The 10 Best Movies on SBS On Demand to Watch Right Now

What movies can you watch on SBS On Demand tonight? We’ve put together a list of the best movies from around the world streaming on SBS On Demand right now


FRIES: THE MOVIE

What you should watch: Having eaten fries – or chips as they’re called in Australia and the UK – all over the world, this viewer never really delved into their origins. You just know that if you smell anyone eating fries, you have to have some. As they are usually called French Fries, one would think they were a French invention, but no, like Hercule Poirot, they are Belgian. This is an informative documentary on potatoes, their origins and how they were transported around the world, originally by the Spaniards of old, ending up in the US by way of Thomas Jefferson’s French trained Chef James Hemings who introduced French fries and macaroni cheese to the masses.

Director: MICHAEL STEED, GILLIAN BROWN

LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE

What you should watch: This would have to be one of the best films ever about food. It’s up there with Babette’s Feast. In Spanish the phrase “como agua para chocolate” means that one’s emotions are on the verge of boiling over. Emotions are boiling all over the place in this wonderful story where Tita and Pedro fall in love, but their marriage is forbidden due to traditions. Mother Elena sees Tita’s role as her caretaker for life – no youngest daughter has ever married, and her daughter will not be the first to break tradition. Tita’s heart breaks when her mother offers Pedro her sister instead of her, and he accepted it just to live near Tita – he says. Now they live in the same house, and Elena cannot forbid their love as she did their marriage. Love, love, love this film. You’ll be rushing off to cook quail with rose petal jus for the love of your life, or any prospective contenders.

Director: ALFONSO ARAU
Cast: LUMI CAVAZOS, PEDRO MUZQUIZ, REGINA TORNE, MARIO IVAN MARTINEZ, CLAUDETTE MAILLE, YARELI ARIZMENDI, ADA CARRASCO

CONCUSSION

What you should watch: This is a slow-paced film, but compelling viewing. Abby lives with her lesbian domestic partner and their young son. However, Abby and her girl’s long stable relationship has become passionless, and Abby is slowly becoming sexually frustrated. Abby’s son hits her on the head by accident one day with his baseball and she suffers a mild concussion. This gets her thinking, and she decides that she shouldn’t repress her urges anymore. She hooks up with a young lesbian prostitute, who sleeps with lonely women, and has a fantastic emotional experience. She becomes fascinated with the idea of helping other lonely women, so she decides to get into the business herself under the pseudonym Eleanor. She learns more about herself and others after each sexual encounter. This is an interesting story, but the ending didn’t really resolve the tension in Eleanor’s relationship.

Director: STACIE PASSON
Cast: ROBIN WEIGERT, MAGGIE SIFF, JULIE FAIN LAWRENCE, KATE ROGAL, JOHNATHAN TCHAIKOVSKY, MAREN SHAPERO

SOME HAPPY DAY

What you should watch: Director Catherine Hill has worked with marginalised and often street homeless men and women for over two decades, which inspired her to make this film. In this moving story Tina, a homeless woman in desperate search of a better life meets Frances, a social worker with troubles of her own. Over a single day their lives interweave, revealing unsettling connections that lead to change and redemption. So often we pass the homeless in the street without giving a thought for the circumstances that led them to this fate. Hopefully, this film will change that perspective, especially at a time when people are struggling to find accommodation.

Director: CATHERINE HILL
Cast: PETA BRADY, MARY HELEN SASSMAN, JAMES O’CONNELL, CAMERON ZAYEC, ANDREW S. GILBERT, ALEX PINDER, CAROLYN BOCK

BEATS

What you should watch: This is one of those special films that seems to, more often, come out of the UK. Director Brian Welsh adapted the screenplay based on a play of the same name by Kieran Hurley. The story follows two best friends, Johnno and Spanner, in a small Scottish town in the summer of ’94 who head out for one last night together before life takes them in different directions. Going to an illegal rave, the boys’ journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the law as they share a night that they will never forget. It is set against the backdrop of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, which effectively banned outdoor rave parties across the whole of the UK. Loved this one.

