Ryan and Janet from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.
The Commons (Stan)
Coming to Stan this Christmas Day is the ground-breaking Stan original series, THE COMMONS. Set in the not-too-distant future, Golden Globe winner and Downton Abbey star, Joanne Froggatt, plays Eadie – a gifted neuropsychologist desperate to conceive a child. Living through catastrophic storms, increasing bushfires and drought, Eadie looks to help those affected – like Ben, played by Damon Herriman, a border patrol guard suffering from the traumatic events he has witnessed. But the changing world is also interfering with her ability to have a child. Together with Shay, played by Ryan Corr, a geneticist colleague of her husband, played by David Lyons, she is forced to explore ethically questionable methods to bring a baby into the world. Stream all eight episodes of the Stan Original Series THE COMMONS from Christmas Day, as part of Stan’s summer line-up of brand new original productions.
Christmas on Netflix (Netflix)
Get your fix of festive cheer, with six new Christmas movies streaming now on Netflix. From the co-creator of Despicable Me comes KLAUS; Kristin Davis and Rob Lowe star in HOLIDAY IN THE WILD; We return to Aldovia for A CHRISTMAS PRINCE: THE ROYAL BABY; Vanessa Hudgens falls for THE KNIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS; Discover the true meaning of family in HOLIDAY RUSH; and we get the party started with LET IT SNOW.
A Christmas Carol (Foxtel Now)
From the creator of Peaky Blinders comes a darker take on a Christmas classic – with the three-episode miniseries, A CHRISTMAS CAROL streaming from December 23rd on Foxtel Now. Based on Charles Dickens’ timeless tale, Guy Pearce plays Ebenezer Scrooge – a heartless cheapskate visited on Christmas Eve by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future. Andy Serkis plays one such specter, bringing Scrooge face to face with choices he’s made that have caused the suffering of those around him. Giving him a haunting glimpse into what life could become if he doesn’t change his ways, Scrooge ultimately becomes a better man – filled with the spirit of Christmas.
Joker (Telstra TV Box Office)
Delve into the gritty origin story behind Batman’s arch-nemesis in one of the year’s most talked-about films – JOKER, available New Years Day on Telstra TV Box Office. Joaquin Phoenix gives an outstanding performance as Arthur Fleck, a clown-for-hire by day who spends his nights caring for his bedridden mother, while dreaming of one day becoming a stand-up comic. Suffering from a mental condition that causes him to laugh uncontrollably at inappropriate moments, he’s bullied by kids on the street, beaten up by thugs on the subway and generally dismissed as a weirdo. But as his misfortunes increase, Arthur is eventually pushed to breaking point – unleashing a torrent of violence in a city already on the brink of mayhem.
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Our favourites streaming for 6th of December:
Elliot: The Littlest Reindeer (Telstra TV Box Office)
Get into the Christmas spirit with the adorably inspiring story of ELLIOT: THE LITTLEST REINDEER, new this week to Telstra TV Box Office. Elliot (voiced by Josh Hutcherson of ‘The Hunger Games’ fame) is a tiny horse with big dreams of one day leaving his petting zoo home to become one of Santa’s majestic reindeer. When Blitzen (Martin Short) announces he’s retiring to bask in the Florida sun, Elliot jumps at the opportunity and heads to the North Pole for reindeer try-outs – with a pair of fake antlers and his best friend Hazel the goat (Samantha Bee) in toe. But back home, his friends might be in trouble – with the farm’s owner looking to sell up to a buyer with mysterious motives. Will Elliot follow his dreams, or follow his heart and turn back to save his friends?
Upright (Foxtel Now)
New this week on Foxtel Now is Aussie comedy-drama series, UPRIGHT – with episodes streaming each Sunday at 8:30pm from 1 December. Tim Minchin plays Lucky, an anxious musician from Sydney who is heading back to Perth to visit his dying mother after spending the past eight years away from home. Driving across the Nullarbor with nothing but a trailer carrying an upright piano, his road-trip is quickly complicated when he’s hit by a ute driven by sixteen year old runaway Meg – played by Milly Alcock. Now travelling together, the pair of outcasts run into all manner of mishaps as they cross paths with highway bandits, pick a fight with a bikie gang and find themselves pursued by a pair of persistent cops.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon Prime Video)
The charmingly quick-witted comedy everyone’s talking about, THE MARVELOUS MRS. MAISEL, returns for its third season this Friday 6 December on Amazon Prime Video. Set in the 1950s, the series stars Emmy-winner Rachel Brosnahan as Midge Maisel – a jilted Jewish housewife turned stand-up comic, hustling to get a foothold in the male-dominated New York comedy circuit. With the help of her hot-tempered manager Susie, and to the great frustration of her parents, this season Midge hits the big time – setting off on a national tour to open for soul singer Shy Baldwin.
Marriage Story (Netflix)
Fresh from the film festival circuit is the critically-acclaimed MARRIAGE STORY, streaming from this Friday 6 December on Netflix. Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver star as Nicole and Charlie Barber, a young married couple in the process of separating while caring for their eight year old son, Henry (played by Azhy Robertson). When she’s offered the chance to revive her acting career with a television pilot filming in Los Angeles, Nicole takes Henry with her – while Charlie remains in New York, overseeing a Broadway play he’s been directing. But when divorce proceedings eventually begin and the question of custody looms, the pair lawyer up – with Nicole choosing the tough-as-nails Nora (Laura Dern) and Charlie opting for viper Jay (Ray Liotta). What ensues is a touching, heartrending depiction of a relationship breaking down, the brutality of a courtroom custody battle and the distress of a child caught in the middle.