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31 Of The Best Prime Video Australia Shows And Movies To Watch (July 2024)

By Renée Ardon-Coppinger

You've got a little free time this weekend for once? Perfect, because boy is Prime Video cranking out some bangers at the moment. From raunchy new films to gut-wrenching docos, there's a ton of great content we're loving this month. The best part, Prime offer 30-day-free trials, so that you can snoop their collection without spending a cent.

So, what am I excited about this month as U:L's entertainment editor?

  • The Boys (Season 4): I am absolutely not a superhero-loving, Marvel-watching gal but boy oh boy (no pun intended) am I hooked on this series. It seems a lot of us are late to the party with season 4 being released, but I'm starting from the very beginning with a few very late nights staying up for just 'one more episode'. It's dark and funny and gorey and shocking all at the same time.
  • I Am: Celine Dion: I'm obsessed with a ballad so peeking behind the curtain into Dion's long-held secrets around her devastating neurological disorder and her endless tenacity to get back on stage is absolutely my jam. You know that when even the trailer gives you massive goosebumps, that you're in for a ride. I'll be listening to her back catalogue on repeat until then.
  • The Boys In The Boat: Dropping on 28 May, this film seems to have slipped under the radar a little after its December 2023 release, but is packed with huge Hollywood names and directed by the king of cool himself, George Clooney. Based on a totally inspiring true story of the 1936 University of Washington Rowing Team in their feat to take out gold in the Berlin Summer Olympics, this one's at the top of my list.

Here's all the best Prime Video shows and movies to stream in Australia this month that our team has been loving.

The Idea Of You

Movie

You've seen snippets across your socials, but Anne Hathaway's newbie The Idea of You has officially just dropped on Prime and we are HERE for it. Sure, there may be no Oscar nominations coming its way, but this steamy love affair between 42-year-old single mum Solène and 24-year-old August Moon lead singer Hayes will undoubtably keep you warm as the temps drop. Spicy, gooey and delicious, this is perhaps one to get the girls over for.

The Test (Season Three)

Series

While we'll openly admit we're not the world's biggest cricket fans, this docuseries (now in its third season) has had us hooked every ep. Stepping into the Australian cricket team's hottest rivalries and following them around the globe, you'll have no choice to fall utterly in love with these loveable young larrikins desperate to reach great heights and bring pride to their country. Sports freak or not, make sure to give this one a go when it drops on May 24.

Maxton Hall

Movie

Based on the best-selling novel Save Me by Mona Kasten, romantic international drama Maxton Hall follows Ruby as she unwittingly witnesses and explosive secret in her high-flying circles. The fall out? She's left to deal with a pompous millionaire James, who *surprise suprise* she ends up risking everything for. Jam-packed with chemistry and tension, there's a lot of hype around this new flick.

Road House

Movie

 
Get ready for a sun-soaked, adrenaline-fueled thrill ride as Road House revs up on Prime this month. Hottie Jake Gyllenhaal channels ex-UFC power as Dalton, the bouncer of a Florida Keys roadhouse, uncovering a world of danger beneath the paradise facade. With every punch and twist, this fresh take on the 80s cult classic keeps you on the edge of your seat, delivering a wild adventure that'll have you cheering for more. 

Mr. And Mrs. Smith

Series

Childish Gambino front man Donald Glover is back on your screens with a heart-stopping new adaptation of Mr. & Mrs. Smith. This modernised take on Brangelina's 2005 film unpacks the lives of married spies John and Jane Smith uncovering the lies, deception and sexy secrets that hide below the surface. Completely captivating and utterly hot, this new release is worth a weekend of bingeing for sure.

Ricky Stanicky

Movie

Zac Efron fronts up this new Amazon original release Ricky Stanicky, perfect for a mid-week giggle. When a harmless childhood prank spirals out of control, three lifelong pals conjure up the mythical figure of Ricky Stanicky to cover their tracks. Fast forward twenty years, and they're still relying on their imaginary friend to excuse their mischief. But when their families start questioning Ricky's existence, these mischievous mates hatch a hilariously harebrained plan—they'll enlist the help of a washed-up actor and celebrity impersonator to give life to the legendary Ricky Stanicky.

Beacon 23

Series

 
Get set for a thrilling cosmic adventure in Beacon 23. Lena Headey shines as Aster alongside the charismatic Stephan James as Halan, as they're lured to the mysterious Beacon 23 and plunged into a whirlwind of danger. But when The Artifact emerges, their journey takes a mesmerizing turn as they uncover its secrets, forging an unbreakable bond along the way. Just when things couldn't get more intense, they must confront a sinister AI threat, armed with newfound courage and camaraderie.

Expats

Series

Set against the complex tapestry of Hong Kong residents, this new release Expats follows the lives of a diverse group of women after a single startling encounter sets off a chain of life-altering events that leave everyone delicately balancing blame and accountability. Led by our Aussie screen-queen Nicole Kidman, this new drama is worth a watch.

