The temperatures are cooling down and it’s almost time to say goodbye to summer, but fear not – there are plenty of great new shows ready to keep you feeling cosy as the autumn nights roll in. Netflix has once again cast its net wide to reel in some of the world’s best films, TV shows and documentaries — as well as bringing us more of its award-winning original content. Here’s what should be on your must-watch list for September 2019…
The I-Land (12th September)
Netflix original miniseries The I-Land begins when ten people wake up on a treacherous island with no memory of who they are or how they got there, and set off on a trek to try and get back home. They soon discover this world is not as it seems. Faced with the island’s extreme psychological and physical challenges, they must rise to become their better selves — or die as their worst ones.
If you’re wondering why this all sounds remarkably familiar, Netflix’s pre-release publicity suggests the drama has been partly inspired by the Fyre Festival fiasco.
American Horror Story Apocalypse (13th September)
Appropriately enough for one of the scariest shows ever made, the eighth season of American Horror Story arrives at Netflix on the spookiest date of the year – Friday 13th. In this cheery series, a nuclear blast wipes out most of the known world, settling in a dystopian nightmare that pushes humanity to the brink of extinction.
The typically amazing cast includes Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters and the legend that is Joan Collins. We advise watching in the middle of the day, with a friend, with all the lights on.
Unbelievable (13th September)
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning article An Unbelievable Story of Rape, Netflix’s upcoming true crime series tells the story of Marie Adler (Booksmart’s Kaitlyn Dever) who files a police report claiming she’s been sexually abused by an intruder. Nobody believes her until hundreds of miles away, detectives begin exploring a similar case and the two departments partner to track down the perpetrator.
Merritt Wever (Nurse Jackie) and Oscar-nominee Toni Colette (Little Miss Sunshine) star as real-life Colorado detectives Karen DuVall and Grace Rasmussen.
Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates (20th September)
Directed by Academy Award-winning Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, He Named Me Malala), this three-part documentary explores the mind and motivations of celebrated tech visionary, business leader, and philanthropist Bill Gates. Instead of the usual business success story, however, the film focuses on Gates’ post-Microsoft years when he began solving some of the world’s most persistent problems.
Criminal (20th September)
Criminal is a hugely ambitious new series coming to Netflix this month, comprising 12 different stories set across four countries – and filmed in four languages. Each episode takes place in a police interviewing suite, and David Tennant and Hayley Atwell are among the stars of the UK stories.
Described by Netflix as a “stripped down, cat-and-mouse drama” which “focuses on the intense mental conflict between detectives and suspects”, the confines of the small interview suites, and the unrelenting one-on-one battles of will and wit which go on within them, make this an edge-of-your seat watch from start to finish.
Call Me By Your Name (26th September)
It was the film that broke a thousand hearts, and set its young star Timothee Chalamet on course to superstardom (and a host of best-dressed lists). If you haven’t yet seen Call Me By Your Name, now’s your chance to see what all the fuss was about.
It’s the summer of 1983, and precocious 17-year-old Elio Perlman is spending the days with his family at their 17th-century villa in Lombardy, Italy. He soon meets Oliver, a handsome doctoral student who’s working as an intern for Elio’s father. Amid the sun-drenched splendour of their surroundings, Elio and Oliver discover the heady beauty of awakening desire over the course of a summer that will alter their lives forever.
The Politician (27th September)
If you enjoy your Netflix binges served with a healthy dose of satire, this star-studded production from Ryan Murphy (the creator of American Horror Story) should be placed right at the top of your ‘must-watch’ list. Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a student from Santa Barbara, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States. But first he’ll have to navigate the most treacherous political landscape of all: Saint Sebastian High School.
In order to be the President of the student body, study at Harvard and continue on his path to extraordinary success, Payton has to outsmart his ruthless classmates without sacrificing his morals and carefully crafted image.
Skylines (27th September)
One in a series of five German originals on Netflix, Skylines is a contemporary drama produced by Maren Ade who directed, wrote and produced the Oscar nominated Toni Erdmann.
In Frankfurt, a young and gifted hip-hop producer gets the chance of a lifetime when he signs with Skyline Records. But the worlds of music and organised crime collide as the label owner’s gangster brother returns from exile to claim his share. Created by Dennis Schanz, the film is directed by Max Erlenwein and Soleen Yusef.
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