10 films you shouldn’t miss streaming on SBS On Demand

10 films you shouldn’t miss streaming on SBS On Demand

SBS On Demand is one of the best streaming services out there for Australian-based fans of quality films.  The biggest challenge can be deciding what to watch. To make it a little easier, he’s my list of 10 films which I think are exceptionally good and well worth watching. There are many more than these, but I’ve started with films made in the last 10 years and which some people may have missed. In no particular order:

Ida (2013)

Set in Poland in the early 1960s, Anna (Agata Tzrebuchowska) is a young novice and orphan who has spent her life in the convent. Just as she is about to take her final vows, she goes on a journey to meet her only living relative, and what she discovers about herself changes everything. Filmed in black and white

still from film I Am Love
I Am Love

I Am Love (2009)

Luca Guadignino’s film about the revolutionary power of love. Russian born Emma Recchi (Tilda Swinton), is good at being a society wife in a weathy and successful Milanese family. She has good relationships with her grown children Edoardo (Flavio Parenti) and Elisabetta (Alba Rohrwacher), and a loving relationship with her husband Tancredi (Pippo Delbono).  But when she meets Edoardo’s friend and chef, Antonio, her perfectly ordered life is turned upside down.

What Maisie Knew (2012)

Kids understand more than you think. And so it is for Maisie (Onata Aprile), the young girl caught in her parent’s divorce. When the marriage between rock star mother (Julianne Moore), and art dealer father (Steve Coogan) breaks down, there’s not a lot of space for Maisie in their lives, but the dynamic changes when both parents remarry new partners (Alexander Skarsgård and Joanna Vanderham). A sweet, hopeful film, which is a modern adaptation of a Henry James novella.

Still from the film Rust and Bone
Rust and Bone

Rust and Bone (2012)

Alain (Matthias Schoenaerts), a man with nothing but the clothes on his back, takes his young son, to his sister’s house in Antibe, south of France, hoping to find a safe home for the boy. He finds a job as a bouncer in a local nightclub, where he meets Stephanie (Marion Cotillard) when he helps her out one night. Stephanie is a trainer of Orcas in the local water park, until suddenly tragedy strikes. Now completely alone, her life turned upside down. She finds Alain’s number on a piece of paper and calls him. A beautifully drawn story of two isolated people struggling to connect and to find their place, this is one of my all-time favourite films.

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)

Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton) have been lovers for centuries, although their relationship has been long-distance for a while. Adam, an underground musician living in an old mansion in the abandoned streets of Detroit, is depressed. Eve travels from Marrakech to be with him again. All is well for a while, until Eve’s impetuous younger sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) shows up and starts causing trouble. A hypnotic tale about love, and finding meaning in a life that’s immortal, told the way only Jim Jarmusch could.

Still from the film Lore

Lore (2012)

Set at in Germany the end of World War II, teenage Lore (Saskia Rosendahl) suddenly finds herself responsible for her younger siblings walking across a country in chaos. As they fight for survival and search for safety, everything Lore has ever been taught comes undone. Written and directed by Cate Shortland.

Fish Tank (2009)

Fifteen-year-old Mia (Katie Jarvis) lives on an estate in Essex, with not a lot to do but knock around and get into trouble. Her mother’s new boyfriend Conor (Michael Fassbender) is handsome, pays Mia attention and encourages her in the one thing she enjoys, dancing. But, of course, it’s not that simple. This is a story of a young girl trying to find her way in a world that only seems ready to exploit her. Fassbender does a great job as the charming, yet sinister Conor.

Mustang (2015)

Set in a town in modern-day Turkey, five orphaned sisters find their lives dramatically changed when their grandmother and uncle are scandalised by them walking home with some boys they go to school with from the village. They suddenly find themselves increasingly restricted, with their uncle trying to arrange suitable marriages. Stunning cinematography and great acting from a young cast bring this heartbreaking story to life.

From the documentary feature I Am Not Your Negro
I Am Not Your Negro

I Am Not Your Negro (2017)

Based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, Remember This House, this documentary uses a powerful combination of Baldwin’s own words, film clips from the 1960s right through to today, and interviews with Baldwin himself to create a heartbreaking tableau of racism in America. The film is masterfully directly by Raoul Pack, and narrated by Samuel L. Jackson .

Locke (2013)

This entire film plays out in real time as Ivan Locke (Tom Hardy) drives down a highway, the action never moving from the car. Who he is and what he’s doing in that car is slowly revealed through a series of phone calls. An extraordinarily gripping film which demonstrates what you can do with a simple premise, a really tight script and some beautiful and imaginative cinematography. There are no special effects or location changes, no flashbacks and you can’t really see much outside the car. There is nothing to take you away from what is going on in that small, very ordinary space, and yet it’s completely compelling.