Every month, Australia’s streaming services add a new selection of movies and TV shows to their library. Here are our picks for October.
“Diana: The Musical”
The writing and writing team of David Bryan and Joe DiPietro—who won four Tonys, including Best Musical, for their Memphis show—come together for this high-energy rock-and-roll version of the Princess Diana saga. Gina De Waal plays the famous, scandal-ridden royal, in a story about her seemingly romantic affair with Prince Charles (Ru Hartrumpf) and its unfortunate end. “Diana: The Musical” officially opened on Broadway later this year, but the cast and crew scored a show over the summer, giving theater fans who can’t make it to New York a chance to catch the show.
In this suspenseful mystery thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a dedicated but overzealous police officer who is stuck at work at a dispatch office when he receives a call from a woman (Riley Keough) who claims she fears her life. Director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Nick Pizzolato continue to lead the intense 2018 Danish film The Guilty is based, telling the story mostly from inside a police station. The hero rushes to use all the investigative resources available to him from his computer and phone, trying to figure out how to stop what may or may not be an ongoing crime.
Based on Stephanie Land’s memoir, Margaret Qualley stars in the mini-series “The Handmaid” as a broken-down single mother named Alex, with very few viable options for work, childcare, or safe housing. When she takes a job working in a cleaning service serving wealthy families in the Pacific Northwest, Alex becomes acutely aware of how much her survival depends on a steady salary and a lot of good fortune. Qualley gives a great performance in this thrilling drama, which turns something as simple as having gas cash (or a working car) into a source of stress.
There is someone inside your house
Director Patrick Price (best known for his offbeat genre films “Creep” and “Corporate Animals”) and screenwriter Henry Jayden (who co-wrote the racy superhero movie “Shazam!”) adapted Stephanie Perkins’ young teen novel “There’s Someone Inside Your House” To a different kind of horror movies for teenagers. Sidney Park plays Makani, the new girl at a Nebraska high school where students with dark secrets are tracked down by a serial killer who wears a mask that resembles the faces of the victims. While these kids try to avoid murder, they also struggle to avoid publicly stating their deepest remorse.
‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Season Two
One of the most delightful surprises of 2020 returns for the second season of the family-friendly TV show. Based on Ann M. Martin’s beloved series of books, “The Baby-Sitters Club” is about a circle of hard-working teenage friends who run a childcare business while helping each other solve their problems. The show uses the plots of the novels as a springboard for modern stories about school, parents, relationships, and responsibility.
Colin in black and white
Colin in “Colin in Black & White” is Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback and social activist who sparked controversy across the United States when he began kneeling before football games while singing the national anthem. Here, Kaepernick and producer and director Ava DuVernay tell the athlete’s story by looking back at his childhood, revisiting the moments when Colin (Jaden Michael) came into conflict with his coaches, teammates, and white adoptive parents (played by Nick Offerman and Mary-Louise Parker) while trying to embrace his cultural roots. .
Coming also: “On My Block” (October 4), “Backing Impossible” Season 1 (October 6), “Pretty Smart” (October 8), “Bright: Samurai Soul” (October 12), “Convergence: Courage in Crisis” (12 October), “The Movies That Made Us” season 3 (October 12), “The Four of Us” (October 15), “Karma World” (October 15), “You” season 3 (October 15), “Found” (20) October), “Night Teeth” (October 20), “Stuck Together” (October 20), “Sex, Love and Wife” (October 21), ” Inside Job (October 22), “Locke & Key” Season 2 (October 22) , “Maya and the Three” (October 22), “Hypnotic” (October 27), “Army of Thieves” (October 29).
‘Sort of’ the first season
This Canadian drama starring Bilal Paige as Sabi, a sexually flexible child of Pakistani immigrants. Working as a nanny by day and waiter by night, Sabi tries to maintain meaningful relationships with both her traditional family and her LGBTQ friends—two completely different factions that are sometimes equally related to what it means to be nonbinary. This is a show about someone making space for themselves, outside of the traditional categories.
