Following screenings at Sydney Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival and Brisbane International Film Festival, audiences across the country can now watch MATE for free on SBS On Demand from Tuesday 22 November.

Filmed in Sydney’s Western Suburbs, MATE is an uncompromising examination of masculinity and maturity that explores the challenges of personal growth within a changing social landscape. The film stars Joshua Brennan (The Long Road Home, The Twelve) and Jeremy Blewitt (Between Two Worlds and upcoming series The Clearing and The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart), Di Smith (Puberty Blues), Zoe Jensen (On the Ropes) and JR Laveta (Janet King).

After too long apart, local deadbeat John’s (Joshua Brennan) attempt to reconnect with school-age Jack (Jeremy Blewitt) over a weekend on the outskirts of Sydney threatens to collapse into chaos and heartbreak.

MATE is the first Australian film to win the International Grand Prix at the Clermont-Ferrand, qualifying for entry into the widely acclaimed Academy Awards.

MATE is written by George-Alex Nagle, Daniel Corboy and Ben Tarwin and directed by George-Alex Nagle. The producers are Ben Tarwin from October Media, George-Alex Nagle, and Nick Bolton from Ten Alphas.

Australian audiences can watch MATE free on SBS On Demand from Tuesday 22 November.