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1917 (Telstra TV Box Office)

1917 on Telstra TV

As we mark the anniversary of World War I with ANZAC Day this Saturday and remember those brave souls who fought for our freedoms, the film 1917 – available now on Telstra TV Box Office – shares one such story of courage and sacrifice. Based on an account told to the film’s director, Sam Mendes, by his grandfather who served on the Western Front, the film closely follows young soldiers Lance Corporal Schofield (played by George MacKay) and Lance Corporal Blake (Dean-Charles Chapman). Through what is filmed to appear as one single continuous heart-racing take, we join the pair as they’re given the dangerous task of crossing enemy lines alone together to deliver an urgent message to another British battalion. If they can make it in time, they will prevent a futile campaign and save the lives of 1600 fellow soldiers, including Blake’s older brother (Richard Madden). Winning this year’s Golden Globe awards for Best Picture and Director, as well as Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Visual Effects, this gripping film is a fitting tribute to the spirit of heroism and mateship within our armed forces.

Mrs America (Foxtel Now)

Mrs America on Telstra TV

Australia’s Cate Blanchett and Rose Byrne star as opposing forces in the battle for Equal Rights in MRS AMERICA, new to stream this week on Foxtel Now. In the show’s stellar ensemble cast, Byrne plays feminist icon Gloria Steinem, who along with Betty Friedan (Tracey Ullman), Bella Abzug (Margo Martindale), Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba) and Jill Ruckelshaus (Elizabeth Banks) led the women’s movement to campaign throughout the 1970s for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment in America. Blanchett plays their unexpected but ultimately significant rival, the conservative housewife Phyllis Schlafly, who organised the STOP ERA campaign through “slippery slope” arguments of women being drafted into combat and gender-neutral bathrooms. Also starring John Slattery, Sarah Paulson and Niecy Nash, this nine-part limited series is packed full of dramatic tension, powerful performances and a groovy 70s soundtrack.

Extraction (Netflix)

Extraction on Telstra TV

Chris Hemsworth makes his Netflix debut in the explosive action-packed thriller, EXTRACTION – streaming from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 24 April. Hemsworth stars as Tyler Rake, a former soldier turned hired-gun employed by an imprisoned international drug lord to travel to the Bangladesh capital of Dhaka to rescue his young son, Ovi (played by Rudhraksh Jaiswal), who has been kidnapped by a rival crime boss. But it won’t be easy – and as he delves deeper into this seemingly impossible mission, he’s met with violent killers, corrupt police and gun-toting bad guys at every turn. Directed by Marvel stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave, this bullet-spraying, car-chasing, edge-of-your-seat blockbuster was reportedly the “most exhausting shoot” of Hemsworth’s career – and it’s easy to see why.

Reprisal (SBS On Demand)

Reprisal on Telstra TV

From the producer who brought us critically-acclaimed dramas such as ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ and ‘Fargo’ comes a stylish new ten-episode crime noir series, REPRISAL – with a double episode premiere available to stream now on SBS On Demand. When Doris Quinn (played by Abigail Spencer) is chained to a truck, dragged through a field and left for dead, she understandably comes back years later hellbent on revenge. The men she’s coming after for payback include her brother Bert (Rory Cochrane) and his ruthless gang of criminal buddies, known as the Banished Brawlers. Her plan? To infiltrate their gang using her former employee, Ethan (Mena Massoud) and recruit allies in the form of Johnson (David Dastmalchian) and Matty (Australia’s Rhys Wakefield). But she’ll have some competition, with the gang’s leader Joel (Rodrigo Santoro) struggling to keep the peace between rival gangs. Prepare for some unexpected turns in this relentlessly dark and twisted tale of chaos and vengeance.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 17 April:

Sonic the Hedgehog (Telstra TV Box Office)

Sonic The Hedgehog on Telstra TV

Gear up for a hyper-energetic, laugh-out-loud comedy movie the whole family can enjoy with SONIC THE HEDGEHOG, available now on Telstra TV Box Office. Based on the iconic and beloved Sega video game franchise, the film follows the intergalactic “Blue Blur” (voiced by Ben Schwartz) as he leaves behind his home planet for Earth to escape a band of power-stealing echidnas. But hiding out can be lonely and frustrating – and while blowing off some steam playing baseball by himself, he releases a burst of energy that inadvertently brings down the power grid, leading the maniacal Dr. Robotnik (Jim Carrey) to come looking for him. Now with the help of his hero and newfound friend, the local Sheriff (James Marsden), Sonic must evade capture and stop the super-villain Robotnik from swiping his power and achieving world domination. For even more fun, download and print out our Sonic the Hedgehog kids activity sheets.

One World: Together At Home (7plus, 10 play, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube)

Streaming live across the world this Sunday 19 April is the historic global concert special, ONE WORLD: TOGETHER AT HOME. Join the planet’s biggest artists and comedians as they pay tribute to the world’s frontline healthcare workers in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. With appearances curated by Lady Gaga and presented by Late Night talk-show hosts Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel, the stellar line-up of artists will include Elton John, Taylor Swift, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, Shawn Mendes, Sam Smith, Celine Dion, Jennifer Lopez, The Killers, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder and many more – as well as Australia’s Delta Goodrem and Keith Urban. Other celebrity guests set to appear from home also include Ellen Degeneres, Oprah Winfrey, Matthew McConaughey, Sarah Jessica Parker, Samuel L Jackson, David And Victoria Beckham, and Idris and Sabrina Elba. Watch on YouTube and Amazon Prime Video from 4am to midday (AEST), with a 2-hour television broadcast airing live on 7plus and 10 play from 10am (AEST).

