Streaming services are in abundance right now, and while there’s nothing wrong with getting that blockbuster fix from the big two in Australia, there are plenty of other alternatives that will quench your viewing habits and then some. And let’s be honest, there’ll likely be time to rewatch yesteryear's favourites while checking out something new in the coming months on streaming platforms you may have passed on previously.
Some are free, others are paid, but most have a trial period which’ll cost you nada if you just want to test the waters. Get started with these six that will get you through at least your first few weeks of working from home.
For the cinephiles out there. Mubi expertly curates ‘Programs’ as they like to call it, which includes double features, director retrospectives and film festival highlights. It’s updated regularly with the ‘Film Of The Day’ being switched out every 24 hours (makes sense). With recently featured highlights like dark-as-night comedy, The Lighthouse, you can expect to find at least several films you probably haven’t seen before.
Anyone who’s picked up a new iPhone recently scores a year of Apple TV + for free, and those who haven’t can make use of the free seven-day trial. The selection is limited at present, but quality over quantity certainly rings true here; our picks include Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet starring Rob McElhenney, who plays a crass but charming creative director at a videogame production house, a soon-to-be-released riotous doco on The Beastie Boys and several other highlights that you can find here.
Netflix and Stan have some killer docuseries titles at the moment, but the chances are you’ve probably binged through them already. On DocPlay, you’ll find documentaries on almost every murder coming out of Hicksville USA right across to the story of the guy behind Elmo. At the moment, our pick is Pick Of The Litter, an Aussie flick which follows the journey of five pups becoming Guide Dogs—a definite mood-raiser.
SBS On Demand
In case you missed the memo, SBS On Demand is available to everyone with an internet connection for the grand total of $0.00. The selection here is diverse, with everything from Oscar-winners to those obscure after-hours programs your parents told you not to watch as a kid. At the moment, there are plenty of feel-good, pick-me-up titles; check out Brigsby Bear for a coming of age tale like no other, or Post-Radical, a docuseries exploring the wild and wacko subcultures in skateboarding. If you're after something a touch more dramatic, check out On Becoming A God In Central Florida starring Kirstin Dunst.
Amazon Prime’s streaming service, Prime Video, has been releasing and featuring some incredible series that have largely gone under the radar in Australia. To name a few, you’ll find Phoebe Waller-Bridges’ faultless comedy Fleabag, Al Pacino’s recent foray into the world of television, every episode of Community along with a series called The Boys, which is undoubtedly one of the most gripping—and twisted—takes on superheroes.
In case you haven’t tapped into ABC iview just yet, this is not just a source for news—albeit it's a very good one. Dig deep on plenty of Aussie content here; you’ve got Shaun Micallef sharp as a tack panel show Mad As Hell, the kids are also kept happy with fam-fave Bluey and must-watch eye-opener The Australian Dream.
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Image credit: The Boys | Amazon Prime