Internet TV services start stacking up Aussie content
Stan and Presto both have local shows to watch now, but Netflix remains a no-show.
2015 has been the year we’ve seen streaming TV services really explode, pushed heavily along by the official local launch of Netflix in Australia back on 24 March. There is now a wide variety of film and TV content available for your viewing pleasure, all generally priced around the $10/month price point.
What we haven’t been awash with to date is a whole lot of locally produced brand new content, although it’s been known that new Australian programs have been in production for some time now.
But I want something locally produced to watch right now!
Want something to watch right now with a distinctly Aussie flavour?
You’ve currently got two choices across two competing streaming services. Stan was first out of the gate with No Activity, a laconic and exceptionally crude improvised comedy series that investigates what happens when police stakeouts have nothing happening at all. The show was originally set to debut in November, but instead was released as a complete six-part series on 22 October.
No Activity features a highly recognisable cast of Australian actors, including Patrick Brammall (Upper Middle Bogan), Darren Gilshenan (The Moodys), Dan Wyllie (Puberty Blues), David Field (A Moody Christmas), Harriet Dyer (Love Child) and Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc.). It also boasts guest appearances from Australian musical comedy legend Tim Minchin and Jake Johnson (New Girl).
Over on Presto, short form pregnancy drama series Let’s Talk About has debuted today.
The ten part series only runs from three to six minutes per episode, so there's not a whole lot to watch if you want to catch the entire series.
Let’s Talk About was produced by and stars Matilda Brown and Richard Davies in lead roles, supported by Lisa Hensley (Brides of Christ, Dating the Enemy) Bryan Brown (Cocktail, Australia, Two Hands, also, yes, the lead’s father), Steve Le Marquand (Rake, Underbelly) and Bruce Spence (Legend of the Seeker, Cloudstreet).
Both Stan and Presto have upcoming shows, with a six part series based on Wolf Creek now in production for Stan to air at an unspecified date, and a Home & Away special set to air in December.
Notably absent still from the local production schedule is Netflix. It has concentrated more on its own home-grown US development schedule, with the latest in its series of Marvel superhero inspired series, Jessica Jones, due to arrive on the service on 20 November.