Your Only Option For Watching 'Memento' In Australia Costs $20 A Month

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Remember that 2000 film about amnesiac Guy Pearce getting tattoos and shooting people? Well hang on to those memories. Unless you have a friend who owns the DVD, the only way to legally watch Memento in Australia is via the Quickflix DVD/Blu-ray subscription. It isn’t streaming anywhere. I can’t find any Australian stores that stock it. If you want to watch it, you have to subscribe to Quickflix for $20 per month. And if you want to own it, you're out of luck.

In my search for this film, I began to wonder if this was one of those phenomenons like Sinbad's Shazam, wherein the film never existed yet a multitude of people have very clear memories of watching it. But there is an IMDb page. There is a Wikipedia page. My colleagues have corroborated my memories as well. The 2000 psychological thriller directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Guy Pearce and Carrie-Anne Moss definitely exists. It's just ridiculously difficult for Australians to watch it.

Here is a list of streaming services that do not offer it in Australia:

  • Netflix
  • Stan
  • Dendy Direct
  • Presto
  • iTunes
  • Google Play
  • Amazon Video
  • Crackle
  • Mubi
  • PlayStation
  • Microsoft Store
  • YouTube
  • Foxtel Play Anytime
  • BigPond Movies

"That's OK," you may think. "I'll just buy the Blu-ray instead." Good luck with that. Here is a list of stores that do not stock it:

  • JB Hi-Fi
  • Sanity
  • EzyDVD
  • DVDLand
  • Booktopia
  • Done Dirt Cheap DVD
  • Big W

Some of the stores and services on this list aren't typically names that you'd first go to when looking for a film. That is because I started to get a little desperate. I thought that surely there should be multiple places to watch this film in Australia, or at the very least buy it. It wasn't so niche that it would fade into obscurity.

Yet the only way I could find to watch this film was by Quickflix's $20 per month DVD and Blu-ray mailing service.

So if you have a mighty need to see Guy Pearce search for his wife's murderer while dealing with short term memory loss, you'd better get ready to pay $20, and wait a few days for the disc to arrive in the mail. It's things like this that makes piracy so prevalent in Australia.

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    Yeah a quick check shows it's pretty easy to get a 720p YIFY rip if you wanted to acquire this film without spending any cash!

      Any reasonable person would fire up the VPN and visit the pirate bay before spending $20 on signing up to quickflix for a month.

      However this author seems hell bent on acquiring it "legally" so I've offered her a solution in my next comment (it's available in several netflix countries, avoiding geoblocks is not illegal)

        Is using VPN for Netflix legal ?

          Yes it is.

          Q: Many Australians use a VPN to access Netflix in the US. Is it illegal for me to use a VPN to access Netflix?

          The Copyright Act does not make it illegal to use a VPN to access overseas content.
          While content providers often have in place international commercial arrangements to protect copyright in different countries or regions, which can result in ‘geoblocking’, circumventing this is not illegal under the Copyright Act.

          Its completely legal. The only thing that will ever happen is netflix could close your account for breaking their terms and conditions. There is no law against it and in fact they are trying to implement a law making it legal.

            No Netflix account has ever been closed that I have heard of. Just a message saying "Stop using VPN's" or some such.

              Im not saying that it ever has, Im saying its the worst thing that could ever happen

        "Any person who puts their own selfish needs above the livelyhoods of others would fire up the VPN and visit the pirate bay before spending $20 on signing up to quickflix for a month." There, I fixed that up for you. After all, why would anyone want to support an Australian business like Quikflix when they can just steal it instead, right? How dare Quikflix try to run a legitimate business that employs hard-working Australians. Who the hell do they think they are!?!

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    Here's a list of the countries where this film is available on netflix: (avoiding geoblocks is not illegal, even Malcolm Turnbull encourages you to do so)

    If you are so keen on watching it without resorting to unauthorised means, VPN into one of those countries or change your DNS unblocker region to suit.

    Quickflix will be dead fairly soon anyway so should be easier to stream

    The chronological order version of this move was far more interesting - also check the chrono version of Pulp Fiction.. :)

    I think that this movie used to be on Netflix, Stan and Presto. Then it was only available on two. Then it was available on only Presto. Then Presto died. Then it was available on Netflix, then Netflix launched in Australia, then it was available on Netflix and then it was only available on Stan and then at the start of the story it wasn't available anywhere except Quickflix.


      "I just can't remember"

      That basically is the alternate title for the movie.

    I saw this movie just last year, I rented it for $3 from a video store in Margaret River.
    does this count?

    I used to torrent all my music. When I got iTunes around 8 years ago, I haven't torrented a single song. Everything since then was bought legally because of how damn easy it is to just visit one store and get pretty much everything.

    Until TV and Film is found at one location, and I don't have to subscribe to 5 different streaming services to watch 5 different shows.......I'll "acquire" my content via other means.

    I believe if you want to minimise piracy, simply make it too easy and convenient to get the content. Streaming services need to band together and make a one-stop-shop. One payment by the customer with access to everything and monies distributed depending on which service gets the use by the customer. It's better than getting nothing at all.

    If anyone is so desperate to get hold of a copy, It's available on BluRay on Amazon UK for £6.99 (which is approx $12 AUD) plus postage.
    True, it's not an Australian store, but UK Blu-rays share the same region code (B) as Australia so there's no problems playing them.

    Wow...just O M G.
    Amanda you have my sympathies, obviously some ppl just don't seem to get the point of your article.
    But they can use Google (or any other interwebz search method) to solve your problem so........YAY!!! for them :)

    What frustrates me more is I want to buy a copy of Dogma (a Jay and Silent Bob film with Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Chris Rock and Alan Rickman) and the only place I could get it "locally" is Google Play, which does have it, but refuses to sell "in my region"

    I'd love to own this film digitally in some form but the world won't let me, this is when piracy is the only option.

      Oh man that movie is legendary. I still have an original copy on Dvd. It was the first 15+ movie i bought as soon as i was 15

    I could swear that I saw this at either Strathpine or Carseldine JB in the last month, on DVD not Blu-ray. Maybe it was a last, lonely copy left behind.

    You can get it on a Region 4 DVD from amazon - - For around $10 plus postage. I would also assume that as you can subscribe to watch The Grand Tour here, you could also stream Memento from Amazon.

    That said, I don't see any problem with paying $20 for it if it's a film you really like. I'm sure I paid more than that for my DVD copy. $20 would be the most common price I pay for Blu-Rays, unless JB are doing a buy two, get one free promo or something. Plus you get the advantage of being able to grab another film at teh same time and swap them for other movies during your subscription period. So unless there is absolutely nothing else in their catalogue you want to see, it actually sounds like a really good deal to me.

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