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5 shows and movies to stream this week on Telstra TV


Posted on March 16, 2018

4 min read

Get your action fix this week on Telstra TV. From intergalactic battles and mind-bending thrillers, to post-apocalyptic dramas and political conspiracies, we’ve got you covered. Check out a few of our top recommendations streaming right now on Telstra TV.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi (BigPond Movies)

Star Wars The Last Jedi on Telstra TV

For an out-of-this-world movie night in, look no further than the latest release in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – fresh from the cinema on BigPond Movies. Following on from the events of 2015’s The Force Awakens, the battle between good and evil rages on as Leia (played by series legend, Carrie Fisher) and the Resistance fight against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) and the First Order for dominion over the galaxy.

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) is brought out of his self-imposed exile to mentor Rey (Daisy Ridley) who reveals her extraordinary talent at wielding the Force and her mission to convince the Jedi Master to join the Resistance. Written and directed by Rian Johnson and featuring a stellar cast including Laura Dern, Oscar Isaac, Lupita Nyong’o, John Boyega and Gwendoline Christie, the film was also Carrie Fisher’s final role before her death in December 2016. With its dramatic sweeping score, impressive visual effects and thrilling action sequences, the film is a treat for die-hard fans and first-timers alike.

Annihilation (Netflix)

Annihilation on Telstra TV

Fans of thought-provoking sci-fi thrillers like Arrival or Interstellar will love ANNIHILATION, the latest Hollywood blockbuster releasing direct to Netflix in Australia this week. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer and directed by the creator of Ex Machina, Alex Garland, this sci-fi horror film follows a team of military scientists led by Natalie Portman as they explore a mysterious electromagnetic field that has developed around an area of Florida swampland after a meteor impact. Once inside, they witness the disturbing mutation of the plants and wildlife within – and even more unsettling, the distortion of their own perceptions.

Rise (Stan)

Rise on Telstra TV

From the producers of the critically acclaimed Friday Night Lights and the hit Broadway musical Hamilton comes RISE, an inspiring new high school drama series streaming weekly on Stan. Based on a true story, Josh Radnor (from How I Met Your Mother) stars as a burnt-out English teacher who takes over the school’s languishing theatre department, stepping on the toes of its current assistant director played by Rosie Perez.

As the pair encourage their students to aim big and follow their dreams, we get to know the show’s diverse cast of teen characters including Robbie, the charismatic rapping quarterback (played by Damon J. Gillespie); Lilette (Auli’i Cravalho from Moana), a talented but shy waitress with dreams of escaping their small town; and Simon (Ted Sutherland), a closeted boy who uses the school’s production of Spring Awakening to come out to his religious family. And fans of Barb from Stranger Things will be delighted to see Shannon Purser back on our screens as Annabelle, a girl determined to make the musical’s cast despite not being quite what the directors are looking for.

The Walking Dead (Foxtel Now)

The Walking Dead on Telstra TV

The second half of THE WALKING DEAD season eight has returned weekly on Foxtel Now, with Rick and his community of zombie apocalypse survivors now dealing with the consequences of an epic battle against extortionist group, the Saviors, led by the depraved Negan. In an emotional return for the series, we bid farewell to a fan favourite who leaves behind a legacy of hope – a vision of the future where mercy prevails and the rival survivor groups learn to coexist.

Homeland (SBS On Demand and BigPond Movies)

Homeland on Telstra TV

Now in its seventh season, HOMELAND returns to SBS at 8:30pm (AEDT) Friday nights and streaming weekly on SBS On Demand and BigPond Movies. When a Government conspiracy to assassinate the President unfolds at the end of season six, President Keane overreaches and orders the unlawful detention of 200 members of the CIA and NSA – including among them Saul Berenson.

Concerned about the Administration’s tyrannical behaviour, Carrie – who is now on the outside – works to gather intel to secure the release of “the 200”. At the same time, a conservative pundit seemingly attached to the assassination plot continues to stir up hatred and dissent among the President’s public opponents.

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