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September streaming guide: Aussie dramas, docos and comedies

Delta's movie, <i>Love Is In The Air</i> joins <i>One Night</i> as this month's hottest streaming originals.

Delta's movie, Love Is In The Air joins One Night as this month's hottest streaming originals. Photo: Netflix

As the major streaming services battle it out for audience share this year, the number of homegrown drama and documentary series continues to grow.

Prime Video enjoyed global success with Deadloch – which received a 100 per cent score from Rotten Tomatoes – and brought in Hollywood legend Sigourney Weaver for The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart, while Disney+ released their first original scripted series with The Clearing.

Stan has announced it’s ramping up investment in Australian storytelling, commissioning three new drama series including a road series and a mystery-thriller set on the New South Wales south coast.

Kicking off September, it is Paramount+ who is next in line with its Australian original series, One Night, a six-part, character-driven mystery thriller about three women set in Sydney and in the Illawarra region in New South Wales.

The series stars Australian actresses Nicole da Silva (Doctor Doctor, Wentworth), Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black) and UK actress Jodie Whittaker (Dr Who, Broadchurch).

Created and written by Emily Ballou (The Slap, Taboo) and directed by Catherine Millar (The Twelve, The Secrets She Keeps) and Lisa Matthews (Doctor Doctor, The PM’s Daughter), One Night is the story of these women whose bond was all but destroyed by the traumatic events 20 years ago that happened during one night.

Da Silva’s character, Simone, at the age of 40, has finally written the one story she could never get out of her mind, and her debut manuscript has become an unexpected overnight success.

But it soon becomes apparent that the devastating story the book tells doesn’t exclusively belong to her. At the heart of the novel is a tragedy which also happened to Tess (Whittaker) and Hat (Stone), her two childhood best friends.

As it becomes harder to prise fact from fiction, one person’s memory and story from another’s, the book threatens to derail all their friendships, bringing old traumas to the surface of the small coastal community where they grew up, and stirring its perpetrators, who want to make it all go away.

The Wheel of Time: Prime Video, September 1

Returning for a second series, The Wheel of Time is based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling novels which make up one of the most popular and enduring fantasy book series of all time, with over 90 million copies sold.

Starring Rosamund Pike, who returns as Moiraine Damodred and her Warder, Lan Mandragoran (Daniel Henney), the second season was filmed in the Czech Republic, Morocco, and Italy.

They’re not giving too much away, except to say new and old threats seek out the young group of friends who are now scattered all over the world.

The Little Mermaid: Disney, September 6

Much was made of The Little Mermaid for its theatrical launch earlier this year, now filmmaker Rob Marshall’s live-action re-imagining of Disney’s beloved animated musical classic, the story of Ariel, is getting its run.

The Lovers: Binge, September 7

Set in Belfast, this drama series is described as a sexy, funny love story about two people who seem to be utterly wrong for each other.

Starring Johnny Flynn (Beast, Emma) and Roisin Gallagher (The Fall, The Dry), the story follows Janet (Gallagher), a bad-tempered, hilarious, Belfast supermarket worker who doesn’t seem to care about anything.

When Seamus, a handsome, political broadcaster with a perfect London life unexpectedly drops into Janet’s world (literally over the wall and into her backyard) they instantly clash – and yet also find themselves inextricably drawn to each other.

On The Line: The Richard Williams Story: Paramount+, September 8

Putting aside Will Smith’s portrayal of Richard Williams in his controversial Oscar-winning performance in King Richard, this documentary about the father of tennis grand slam champions Venus and Serena retraces his family’s meteoric journey in his own words.

Featuring never-before-seen archive material and new, in-depth intimate interviews, the film tells the story of one man’s fight against racism, suppression and violence to raise two of the greatest tennis champions in history.

Star Trek Day Celebration: Paramount+, September 8

For all the billions of Star Trek fans out there, put aside this date for the fourth annual day of celebration since the iconic show debuted in 1966.

Fifty-seven years later, the streamer gives a nod to the franchise’s enduring legacy by providing fans with memorable ways to enjoy and celebrate all things Star Trek.

The Way Home: Binge, September 11

The drama series The Way Home, starring Andie MacDowell (Maid), Chyler Leigh (Supergirl) and Sadie Laflamme-Snow (The Apprentice), tells the story of three generations of women – Kat Landry (Leigh), her teen Alice (Laflamme-Snow) and Kat’s mother Del (MacDowell) – who are all strong, wilful and independent.

Welcome to Wrexham: Season 2: Disney+, September 13

By now, everyone who loves a feel-good story (and Ted Lasso) will have watched Rob McElhenney (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia) and Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool) on their journey to buy the Wrexham Football Club.