Davey & Jonesie's Locker

Series

Looking for something a little quirky? Season 1 of Davey & Jonesie's Locker is a concoction of science fiction and comedy following two lovably eccentric best friends trying to survive their high school existence. After ruining the school dance with one of their signature protests, the girls run from the threat of being seperated by their principal, and of course, drama and hilarity ensues. An easy watch the have on in the background, we love some light-hearted entertainment on our screens.

Saltburn

Movie

If there's a movie that will really set you on a wanderlust spiral, it's Emerald Fennell's Saltburn, starring Jacob Elordi and Barry Keoghan. In what can be likened to a glorious mash-up between The Talented Mr Ripley and Call Me By Your Name, this dark and delicious sexual thriller tales the summer of a working class student who gets to spend an extortionate summer with one of his (very, very rich) classmates.

Fallout

Series

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Based on one of the greatest video game series of all time, Fallout is the story taking place 200 years post-apocalypse. You be familiar with some of the cast which includes Ella Purnell (Yellowjackets), Walton Goggins (The Hateful Eight) and Aaron Moten (Emancipation). More details are yet to come on this one but we do know Fallout is slated to premier April 12, 2024.

The Narrow Road To The Deep North

Series

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In big, big news—Prime Video, Curio Pictures, and Screen Australia have announced the start of production, on the new Australian Original series The Narrow Road To The Deep North, which is based on Richard Flanagan’s Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. If you haven't already caught onto this one on #BookTok, the five-part drama is set against the backdrop of World War II, telling the mega love story of Lieutenant Dorrigo Evans, and how his all-too-brief love affair with Amy Mulvaney shaped his life. 

Taking place over multiple time periods, the series darts back and forth from Evans’ childhood to his experience as a prisoner-of-war on the Thailand-Burma Railway as a young man, and later in life, as a respected surgeon and Australian war hero. If this is already sounding like something you could binge in a weekend, hang tight because it's also locked to star Jacob Elordi (Euphoria, Saltburn, Priscilla), Ciarán Hinds (Belfast), Odessa Young (Mothering Sunday, Shirley), Olivia DeJonge (Elvis), Heather Mitchell (Love Me, Upright), Thomas Weatherall (Heartbreak High), Show Kasamatsu, and Simon Baker (Breath).

Surf Girls Hawaii

Docuseries

Surf Girls Hawai’i follows the next generation of Native Hawaiian surfers as they compete to earn a coveted spot on the professional surfing World Tour. This four-part docuseries offers behind the scenes access to five of the sport’s most exciting young stars—Moana Jones Wong, Ewe Wong, Maluhia Kinimaka, Pua DeSoto, and Brianna Cope—as they train, navigate family responsibilities, and compete against the highest-ranking surfers in the world to get to the top of the podium. 

Dead Ringers

Series

A modern take on David Cronenberg’s 1988 thriller starring Jeremy Irons, Dead Ringers features Rachel Weisz playing the double-lead roles of Elliot and Beverly Mantle, twins who share everything: drugs, lovers, and an unapologetic desire to do whatever it takes—including pushing the boundaries on medical ethics—in an effort to challenge practices and bring women’s healthcare to the forefront. If you loved The Handmaid's Tale, you'll probably love this series.

Daisy Jones & The Six

Series

Based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid, Daisy Jones & The Six is a limited musical-drama series detailing the rise and fall of a renowned rock band. In 1977, Daisy Jones & The Six were on top of the world. Fronted by two charismatic lead singers—Daisy Jones (Riley Keough) and Billy Dunne (Sam Claflin)—the band had risen from obscurity to fame. And then, after a sold-out show at Chicago's Soldier Field, they called it quits. Now, decades later, the band members finally agree to reveal the truth. 

Swarm

Series

From Donald Glover and Janine Nabers, Swarm is all about a young woman's obsession with a pop star that turns unbelievably dark. 

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Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power

Series

We mean…is there really any other series to watch this month other than this one?  Set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, this epic drama will take you back to an era where great powers were forged and kingdoms rose to glory and fell to ruin, unlikely heroes (both familiar and new) were tested and the greatest villain that ever flowed from Tolkien’s pen threatened to cover all the world in darkness. 

A League Of Their Own

Series

Big news, the famous baseball film A League of Their Own, is being turned into a TV show and it's set to land on Amazon Prime Video. If you've already watched the 90s film starring Gina Davies, Tom Hanks, Madonna and Rosie O'Donnell, then you know the team at Amazon and Sony Studio's is onto a good thing.

The new eight-episode series will not only re-tell the story of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (which started during during World War II to maintain baseball interest across America while the majority of men served) but it will also take a deeper look at race and sexuality, something the OG glazed over. 

Paper Girls

Series

In what’s looking more and more like a mash-up between 90s coming-of-age film Now And Then and Stranger Things, Paper Girls is easily up there on our watch list this month. In the early morning after Halloween in 1988, four paper girls are out on their delivery route when they become caught in the crossfire between warring time-travellers, changing the course of their lives forever. 

The Summer I Turned Pretty

The Summer I Turned Pretty is a multigenerational drama that hinges on a love triangle between one girl and two brothers (big yikes). As a coming-of-age story about first love, first heartbreak, and the magic of that one perfect summer, you’ll want to pop this one high on your watchlist. 

