What to stream this week on Telstra TV
Posted on January 17, 2020
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Janet and Ryan from the Telstra TV team share their top picks to stream this month on Telstra TV.
Gemini Man (Telstra TV Box Office)
Will Smith and… Will Smith… star in the action-packed GEMINI MAN, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Directed by Academy Award winner Ang Lee, Smith plays Henry Brogan – a seasoned government assassin who is just about to retire when he’s suddenly targeted by a younger, faster hitman with the ability to anticipate his every move. What Henry soon learns is that the skilled “Junior” is actually his clone, created to eventually take his place in the Gemini program. Loaded with explosive shootouts, epic fight sequences and hair-raising chases, this action thriller from producer Jerry Bruckheimer is sure to get your adrenaline pumping.
Premiering on Australia Day is the Stan Original film, TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG – directed by Justin Kurzel and inspired by the Man Booker prize-winning novel by Peter Carey. In this highly anticipated fictionalised re-telling of the legendary Australian bushranger story, newcomer Orlando Schwerdt stars as a young Ned Kelly, who is mentored by the notorious outlaw Harry Power – played by Russell Crowe – and raised by his single mother, played by Essie Davis. As he becomes a man, played by BAFTA winner George MacKay, Ned befriends a group of outcasts – forming the infamous Kelly gang. Also starring Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam and Claudia Karvan, this gritty, action-packed masterpiece is one you won’t want to miss. Streaming from Australia Day, as part of Stan’s summer line-up of brand new original productions.
Upright (Foxtel Now)
Streaming on Foxtel Now this month is Aussie comedy-drama series, UPRIGHT – with all episodes available now. 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 Witcher (Netflix)
Based on the best-selling fantasy novel saga comes an epic Netflix Original series, THE WITCHER. Henry Cavill plays Geralt of Rivia – a superhuman monster slayer-for-hire, who finds himself increasingly out of place amongst the mere mortals surrounding him. When destiny ties him together with the mighty sorceress Yennefer and orphan Princess Cirilla, the three are forced to find their way through progressively hostile lands – battling the beasts and people who would destroy them all. Stream all episodes now on Netflix.
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Our favourites streaming for the week of 10th January:
Hustlers (Telstra TV Box Office)
Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu star in a raunchy take on the heist movie genre with HUSTLERS, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the real-life story behind the viral 2015 New York Magazine article, the story follows Destiny (played by Wu), an exotic dancer who begins working at a new strip club to take care of her ailing grandmother. Struggling to make ends meet, she’s taken under the wing of the club’s star performer Ramona (Lopez). And she soon begins raking in the big bucks, while also forming close friendships with Ramona and her fellow dancers played by Cardi B, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Lili Reinhart. But when the 2008 financial crisis hits, most of their lucrative Wall Street clients suddenly vanish – and the girls find they’ll need to get creative if they want to continue living the lifestyle to which they’ve become accustomed.
The Gloaming (Stan)
Australia’s answer to the Nordic Noir crime thriller is the impressively unsettling new series, THE GLOAMING, with all eight episodes available to stream now on Stan. Set in an eerie fog-covered Tasmania, the series follows detectives Alex (played by Ewan Leslie) and Molly (Emma Booth) – a pair who share a distant history of tragedy, reunited in the present day to investigate the grisly murder of an unidentified woman found at the foot of a waterfall. But when they discover evidence that suggests the case could be connected to an unsolved murder from 20 years earlier, the plot thickens to reveal a more widespread mesh of criminal cover-ups, abuses of power and sinister rituals beneath the surface of this seemingly quiet rural community. Directed by Michael Rymer (American Horror Story), Greg McLean (Wolf Creek) and Sian Davies (Wentworth), the series also stars Aaron Pedersen and Martin Henderson.
The Outsider (Foxtel Now)
New to Foxtel Now from this Monday 13 January is the chilling ten-part miniseries, THE OUTSIDER – based on Stephen King’s bestselling novel of the same name. Jason Bateman stars as Terry Maitland, a beloved small-town teacher, baseball coach and father accused of the gruesome murder of an eleven-year-old boy. Assigned to the case is Detective Ralph Anderson (played by Australia’s Ben Mendelsohn), pressured by his superiors to wrap up the case quickly amidst widespread outrage from the community. But the investigation becomes increasingly complicated when conflicting eyewitness accounts of the killer’s whereabouts begin to emerge. And when strange things start happening to those surrounding the case, they’re forced to consider that there may be something even more sinister at play. Adapted for the screen by Richard Price, the writer behind other HBO acclaimed dramas such as “The Night Of” and “The Wire”, the series also stars Cynthia Erivo, Bill Camp and Julianne Nicholson.
AJ and the Queen (Netflix)
The world’s most famous drag queen, RuPaul Charles, stars in a campy new comedy series with an abundance of heart: AJ AND THE QUEEN, streaming from this Friday 10 January on Netflix. On the eve of opening his own bar, Robert (played by RuPaul) is conned and finds his boyfriend has run off with his life savings. As “Ruby Red”, he sets off on a whirlwind drag tour across the country in a battered old campervan to quickly recoup the money he’s lost. But he soon discovers his eleven-year-old neighbour AJ (Izzy G.) has hidden aboard the camper, escaping his teen mother (Katerina Tannenbaum) who is struggling with addiction. Together, this unlikely duo help each other find the strength to carry on – spreading a message of hope, love and acceptance as they travel from town to town. Jam-packed full of cameos from RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni including Latrice Royale, Katya, Bianca Del Rio and Jinkx Monsoon, the series was created by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King – the man behind ‘Sex and the City’.