They put the team, and the entire working-class town in North Wales on the map after joining forces to buy the fifth tier Red Dragons in the hopes of turning the club into an underdog story the whole world could root for.

Season two continues to track the club as they fight for promotion out of the National League and return to the English Football League.

The Other Black Girl: Disney+, September 13

A good premiere from Disney with the story of Nella, an editorial assistant, who is tired of being the only black girl at her company.

She’s excited when Hazel is hired. But as Hazel’s star begins to rise, Nella spirals out and discovers something sinister is going on at the company.

Jennifer Anniston in Morning Wars. Photo: Apple TV+

Morning Wars: Apple TV+, September 13

We all remember how season two ended (no spoiler alerts) and how Jennifer Anniston and Reese Witherspoon navigated everything from COVID to having executives admit their unrequited love.

The star-studded, season three ensemble cast is led by Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Nestor Carbonell, Karen Pittman, Greta Lee, Jon Hamm, Nicole Beharie and Julianna Margulies.

Wilderness: Prime Video, September 15

Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do (Taylor’s Version) has been revealed as the song of the opening titles for UK original thriller series Wilderness.

The re-recorded track from Reputation makes its global debut in the series teaser.

The Gold: Paramount+, September 14

Luckily all episodes are dropping at once, so you won’t have to wait seven days to see what happens after six armed men broke into the Brink’s Mat security depot near Heathrow Airport in 1983.

Based on real-life events, the group stumbled across tens of millions of dollars worth of gold bullion, and according to detectives, what started as a typical Old Kent Road armed robbery “became a seminal event in British criminal history”.

Supermodels doco. Photo: Apple TV+

The Super Models: Apple TV+, September 20

This is a four-part series spotlighting the careers of Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista and Christy Turlington, and promises to give viewers unprecedented access to the models.

Behind the camera and beyond the catwalk, the docu-series reveals how they dominated the elite modeling world back to the 1980s.

Today, the four supermodels remain on the frontline of culture through activism, philanthropy and business prowess, according to Apple.

Far North: Paramount+, September 22

When a Tongan-Australian gang does a deal with one of the
biggest drug cartels in the world for half a ton of meth to be
smuggled to New Zealand shores, a $500 million fortune awaits
them.

All they have to do is pick up the drugs.

Their incompetence leads to a series of blunders, invading a small
beachfront town and attracting unwanted attention while waiting
for the Chinese smugglers.

Mel Gibson as Cormac. Photo: Prime Video

The Continental: From the World of John Wick: Prime Video, September 22

Is that Mel Gibson?

You bet it is. He’s starring in the three-part prequel to the blockbuster action franchise,  John Wick, which explores the origin behind the iconic hotel-for-assassins centrepiece of the John Wick universe through the eyes and actions of a young Winston Scott.

Sadly, Keanu Reeves isn’t in it but we get to see how the villains and good guys got started in their warring, and how it ended up at that hotel called The Continental.

Ben O’Toole with Matthew Fox and Lincoln Younes, Alex England and Kick Gurry.

C*A*U*G*H*T: Stan, September 28

Created by Kick Gurry (Edge of Tomorrow) and starring an all-star cast including Academy Award winner Sean Penn (Gaslit) and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Fox (Lost), this original is not to be missed.

“After the Australian Minister of Defence texts a ‘secret file’ to the Princess of Behati-Prinsloo, a small island nation, he sends four Australian soldiers into the war-town country on a secret mission to retrieve the file,” the synopsis reads.

“Mistaken for Americans, they are captured by freedom fighters and produce a hostage video that goes viral. When the soldiers reach celebrity status on social media, they realise that being caught might just be the best thing that could’ve happened to them.”

Adam Hills: Grow Another Foot: Paramount+, September 29

Comedian Adam Hills fulfils a lifelong dream to play rugby at
an international level. But should he represent Australia or
England at the Physical Disability Rugby League World Cup?

This documentary follows his journey to the World Cup, taking in fundraising struggles, a badly timed bout of food poisoning, and finally a degree of redemption.

Love is in the Air: Netflix, September 28

Delta Goodrem is back on the big screen, and in a movie!

Now that’s one to look forward to.

Story goes that she’s plays a fiercely independent pilot fighting to keep her family business afloat who starts to fall for the man sent from London to ground the business forever.

Flora and Son: Apple TV+, September 29

A 2023 Sundance Film Festival selection, Flora and Son is about a mother who is at a loss about what to do with her rebellious teenage son.

Encouraged by the police to find Max a hobby, Flora tries to occupy him with a beat-up acoustic guitar. With the help of a washed-up LA musician (Gordon-Levitt), Flora and Max discover the transformative power of music.

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