This week in streaming: It’s a biopic bonanza

Matt Sayer 20 May 2019 NEWS

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History doesn't have to be boring thanks to this week's dramatised renditions of real-life origin stories.

Want to know what it felt like to be the first person to set foot on extra-terrestrial soil? Or how a shy teenager turned his anti-social attitude into a force that would change the music world forever? Or maybe you're curious how Tupac became such a powerful figure within the 90s rap scene?

You'll find answers to all three of those questions in the raft of new releases hitting Aussie streaming services this week.

That's not all, though. Folks who prefer a little more fantasy in their fiction can see how four ragtag teenagers fight off an alien invasion in Netflix's Rim of the World, while those looking for a laugh will want to check out the dark comedy series Corporate which kicks off this week on Stan.

You'll find our top picks of this week's new releases below. Click or tap the streaming icons to jump ahead to your streaming platform of choice.

For a complete schedule of upcoming programming, check out our list of everything coming to Aussie streaming services in May 2019.


netflix

Monday 20 May

Prince of Peoria part two

Genre
Comedy, Family
Runtime
25min episodes
IMDb
5.5

Netflix synopsis

While Teddy works toward finishing his application for MIT's summer robotics program, Emil tries to squeeze even more fun out of his time in Peoria.


Wednesday 22 May

A Tale of Two Kitchens Season 1

Genre
Documentary
Runtime
29min episodes
IMDb
N/A

Netflix synopsis

Two countries, two restaurants, one vision. At Gabriela Cámara's acclaimed Contramar in Mexico City, the welcoming, uniformed waiters are as beloved by diners as the menu featuring fresh, local seafood caught within 24 hours. Meanwhile at Cala in San Francisco, Cámara hires staff from different backgrounds and cultures, including ex-felons and ex-addicts, who view the work as an important opportunity to grow as individuals.


Friday 24 May

She's Gotta Have It Season 2

Genre
Comedy
Runtime
30min episodes
IMDb
6.7

Netflix synopsis

Romantic turmoil, artistic challenges and an eye-opening trip to Puerto Rico set Nola Darling on a new course.


WHAT/IF Season 1

Genre
Thriller
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
N/A

Netflix synopsis

A raw, voyeuristic examination of acceptable people doing unacceptable things. A conflict-driven series of high-stakes morality, the first season focuses on two struggling newlyweds who accept a powerful woman's ethically perilous proposition to secure a badly needed financial windfall.


Rim of the World

Genre
Action, Adventure
Runtime
1hr 38mins
IMDb
N/A

Netflix synopsis

Four misfit campers must band together and conquer their fears in order to save the world during an alien invasion.


The Perfection

Genre
Drama, Thriller
Runtime
1hr 30mins
IMDb
6.6

Netflix synopsis

A troubled musical prodigy (Allison Williams) seeks out the new star pupil (Logan Browning) of her former school with shocking consequences in this elegant and terrifying suspense ride.


stan

Monday 20 May

All Eyez on Me

Genre
Biography, Drama
Runtime
2hrs 19mins
IMDb
5.8

IMDb synopsis

Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world's most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25.


Wednesday 22 May

Logan Lucky

Genre
Comedy, Crime
Runtime
1hr 58mins
IMDb
7.0

IMDb synopsis

When Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) gets fired, he convinces his brother Clyde (Adam Driver) and sister Mellie (Riley Keough) to help him rob the Charlotte Motor Speedway during a NASCAR Race. But they will need the help of Joe Bang (Daniel Craig), a convicted safe-cracker who is currently doing time. All they have to do is break Joe out, blow the racetrack vault, get away with the cash, return Joe to prison, and get Jimmy to his daughter's beauty pageant on time. What could possibly go wrong?


Thursday 23 May

Vida Season 2 premiere

Genre
Drama
Runtime
35min episodes
IMDb
6.9

IMDb synopsis

This show follows the life of two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn't be more different or distanced from each other. Circumstances force them to return to their old neighbourhood, where they are confronted by the past and the shocking truth about their mother's identity.


Friday 24 May

Corporate Season 1

Genre
Comedy
Runtime
30min episodes
IMDb
7.5

IMDb synopsis

A dark, edgy look at life as a Junior-Executive-in-Training at your average, soulless multi-national corporation.


foxtel-on-demand

Monday 20 May

The Con Is On

Genre
Comedy
Runtime
1hr 30mins
IMDb
4.6

IMDb synopsis
To avoid paying off a massive gambling debt to a notorious mobster in England, a couple flees to Los Angeles and hatches a jewel theft plot.

Thursday 23 May

Children of the Snow premiere

Genre
Documentary
Runtime
Four episode mini-series
IMDb
8.0
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IMDb synopsis
Children of the Snow explores the unsolved and baffling kidnapping, captivity and murder of four young people in the suburbs of Detroit 40 years ago. The case, dubbed the Oakland County Child Killer, sparked the biggest manhunt in US history, ushering in the wave of fear we came to know as "stranger danger".

Friday 24 May

First Man

Genre
Biography, Drama
Runtime
2hrs 21mins
IMDb
7.4

IMDb synopsis
A look at the life of the astronaut Neil Armstrong and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.


hayu

No notable new releases coming to hayu this week.

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sbs-on-demand

Tuesday 21 May

Sex Tape Belgium Season 1

Genre
Documentary
Runtime
N/A
IMDb
N/A
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SBS On Demand synopsis

Three couples with sex and relationship issues film their most intimate moments, sharing their sex tapes as they seek to relight the fire with input from a relationship therapist.

Wednesday 22 May

England Is Mine

Genre
Biography, Drama
Runtime
1hr 34mins
IMDb
5.9

IMDb synopsis

A portrait of Morrissey and his early life in 1970s Manchester before he went on to become the lead singer of seminal alternative rock band The Smiths.

Thursday 23 May

Chimerica Season 1 premiere

Genre
Drama
Runtime
47min episodes
IMDb
6.4

IMDb synopsis

A photojournalist travels to China with the hopes of finding out who the mysterious man photographed standing defiantly in front of a tank in Tiananmen Square twenty years ago was.

8 Days Season 1

Genre
Drama
Runtime
Eight episode mini-series
IMDb
6.6

IMDb synopsis

An enormous meteor is on collision course with Earth. The anticipated strike zone is right in the middle of Europe. Estimated survival rate: Zero. The United States tries to knock the meteor off course with nuclear weapons, but fails, leaving all of Europe on the run.


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