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Great films library members can stream free

From award-winning documentaries to all-time classics and feel-good movies, here are our librarians picks to enjoy from home.

Are you looking for something new to watch on your next movie night or to keep the kids entertained while you’re working from home?

Our Beamafilm free movie streaming service for library members has you covered with a fantastic collection of films and TV series.

Featuring award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites including a great line-up by Australian filmmakers, there are hundreds of titles to enjoy.

Not sure where to start? Here are some suggestions from our librarians for what you can watch right now. You might also like to join our free Online Movie Club and chat to other film buffs about different films each month.

Australian stories

'20,000 Days on Earth'

Walkabout (M) 2 city-bred children stranded in the outback learn to survive with the help of a young Indigenous boy played by a young David Gulpilil.

20,000 Days on Earth (MA) Drama and reality combine in a fictitious 24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon, Nick Cave. Special appearances by Kylie Minogue, Ray Winstone and other collaborators.

Tim Winton’s The Turning (MA) 17 talented Australian directors from diverse artistic disciplines each create a chapter of the hauntingly beautiful novel by the multi award-winning author. This watershed film reinterprets and re-imagines the work for the screen.

Gurrumul (PG) A portrait of Indigenous artist Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, who was one of the most important and acclaimed voices to ever come out of Australia. Blind from birth, he found purpose and meaning through songs and music.

Feel-good movies

'A United Kingdom'

Cosi (MA) Ben Mendelson plays an aspiring theatre director who takes on an opera with performers from a mental health facility. This comedy-drama also features Toni Collette, Jackie Weaver, David Wenham and Barry Otto.

Red Turtle (PG) In this animated fantasy drama, a man is shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds. The story that unfolds recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

A United Kingdom (PG) Based on the true-life romance between the King of Botswana, Seretse Khama, and Ruth Williams, a London office worker. Meeting in London in 1947, the attraction was immediate but their marriage controversial.

A Distant Neighbourhood (PG) In this French drama, Thomas, a father in his 50s, wakes up in the body of his teenage self. With all the foresight of his 50 years, can he change the past by living it again?

Dating the Enemy (M) Guy Pearce and Claudia Karvan star in this hilarious Aussie romantic comedy which sees the couple waking up in each other’s bodies. We all know opposites attract, but is the grass always greener?

Fashion documentaries and films

'Advanced Style'

Dior and I (M) Step inside the world of Christian Dior. The captivating film follows the creation of Raf Simons’ first collection as the artistic director for the iconic fashion house.

The First Monday in May (M) A behind-the-scenes look at 2 of New York’s biggest cultural events. Follow Vogue editor in chief Anna Wintour and Costume Institute curator Andrew Bolton as they orchestrate the lavish Met Gala and the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s most attended fashion exhibit in history.

Westwood - Punk, Icon, Activist (M) This film explores the uphill struggle to success of the grande dame of punk and enfant terrible of British fashion, Vivienne Westwood. The intimate story looks closely at her artistry, activism and cultural significance.

McQueen (MA) Exploring the life and career of fashion designer Lee Alexander McQueen. Expected to become a plumber, a bricklayer or cab driver like his father, he went on to become one of the most original and influential artists of the 20th century.

Advanced Style (PG) This documentary examines the lives of 7 unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. Based on Ari Seth Cohen’s famed blog of the same name.


Man on a Wire (PG) The story of Philippe Petit and his rebellious team of artistic innovators is brought to life in this fascinating documentary. Phillipe was the infamous lone figure who danced on a wire strung between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1974.

Zulu (PG) This epic film starring Michael Caine is based on the true story of a victory against the odds. In 1879, outnumbered British soldiers successfully held off 4,000 Zulu warriors whose land they had invaded at Rorke’s Drift.

Metropolis (G) This influential German science-fiction film presents a highly stylised futuristic city where a beautiful and cultured utopia exists above a bleak underworld. This restored and reconstructed version includes 25 minutes of lost footage.

To Kill a Mockingbird (PG) Based on Harper Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, the 1962 film stars Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch. Atticus, a lawyer in a small Alabama town, defends a black man against an undeserved rape charge, and his kids against prejudice.

Things to Come (PG) HG Wells' vision of the future comes to the screen. After a 30 year war, there’s finally hope. But first the ruling tyrant must be dethroned.

Just for kids

'Miffy the Movie'

Born to Dance (PG) This coming of age tale set in New Zealand is told through the eyes of Tu, a young man who dreams of being a professional hip-hop dancer. The film features choreography by hip-hop superstar Parris Goebel.

Skippy and the Intruders (G) Undeniable hero of the Australian TV scene and pop culture pin-up, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo takes a giant leap into his first ever feature film. You might be tempted to join the kids for this one to relive the adventures.

Miffy the Movie (G) Miffy, her friends Melanie and Grunty and her dog Snuffy set out on a treasure hunt through the zoo. Based on the stories of Dick Bruna.

Khumba (PG) This animated comedy follows the story of an outcast zebra born with only half his stripes. Featuring the voices of Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Fishburne and Liam Neeson.

Also check out our Kanopy Kids streaming service with films, TV series, animated storybooks, anime favourites and classic tales for ages 3 and over.

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