The letter ’S’ looms large over Netflix’s September slate. There are ‘soldiers’; with Sam Mendes’ 1917 and the classic The Guns of Navarone marching onto our screens. There’s ‘Schumacher’; with the long-awaited documentary tracing the tracks of the Formula One icon arriving. There’s even ‘sex’; with the critically-acclaimed Sex Education returning for a third hormone-fuelled term.
Add to that ‘shooting’; with thriller Prey and action-drama Kate loading bullets into their barrels, and ‘subtitles’; with more French and German language offerings appearing this month — and you’ve got a seriously show-stopping September of sensational, superior streaming…
Cemetery Junction, September 1st
Ricky Gervais may soon be returning to Netflix with a third season of After Life — but this hidden gem from 2010 should tide you over until then. Co-created by Gervais and Stephen Merchant, this coming-of-age comedy drama is set in early 1970s England, and follows a trio of young men through their working-class world. Highlights include a wonderfully prickly Ralph Fiennes and a soundtrack featuring Elton John, T. Rex and Led Zeppelin.
The Guns of Navarone, September 1st
Gregory Peck and David Niven teaming up to destroy an impregnable German sea fortress during the Second World War? Sign us up. This 1961 classic was based on Alistair MacLean’s 1957 novel of the same name, and follows the commando unit across the Aegean Sea. It’s everything you want from an old war film, drenched in melodrama and stuffed with lines like: “We haven’t got a bloody bomb big enough to smash that bloody rock!”
Worth, September 3rd
The biggest injustice in Academy Award history is that Michael Keaton didn’t win an Oscar for Birdman in 2014. The second biggest is that he wasn’t even nominated for his blistering turn in Spotlight a year later. Now, starring in Netflix original Worth, Keaton has teamed back up with the Spotlight producers for a second crack of the morally-murky whip. Here, he plays Kenneth Feinberg, the real-life lawyer tasked with managing the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
1917, September 10th
September may bring with it a new Bond film, but director Sam Mendes is no longer at the helm of the franchise. Instead, after directing Skyfall and Spectre, Mendes turned to his passion project; a war film he had written, produced and wanted to direct. The result was 1917, a ‘one-shot’, war-torn masterpiece that features Colin Firth, Benedict Cumberbatch, George MacKay and Richard Madden — and received ten Oscar nominations.
Kate, September 10th
Another action-packed film; but Kate couldn’t be further from 1917 if it tried. Produced by David Leitch, the man behind John Wick and Atomic Blonde, the film follows titular assassin, played by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, as she is poisoned and learns she has only 24 hours left to live. With the help of a young girl and Woody Harrelson, she embarks on a bloody manhunt across Tokyo to find and punish her poisoner.
Prey, September 10th
Another Netflix original; this time in German. Prey is a tightly-wound, shakily-filmed thriller that pits the wits of a bachelor party against a mysterious shooter in a forest. After the group of five men decide to take a hiking trip into the wild, they become the ‘prey’ of an unseen gunman, who will seemingly stop at nothing until they are all dead.
Schumacher, September 15th
The long-awaited Michael Schumacher documentary finally lands on Netflix on September 15th. The film will tell the tale of the German F1 icon’s life — from his early karting career to his record seventh championship in 2004. Talking heads include his brother Ralf, former Ferrari boss Luca di Montezemolo, former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone and drivers including Mika Hakkinen, Sebastian Vettel and David Coulthard.
Sex Education Season 3, September 17th
Despite the restrictions imposed on productions for the past year, some big-budget series managed to wrap new seasons. Amongst them was Sex Education, the hormonally-charged Netflix darling that returns for its third run on September 17th. Expect a new headteacher, new school uniforms and new sex and relationship problems for Asa Butterfield’s leading man to contend with.
Midnight Mass, September 24th
Mike Flanagan has a monopoly on Netflix scares. The filmmaker gave us Gerald’s Game back in 2017, before delivering The Haunting of Hill House and The Haunting of Bly Manor. He’s even got The Midnight Club on the way; the story of terminally ill young adults in a mysterious hospice. But his latest spine-tingling efforts arrive this month, in the form of Netflix original series Midnight Mass. Set on a small, isolated island, the arrival of a charismatic priest coincides with unexplained and seemingly miraculous events.
Ganglands, September 24th
In 2015, French director Julien Leclercq released a film called Braqueurs. The thriller, which followed a Parisian heist gang that specialised in robbing armoured trucks, has now spawned a spin-off series. Leclerq is back, and has crafted a six-episode story that throws together ‘Medhi’ and ‘Liana’ — a seasoned thief and a fledgling criminal. Across the episodes, they will team up to survive in the midst of a turf war led by drug traffickers.
Wondering what else to watch? Ahead of Season 3, here’s everything you need to know about Succession…
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