Every month streaming services in Australia add a new series of movies and TV shows to their library. Here are our tips for October.
“Diana: The Musical”
The writing and composition team of David Bryan and Joe DiPietro – who won four Tonys, including Best Musical, for their show “Memphis” – meet for this energetic, rock ‘n’ roll-fueled version of the Princess Diana saga. Jeanna de Waal plays the popular, scandal-ridden Royal in a story about her story-book romance with Prince Charles (Roe Hartrampf) and her unhappy end. Diana: The Musical will officially open on Broadway later this year, but the cast and crew recorded a performance this summer giving theater fans who don’t make it to New York a chance to see the show.
In this suspenseful mystery thriller, Jake Gyllenhaal plays a committed but overzealous cop who is stuck at a shipping desk when he receives a call from a woman (Riley Keough) who claims to have to fear her life. Director Antoine Fuqua and screenwriter Nic Pizzolatto follow the lead of the intense 2018 Danish film on which “The Guilty” is based, and tell the story mainly from inside the police station. The hero tries to use all investigative resources available to him from his computer and phone to figure out how to stop a possibly ongoing crime.
Based on Stephanie Land’s memoir, the miniseries “Maid” stars Margaret Qualley as a broke single mom named Alex with very few viable options for work, childcare or safe housing. As she takes a job with a cleaning service for wealthy families in the Pacific Northwest, Alex realizes how much their survival depends on a steady paycheck and good luck. Qualley does an outstanding job in this gripping drama that turns something as simple as gasoline money (or a working car) into a source of nerve-wracking tension.
“There is someone in your house”
Director Patrick Brice (known for the quirky genre films “Creep” and “Corporate Animals”) and screenwriter Henry Gayden (who transforms the lively superhero movie “Shazam! Someone Inside Your House” into a different kind of teen horror movie. Sydney Park plays Makani , the new girl at a Nebraska high school where students with dark secrets are being stalked by a serial killer wearing a mask that resembles the victims’ faces, and while these kids try to avoid murder, they also try to avoid it that their deepest regrets will be made public.
‘The Baby-Sitters Club’ Season 2
One of the nicest surprises of the 2020s is returning for a second season of family-friendly television. Based on the popular book series by Ann M. Martin, “The Baby-Sitters Club” is about a group of hard-working teenage friends who run a childcare business and help each other with their problems at the same time. The show uses the storylines from the novels as a starting point for modern stories about school, parents, relationships, and responsibility.
‘Colin in Black and White’
The Colin in the title of “Colin in Black & White” is Colin Kaepernick, the former NFL quarterback and social activist who sparked controversy in the United States when he began to kneel while singing the national anthem before football matches. Here, Kaepernick and producer and director Ava DuVernay tell the athlete’s story by looking back at his childhood and reviewing moments when the biracial Colin (Jaden Michael) with his coaches, classmates and white adoptive parents (played by Nick Offerman ) conflicted and Mary-Louise Parker) when trying to take on his cultural roots.
Also arrive: “On My Block” (Oct. 4), “Backing Impossible” Season 1 (Oct. 6), “Pretty Smart” (Oct. 8), “Bright: Samurai Soul” (Oct. 12), “ Convergence: Courage in a Crisis “(October 12),” The Films That Made Us “Season 3 (October 12),” The Four of Us “(October 15),” Karma’s World “(October 15 ), “You” Season 3 (Oct. 15), “Found” (Oct. 20), “Night Teeth” (Oct. 20), “Sticking Together” (Oct. 20), “Sex, Love & Goop “(Oct. 21),” Inside Job “(Oct. 22),” Locke & Key “Season 2 (Oct. 22),” Maya and the Three “(Oct. 22),” Hypnotic “( Oct. 27), “Army of Thieves” (Oct. 29).
‘Kind of’ Season 1
This Canadian dramedy plays Bilal Baig as Sabi, a gendered child of Pakistani immigrants. While working as a nanny during the day and a bartender at night, Sabi tries to maintain meaningful relationships with both her traditionalist family and LGBTQ friends – two very different factions that are sometimes equally confused about what it means not to be binary . This is a show about a person making space outside of the traditional categories.
