What’s new on Netflix, Presto and Stan in October?
Posted on September 29, 2016
6 min read
With a wide variety of titles to explore across three major platforms, our dedicated team of streamers have been sifting through October’s offerings and have picked some of the more popular and critically acclaimed shows for you.
Now you have more time to watch another episode instead of deciding what to watch.
Haters Back Off: Season one (Netflix)
Haters Back Off is a Netflix original series, due to debut on the 14th of October. The eight-part series has been created by YouTube star, Colleen Ballinger, and is the first ever scripted television series by a YouTube personality. Ballinger’s, The Miranda Sings YouTube channel, has over 5.7 million subscribers and more than 700 million views to date.
Miranda Sings is a parody of an egotistical, talentless, fame-hungry singer who posts endless videos on YouTube hoping to be discovered. The series will offer viewers a glimpse of Miranda’s home life for the first time and introduce them to her family and friends.
Miranda responds to her critics with the catchphrase, “haters, back off” and calls her fans the “Mirfandas”, so viewers can expect lots of funny one-liners and hilarious antics from the deluded wannabe star.
Black Mirror: Season three (Netflix)
This Halloween why not watch one of Stephen King’s favourite shows, Black Mirror.
Creator, Charlie Brooker, explains the series best: “Each episode has a different cast, a different setting, even a different reality. But they’re all about the way we live now – and the way we might be living in 10 minutes’ time if we’re clumsy”. Modern society is one of the strongest themes of the series. The truly unsettling nature of the series lies in the futuristic tales of a society where the selfish side of human nature prevails and society plunges to new dangerous and immoral depths. A scarier image than any Halloween costume.
As each episode is a stand-alone drama, there is no catching up to be done. Head to Netflix this October and get lost in these short, suspense-filled tales.
Daddy’s Home (Presto)
If all the spook is too much for and you need some light relief this Halloween, check out Daddy’s Home. Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg will have you swapping shrieks of terror for shrieks of laughter in the ultimate Dad vs. Step-Dad showdown.
Ferrel plays Brad, a mild-mannered stepfather whose domestic bliss is interrupted by his wife’s ex-husband, Dusty (Wahlberg). Brad is intimidated by Dusty’s muscular appearance, macho nature and efforts to become a bigger part of his kids’ lives. The movie depicts the two fathers trying to out-do each other and become the kids’ favourite. In his efforts, Brad spends tens of thousands of dollars on early Christmas gifts and seats at a basketball game to impress the kids.
The film is light-hearted and filled with plenty of over the top slapstick moments audiences have come to expect of Ferrel.
Wentworth: Season four (Presto)
Australia’s most psychotic villain is back. Bea (The Freak) and her cell-mates return to H Block for Wentworth season 4. If you are already a fan, then you’ll be excited to know Bea’s top dog status is about to be challenged when the girls find that a new dynamic is in play. Meanwhile, on the outside, Franky is trying hard to be a productive member of society.
For those of you who have yet to watch this gritty prison drama, you are missing out. Wentworth is a modern adaptation of the iconic ‘Prisoner Cell Block H’ and the first episode became the most watched Australian drama series premiere in subscription television history. Unsurprisingly, the series has been compared to Orange is the New Black, with many fans preferring the Australian original over OITNB. Wentworth is the darker of the two female led prison series, but what it lacks in humour it makes up for in raw drama and grit.
Each episode explores an individual character’s backstory and the circumstances that led them to Wentworth Prison. Seasons one to three of this fast-paced drama are available to watch on Presto now.
The Circus: Inside the greatest political show on earth (Stan)
The Circus is a real-time documentary series about the current American presidential campaign. Produced in co-operation with Bloomberg Politics, viewers are taken deep inside the fiercest election on earth for the first time.
This documentary series pulls back the curtain on the presidential race and reveals a more human side of the candidates and their campaign staff. Key characters and events from the individual campaigns are presented in real time. Meet the staff of candidates like Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton, and find out just how gruelling life can be on the campaign trail.
The Circus is a non-partisan take on one of the most fascinating and consequential elections of our time. Follow the stories behind the headlines and the race for the most powerful office in the world.
The Snitch Cartel (Stan)
If you spent all of September binge-watching Narcos and now have a Colombian gangster shaped void in your life that needs filling, then The Snitch Cartel is the film for you.
The Snitch Cartel is based on the 2008 novel of the same name. The novel was written by Andrés López López, alias Florecita (“Little Flower”), while he was in prison. The former drug dealer spent his time behind bars writing a fictionalised account of his experiences with the Cali Cartel, rivals of Pablo Escobar’s Medellin Cartel.
The film tells the tale of street boy, Martin, who tries to find his way out of poverty and win the heart of his childhood love, Sophia. Martin goes to work with Óscar Cadena who has decided to take down Pablo Escobar. Martin quickly finds himself moving up the ranks of the cartel and suddenly in the midst of a cartel war. As he struggles to keep the money and power he has earned and his beloved Sophia safe, he is forced to become a snitch for the American law enforcement agency tasked with combating drug smuggling, the DEA.
If you love action-packed films with a dash of romance on the side, then this is the film for you.
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