Five Best New International Movies On Showmax – October 2021

TENET | Stream now

The fifth biggest box office hit globally of 2020, Tenet won the 2021 Oscar and BAFTA for Best Achievement in Visual Effects, with a further Oscar nomination for Production Design.

Directed by five-time Oscar nominee Christopher Nolan (InceptionThe Dark Knight Trilogy), the sci-fi action thriller follows Protagonist. Armed with only one word, “Tenet”, he journeys through a twilight world of international espionage on a mission that will unfold in something beyond real time. Not time travel: inversion… 

Golden Globe nominee John David Washington (BlacKkKlansman) was nominated for Best Actor at the 2021 Critics’ Choice Super Awards for his lead role, with MTV Movie + TV Awards, People’s Choice and Teen Choice winner Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga) nominated for Best Supporting Actor by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films. The support cast also includes Elizabeth Debicki (Princess Diana in The Crown S5-6), Oscar winner Sir Michael Caine (Inception, Alfred in Nolan’s Batman trilogy), and Oscar nominee Sir Kenneth Branagh (Murder on the Orient Express), as well as Teen Choice nominee Himesh Patel (YesterdayThe Luminaries), and Clémence Poésy (In BrugesGenius).

THE CROODS: A NEW AGE | Stream now

The 10th biggest movie of 2020, with a worldwide gross of $215 million, DreamWorks Animation’s “Croodaceous” adventure The Croods: A New Age follows the prehistoric Croods pack as they try keep up with their new, more evolved neighbours, the Bettermans. 

Nominated for a 2021 Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture, six Annie Awards and two Kids’ Choice Awards, The Croods: A New Age is a “raucous, nakedly commercial but also wickedly funny sequel”, according to The Times (UK), while Empire Magazine praises its “vibrant animation and a wackadoodle sense of humour.”

Oscar winners Nicolas Cage (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseTeen Titans GO! to the MoviesLeaving Las Vegas) and Emma Stone (CruellaLa La Land), legend Cloris Leachman (Phineas and FerbYoung Frankenstein), Oscar nominee Catherine Keener (Where the Wild Things AreBeing John Malkovich), MTV Movie Award winner Ryan Reynolds (Pokémon Detective PikachuDeadpool), and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Clark Duke (Veronica MarsThe Office) reprise their voice roles from the first film, while four-time Emmy winner Peter Dinklage (Game of ThronesThe Angry Birds Movie) and Teen Choice nominees Leslie Mann (RioKnocked Up) and Kelly Marie Tran (RayaStar Wars: The Last Jedi) join the voice cast as the Bettermans.

Also catch the Oscar-nominated original film The Croods on Showmax.

SAINT FRANCES | First on Showmax | 11 October

Winner of both the Special Jury Prize and the Audience Award at SXSW, Saint Frances follows a deadbeat nanny who finds an unlikely friendship with the six-year-old girl she’s charged with protecting. 

The film has won 11 international awards, with The National Board of Review naming it one of the Top 10 Independent Films of 2021.

UNPREGNANT | 14 October

In the girl buddy road trip comedy drama Unpregnant, 17-year old Veronica’s dreams for the future hang in the balance after she accidentally falls pregnant. Unable to get an abortion in her home state of Missouri, she turns to her former best friend Bailey to help her get to Albuquerque.

Nominated for a 2021 GLAAD Media Award and a Gold Derby Award for Outstanding TV Movie.

he film’s excellent cast is led by MTV Movie Award and Teen Choice Award nominee Haley Lu Richardson (Five Feet Apart) as Veronica, and Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria’s Kat), who was nominated for a 2021 Imagen Award for Best Actress for her role as Bailey. Five-time Emmy nominees Giancarlo Esposito (Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Gus Fring, and Moff Gideon in The Mandalorian) and Breckin Meyer (Road Trip, Designated Survivor, Robot Chicken), and singer-songwriter Betty Who co-star.

SUMMERLAND | 11 October

Set in an idyllic South England seaside village, British drama Summerland sees a reclusive writer forced to take in a young evacuee from London during World War II. 

Penned and directed by Olivier Award-winning playwright Jessica Swale, this moving tale of womanhood, love and friendship stars BAFTA nominees Gemma Arterton (The Escape, The Girl with All the Gifts, Tess of the D’Urbervilles) and Gugu Mbatha-Raw (The Morning Show, Loki, Motherless Brooklyn), child actors Lucas Bond (The Alienist) and Dixie Egerickx (The Secret Garden), BAFTA winner Dame Siân Phillips (Dune, I, Claudius), Screen Actors Guild Award winner Dame Penelope Wilton (Downton Abbey, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel) and Oscar nominee Sir Tom Courtenay (Unforgotten, Doctor Zhivago). 



Neo-Western crime drama Hell or High Water stars Chris Pine (Star Trek, Wonder Woman) and Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma, The Messenger) as two brothers who resort to bank robbery in a bid to save their family ranch in Texas. It was nominated for four 2016 Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for Jeff Bridges (True Grit, The Big Lebowski), as well as three Golden Globes, and holds a 96% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes.


The passing of legendary blockbuster director Richard Donner (Superman, Ladyhawke, The Goonies) earlier this year has put the long-awaited final chapter in the Lethal Weapon saga on hold, but while we hold thumbs for that release date, you can catch the entire four-movie Lethal Weapon box set on Showmax. Oscar winner Mel Gibson (Braveheart, Mad Max) and multi-Emmy nominee and recently announced 2022 Academy Awards Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award winner Danny Glover (2012, Dreamgirls) starred in the original action-comedy franchise that redefined the action genre in the 80s and 90s and remains the template for the buddy-cop genre. The four films grossed just shy of a billion dollars globally, and also feature Oscar winner Joe Pesci (Goodfellas, The Irishman), BAFTA nominee Rene Russo (Avengers: Endgame, The Thomas Crown Affair), and four-time Emmy winner Chris Rock (Fargo, The Longest Yard). 

WHAT THEY HAD | 28 October

Oscar winner Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby) leads the critically acclaimed cast of What They Had as a daughter returning home to cope with her ailing mother and her father’s reluctance to let go of their life together. Nominated for the 2019 Humanitas Prize, the film has an 86% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with LA Times calling it, “One of the year’s best indie dramas” and Rolling Stone saying “This captivating family drama is anchored by actors – Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, Blythe Danner, Robert Forster – who truly are as good as it gets. You laugh as much as you cry.”


Comedy drama Sometimes, Always, Never stars BAFTA winner Bill Nighy (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Love Actually) as a quirky, Scrabble-obsessed tailor whose tireless search for his missing son has turned his family upside down.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb: