Tune into the latest and greatest movies and TV shows, streaming on demand these holidays on Telstra TV. Here are just a few of our favourite picks.
Ladies in Black (BigPond Movies)
Take a trip down memory lane with LADIES IN BLACK, fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. It’s 1959 in Sydney and shy schoolgirl, Lisa (played by Angourie Rice), has just gotten a summer job at the upmarket department store, Goodes. While she waits for the results of her final exams, she gets an education in the ways of the world from the Ladies in Black – the elegant, cosmopolitan women who work the retail floor. Taken under the wing of Magda (Julia Ormond), the immigrant manager of the store’s couture fashion department, Lisa is introduced to a whole new world of people and ideas as Australia moves forward into the progressive 1960s. And she might even manage to bring her hilariously old-fashioned parents (Susie Porter and Shane Jacobson) along for the ride. Directed by Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) and based on Madeleine St. John’s bestselling novel, this kind-hearted comedy also stars Rachael Taylor, Alison McGirr, Ryan Corr and Noni Hazlehurst.
Bird Box (Netflix)
Watch Sandra Bullock’s latest Hollywood blockbuster thriller, BIRD BOX – direct to your living room from this Friday 21 December only on Netflix. After most of the world’s population is annihilated by an alien species, Malorie and her children set off on a perilous journey to the last refuge on earth where they’ll be safe. But if any of them so much as catch a glimpse of the extraterrestrial creatures, they’ll die – with the mere sight of them sending people into psychotic fits of murder and suicide. Blindfolded and scared, the family must make the trip alone – navigating a rough and rocky river to the secluded, windowless sanctuary. Told across multiple time periods through a number of flashbacks, Malorie is at times joined by other survivors including her sister Jessica (Sarah Paulson), love interest Tom (Trevante Rhodes), her cranky neighbour Doug (John Malkovich) and Cheryl (Australia’s Jacki Weaver). Directed by Oscar-winning auteur Susanne Bier (who also directed the critically acclaimed series, The Night Manager), this post-apocalyptic sci-fi film is based on the 2014 novel of the same name by Josh Malerman.
Das Boot (SBS On Demand)
For an intensely gripping World War II drama series you won’t be able to stop watching, stream all eight episodes of DAS BOOT – available now on SBS On Demand. Set in 1942 in the Nazi occupied seaside town of La Rochelle in France, Simone Strasser (played by Vicky Krieps) is posted as a translator for the Navy, while her brother Frank (Leonard Scheicher) is unexpectedly shipped off to man the radio aboard a new German U-boat. Before he leaves, Frank asks his sister to make a secret meeting he can no longer attend – and Simone is quickly drawn into a dangerous plot by the French Resistance to sabotage the Nazis, due to her close relationship with a Gestapo chief (played by Tom Wlaschiha, who you’ll recognise from Game of Thrones). Meanwhile at sea, there’s trouble brewing aboard the U-612 submarine as its crew question the motives of their captain (Rick Okon) and begin to plot against him. With a strong international cast including Lizzy Caplan (Masters of Sex), Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), August Wittgenstein (The Crown) and Rainer Bock (Better Call Saul), this brilliant drama series is one you won’t want to miss.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (Stan)
“Gentlemen, start your engines… And may the best All Star win!” Back for its fourth season, RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE ALL STARS features ten of the most popular, outrageously talented drag queens from past seasons of the show, battling it out for a place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame. Streaming weekly on Stan each Saturday from 15 December – the same day as the US – the contestants compete across a range of comedy, costume-making and lip syncing challenges before a panel of celebrity judges, ‘Supermodel of the World’ RuPaul Charles and ‘squirrel friend’ Michelle Visage. This season’s queens include fan favourites Latrice Royale, Monét X Change and Valentina.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 17 December:
The Predator (BigPond Movies)
New to BigPond Movies this week is sci-fi action blockbuster, THE PREDATOR – the fourth instalment in the film series since the 1987 original starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. During a mercenary mission to rescue hostages from a drug cartel in Mexico, ex-army sniper Quinn McKenna (played by Boyd Holbrook) and his team are attacked by The Predator – a planet-hopping extraterrestrial species exceptionally skilled at hunting and killing every creature it comes across. Quinn is the only one who makes it out alive, but he manages to capture some of its high-tech armour and mail it home to prove the existence of alien life. But when he’s captured by Government agents who are covering up the invasion of Predators, Quinn isn’t able to beat the package home and his son Rory (Jacob Tremblay) opens the parcel – inadvertently activating a beacon that beckons more Predators to Earth. Back at the Government facility, one of the creatures being studied by biologist Dr Casey Bracket (Olivia Munn) escapes and starts killing lab workers. Quinn breaks out with Casey and a motley crew of other detainees – just in time to rescue Rory from an onslaught of murderous monsters. But will they be able to save the world from these intergalactic invaders? Also starring Keegan-Michael Key, Yvonne Strahovski, Alfie Allen, Thomas Jane and Sterling K. Brown.
Netflix’s first original Australian series, TIDELANDS, is available to stream in full this Friday 14 December. Filmed in southeast Queensland, this eight-part supernatural crime thriller follows twenty year old Cal McTeer (played by Charlotte Best) as she returns home to the fishing village of Orphelin Bay after a ten year stint in juvenile detention for arson and manslaughter. Her brother Augie (Aaron Jakubenko) is running a drug smuggling ring that relies heavily on the town’s population of human-siren hybrid amphibious creatures known as “Tidelanders” – a seductive yet dangerous group who are incredibly strong, live much longer than humans and can breathe underwater. Led by their queen Adrielle Cuthbert (Elsa Pataky), the tidelanders live in the shadows and yet seemingly control the whole town. When a disfigured fisherman’s body washes up on the beach, Cal stirs up trouble for them all when she sets about uncovering Orphelin Bay’s dark and dirty secrets – including what led to her own father’s death. With a great cast, gorgeous beach locations and a gritty storyline, this is one series you won’t want to miss.
Start streaming your favourite DISNEY movies and TV shows on demand on Stan from this Friday 14 November, with a new partnership bringing Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm titles to the Australian streaming platform. The catalogue includes live-action and animated Disney favourites including Frozen, Finding Nemo, The Little Mermaid, The Lion King and the Toy Story series, as well as Marvel Studios blockbusters including Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, The Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and the Iron Man films. For Star Wars fans, there’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Solo: A Star Wars Story and the animated TV series, Star Wars Rebels. And for hours of school holiday entertainment, stream Disney channel TV favourites including Hannah Montana, High School Musical, The Descendants and Big Hero 6: The Series.
Home and Away (7plus)
And for your ultimate Christmas holiday binge, catch up on all 228 episodes of HOME AND AWAY from 2018 – available to stream now on 7plus. It’s perpetually sunny in the beachside town of Summer Bay, but that doesn’t mean life is always so rosy for its residents. This year we’ve been hit with a startling secret from one of the show’s most loved characters, while the season finale we’ve all been waiting for could turn one of the Bay’s happiest days into its most tragic. With 31 seasons under its belt, this iconic Australian series is one of the longest-running shows on Australian television and amongst our greatest television exports – airing in over 80 countries and generating a massive following in the UK, Ireland and New Zealand. And with 46 Logies awarded throughout its run, it’s a clear favourite at home as well.
Our favourites streaming for the week of 10 December:
The Flip Side (BigPond Movies)
New to BigPond Movies this week is the charmingly funny Australian film, THE FLIP SIDE. Working as a caterer on a movie set in Adelaide, Ronnie (played by Mad as Hell’s Emily Taheny) begins an all-consuming love affair with Henry, a charismatic yet self-absorbed English actor (Eddie Izzard). But when the filming wraps, so too does their relationship – leaving Ronnie heartbroken and ignored. Flash forward to five years later and Ronnie has found love again with new boyfriend Jeff (Luke McKenzie), but is stressed out trying to keep her own restaurant business afloat and foot the bill for her mother’s nursing home care. When the famous actor returns to Australia to promote a new film, his assistant/girlfriend calls Ronnie for a catch-up and Jeff unwittingly accepts the invitation – and even goes so far as to invite the couple to stay at their home, without understanding their romantic history. What happens next is a crazy, funny mess that delves into the complicated nature of love, escaping your troubles and appreciating what you’ve got before it’s gone.
For an uplifting comedy with a toe-tapping soundtrack, join “the revolution in heels” with the Netflix Original film DUMPLIN’ – streaming this Friday 7 December. Jennifer Aniston stars as Rosie, a former Texas beauty queen and now mother to Willowdean (played by Danielle Macdonald), a Dolly Parton-obsessed teen who she lovingly nicknames Dumplin’. With her mother’s life obsessively focused on the annual pageant season, the plus-sized Willowdean decides to take a stand against conventional beauty standards and signs up for the Miss Teen Bluebonnet Pageant – inspiring other teenage outcasts to join the fight. But she quickly discovers how difficult the competition can get and must pull out all the stops in her quest to win – taking gruelling dance classes and even studying a local Dolly-inspired drag revue. With six new Dolly Parton tracks including “Here I Am” – a moving duet with Sia – as well as brand new versions of classics like “Jolene” and “Here You Come Again”, this is a heartwarming story of love, friendship and empowerment the whole family can enjoy.
Succession (Foxtel Now)
Delve deep inside the dark drama and biting humour of SUCCESSION, the latest HBO series streaming weekly from Thursday 6 December at 8:30pm on Foxtel Now. Created by Jesse Armstrong, a writer on The Thick of It and Peep Show, the series follows the incredibly rich, powerful and dysfunctional Roy family – owners of the fictional multinational media conglomerate, Waystar Royco. As their CEO father Logan (played by Brian Cox) approaches his 80th birthday, his adult children compete for who will inherit control over the family empire. And it seems they’ve been competing for his unattainable approval all of their lives. As the series begins, the most likely successor is his second eldest son Kendall (Jeremy Strong), a recovering addict desperately trying to convince his father of his commercial prowess. Kieran Culkin plays his younger brother Roman, a carefree rascal who likes to jokingly undermine him at every opportunity. Their sister Siobhan (Australia’s Sarah Snook) seemingly wants nothing to do with the family business, but works as a political consultant for a presidential candidate who is the enemy of her father. And the eldest, Connor (Alan Ruck), is a bumbling fool who appears to have no ambitions beyond the upkeep of his New Mexico ranch lifestyle. Out-of-touch and entitled, these won’t be characters you’ll enjoy watching – but their portrayal is brilliantly on-point and timely given the current political and economic landscape.
Vanderpump Rules (hayu, Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies)
Get ready for an all new season of drama with the seventh series of VANDERPUMP RULES starting this week on hayu, Foxtel Now and BigPond Movies. For the uninitiated, this seriously addictive reality show is a spin-off of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills centred around restaurateur and philanthropist Lisa Vanderpump, her chic West Hollywood establishment SUR and the tumultuous relationships between its aspiring waitresses and bartenders (slash models slash actors slash musicians). Season 7 begins with Lisa opening a new bar, TomTom, with her top bartender Tom Sandoval and his best friend Tom Schwartz. Of course things don’t go to plan and her co-owners are thrown into the deep end to get the place up to her crazy high standards before opening. After cheating on her last season, Jax finally seems to have gotten his act together and proposed to Brittany – romantically popping the question at the site of their first date, a fish stand in Malibu. The fact that he bought her super expensive engagement ring with the money his recently deceased father left him raises some questions among the gang, leaving Brittany concerned and upset. Stassi has a new boyfriend who’s a bit of an oddball, Scheana is single and ready to mingle – and James and Kristen start some trouble that brings the whole group tension to boiling point. Grab the popcorn and watch the spectacle unfold!