to take care of her after learning of the hardships she faces. Although the family is poor, barely making enough money to survive through petty crime, they seem to live happily together until an unforeseen incident reveals hidden secrets, testing the bonds that unite them. From Hirokazu Kore-eda, writer-director of After Life, Nobody Knows and Our Little Sister.

Streaming until October 22nd at SBS On Demand:
The cast of 'Shoplifters', written and directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda

 

My Brilliant Career

G
Australia, 1979
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Gillian Armstrong
Starring: Judy Davis, Wendy Hughes, Sam Neill
What's it about?
Sybylla (Davis), a headstrong girl growing up in early 20th century Australia, has the opportunity of marriage to a wealthy young man whom she loves, but rejects it in order to maintain her independence, preferring to take a job as governess/housekeeper to the family of an illiterate neighbor to whom her father owes money. The debut feature from director Gilliam Armstrong (StarstruckThe Last Days of Chez Nous, High Tide, Little Women).

Streaming until October 23rd at SBS On Demand:
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

PG, CC
New Zealand, 2016
Genre: Comedy, Adventure
Language: English
Director: Taika Waititi
Starring: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rima Te Wiata
What's it about?
Written and directed by Taika Waititi (BoyJojo Rabbit), the film follows Ricky (Dennison), a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues, and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure. 

Streaming until October 26th at SBS On Demand:
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Sam Neill talks to Fiona Williams about the daggy retro appeal of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ -- and reveals which movie from his storied career is considered "the absolute low point".

 

L.A. Story

M, CC
USA, 1991
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Language: English
Director: Mick Jackson
Starring: Steve Martin, Sarah Jessica Parker, Victoria Tennant, Richard E. Grant
What's it about?
With the help of a talking freeway billboard, a "wacky weatherman" (Martin, who also wrote the film's screenplay) tries to win the heart of an English newspaper reporter, who is struggling to make sense of the strange world of early-'90s Los Angeles.

Streaming until October 27th at SBS On Demand:

 

Amelie

M
France, 2001
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Language: French
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Audrey Tautou, Mathieu Kassovitz, Rufus, Dominique Pinon, Yolande Moreau
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.

Streaming until October 28th at SBS On Demand:
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Spoor

M
Poland, 2017
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Language: English, Polish
Director: Agnieszka Holland
Starring: Agnieszka Mandat-Grabka, Wiktor Zborowski, Jakub Gierszał
What's it about?
A story about Janina Duszejko (Mandat-Grabka), an elderly woman, who lives alone in the Klodzko Valley where a series of mysterious crimes are committed. Duszejko is convinced that she knows who (or what) is the murderer, but nobody believes her. Directed by Agnieszka Holland (Europa Europa and Olivier, Olivier).

Streaming until October 29th at SBS On Demand:

 

Ip Man

M
Hong Kong, 2008
Genre: Action, Martial Arts
Language: Cantonese, Japanese, Mandarin
Director: Wilson Yip
Starring: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan
What's it about?
In 1930's China, the town of Foshan is the legendary hub of Kung Fu martial arts. Ip Man (Donnie Yen) is an accomplished grandmaster of Wing Chun Kung Fu but chooses to keep a low profile and doesn't take any students. Challenge after brutal challenge sees the town realise that Ip Man is unstoppable. After the Japanese invasion, the town descends into chaos and struggles to survive. Ip Man rises up to challenge General Miura and the Japanese Army.

Streaming until October 30th at SBS On Demand:

 

The Graduate

M, CC
USA, 1967
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Language: English
Director: Mike Nichols
Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, Murray Hamilton, Buck Henry
What's it about?
During a party given by his parents to celebrate his graduation, Benjamin Braddock (Hoffman) is seduced by Mrs. Robinson (Bancroft), the wife of one of his father's closest friends. They have an affair, but Benjamin then falls in love with her daughter, Elaine (Ross). Jealous and angry, Mrs. Robinson does everything to keep the young couple apart. This landmark comedy won Best Director for Mike Nichols (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Closer) at the 1968 Academy Awards.

Streaming until October 30th at SBS On Demand:
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Belle

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.

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Belle and Sebastian

PG
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 streaming until October 31st.) 

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

Last Chance Harvey

PG
USA, 2009
Genre: Romance, Drama
Language: English
Director: Joel Hopkins
Starring: Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, James Brolin
What's it about?
Struggling New York jingle writer Harvey (Hoffman) and lonely British bureaucrat Kate (Thompson) meet by chance in London at a wedding and transforms one another's lives. Kate, for reasons which become clear, refuses to commit to a relationship; she lives in London, he’s based in New York, so how can they turn this into anything more than a fun interlude? 

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
Last Chance Harvey
REVIEW
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Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson are at the top of their game in Last Chance Harvey.