Mystery Road (ABC iview)

Mystery Road on Telstra TV

Back for its much anticipated second season is the award-winning Australian drama series, MYSTERY ROAD – starting this Sunday 19 April from 8:30pm (AEST) on ABC iview. Directed by acclaimed Indigenous Australian filmmakers Warwick Thornton (‘Samson & Delilah’) and Wayne Blair (‘The Sapphires’), the second season finds Detective Jay Swan (played by Aaron Pedersen) now in the seaside town of Gideon, having taken a case there to be closer to his family. The investigation centres on a decapitated body, found floating among fishing nets in the mangroves – and soon expands to an archaeological dig site, which is causing a lot of upset in the community. (Fans of the popular Danish/Swedish drama ‘The Bridge’ will recognise Sofia Helin, joining the cast this season as archaeologist Professor Sandra Elmquist). Along with his new partner Fran (Jada Alberts), Jay must uncover what hides beneath the surface in a town that is already teeming with secrets old and new. Also starring Tasma Walton, Callan Mulvey and Gary Sweet.

The Baker and the Beauty (Stan)

The Baker And The Beauty on Telstra TV

If you loved ‘Notting Hill’, then you’ll fall head over heels for new romantic comedy series, THE BAKER AND THE BEAUTY – streaming weekly each Tuesday from 5pm (AEST) on Stan. Based on the Israeli series of the same name, the story follows handsome everyman Daniel Garcia (played by Victor Rasuk), who is working hard in his Cuban family’s bakery and trying to live up to the expectations of his parents and siblings. But when his girlfriend of four years proposes to him in one of the swankiest restaurants in Miami, he turns her down to disastrous effect. Taking pity on him in his soup-covered shirt, fellow diner and international supermodel Noa Hollander (Nathalie Kelley) invites him along for a night-out he’ll never forget. But when chemistry ignites between the pair, their new romance is suddenly thrust into the spotlight – and the couple are left wondering if they can overcome their very different backgrounds.

Our favourites streaming for the week of 9 April:

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The Hunt (Telstra TV Box Office)

Premiering in your lounge room this long weekend is the heart-racing blockbuster action thriller, THE HUNT – available for Express Release now on Telstra TV Box Office. When a group of unrelated strangers mysteriously awaken in a field and find themselves under fire, they soon discover they’re at the center of a sick and twisted game. They’ve been abducted by a group of wealthy individuals, who start rapidly picking them off one-by-one – seemingly just for fun. But what the “Hunters” didn’t anticipate is that among their prey is Crystal (played by Betty Gilpin), a quick-witted fighter fiercely determined to stay alive. She’s mad – and now she’s coming for them.

Bloom (Stan)

Returning for its much-anticipated second season is the Logie Award-winning drama series, BLOOM – with all six episodes streaming now only on Stan, just in time for your long weekend binge. Starring Bryan Brown, Jacki Weaver and Phoebe Tonkin, the series picks up three months after the events of last season – as word has gotten out about the flood-affected town’s miracle plant and its ability to restore youth, giving many a second lease on life. Now that the plant has mutated and its effects (and side effects) are more intense than ever, there are many who would rather see it destroyed before it tears their community apart. But as new arrivals descend upon the town, it ignites a conflict between science and faith that could ultimately change the course of humanity.

Love Wedding Repeat (Netflix)

Grab the popcorn and treat your special someone to a date night-in with the witty new romantic comedy, LOVE WEDDING REPEAT, streaming from 5pm (AEST) this Friday 10 April on Netflix. It’s Hayley’s special day – and her big brother Jack just wants to make sure everything is perfect. But while the gorgeously opulent country manor wedding gets off to a good start, it all begins to go a bit pear-shaped when an unexpected mystery man comes stumbling in threatening to ruin the reception. When the bride suggests he drop a sedative into the champagne of the uninvited troublemaker, Jack puts the plan into action. But with mounting distractions, including a bitter ex-girlfriend and the woman of his dreams both in attendance, things go horribly and hilariously wrong. Starring Sam Claflin, Eleanor Tomlinson, Olivia Munn, Joel Fry and Aisling Bea.

Making the Cut (Amazon Prime Video)

Fans of ‘Project Runway’ are in for a treat this month as Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return in Amazon Prime Video’s brand new fashion design competition series, MAKING THE CUT. They’re looking for the “next global fashion brand” – and to find them they’ve handpicked twelve already-established designers, who will be challenged beyond what they thought possible to produce both jaw-dropping runway couture and ready-to-wear items with mass market appeal. The stakes are incredibly high, with an astounding one million dollar prize up for grabs – and the winning look from each episode being made available for purchase immediately on Amazon in the Making the Cut Store.

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