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BRING ON BROLLIE

THE LATEST STREAMING SERVICE HITS AUSTRALIA - AND IT'S FREE

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LATEST REVIEWS
By Jake Watt
26th November 2023

Independent Australian and New Zealand distributor Umbrella Entertainment has launched a new streaming service, dubbed Brollie, a free (ad-supported) on-demand platform specialising in Australian film and TV content.

To be honest, the TV content isn't that crash hot, but Brollie launches with over 300 titles including some crackers from Australian and international independent cinema. I'm a horror movie fan, so it was nice to see 'Lake Mungo', 'Dagon', 'Crabs', 'Harpoon', 'Society', 'Audition', 'Amulet', 'A Tale of Two Sisters', 'Suspiria', 'The Third Saturday in October', 'Tunnel' and 'Psycho Goreman' all in one place. You also have your Aussie classics, such as 'Angel Baby', 'Death in Brunswick', 'The Devil's Playground', 'Bad Boy Bubby', 'The Big Steal', 'Cosi', 'Hercules Returns', 'Head On', 'Malcolm', 'Love Serenade', a pre-juiced Hugh Jackman in 'Erskineville Kings' and Claudia Karvan looking fine as hell in 'Dating the Enemy'. Anime fans? Look, there is 'In This Corner of the World' and that's it. You're out of luck. Stick with Crunchyroll or whatever, nerds.

Special collections include 'Australian Nightmares', exploring the best of Aussie horror, and 'All Out Ozploitation', showcasing the best genre films from the 70s and 80s. Special features are also available to watch with these collections. Not only that, but subscribers will also be invited to be part of the Brollie Film Club, in which an in-house team handpicks the best of the catalogue twice a month. There is even a podcast.

So... is Brollie's catalogue strong enough to help it stand out in a streaming landscape that includes free platforms like Kanopy, Beamafilm, ABC iview and SBS on Demand? Possibly. Is it better than the Australian edition of Tubi? IMO, kind of? It definitely has a better hit-to-miss ratio than Tubi, which boasts around 100,000 titles, of which only 100 or so are any good.

If you are curious and want to check Brollie out, I highly recommend that you peruse the SWITCH reviews compiled below to find out what is worth watching...