 

Like Crazy

PG
USA, 2012
Genre: Drama, Romance
Language: English
Director: Drake Doremus
Starring: Felicity Jones, Anton Yelchin, Jennifer Lawrence, Alex Kingston, Charlie Bewley
What's it about?
When a British college student (Jones) falls for her American classmate (Yelchin) they embark on a passionate and life-changing journey only to be separated when she violates the terms of her visa. The couple then faces the real challenge of being together and being apart at the same time.

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Indie drama mines genuine moments from young couple's love.

 

Margin Call

MA15+, CC
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: J.C. Chandor
Starring: Zachary Quinto, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Simon Baker, Demi Moore
What's it about?
Set in the high-stakes world of the financial industry, Margin Call involves the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis. When an entry-level analyst unlocks information that could prove to be the downfall of the firm, a roller-coaster ride ensues as decisions both financial and moral catapult the lives of all involved to the brink of disaster. Academy Award-nominated for Best Original Screenplay in 2012.

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Margin Call Review
Taut Wall Street drama takes an inside look at financial and human meltdown.

 

The Captain

MA15+
Germany, 2017
Genre: War, Drama, History
Language: German
Director: Robert Schwentke
Starring: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Marko Dyrlich, David Scheller
What's it about?
Based on a true story. Soldier Willi Herold (Hubacher), a deserter of the German army, stumbles into a uniform of Nazi captain abandoned during the last and desperate weeks of the Third Reich in 1945. Newly emboldened by the allure of a suit that he has stolen only to stay warm, Willi discovers that many Germans will follow the leader, whoever he is.

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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The City of Lost Children

M
France, 1995
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Language: French
Director: Marc Caro, Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Starring: Ron Perlman, Judith Vittet, Jean-Claude Dreyfus
What's it about?
With this follow-up to the black comedy gem Delicatessen, directors Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amelie) and Marc Caro transport us to a dark and nightmarish universe where cynical adults long for the innocence of childhood. In a derelict port, a joyless genius has children abducted so their dreams can be harvested. It's left to the local circus strongman and an unusually mature street-kid to rescue their friends. 

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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The Eagle Has Landed

PG, CC
UK, 1976
Genre: War, Adventure, Thriller
Language: English, German, Polish
Director: John Sturges
Starring: Michael Caine, Donald Sutherland, Robert Duvall, Jenny Agutter, Donald Pleasence
What's it about?
When the Nazi high command learns in late 1943 that Winston Churchill will be spending time at a country estate in Norfolk, it hatches an audacious scheme to kidnap the prime minister and spirit him to Germany for enforced negotiations with Hitler.

Streaming until October 31, 2021 on SBS On Demand:

 

The Man Who Knew Infinity

PG, CC
UK, 2016
Genre: Drama
Language: English
Director: Matt Brown
Starring: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry
What's it about?
When self-taught mathematical genius Srinivasa Ramanujan (Patel) fails out of college, he does not give up hope. Determined to pursue his passion, he contacts Professor GH Hardy (iron) and is invited to attend Trinity College.  

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:

 

The Orator

PG
Samoa, 2011
Genre: Drama
Language: Samoan
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Starring: Fiaula Sanote, Ioata Tanielu, Salamasina Mataia, Tausili Pushparaj, Fa'afiaula Sagote
What's it about?
Small in stature and humble, Saili (Fiaula Sanote) lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village in the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves. The Orator is the first-ever Samoan language feature film.

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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The Tree of Life

PG, CC
USA, 2011
Genre: Drama, Fantasy
Language: English
Director: Terrence Malick
Starring: Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Brad Pitt
What's it about?
Director Terrence Malick (Badlands, The Thin Red Line) traces the evolution of an 11-year-old boy in the Midwest, from his first experiences of joy love and mercy (from his mother, played by Chastain), to his introduction to the 'ways of the world' (from his father, played by Pitt). Each parent contends for his allegiance, and the boy must reconcile their claims. His experience of the world, once a thing of glory, becomes a labyrinth as he seeks unselfish love. Winner of the Palme d'Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, and nominated for Best Picture at the 2012 Academy Awards.

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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Vox Lux

MA15+
USA, 2018
Genre: Drama, Music
Language: English
Director: Brady Corbet
Starring: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Raffey Cassidy, Stacy Martin, Jennifer Ehle, Willem Dafoe (narrator)
What's it about?
In 1999, teenage sisters Celeste (Cassidy) and Eleanor (Martin) survive a seismic, violent tragedy. The sisters compose and perform a song about their experience, making something lovely and cathartic out of a catastrophe - while also catapulting Celeste to stardom. By 2017, Celeste (now played by Portman) is a mother to a teenage daughter of her own and is struggling to navigate a career fraught with scandals when another act of terrifying violence demands her attention. Directed by Brady Corbet (Childhood of a Leader).

Streaming until 31 October, 2021 at SBS On Demand:
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