In our first installment of Indie Movie Roundup we spotlight some of the acclaimed independent films available now on home entertainment and streaming platforms. We take a look inside a poor Australian man who landed his dream job before eventually leaving it all just years later. Also featuring three compelling stories of young adults who face abuse, whether it be mental or physical.
Stringent vegetarian Justine (Garance Marillier) encounters a decadent, merciless and dangerously seductive world during her first week at veterinary school. Desperate to fit in, she strays from her principles and eats raw meat for the first time. The young woman soon experiences terrible and unexpected consequences as her true self begins to emerge.
Directed by Julia Ducournau
Berlin Syndrome –
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare (Teresa Palmer), meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance, takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.
Directed by Cate Shortland
Becoming Bond –
A unique documentary/narrative hybrid chronicling the stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969), despite having never acted a day in his life. Then after being offered the next six Bond films and a $1 million signing bonus, he turned it all down…
Directed by Josh Greenbaum
The Phenom –
When major-league rookie pitcher Hopper Gibson (Johnny Simmons) can’t find the plate, he’s sent down to the minor leagues and begins sessions with an unorthodox sports psychologist (Paul Giamatti). In the process, hidden conflicts with his overbearing father (Ethan Hawke) are brought to light.
Directed by Noah Buschel
Where to find them? –
All these films are now available to stream through iTunes Canada and YouTube Movies.