Stan August highlights

Each month, lots of new films and TV shows are added to Stan‘s library. Critic Craig Mathieson surveys each month’s selections and picks for titles mostworth watching. For the full list of everything arriving on the platform, scroll down.

Top Picks: TV

Cleverman seasons one and two (July 7)

The ability of science-fiction to use a fantastical concept to comment on the present was perfectly evoked in this roiling Australian drama, which originally aired on the ABC in 2016 and 2017. In a readily recognisable Sydney the underclass are the Hairypeople, a different species to humans whose reveal to the world has led to ghettoization and discrimination. The strands of the plot combine the dystopic with Aboriginal Dreaming, and the diverse cast includes Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Deborah Mailman, Iain Glen and Frances O’Connor.

The Nest season one (July 9)

The profound but intimate implications of a surrogate birth underpin this knotty British drama, in which a couple’s increasingly desperate bid to find a way to have a child get tangled up with a young woman who wants to help them for her own reasons. Martin Compston (Line of Duty) and Sophie Rundle (Peaky Blinders) play Dan and Emily Docherty, who are grateful, in debt to, and possibly manipulating 18-year-old Kaya (newcomer Mirren Mack). In this thriller from writer Nicole Taylor (The Hour), the wonder of creating life results in many mysteries.

Miracle Workers: Oregon Trail (July 14)

Daniel Radcliffe has dedicated a recent chunk of his eclectic career post-Harry Potter to this farcical comedy anthology, with every season using a different work by the show’s creator, humourist Simon Rich, as the starting point for the central cast’s talents. Season one was set in heaven, with Radcliffe as a minor angel and Steve Buscemi as a less than engaged God (perfect casting), while the second season was set during the Dark Ages, with Radcliffe as a prince and Buscemi as a serf.

The new episodes take place in the 1840s as a wagon train heads west, with all the clichés of the western up for grabs alongside Radcliffe leaning very heavily into his new role as a dim-witted priest.

Dr Death season one (July 16)

Another podcast adaptation—from an American series that focuses on staggering cases of medical malpractice—this drama subverts the inherent likability of Joshua Jackson by casting him as a Texan surgeon whose patients do not always leave the operating table alive. Alec Baldwin—who delivered the legendary “I am God” speech as an arrogant doctor in 1993’s Malice—and Christian Slater play fellow surgeons alarmed by what they’re learning, and Anna Sophia Robb plays the young assistant district attorney looking to mount a case. Anyone freaked out by the invasiveness of surgery should definitely not watch this.

Top Picks: Movies + Specials

Shattered Glass (July 11)

Playing Anakin Skywalker, the young Jedi who would become Darth Vader, should have given Hayden Christensen a place in the popular culture pantheon. But the terrible flaws of George Lucas’ Star Wars prequels did the cast no favours, leaving his career in B movie limbo by the age of 25. Christensen did however make one remarkable movie with the brief leading man opportunities afforded him: this 2003 biographical drama about the celebrated young American journalist Stephen Glass, who was uncovered by his own colleagues at the storied New Republic magazine as a serial fabulist.

Shattered Glass is the directorial debut of screenwriter Billy Ray (The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips), featuring exemplary supporting performances from Peter Sarsgaard and Chloe Sevigny. It’s a study of journalistic ethics and untethered ambition that remains deeply relevant.

Dune (July 18)

With Denis Villeneuve’s much anticipated version of Frank Herbert’s revered science-fiction novel Dune once again postponed, albeit for just three weeks from October 1 to 22, you can fill the gap with David Lynch’s 1984 adaptation. Lynch, one of the most singular American filmmakers of any generation, views Dune as the great blight of his career, an epic he was tempted to make but couldn’t impose himself on.

It was an unhappy experience, but amidst the missteps that went into this grand tale of interplanetary feudal warfare—Patrick Stewart going into battle while clutching a pug, nearly everything Sting does—you can appreciate the story’s primal power and how Lynch absolutely did connect with parts of the text. Few failures are this endlessly fascinating.

Attack the Block (July 27)

In 2011 it was obvious that Attack the Block, a comic alien invasion thriller about the disparate inhabitants of a London council estate having to band together when the close encounters get out of hand, was a wonderfully inventive genre-buster from young writer-director Joe Cornish and his charismatic but unknown leading man John Boyega. The film did well given the lack of star power, and over the last decade it’s assumed the mantle of a modern favourite. The recent news that Cornish and Boyega are reuniting for a sequel only adds to the impetus to catch the original, which still has an undeniable pop of askew energy and filmmaking brio.

All titles arriving on Stan in July

July 1

Liverpool FC: The End of the Storm
Step Up
The Croods
The Accident: Season 1

July 2

Liverpool Narcos: Season 1
Jamie &Jimmy’s Food Fight Club: Seasons -3 -6
TMNT (2007)

July 3

Zack And Miri Make A Porno

July 4

Run the World: Season 1, Episode 7
Blindspotting: Season 1, Episode 4
Superhero Movie
Disaster Movie

July 5

Beasts of the Southern Wild

July 6

Awake (2007)

July 7

Amityville Horror: The Awakening
Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House

July 8

Dedicated to Dance: Season 1
The Devil’s Rejects
Cleverman: Season 1 & 2

July 9

The Nest: Season 1
Serangoon Road: Season 1

July 10

The Foreigner
Silent House

July 11

Shattered Glass

July 12

The Promotion

July 13

My Bloody Valentine

July 14

Vigilante Mums
Wrong Turn

July 15

Wake in Fright (2017)
A Savage Land
Kiss or Kill

July 16

Dr. Death: Season 1
Beyond Appearances: Season 1
First Wives Club: Season 2
Rob Zombie’s Halloween
Rob Zombie’s Halloween II
Halloween II (1981)
Halloween III: Season Of The Witch
Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers

July 17

The Comeback Trail
The Messengers

July 18

Power Book III: Raising Kanan

July 19

The Transporter Refuelled

July 20

Lucky Number Slevin
Ten Empty
Mystery Road: season 2

July 21

Youngest Grandparents: season 1
Piranha (2010)

July 22

Blinded by the Lights
Young Guns
The Darwin Awards

July 23

When Hope Calls – season 1
Hacksaw Ridge

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July 26

How to Be a Latin Lover
In the Interest of the Nation

July 27

High Ground
Attack the Block

July 28

The Nut Job: Nature by Nature
The Boogeyman (2005)

July 29

The Extreme Diet Hotel
Bangkok Dangerous

July 30

It Comes at Night
Teletubbies season 1

July 31

Clerks II
The Man Who Knew Infinity

See also
* Best new movies and TV series on Netflix Australia
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