Every month, streaming services in Australia add a new batch of movies and TV shows to its library. Here are our picks for June.
‘Feel Good’ Season 2
The entertaining and emotional dramedy “Feel Good” ended its first season with the troubled stand-up comic Mae (played by the show’s co-creator Mae Martin) struggling with her drug addiction and a recent breakup. In the second and final season, Mae sees more success in her comedy career but discovers that doing well in showbiz can’t fix her deeper problems or serve as a substitute for her true love George (Charlotte Ritchie). The combination of sharp, funny dialogue and moments of real heartbreak are what make this show something special — and should lead to a powerful ending.
The writer-director Jim Mickle (best-known for the fine genre movies “Stake Land” and “Cold in July”) brings an accomplished visual style and a strong narrative command to his TV adaptation of Jeff Lemire’s comic book series “Sweet Tooth.” Set in a near-future America devastated by a pandemic and a wave of human mutations, the show is about a resourceful young boy named Gus (Christian Convery) who has antlers sprouting out of his head. In search of more of his kind, Gus joins a gruff but kindly nomad (Nonso Anozie) for an eventful journey across a strange and dangerous country.
Gina Rodriguez stars in this science-fiction thriller, about a mysterious event that leaves most of humanity unable to sink into unconsciousness — no matter how exhausted, confused and cranky they become. Rodriguez plays Jill, a troubled military veteran who summons her survival skills to protect her daughter Matilda (Ariana Greenblatt), one of the few people still able to sleep. Directed and co-written by Mark Raso, “Awake” is an intense drama depicting a world which nighttime becomes terrifying and unrecognizable.
‘Lupin’ Part 2
The first five episodes of this popular French adventure series introduced the charismatic antihero Assane Diop (Omar Sy), a master thief inspired by the writer Maurice Leblanc’s stories about the gentleman crook Arsène Lupin. The season’s second half will get more into the mysteries of who Assane really is, and about his grudge against the aristocratic family who betrayed his Senegalese immigrant father. Expect more of the flashy style and cunning capers that have made the show an international hit.
‘Good on Paper’
In this topsy-turvy romantic comedy, Iliza Shlesinger plays a character loosely based on herself: a stand-up comedian and actress tired of hustling to get noticed in Los Angeles. Shlesinger also wrote the script for “Good on Paper,” which sees her character Andrea questioning the credentials of her new boyfriend Dennis (Ryan Hansen), a dorky but attentive guy whose claims about his Ivy League education and big bank account never quite check out. The movie is partly about Andrea and her best pal Margo (Margaret Cho) getting into trouble as they investigate Dennis; but it’s more about the stress of trying to live an Instagram-perfect life.
‘The Ice Road’
Liam Neeson continues his late-career transformation into a grizzled action hero with the two-fisted thriller “The Ice Road,” written and directed by Jonathan Hensleigh. Neeson plays a trucker named Mike, who risks his life to race across a thawing sheet of frozen water, alongside a team of drivers (led by a man named “Goldenrod,” played by Laurence Fishburne) on a mission to rescue some trapped Canadian miners. The task is inherently dangerous, and the team also has to deal with some powerful people determined to keep them from reaching their destination.
‘America: The Motion Picture’
Don’t come to this wild and wacky animated film expecting to learn anything about American history, and for goodness sake, be sure to keep the kids out of the room. An adult-oriented satire in the spirit of “Drunk History” and “Archer,” “America: The Motion Picture” imagines a version of the American Revolution in which George Washington (voiced by Channing Tatum) fights the British alongside Geronimo and a female Thomas Edison. The movie is ostensibly a raunchy spoof of over-the-top action-adventure blockbusters, but in cartoon form.
Also arriving: “CoComelon” Season 3 (June 1), “Carnaval” (June 2), “Kim’s Convenience” Season 5 (June 2), “Alan Saldana: Locked Up” (June 3), “Creator’s File: GOLD” (June 3), “Dancing Queens” (June 3), “Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Eternal: The Movie” (June 3), “Summertime” Season 2 (June 3), “Human: The World Within” (June 4), “Trippin’ with the Kandasamys” (June 4), “Xtreme” (June 4), “Kitty Love: An Homage to Cats” (June 5), “Fresh, Fried and Crispy” Season 1 (June 9), “Tragic Jungle” (June 9), “Locombians” Season 1 (June 10), “Trese” (June 11), “Wish Dragon” (June 11), “Skater Girl” (June 11), “Let’s Eat” Season 1 (June 15), “Elite” Season 4 (June 18), “Fatherhood” (June 18), “Jagame Thandhiram” (June 18), “The Naked Director” Season 2 (June 24).
