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Netflix Australia: What's New in May 2017

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Krystle Shrimpton Thu, 04/05/2017 - 15:59

Netflix's tidal wave of new content and diverse genres continue to inspire awe and sweep us up, churning out more Riverdale, Chelsea S2, Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt S3, House of Cards S5, Master of None S2 and Sense8 S2 this jam packed May. Let's have a look at some highlights.

New to the library, we welcome 'The Mars Generation', a documentary focused on the possibilities of space travel within these few decades, spurred on by the brightest and youngest thinkers – also touching on Elon Musks' mission to Mars.

In "The Keepers" (trailer) the suspicious death of a Baltimore nun is re examined through hundreds of interviews, and with the help of local residents – this eight part series comes from the same team which brought Making of a Murderer and Amanda Knox. Scratching beneath the surface, we take a closer look at what might have happened.

Netflix's political war satire movie War Machine (trailer) comes on May 27; the film is based on the book “The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan” by the late Michael Hastings. The film is fictional, but Pitt's character is based on General Stanley McChrystal, a retired United States army general. As general Glenn McMahon swoops into Afghanistan to 'clean up' and set a 'new direction', he finds himself the target of an expose. Also starring Ben Kingsley, Tilda Swinton, Topher Grace, and Anthony Michael Hall.

In "Revolutionary Road" (trailer), Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet reunite in this drama directed by Sam Mendes (Winslet's husband at the time), based on Richard Yate's eponymous novel released 1961. Frank and April Wheeler find themselves in a typical 1950's set up, a husband who is away long hours and a housewife who feels shortchanged in her personal potential. A work opportunity comes along and could bring them out of their inertia, or pull to the front simmering issues. Their chemistry and intimate body language really shines through.

Beloved children's book Anne of Green Gables (trailer) by LM Montgomery will be brought to life with Amybeth McNulty. Anne Shirley is a lively orphan who was mistakenly sent to a brother-sister pair in Prince Edward Island in 1890s – and tells her story with aplomb, wit and courage. Also starring (Geraldine James) as Marilla and (R.H. Thomson) as Matthew Cuthbert. The eight episodes will stream from May 12.

Children will love the movie adaptation of Roald Dahl's "The BFG" (Big Friendly Giant - trailer). A young girl is befriended by a giant who others cannot see – and she is stolen away to his giant world. Directed by Steven Spielberg, this is a light hearted reimagining, told perfectly from a child's wondrous perspective.

Couple of comedy/humour specials are thrown into the mix here, look up Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust, all creating exclusive shows for Netflix customers. Fans of House of Cards will need to wait a little longer, unfortunately – the brand new season arrives on May 30.

The list of stunning original content is getting longer and longer, dive into the list below and bunker down for some great shows!

Netflix Originals

May 5
Chelsea: Season 2 (Episode)
Riverdale: Season 1 (Episode)
The Mars Generation
Sense8: Season 2
Handsome: A Netflix Mystery Movie
Simplemente Manu NNa

May 9
Chelsea: Season 2 (Episode)
All Hail King Julien: Exiled: Season 1
Riverdale (episode)
Get Me Roger Stone

May 12
Master of None: Season 2
Anne with an E: Season 1

May 16
Tracy Morgan: Staying Alive — 16 May
Chelsea: Season 2 (Episode) — 19 May

May 19
The Keepers: Season 1
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 3 — 19 May

May 23
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King

May 26
Bloodline: Season 3
Chelsea: Season 2
War Machine

May 30
F is for Family: Season 2
House of Cards: Season 5
Sarah Silverman A Speck of Dust

Other Releases

May 4
Lego Scooby Doo: Haunted Holly

May 5
Schitt’s Creek
Into the Wild
Spirit: Riding Free: Season 1
The Land Before Time II: The Great Valley Adventure

May 6
The Last Kingdom: Season 2

May 7
Disney’s The BFG
The Fugitive

May 9
Norm Macdonald: Hitler’s Dog, Gossip & Trickery
Revolutionary Road

May 14
The Devil’s Advocate

May 15
A Little Help
After the Ball
Born to Win
Cold in July
Stephen King’s A Good Marriage
The Quiet Ones

May 16
Fantastic Mr. Fox

May 19
The Perfect Man

May 20
The Gunman

May 24

May 26
Barefoot in the Park
I am Jane Doe
Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower

May 28

May 29
Forever Pure

May 30
War Dogs

May 31
Peaky Blinders: Season 3


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