Shame - Cinema brutal and beautiful
SHAME
Cinema brutal and beautiful
Steve McQueen has established himself as a director of the same artistic ferocity as Kubrick or Fincher, and Michael Fassbender one of the most talented living actors.
Robot & Frank - Artificial intelligence and emotion
ROBOT & FRANK
Artificial intelligence and emotion
Unsubtle in its desire to be “a moving, thoughtful rumination on the power of memory and redemption”, the film ultimately comes across as pretentious and boring.
The Babadook - Aussie horror at its very best
THE BABADOOK
Aussie horror at its very best
Jennifer Kent has delivered both a cracking first feature and a brutal horror film with 'The Babadook'. It returns horror to where it should be: hidden in the shadows and playing with our minds.
Café Society - A tale of two cities
CAFÉ SOCIETY
A tale of two cities
What we have, is barely more than boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy meets other girl with the same name.
Game of Death - Unoriginal and unexciting
GAME OF DEATH
Unoriginal and unexciting
This one is for the horror junkies and those who don’t mind spending a little time with girls in bikinis covered (and I mean covered) in blood.
Jungle - A true story told poorly
JUNGLE
A true story told poorly
Though the cast is charismatic and eager, and the story is astonishing, this is a disappointingly limp affair. While it tells the tale with clarity, it forgets to be a film in the process.
In This Corner Of The World - A heartbreaking and beautiful animated film
IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD
A heartbreaking and beautiful animated film
Katabuchi’s previous anime films are better known in the West among anime nerds - but the incredibly moving and sobering ‘In This Corner of the World’ should be the film to change that.
Lucky - A touching swan song for a cinematic outsider
LUCKY
A touching swan song for a cinematic outsider
As final roles go, it’s hard to imagine one more appropriate for Harry Dean Stanton than that of a man who’s long accepted his end, and who remains defiantly himself to the last gesture.
I Kill Giants - Small on action, big on emotion
I KILL GIANTS
Small on action, big on emotion
If you manage to let this film in past your traps and defences, ‘I Kill Giants’ is unlikely to leave a dry eye in the room.
LBJ - Just okay
LBJ
Just okay
This feels like a film that thought it was something special when it actually never lifts off the ground. Harrelson and Donovan and the hilariously bad make-up are the only draw cards.
West of Sunshine - Struggle in the suburbs
WEST OF SUNSHINE
Struggle in the suburbs
This is a little Australian film with an enticing story that falls flat in its execution. What could have been a gritty, poignant drama of life in the suburbs becomes a dry, dragging drudge.
You Were Never Really Here - Brutal yet beautiful
YOU WERE NEVER REALLY HERE
Brutal yet beautiful
The shots are long, the sets are dark, the dialogue is sparse, and the action is brutal. Joaquin Phoenix embodies Joe, from his excessive physical damage to his uncompromising heart.
Backtrack Boys - Heart-rending and inspiring
BACKTRACK BOYS
Heart-rending and inspiring
Not only is this a thoughtful mediation on Australian youth and (at times) a complete tear-jerker, but it's also a striking-looking film. It’s impossible not to become emotionally invested.
Arctic - The ice isn't the only thing that's chilling
ARCTIC
The ice isn't the only thing that's chilling
A beautifully shot and emotionally gripping slow burn that manages to say so much about human survival, despite hardly featuring any spoken words.
The House That Jack Built - This ain't no nursery rhyme
THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT
This ain't no nursery rhyme
If you are familiar with Lars von Trier's work, then a warning that this film is not for the faint of heart is no surprise - yet nothing here feels remotely as compelling as his previous films.
The Man who Killed Don Quixote - Art imitates life
THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE
Art imitates life
Terry Gilliam has reinvented history and iconic characters from the past before, but this isn't worth the 29-year wait. While Adam Driver shines, the rest on the film needs another polish.
Under The Silver Lake - Not so deep
UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
Not so deep
David Robert Mitchell wanted to throw as many left-field camera angles, score swells, and strange attempts at humour at a wall to see what would stick. By the time the credits roll it just feels like a whole lot of treading water for no reason.
Her Smell - She's off the deep end, watch as she dives in
HER SMELL
She's off the deep end, watch as she dives in
The supporting cast performances, like their characters, are overshadowed by the larger-than-life Becky, a tornado of hysteria and booze, brought to life with a performance that reeks of excellence.
The Wind - A paranoid Western nightmare
THE WIND
A paranoid Western nightmare
Horror Westerns are incredibly hard to accomplish, and director Emma Tammi’s boldness and imagination makes ‘The Wind’ a spooky breath of fresh air.
Come to Daddy - A morbidly amusing genre mash-up
COME TO DADDY
A morbidly amusing genre mash-up
A film for people who laugh when they see somebody walk into a glass door, then laugh even harder when they notice that the person got a bloody nose. A delightful and unexpected highlight.
Extra Ordinary - Just plain old ordinary
EXTRA ORDINARY
Just plain old ordinary
At its best, the film is alive with light humour and a clumsy romance. But it's too uneven - with a wonky tone, hit-and-miss jokes and annoying acting - to be anything more than merely ordinary.
Swing Kids - A war film in its own league
SWING KIDS
A war film in its own league
The film should be commended for its ambition, even if it doesn’t always manage to juggle all its balls as well as wants to. It's a breath of fresh air for a film set in wartime.
Emu Runner - Another great win for Indigenous storytelling
EMU RUNNER
Another great win for Indigenous storytelling
With incredible cinematography, this film supports the creation and telling of Indigenous stories, by Indigenous people, with Indigenous actors.
Vivarium - What makes a house a (horrific) home?
VIVARIUM
What makes a house a (horrific) home?
The film explores the perils of suburbia by satirising typical issues and offering up grotesque caricatures of real-life parenting discomforts.
Color Out of Space - A messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
COLOR OUT OF SPACE
A messy fusion of sci-fi, horror and comedy
Combining the unholy trio of Nicolas Cage, H.P. Lovecraft and Richard Stanley seems like insane brilliance on paper, which is why it's so disappointing that this film is a bit of a slog.
For Sama - An emotionally devastating must-watch
FOR SAMA
An emotionally devastating must-watch
This film is a tough watch, but a beautifully edited and narrated piece that needs to reach as many people as possible. This is an important, must-watch film.
Honeyland - Believe the buzz
HONEYLAND
Believe the buzz
A thoughtful and compassionate exercise in exposing a lifestyle many have long ago abandoned, and one that deserves a place in the public consciousness.
Dogs Don't Wear Pants - Dangerous BDSM and mismanaged (would-be) great characters
DOGS DON'T WEAR PANTS
Dangerous BDSM and mismanaged (would-be) great characters
The premise offers promising characters, but we need to know so much more about them and their unconventional actions, and that's where the filmmakers failed to understand their own product.
House of Cardin - Unveiling the personality behind the fashion brand
HOUSE OF CARDIN
Unveiling the personality behind the fashion brand
The documentary establishes in a compelling, dynamic way the creative genius that Cardin was, and still is. For anyone with an interest in fashion, brands or revolutionary thinking, it's a must-see.
Deerskin - Hilarious and horrific
DEERSKIN
Hilarious and horrific
If you only have time to watch one bizarre French horror-comedy about a guy and the jacket that seems to hold an extreme power over his mind, 'Deerskin' is it.
Another Round - What a beautiful, beautiful ride
ANOTHER ROUND
What a beautiful, beautiful ride
Exploring Danish culture while reminding us not to ignore our youthful dreams, this is a supremely charming effort by Thomas Vinterberg.
Psycho Goreman - A classic
PSYCHO GOREMAN
A classic "girl meets dark lord of an alternate universe" story
It absolutely has its flaws - but it's also an instant cult movie, and a must-see for the sheer fun of it.
Coming Home in the Dark - This ain't no picnic
COMING HOME IN THE DARK
This ain't no picnic
It in no way reinvents the revenge film wheel, but it's such a taught, terrifying, and downright nasty little film that its shortcomings can be forgiven. You'll be too sick with dread to worry much about them anyway.
On the Count of Three - A dark comedy that stares down the barrel
ON THE COUNT OF THREE
A dark comedy that stares down the barrel
There are two sides to the coin, and while this is really a well-balanced in tragedy and comedy, there is no denying the haunting theme that can be triggering and devastatingly real.
We Were Once Kids - Re-tangling a complicated and controversial legacy
WE WERE ONCE KIDS
Re-tangling a complicated and controversial legacy
Held together by a treasure trove of archival footage and Harris' natural flair for dynamic storytelling, 'We Were Once Kids' is a conventional yet confronting look at the dark underbelly of an already heavily-contested piece of modern art.
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