“One of Us Is Lying” Season 1
Like the Karen M McManus teen mystery novel on which it is based, the teen drama “One of Us Is Lying” part “The Breakfast Club” part “Gossip Girl” and part Agatha Christie whodunit. When five students are framed by a problematic classmate and put into custody after school, four of them become murder suspects after one of them – an irreparable gossip named Simon (Mark McKenna) – falls dead under strange circumstances. To clear their names, the other children work together, forming a “us against the world” bond when their secrets become public.
Favorite director and screenwriter Paul Thomas Anderson has a new movie coming out later this year: “Licorice Pizza,” a teen drama set in the San Fernando Valley of 1970s Los Angeles. So now is the perfect time to revisit Anderson’s great movie, “Boogie Nights” from 1997, which was also shown in the Valley in the ’70s (and ’80s). Ostensibly, the story of a cute, fast-lived porn star named Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), “Boogie Nights” is truly about Los Angeles misfits who form a makeshift family and then fight to hold it together as drugs, money, fame and change begin to unravel cultural attitudes each Thing.
Five movies to watch this winter
Looking for some classic October horror? You can’t go wrong with 1982’s “Poltergeist,” a witty and creepy tale about old spirits terrorizing an authentically new suburban neighborhood. Directed by Toby Hopper (best known for “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”) and produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg (at the time high after the success of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “ET”), poltergeist “begins as a funny picture. Dry up for a nice middle-class family.Then hell breaks loose, turning an ordinary American neighborhood into a village of the damned.
‘Love Life’ season two
The romantic comedy anthology series Love Life returns for season two with a new story, featuring a few of the first season’s characters in smaller roles (including last year’s heroine Darby, played by show co-producer Anna Kendrick). This time around, William Jackson Harper took the lead as Marcus, a New Yorker still reeling from a recent divorce from a woman he thought would be his lifelong partner. As he returns to the dating world, which has changed dramatically since the last time he tried to find a mate, Marcus takes the opportunity to re-evaluate what he really wants out of a relationship.
Coming also: “A Good Man” Season 1 (October 13), “Canada’s Drag Race” Season 2 (October 15), Season 2 “Hightown” (October 17), Season 4 “All American” (October 26), “The Last OG Season 4th (October 27), Season 1 “Sisterhood” (October 29), Season 2 “Walker” (October 29).
“Welcome to Blumhouse” Season Two
The second round of Blumhouse Productions’ anthology series “Welcome to Blumhouse” follows a slightly different formula than last year’s set. The films “Bingo Hell” (about elderly citizens protecting their neighborhood from a demonic villain), “Black as Night” (about a New Orleans teen who hunts vampires who prey on the homeless), and “Madres” (about Mexican-American immigrant workers afflicted by Terrifying Warnings), and “The Manor” (about a nursing home under siege by supernatural forces) set unique twists on traditional genre fare, telling stories of people on the fringes of society battling malevolent evils.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” Season 1
Based on Louise Duncan’s 1973 horror novel (and her 1997 film adaptation), the harrowing teen series “I Know What You Did Last Summer” follows a group of high school friends and acquaintances whose lives are changed after a horrific accident. As a serial killer targets the children involved in a deadly car wreck, they realize they must abandon their carefully designed public figures so they can solve the mystery of who knows their terrible secret.
‘Fairfax’ season 1
In this satirical animated cartoon, voice actors Skylar Jesondo, Kiersey Clemons, Peter Kim and Jabuki Young White play a group of Los Angeles teens who dedicate most of their energy and talents to becoming social media influencers. Partly Fairfax is a sobering look at the relentless American youth of the 1920s, partly an absurd comedy in which the pursuit of influence turns into surreal adventures.
Coming also: All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs (October 1), My Name is Paulie Murray (October 1), Justin Bieber: Our World (October 8).