‘The Good Fight’ Season 4
“The Good Wife” spinoff “The Good Fight” was conceived before Donald Trump was elected to the U.S. presidency, but throughout the series’ first four seasons, the writer-producer team of Michelle and Robert King have used this smart and playful legal drama to comment on the unpredictability and the heightened anxiety of the Trump era. The truncated season four — cut short by Covid — serves as a transition out of the Trump years, as the powerhouse attorney Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski) gets drawn into cases that expose a deeper rot in the roots of American politics and business.
‘This Is Port Adelaide’
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Port Adelaide Football Club, the artful film “This Is Port Adelaide” offers a reflection on the team’s history and a document of how its fans and players made it through the pandemic-affected 2020 season. Director Nicole Miller shoots the newer material in black-and-white to match recent footage with archival clips. The result is a rich portrait of the century-plus of tumultuous times Port Adelaide has endured.
Stan’s latest original series is this youth-oriented drama, with Sophie Wilde playing Scout, a college student who returns to her picturesque New South Wales hometown, Eden, and begins investigating what happened to her erratic best friend Hedwig (BeBe Bettencourt) during her absence. “Eden” has a classic TV premise, with a tricky mystery plot set in a seemingly idyllic community plagued by awful tragedies and deep secrets.
‘Fire in Babylon’
This 2010 documentary retells one of international cricket’s best stories, all about the rise of the West Indies team in the late 1970s. Through archival footage and fresh interviews, the director Stevan Riley covers the different stages of the West Indies’ success: first as underdogs who went from being the sports’ lovable losers to genuine challengers and tactical innovators; and later as activists against economic disparity and racism. “Fire in Babylon” is a fascinating film, aimed at cricket fans and non-fans alike.
‘Hitmen’ Season 1
The comic duo of Sue Perkins and Mel Giedroyc (known around the world as the former hosts of “The Great British Bake Off”) re-teams for this dark sitcom about a couple of goofy, gawky old pals who make their living as hired assassins. Each episode follows the partners on the job, as they trade casual chitchat and make embarrassing mistakes before eventually getting down to business. The show is as about the kooky side characters as much as it is about the leads, but the tone is set by Perkins and Giedroyc’s relaxed chemistry.
‘Paper Giants: The Birth of Cleo’ / ‘Paper Giants: Magazine Wars’
These two mini-series — both two-parters — originally aired on ABC1 in 2011 and 2013, and collectively tell a story about the evolution of the publishing business and the women’s movement between the 1970s and the 1990s. “The Birth of Cleo” has Asher Keddie playing Cleo magazine’s founding editor Ita Buttrose, who defied the era’s conventional wisdom by selling sexually frank articles and images to young women. In “Magazine Wars,” Rachel Griffiths plays New Idea editor Dulcie Boling and Mandy McElhinney plays Woman’s Day editor Nene King, in a story about how the rivalry between the Packer and Murdoch media empires changed the nature of lifestyle journalism.
Also arriving: “Killing Eve” Season 3 (June 1), “This Is England ’90” (June 2), “Tripped” Season 1 (June 4), “Foreman” (June 5), “Love My Way” Seasons 1-3 (June 10), “I Am Bolt” (June 11), “Back to Life” Season 1 (June 15), “Animal Conversations” (June 23), “Death Proof” (June 25), “Planet Terror” (June 25), “Petit Panda” (June 28).
‘Bosch’ Season 7
The final season of this long-running police procedural adapts pieces of two novels from the author Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series: “The Concrete Blonde” and “The Burning Room.” Titus Welliver returns as Bosch, a thoughtful and iconoclastic Los Angeles homicide detective who understands but often despises the complicated politics of his job and his city. True to Connelly’s books, TV’s “Bosch” is a deft mix of smart mysteries and intricate character studies, using terrible crimes as a narrative hook for larger stories about life in L.A.
Also arriving: “Dom” (June 4), “The Family Man” (June 4), “Timewasters” (June 11), “September Mornings” (June 25).