Conversations With Friends

Series

Conversations With Friends follows Frances (Alison Oliver), a 21 year old college student, as she navigates a series of relationships that force her to confront her own vulnerabilities for the first time. Frances is observant, cerebral and sharp. Her ex-girlfriend, now best friend, Bobbi (Sasha Lane) is self-assured, outspoken and compelling. Though they broke up three years ago, Frances and Bobbi are virtually inseparable and perform spoken word poetry together in Dublin.

It’s at one of their shows that they meet Melissa (the legend that is Jemima Kirke), an older writer, who is fascinated by the pair. Bobbi and Frances start to spend time with Melissa and her husband, Nick (Joe Alwyn), a handsome but reserved actor. While Melissa and Bobbi flirt with each other openly, Nick and Frances embark on an intense, secret affair that is surprising to them both. Soon the affair begins to test the bond between Frances and Bobbi, forcing Frances to reconsider her sense of self, and the friendship she holds so dear. Huge, we know. Make sure you’ve read the book before you feast your eyes on this show. 

​​Outer Range

Series

Outer Range centres on Royal Abbott, a rancher fighting for his land and family, who discovers a mega mystery at the edge of Wyoming's wilderness. A thrilling Western family saga with hints of wry humour and supernatural mystery, Outer Range is an epic watch. At the start of the series, the Abbotts are coping with the disappearance of daughter-in-law Rebecca.

They are pushed further to the brink when the Tillersons (the owners of the neighbouring profit-driven ranch) make a play for their land. An untimely death in the community sets also sets off a chain of tension-filled events so, like you can imagine, this show is filled with all the action. 

A Very British Scandal 

Series

Written by the legendary Sarah Phelps (The Pale Horse; Dublin Murders), A Very British Scandal focuses on the divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll, one of the most notorious and brutal legal cases of the 20th Century. Famed for her charisma, beauty and style, Margaret, Duchess of Argyll, dominated the front pages as a divorce featuring accusations of forgery, theft, violence, drug-taking, secret recording, bribery and a deadly polaroid picture all played out in the white-hot glare of the 1960s media. 

Nine Perfect Strangers

Series

Based on the bestselling book from Australian author Liane Moriarty (who also penned Big Little Lies), Nine Perfect Strangers follows the drama at a boutique health-and-wellness resort, where nine stressed city dwellers try to get on a path to a better way of living. Watching over them during the ten-day retreat is the resort’s director Masha (Nicole Kidman), a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.

However, these nine strangers have no idea what is about to hit them. Aside from an epic storyline, the series also boasts an all-star cast including Luke Evans, Bobby Cannavale, Regina Hall and Michael Shannon.

The Pursuit Of Love

Series

An adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s celebrated novel and set in Europe between the two World Wars, The Pursuit Of Love follows the adventures and misadventures of the charismatic and fearless Linda Radlett (Lily James) and her best friend and cousin Fanny Logan. Consumed by a desire for love and marriage, the two women are on the hunt for the ideal husband. Their friendship is put to the test as Fanny settles for a steady life and Linda decides to follow her heart, to increasingly wild and outrageous places. 

Them

Series

From breakout creator Little Marvin, the ten-episode Amazon Original series is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. Set in the 1950s, Them centres on a Black family who moves from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighbourhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family's idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next-door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them. It boasts an uber talented cast including Deborah Ayorinde, Shahadi Wright Joseph and Ryan Kwanten.

Homecoming

Series

There are two glorious seasons of Homecoming to binge your way through so sit yourself down, kick your feet up and get comfy. This guy is basically set around a “homecoming transition facility” to help soldiers who have returned from war get back to everyday life. It falls into the “psychological thriller” side of TV and each season so far has been a gripping on-screen journey filled with much tension so don’t expect this one to be a cruisey watch. Season one starred Julia Roberts and season two stars Janelle Monae and if that’s not enough of an incentive to binge this bad boy, we don’t know what is.

Fleabag

Series

Name a show when you’ve both laughed hysterically and ugly-cried in the same episode? A workout for your heart and soul, everyone can’t stop harking on about Phoebe Waller-Bridge and the things that are birthed from her wonderful brain. Tackling being a 20-something year old and screwing it up is all too familiar, but Fleabag brings a sense of relief in the knowledge that everything will turn out OK. A pervy, angry, dry-witted, grief-riddled and unfiltered woman is trying to heal whilst taking everything that life and London can throw at her. 

The Marvellous Mrs. Maisel 

Series

The perfect 1950s housewife, native New Yorker Midge Maisel is living the American dream. Brash, bold, witty and cheeky, Midge could be using these qualities for something bigger, yet she's completely loyal to her husband who moonlights as a stand up comic—with questionable material.

Her perfect life is suddenly derailed in a night, and a drunk, unhinged Midge gets on stage and delivers a hilarious set about her predicament. With the show in real life taking home Emmys and Golden Globes, Midge’s own comedy career is about to hit the big time. 

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