Four popular Australian indie movie theatres – the Classic, Lido and Cameo cinemas in Melbourne, and the Ritz in Sydney – have launched an on-demand platform called At Home, so you can access new and recent releases and cinematic gems from anywhere in the country.
The cinemas are known for their innovative programming, often championing Australian filmmaking, international festival faves and classics – many of which you won’t find elsewhere. They also host three annual festivals: the Jewish International Film Festival (JIFF), Children’s International Film Festival (CHIFF) and Fantastic Film Festival Australia (FFFA).
The eclectic At Home program will grow in the coming weeks, but there are already some exclusive films originally intended for cinematic release, including Hugo Weaving’s latest, Hearts and Bones.
The Australian category has critically acclaimed films, such as Richard Lowenstein’s documentary Mystify: Michael Hutchence, an in-depth biopic about the INXS frontman; Gurrumul, which celebrates the legacy of Indigenous musician Dr G Yunupingu; and the hit 2006 mockumentary Kenny, about a portaloo plumber.
In the international section you’ll find Bong Joon-Ho’s Parasite, which swept the best film, director and original screenplay awards at the 2020 Oscars; French romance Portrait of a Lady on Fire; Japanese drama Shoplifters; and many more.
There are also sections dedicated to the female gaze (which definitely passes the Bechdel test); staff picks; LGBTQIA+ film; music and fashion documentaries; and kids’ movies.
Rental prices vary, but most titles cost between $4.99 and $7.99 for 48 hours of viewing time, valid for 14 days from purchase. New releases cost up to $24.99.