Director: BRIAN WELSH
Cast: MARTIN DONAGHY, BRIAN FERGUSON, RYAN FLETCHER, LAURA FRASER, RACHEL JACKSON, NEIL LEIPER, LORN MACDONALD, KEVIN MAINS

HEARTS OF DARKNESS: A FILMMAKER’S APOCALYPSE

What you should watch: This would have to be one of the best documentaries on the making of a film. What a courageous filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola proved to be. The obstacles he faced in making Apocalypse Now were enormous, definitely not for the faint-hearted. Nerves of steel were required. And his partner, Eleanor, was there to document all the drama going on off-screen. The shoot was plagued by extraordinary script, shooting, budget, and casting problems, nearly destroying the life and career of the celebrated director. This is compelling viewing.

Director: FAX BAHR, GEORGE HICKENLOOPER, ELEANOR COPPOLA
Cast: FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA, ELEANOR COPPOLA, GEORGE LUCAS, DENNIS HOPPER, MARTIN SHEEN, SAM BOTTOMS

DOGS DON’T WEAR PANTS

What you should watch: This film has the genre “romance”. At first one may wonder how the Finns define romance, but it does get there in the end, albeit through unusual circumstances. The story follows Juha who develops an unexpected but powerful connection with a dominatrix named Mona, following a tragic event in his life that has left him emotionally paralysed. His dangerous addiction to suffocation is reciprocated by Mona leading them both down a wild and crazy path towards emotional enlightenment. It’s a story of loss, love and the sweet pain of being. At one stage, 1:18 to be exact, the pain may be a tad too much for some viewers. You can always count on the Finns for something completely different.

Director: J.P. VALKEAPAA
Cast: PEKKA STRANG, KRISTA KOSONEN, ILONA HUHTA, ESTER GEISLEROVA, ARMANDS REINIS, JANI VOLANEN

AFTER LOVE

What you should watch: Aleem Khan has written and directed a beautiful film for his feature debut. Another one of those gems to come from the UK. Set in the port town of Dover in the South-East of England, Joanna Scanlan excels as Mary Hussain, who suddenly finds herself a widow following the unexpected death of her husband, Ahmed. A day after the burial, she discovers he has a secret family just twenty-one miles across the English Channel in Calais. Mary cannot rest until she finds out more about Ahmed’s secret life. This is an emotional tale, but love emerges in the end for Mary.

Director: ALEEM KHAN
Cast: JOANNA SCANLAN, NATHALIE RICHARD, TALID ARISS, NASSER EMARZIA, JEFF MIRZA

TOAST

What you should watch: The drawcard with this wonderful film was the cast; Freddie Highmore, Helena Bonham Carter and Ken Stott. The story is based upon the autobiographical book, Toast: The Story of a Boy’s Hunger, written by English food writer, journalist and broadcaster, Nigel Slater. It is a memoir of Slater’s early years and his memories of his mother who died when he was just 9 years old. Much to Nigel’s disgust his distant father remarries the ’common’ Mrs Joan Potter. However, Joan is a superb cook, but this only makes for rivalry as Nigel, the only boy in his cookery class at secondary school, competes with her to find the way to his father’s heart.

Director: S.J. CLARKSON
Cast: FREDDIE HIGHMORE, OSCAR KENNEDY, KEN STOTT, HELENA BONHAM CARTER, VICTORIA HAMILTON, MATTHEW MCNULTY

AN IDEAL HUSBAND

What you should watch: “I love talking about nothing, it’s the only subject I know anything about.” Rupert Everett as the wonderful Lord Goring. Oscar Wilde was certainly a master when it came to titillating conversation. It’s a joy to listen to actors give life to his words. And this film is a joy to watch. It has an excellent ensemble cast; gorgeous clothes and the sets are divine. Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife – our Cate Blanchett. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing very seriously. An all time favourite, which has been viewed many times.

Director: OLIVER PARKER
Cast: JEREMY NORTHAM, CATE BLANCHETT, RUPERT EVERETT, JULIANNE MOORE, MINNIE DRIVER, LINDSAY DUNCAN, PETER VAUGHAN

2 thoughts on “The 10 Best Movies on SBS On Demand to Watch Right Now”

  1. Eclectic selection! Thanks, enjoying so far 🙂

  2. This is a comment about the TV Guide itself. It is an excellent Guide but, although you can see what’s on TV days, even weeks in advance, you cannot go back to the day (date) before. This would be very useful to be able to do in order to see what programs you have missed so you could stream them. We recently missed out on watching a program that we knew we wanted to watch, but couldn’t remember what it was called. There was no way I could look this up after a few hours. So perhaps you could adjust the Guide to enable this. (It would be good to be able to go back further too.)

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