Never mind that the new Bond and Marvel movies have been pushed into next year, your November entertainment options are still adequate.
Here are the highlights of new TV shows and movies coming to a streaming platform near you (ie your house), while the full listings are below.
The Crown (Netflix, November 15): The jewel in November’s streaming crown, so to speak, the fourth season returns this month with the event that everyone has been waiting for – the wedding and disintegration of Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the eventually. Slick production values, incredible costumes and Gillian Anderson will wear Margaret Thatcher’s iconic coiffure.
Uncle Frank (Amazon Prime, November 25): By creator Six Foot Dan a True Blood Alan Ball, Uncle Frank is a film set in the 1970s about a close-knit gay man forced to confront his family, and his niece who cannot identify with anyone else in their extended brood other than him. It stars Paul Bettany, Sophia Lillis, Judy Greer, Steve Zahn and Margo Martindale.
Its Dark Materials S2 (Binge / Foxtel Now *, November 17): Among HBO’s slate of ambitious, expensive productions is a catchy fantasy epic Its Dark Materials, adapted from Philip Pullman’s book series. With multiple dimensions, human souls being exposed within animal companions and a journey to find a lost friend, it’s a series that stars LoganDafne Keen alongside Ruth Wilson and James McAvoy. Returning for the second term this month.
I’m Greta (DocPlay, November 14): She may be the devil incarnate into some more climate-denying elements of the political establishment but there’s no denying the impact this Swedish teen has had on her peers worldwide. This documentary portrays hurricane Greta Thunberg two years from no one to a global crusader, and can even inspire you in the process.
We Are Who We Are S1 (SBS On Demand, November 3): Call Me By Your Name director Luca Guadagnino dives into television with these fun and upbeat miniseries about young people growing up in an American military base in Italy. It’s a story of discovery, identity and acceptance, with Chloe Sevigny, Kid Cudi, Jack Dylan Grazer and newcomer Jordan Kristine Seamon.
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Betty S1 (Binge / Foxtel Now, November 6): More of a mood piece than a narrative story, this six-part series explores the world of young female skateboarders in New York. The actors play fictionalized versions of themselves after being met by a filmmaker Crystal Moselle on a train in Brooklyn. Betty showcasing a different aspect of New York, one you can’t see from the Empire State Building.
7 Up to 63 Oct (SBS On Demand, November 1): In 1964, a documentary crew of 14 seven-year-olds, capturing the different socio-economic lives of British families, and has been looking back with them every seven years, followed a revealing look at how their start in life has gone to shape the adults they came from, even as they move around the world. It is an intriguing anthropological portrait and all the films (most recently made in 2019) are now available for streaming.
Inside Pixar (Disney +, November 13): These docuseries will explore the hallowed halls of one of the most successful and imaginative animation studios in the world, Pixar. It will showcase the artists behind some beloved stories, providing insight into the culture that drives films like Toy story, Cocoa, WALL-E a Monsters Inc.. Compulsory viewing for Pixar fanatics.
Sequin in a Blue Room (Amazon Prime, November 27): The queer story of visceral and emotionally charged coming of age, this Australian film had a successful festival held before a limited theatrical release. Its first streaming appearance means a wider audience will be able to experience its story of a 16-year-old trying to trace a mysterious hook through an unknown app world.
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Spread the Word (Disney +, November 6): A partnership between Disney, Media Farm and First Languages Australia, Spread the Word is a short form series diving into the 300 indigenous languages around Australia. He reveals that there are words in the various languages that have no correlation in English, and they evoke something different about this magnificent country.
Correction S1-4 (Stan, November 27): One of the most underrated shows in recent years, this wicked and poignant drama follows a man returning to his small town after serving for many years in death row for the rape and murder of his girlfriend a teenager at the time. Although his sentence has been overturned, many townspeople still hold on to old grievances. Stars Aden Young and Abigail Spencer.
Big Donna ‘Anti Donna Fun House (Netflix, November 11): This is a six part Australian comedy series by local sketch group Aunty Donna. Produced by Ed Helms and starring Aunty Donna’s screen trio of Mark Bonanno, Broden Kelly and Zachary Ruane, the trailer suggested a lot of surreal gags and shenanigans. Guest stars include Helms, Kristen Schaal and Weird Al Yankovic.
The S1 Package (Amazon Prime, November 25): The Pack is the show you didn’t know you needed until you started watching it, even though the concept sounds so dumb. It is essentially The Amazing Race but with dogs, as canines and their human companions compete in challenges around the world to win $ 500,000. Only the production’s wildly expensive budget surpasses the beloved critics.
The Flight Attendant (Binge / Foxtel Now, November 26): Based on the 2018 thriller, this TV adaptation is produced by, and stars in, Kaley Cuoco. She plays a flight attendant who wakes up next to a dead body in Bangkok with no recollection of how it could have happened. She leaves the body and boardes her flight home to New York but there’s no leaving this mystery. For fans The Sinner.
London Gangs S1 (Stan, Nov. 6): The pledge is in the title – this is a gangster story set in London. Centered on the Wallaces, the action begins when the patriarch is assassinated, and the free coalition of protesters is shattered by a vengeful son who wants blood in revenge. The violence is extensive, the men are mean and the sailing is fast.
Australia addicts S1 (SBS On Demand, November 10): Docuseries pursuing 10 Australians and their families through a six-month addiction program as they face their substance abuse. It promises to be a close-up and in-depth look at the process in an effort to tackle stigma and stereotypes, while encouraging one in 20 Australians to go through something similar to seek help.
Moonbase 8 S1 (Stan, Nov. 8): There have been a lot of space shows lately (Space Force, Away) so here’s another one. This comedy stars Fred Armisen, Tim Heidecker and John C. Reilly as a group of NASA astronauts trying to prove themselves worthy of a real mission during a simulation. It looks silly and loose, so expect gags like tongues to take recycled drinking water from a weekend.
The elegy of Hillbilly (Netflix, November 24): The elegy of Hillbilly Oscar has written all along thanks to his heavyweight cast Glenn Close and Amy Adams. Set in the Appalachian Mountains in the US, it is said to be an exploration of what the American Dream means to three generations of the same family.
Vox Lux (SBS On Demand, November 11): A reminder of the sometimes terrifying and sometimes brilliant machine of fame but always confronted with the story of a fictional international pop star whose career was forged in the ashes of a national tragedy. It stars Natalie Portman, Jude Law and Raffey Cassidy.
Marvel’s 616 (Disney +, November 20): It’s definitely a huge marketing exercise but these eight-part docuseries exploring the world of Marvel comics, its creators and fandom will catnip those who love it. It will explore lesser-known characters, how other cultures interact with the series and has brought in a series of stars to direct and direct the episodes including Gillian Jacobs, Paul Scheer and Alison Brie.
Saved by the bell (Stan, November 26): It’s not a reboot but a direct sequel to the beloved series for young people that premiered in 1989 (which, uh, doesn’t hold up that great on re-watching so maybe it’s better leave it alone?). Much of the original cast is back and Zack Morris is now Governor of California (yes, Okay) and the story follows a new generation of students at Bayside High where AM is now a physical teacher.
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