Beamafilm is Australia’s premium movie streaming channel for true stories and independent voices. A carefully curated collection of over 450 award-winning documentaries, independent features and festival favourites to delight, inspire and entertain you. Many of which can only be found on Beamafilm!
The full catalogue is available to library members across Australia and New Zealand. Simply log in with your library card and watch movies for free, while independent filmmakers still get paid!
And if you’re a library, you can contact us regarding a subscription.
Some of the staff members here at Digitales have been giving it a try and sharing their thoughts on this amazing resource.
Jen’s Top 5 Beamafilm Picks
Jenny, who works in Cataloguing, has also reviewed some of the films available on Beamafilm.
This is a great way to get an idea of the kind of content you could find on the service.
Hiroshima Mon Amour | 1959
Director: Alain Resnais
Hiroshima Mon Amour examines the relationship between a French actress (Emmanuelle Riva) and Japanese architect (Eiji Okada) in post-war Japan. This is one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve seen unfold on screen. It is a must-watch for fans of early French New Wave cinema – particularly those who favour slow drawn-out sequences accompanied by poetic dialogue.
400 Blows | 1959
Director: François Truffaut
As one of the landmark films of the French New Wave, Truffaut captures the realities of his troubled childhood through the eyes of twelve-year old Antoine Doinel (Jean-Pierre Leaud). Highly recommended as an introduction to French New Wave cinema.
About Elly | 2009
Director: Asghar Farhadi
Farhadi has a knack for presenting us with contesting viewpoints on morally complex issues – often in relation to the breakdown of familial bonds. In About Elly, an outsider’s disappearance sends a group of friends into a state of frenzy as they unearth the complicated truths behind this tragedy.
The Getting of Wisdom | 1978
Director: Bruce Beresford
Directed by one of the most revered Australian filmmakers, Bruce Beresford, The Getting of Wisdom imbues nostalgia and wit as it details the life of a country girl’s exploits as a newly-enrolled student in a Melbourne boarding school. This is classic Australian cinema at its best.
Le Jetée | 1962
Director: Chris Marker
Marker’s 1962 experimental sci-fi masterpiece focuses on time-travel and memory in a post-apocalyptic future. Constructed from a series of still images, La Jetée is a reminder of cinema’s powerful ability to harbor recollection.
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