Best new movies and TV series on Netflix Australia: August 2023

Each month, loads of new films and TV shows are added to Netflix Australia‘s library. Eliza Janssen presents her picks for titles worth watching. For the full list of everything arriving on the platform, scroll down. Also, check out Craig Mathieson’s top 50 movies on Netflix list.

Top Picks: TV

Heartstopper: Season 2 (August 3)

In her review of the first season of this sweet queer rom-com series, Lillian Crawford said that “Netflix might be able to get away with the show’s sexlessness at this stage in [the characters’] relationship, but it would be laughably implausible at the next.” Will we get a slightly more adult, risqué next chapter? It’s hard to tell as the friends-to-lovers arc for teens Charlie and Nick gets only more serious, but as Crawford also acknowledged, “if Heartstopper gives even one teenager the tools for exploring their sexual identity, then it’s worth celebrating.”

Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop (August 9)

Now is a great time to be a woman in the rap game. With mainstream stars like Megan Thee Stallion and Cardi B topping the charts alongside rising talents like Tierra Whack (my fave) and Ice Spice, there may be no better time to look back at the origins of women winning across the entire hip-hop genre. Queen Latifah is a real get as one of this docuseries’ primary talking heads, reminding us all of why she’s crowned queen with this quote from the trailer: “We will always be stronger together than we are apart. That’s just how it is”

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One Piece (August 31)

Netflix have had pretty mixed results adapting beloved anime into live-action shows in the past: their Cowboy Bebop series was roundly hated by fans, and those who don’t know the anime weren’t really likely to give it a shot. Perhaps, with its slightly more family-friendly, yo-ho-ho pirate adventure plot, this anime adaptation has more of a chance at success. It’ll either be delightful or very uncanny and freakish to watch an IRL Monkey D. Luffy, the captain of the Straw Hat Pirates who has the rubbery ability to flex and bend at will.

Top Picks: Movies + Specials

Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead (August 4)

Based on the manga and anime of the same name, this zom-comedy sees a bored corporate drone finally grab life by the balls…right as a world-destroying zombie apocalypse hits. Akira’s spirit has slowly been crushed out of him after years at a dull job with a bullying boss, but the news that dead people are running rampant in the streets make him feel paradoxically more alive than ever. With 100 items on his list of cool stuff to do before he dies (which may be sooner than expected), the reinvigorated guy makes the best out of a very bad situation.

M3GAN (August 12)

Meet your new bestie: she can do TikTok dances, sing Sia’s “Titanium” as a beautiful bedtime lullaby, and sprint at your enemies on all fours before shoving them in front of a speeding truck! This instantly memed horror film from Blumhouse more than lived up to its hype, even if its PG-rating means the scares are never too unbearably intense or gory. Allison Williams is an all-timer terrible parent when she lets her newly-orphaned niece bond with the artificially intelligent doll, played by multiple talented child actors.

You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah (August 25)

Adam Sandler has long been known as the type of guy to set a lazy comedy movie in a glorious holiday destination, seemingly just to give his pals a good break—and now his daughters, Sadie and Sunny Sandler, get a film of their very own thanks to their comedy legend dad. The coming-of-age comedy also reunites Sandler with his Uncut Gems co-star Idina Menzel, as parents trying to stop their kid’s teenage rite from spiralling into disaster. Hopefully it’s a tad less stressful than that movie, though…

All titles arriving on Netflix Australia in August

August 1

Fisk: Season 1
Spider-Man 2
Untold: Volume 3 (New episodes each week)

August 2

Mark Cavendish: Never Enough
Poisoned: The Dirty Truth about Your Food

August 3

Heartstopper: Season 2
The Last Hours of Mario Biondo
The Lincoln Lawyer: Season 2 Part 2
Head to Head

August 4

The Big Nailed It Baking Challenge
Fatal Seduction: Volume 2
Zom 100: Bucket List of the Dead

August 7

Gabby’s Dollhouse: Season 8

August 8

The Seven Deadly Sins: Grudge of Edinburgh Part 2

August 9

Ladies First: A Story of Women in Hip-Hop

August 10

Marry My Dead Body
Mech Cadets

August 11

Down for Love
Heart of Stone

August 12


August 13

Behind Your Touch

August 15

Jared Freid: 37 and Single
Suicide Squad

August 16

At Home With The Furys
The Chosen One
Nanny McPhee

August 17

My Dad the Bounty Hunter: Season 2
The Upshaws: Part 4

August 18

10 Days of a Bad Man
Love, Sex and 30 Candles
Mask Girl
The Monkey King

August 22


August 23

Squared Love Everlasting
The Ultimatum: Marry or Move On: Season 2

August 24

Baki Hanma: Season 2 Part 4
Destined With You
Ragnarok: Season 3
Who Is Erin Carter?

August 25

Killer Book Club
You Are So Not Invited To My Bat Mitzvah

August 30

Live to 100: Secrets of the Blue Zones
Miss Adrenaline: A Tale of Twins

August 31

Choose Love
Karate Sheep: Season 2
One Piece

Coming Soon

Guns & Gulaabs
Risqué Business: Taiwan

See also
* Best new movies and TV series Stan
* Best new movies and TV series on Amazon Prime
* Best new movies and TV series on Disney+
* All new streaming movies & series