Here’s what’s coming to Australian streaming services in May
27.04.2021

Here’s what’s coming to Australian streaming services in May

'Master of None' - photo courtest of Netflix © 2021
Words by Kate Streader

Our top picks from Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime Video.

It’s getting chilly and you know what that means – it’s time to rug up and settle in for more nights in. But, staying home can get tedious (something we all learned last year) so, to help keep the boredom at bay we’ve trawled through the May release schedules for all the major streaming platforms to work out our watch lists ahead of next month’s content drops.

Here are our top picks for what’s hitting Netflix, Stan and Amazon Prime Video in May.

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Netflix

Master of None – Season Three

In 2017, Aziz Ansari told Vulture he would need “a looonng break” before he could think about creating a third season of his hit series Master of NoneFast-forward a few years and the series is finally set to return, but not as we knew it. Season three will follow Denise (Lena Waithe) and her partner Alicia (Naomi Ackie) in a modern love story exploring the realities of relationships and how we grow together, both as couples and indiviuals. Whether or not Ansari will revive his role as Dev Shah for season three is yet to be seen, though you can expect intimate, crushing and thoughtful storylines tackling important themes.

Master of None – Season Three hits Netflix on Sunday May 23. 

Special – Season Two

It’s been two years since Ryan O’Connell brought an adaptation of his memoir I’m Special: And Other Lies We Tell Ourselves to our screens and we’re finally getting a second season. While this will be the final season, the second installment of Special will reunite us with Ryan and co. for eight more episodes. If you need a little refresher (it has been a minute), the series follows a gay man (O’Connell) living with mild cerebral palsy who decides it’s time to live independently and go after what he wants. It’s bittersweet news that the long-awaited return of Special will mark its last hurrah, but on the plus side, the episodes will be increased from a runtime of 15 minutes to 30 minutes a pop.

Special – Season Two hits Netflix on May 20. 

Army of the Dead

Zack Snyder, the director behind the likes of Justice League300 and Dawn of the Dead, is back with another action-packed film. Army of the Dead follows a group of mercenaries who risk it all to break into a quarantine zone amidst a zombie outbreak that has left Las Vegas ravaged, all in the name of pulling off the ultimate heist. Tasked to retrieve $200 million from the strip in the space of 32 hours, at which point the government will nuke the entire city, Army of the Dead is set to be a nail-biter and you can bet it’s going to be gory as hell.

Army of the Dead hits Netflix on Friday May 21. 

Stan

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Down Under

Start your engines Drag Racers, RuPaul is coming Down Under to crown Australia’s first ever Drag Superstar. Showcasing some of the most talented queens within the local drag community, you can expect all the usual antics with a side of that dark, dry sense of humour we Aussies are known for. Joining Ru and Michelle Visage on the judging pannel will be homegrown comedy favourite, Rhys Nicholson, alongside a cast of guest judges featuring the likes of Kylie and Danni Minogue and Taika Waititi. As always, episodes will drop weekly so there’ll be no binging here. Let the best woman win!

RuPaul’s Drag Race: Down Under premieres on Stan on Saturday May 1.

I Am Greta

When a 15-year old Swedish student started skipping school to rally for climate action, her message rang across the planet, making her a household name in the process. I Am Greta joins teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg as she traverses the globe to hear from leading scientists about the climate crisis and what we need to do to stop it in its tracks. Intimate and powerful, this documentary demands attention and action.

I Am Greta hits Stan on Saturday May 1. 

Bloods

Meet your new favourite oddball comedy. When cynical loner Maleek (Samson Kayo) is partnered with the overly-friendly Wendy (Jane Hoorocks), the two struggle to connect – let alone win the respect of their fellow paramedics. But, in the throes of south London’s fast-paced world of paramedics, the two have no choice but to work together and soon find themselves forging a friendship. Buckle up, you’re in for a generous dose of quirky, silly fun.

Bloods hits Stan on Thursday May 6.

You Cannot Kill David Arquette

Twenty one years ago, actor David Arquette became the most hated man in wrestling when he was scripted to win a WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Fans deemed the stunt too fake, even by wrestling standards, and accused him and the whole ordeal of making a mockery of the sport. But, almost two decades after being shamed out of the ring, Arquette tries to redeem himself by making his return to wrestling. You Cannot Kill David Arquette follows his return to wrestling – the sport he believes stalled his once-promising acting career. Yeah, this isn’t your typical doco.

You Cannot Kill David Arquette hits Stan on Thursday May 29.

Amazon Prime Video

The Underground Railroad

Based on Colson Whitehead’s 2017 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name, The Underground Railroad is an alternate history tale that follows Cora Randall (Thuso Mbedu) who discovers an underground railroad system after escaping a plantation in the antebellum South. Directed by Barry Jenkins (MoonlightIf Beale Street Could Talk), The Underground Railroad looks to be a gripping and affecting watch that is sure to have you hooked from the get-go.

The Underground Railroad hits Amazon Prime Video on Friday May 14. 

 

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