Summer Streaming Guide

Talented Kiwi film and television makers are stamping their mark on local and international streaming platforms.


The Mandalorian With episodes directed by New Zealand’s own Taika Waititi, The Mandalorian is both binge worthy and rewatchable. Both long time Star Wars fans and those just discovering it for the first time will find the series thoroughly satisfying. ****


The Dead Lands - Season 1
Destined to be binge worthy, The Dead Lands series by talented local director Peter Burger offers all the thrills and action of the Walking Dead with awe inspiring landscapes and a subtle dose of Kiwi humour. Its a fresh take on the zombie genre introducing a heroine we all root for and an anti-hero we all wish we didn’t like quite so much. Its meaty enough to get your teeth into and leaves you hungry for the next episode. ****

The Casketeers
Netflix has picked up this Kiwi documentary series and it is no wonder. Now in it’s third series The Casketeers is captivating from the first couple
of minutes. Francis and Kaiora Tipene of Tipene Funerals are not just passionate about their work, which we get an incredible perspective on throughout the series, but they are instantly likeable and incredibly real. A must watch if you haven’t already. ****and a half


The Witcher
If you like a good fantasy, binged on GOT and you’re ready to see Henry Cavill out of his Superman suit then suspend disbelief and enter the mythical, intriguing realm of The Witcher. The world of Geralt of Rivia (Henry Cavill) known as The Witcher, is one where humanity is more likely to be found in a magically made mutant than it is to be found in a man. It’s a world that needs, yet despises a monster hunter. An adaptation of the fantasy books by Andrzej Sapkowski, this is a little bit of a scary, action-packed series complete with complex characters that you will want to know more about. ****


800 Words
Set in the fictional coastal town of Weld, 800 Words is the surf beach version of Sex and the City. Instead of Carrie writing a weekly column about her love life in the Big Apple, George writes a weekly piece for an Australian magazine about navigating small town coastal New Zealand after his wife dies. An endearing dramedy that plays on the relationship between Aussies and Kiwis, 800 words is full of great New Zealand acting talent and impressive scenery. ***and a half


Goliath - Season 1-3
Goliath’s a legal drama that delivers more than you might expect from this well used genre. The swagger and talent of Billy Bob Thornton combined with great performances by an impressive cast (including Oscar award winning actor William Hurt) elevates Goliath to another level. ****

Carnival Row
If you liked Orlando Bloom in Pirates of the Caribbean, you will find him refreshingly interesting in Carnival Row. Another fantasy world with allegoric nods to present day wars and prejudices, Carnival Row is dark, heavy and a little brooding. ****

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