“One of Us Lies” Season 1
Like the young adult detective novel by Karen M. McManus on which it is based, the teen drama series “One of Us Lies” is part “The Breakfast Club”, part “Gossip Girl” and part Agatha Christie crime thriller. When five students are tricked by a restless peer into detention after school, four of them become murder suspects after one of their group – an incorrigible gossip named Simon (Mark McKenna) – drops dead under strange circumstances. To clear their names, the other children work together and form a “us versus the world” bond as their secrets become public.
Favorite cinematic writer and director Paul Thomas Anderson released a new film later this year: Licorice Pizza, a teen drama set in the 1970s in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. So now is the perfect time to revisit Anderson’s groundbreaking 1997 film Boogie Nights, which was also set in the Valley in the 1970s (and 80s). Allegedly, “Boogie Nights” is about a fast-paced, good-natured porn star named Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), LA outsiders who start a makeshift family and then struggle to hold them together as drugs, money, fame, and changing cultural attitudes begin to pull everything apart.
Are you looking for classic horror this October? You can’t go wrong with “Poltergeist” from 1982, a hilarious and terrifying story about ancient ghosts terrorizing an untouched new suburb. Directed by Tobe Hooper (best known for “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”), and produced and co-written by Steven Spielberg (who was backed up by the success of “Raiders of the Lost Ark” and “ET”), “Poltergeist “Begins as a dry and funny portrait of a sympathetic middle-class family. Then all hell breaks loose and turns an ordinary American neighborhood into a village of the damned.
‘Love Life’ Season 2
The romantic comedy anthology series “Love Life” returns for a second season with a new story that features some of the characters from the first season in smaller roles (including last year’s protagonist Darby, played by the show’s co-producer, Anna Kendrick). This time around, William Jackson Harper takes the lead as Marcus, a New Yorker still stumbling from a recent divorce from the woman he thought would be his lifelong partner. As he re-enters the dating world, which has changed drastically since the last attempt to find a partner, Marcus takes the opportunity to rethink what he really wants from a relationship.
Also arrive: “A Good Man” Season 1 (October 13), “Canada’s Drag Race” Season 2 (October 15), “Hightown” Season 2 (October 17), “All American” Season 4 (October 26), ” The Last OG “Season 4 (October 27),” Sisterhood “Season 1 (October 29),” Walker “Season 2 (October 29).
‘Welcome to the Blumhouse’ Season 2
The second round of the original full-length horror films for the anthology series “Welcome to the Blumhouse” by Blumhouse Productions follows a slightly different formula than last year. The films “Bingo Hell” (about seniors protecting their up-and-coming neighborhood from a demonic villain), “Black as Night” (about a teenager from New Orleans who hunts vampires who hunt the homeless), “Madres” (about Mexican- American migrant workers plagued by horrific premonitions) and The Manor (about a nursing home besieged by supernatural powers) take unique turns on conventional genre food and tell stories of people on the fringes of society fighting insidious evils.
“I Know What You Did Last Summer” Season 1
Based on a 1973 horror novel by Lois Duncan (and its hit 1997 film adaptation), the teen slasher series “I Know What You Did Last Summer” follows a group of high school friends and acquaintances whose lives have changed changes after a terrible accident. When a serial killer targets the children involved in a fatal car accident, they realize they must give up their carefully crafted public figures in order to solve the mystery of who knows their terrifying secret.
‘Fairfax’ Season 1
In this quirky animated satire, voice actors Skyler Gisondo, Kiersey Clemons, Peter Kim and Jaboukie Young-White play a group of Los Angeles teenagers who devote most of their energy and talent to becoming social media influencers. “Fairfax” is partly a knowing look at the sunken American youth in the 2020s, partly an absurd comedy in which the pursuit of clout often turns into surreal adventures.
Also arrive: “All or Nothing: Toronto Maple Leafs” (Oct. 1), “My Name is Pauli Murray” (Oct. 1), “Justin Bieber: Our World” (Oct. 8).