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How to watch Oscar-nominated Detainment - watch online right now!

Despite not winning the Academy Award, short-film Detainment gathered the most intrigue and outrage from the 2019 Oscars.

The 30-minute film proved more than slightly controversial, with calls to have it banned from online viewership following release.

That hasn’t happened, though, and you can watch Detainment online right now.

Vincent Lambe (L) and Darren Mahon, nominees for their film ‘Detainment’ in the Short Film (Live Action) category, attend the 91st Annual Academy Awards Oscar Week reception, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, on February 20, 2019. (Photo by Mark RALSTON / AFP) (Photo credit should read MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Detainment: Short film

Detainment was directed by Vincent Lambe, an acclaimed director and producer from Ireland.

He has been producing and directing short-films since 1999. While this will only be his fourth directorial effort, he has worked on numerous projects.

Detainment 2019 is certainly his most widely acknowledged work and received an Oscar nomination in the Best Live Action Short category.

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How Long is Detainment?

Detainment is a 30-minute short film.

It was first screened at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won awards.

How to Watch Detainment Online

You can now watch Detainment via Amazon Prime.

The film is available to buy in HD for $2.99, here.

You can also watch detainment, and all of the nominated short films, via iTunes and Google Play.

Details of screenings at cinemas and film festivals can be found here.

Is Detainment on Netflix?


Detainment is not on Netflix, neither is it going to arrive on any of Netflix’s global platforms in the future.

The short film is not on Hulu, Hayu or Now TV, either.

from Detainment dir. Vincent Lambe, Twelve Media 2018



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Chris has a First Class Film and Journalism (Joint Honours) degree from De Montfort University and previously studied film at A-level, making him HITC’s resident movie guy. Chris's passion for all things cinema has been with him from a very young age and he has written for a number of publications, from Taste of Cinema to local sites. He has been with HITC for a five years, exploring the world of film and television while looking out for the latest titles to excite and inspire audiences.