One of the great things about Netflix is their Netflix Original content – be it films or series made by Netflix themselves or exclusive content available only on Netflix after it airs on regular TV. Every week we will give you a round-up of the new Netflix Originals becoming available in the next week. We will aim to post every week on Thursday evening with what will be available over the coming week. Perfect if you’re looking to check out what new Originals are available to watch over your weekend or if you’re planning a week-long Netflix binge-watch! This area is exclusively for Netflix Originals, for general Netflix additions and removals or to view the current full catalogue check out your regional New On Netflix website.
Love Netflix Originals? Well here’s our list of ‘Top Picks’ for this week. Check out the trailers below and let us know what you’re looking forward to this week -full list of this week’s additions and regional availability at the end of the post. Netflix aren’t always that clear about geographical availability so please bear with us as we try to be as precise as possible about where Netflix Originals will be available. If in doubt titles will be listed simply as [Original] in the full list at the end of the post and as ‘available’ within the post.
i’m thinking of ending things
The psychological horror ‘i’m thinking of ending things’ (intentionally typed in lowercase which is killing the editor in me) is written, directed and produced by Charlie Kaufman. As the writer of ‘Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind’ and ‘Being John Malkovich’, we’re sure you can imagine the mind-bending spectacle that is this new project by Kaufman. If you aren’t familiar with his work then the trailer will fill you in. Expect weird moments, uncomfortable feelings and questions, lots of questions. If weird, twisting, time-flitting, scene-blending genius/maniac narratives are your thang, then this is 100% for you! The film is based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Iain Reid and stars Jesse Plemons, Jessie Buckley, Toni Collette and David Thewlis.
Available from Friday 4th September 2020
Andrew Hinderaker and Hilary Swank star in ‘Away’, the new sci-fi series coming to Netflix, follows Emma Green, an American astronaut about to take off on the mission she has waited her whole life to be a part of. The bad news is, to command the crew she must sacrifice three years of her family life. Leaving her husband and teenage daughter behind she joins the crew as their commander embarking upon the mission she has dreamed of but things are not always smooth in space or on earth. The series navigates through the lives of the family members and those around them tackling all that can plausibly hit them in the three-year timeframe.
Available from Friday 4th September 2020
My Octopus Teacher
The first of Netflix documentaries this week is ‘My Octopus Teacher’. Octopuses (yes it is octopuses, not octopi contrary to popular misconception) are not exactly the cute furry creatures or giant powerful land animals that are often the subject of nature documentaries, however, in ‘My Octopus Teacher’ diver Craig Foster shows how he began filming his regular visits to the den of a young female octopus. Foster gained her trust and this documentary shows the unusual deep connection they had and how she taught Foster about her underwater world. Directed by ‘Pippa Ehrlich’ and ‘James Reed’.
Available from, Monday 7th September 2020
This french movie by first time director Maïmouna Doucouné explores the journey that young girls make from innocence and childhood to womanhood through the eyes of said children. The film surrounds the protagonist, eleven-year-old immigrant girl Amy. Living with her mother Mariam and her two younger brothers awaiting their father to rejoin the family from Senegal, Amy becomes mesmerised by streetwise neighbour Angelica and her self-formed dance troupe ‘Cuties’. The girls exude what Amy sees as glamour and popularity through their provocative expression that directly opposes Amy’s mother Mariam’s traditional customs. Amy is finding her way in her new world, one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Paris but so are her newfound friends, not to mention her family as they navigate their way through life and the troubles it brings for those in poorer communities. The film itself has been anticipated as a raw take on the sexualisation of children in modern society, forcing a conversation around the subject into the limelight but conversely, Netflix chose to change some of the media resources for the upcoming original sending the media into a frenzy over their decision to drop the original artwork that was produced for the French release to replace with provocative images of the child actors in scenes from the movie, almost reinforcing the points made in the production about the early sexualisation of young girls in the media.
Available from Wednesday 9th September 2020
The Social Dilemma
In our second documentary this week Netflix offers ‘The Social Dilemma’ a stark look at social media, the internet and how our preferences, searches and pretty much all our online activity is being used to psychologically profile us and worse. ‘Sundance Institute’ had this to say about the part-investigative/ part-narrative style documentary: “Powerful, hidden artificial intelligence tasked with hijacking our attention is tearing apart social norms, jeopardizing truth and democracy, and putting civilization on a programmed path toward self-destruction.” Buckle up documentary lovers and general users of the internet, it’s about to get choppy and in this instance, ignorance is not bliss!
Available from Thursday 10th September 2020
Full list of Netflix Original content added Friday 4th September 2020 to Thursday 10th September 2020.
Friday 4th August 2020
“I’m Thinking of Ending Things” Film [Original]
“Away” Series (Season One) [Global Original]
“Spirit Riding Free: Riding Academy” Animated Series (Part Two) [Original]
Monday 7th September 2020
“My Octopus Teacher” Documentary Film [Global Original]
Tuesday 8th September 2020
“#Alive” Film [Original]
“Starbeam” Series (Season Two) [Original]
Wednesday 9th September 2020
“Get Organised With the Home Edit” Series (Season one) [Original]
“La Linea: Shadow of Narco” Ltd Series [Original]
“So Much Love to Give” Film [Original]
“The Social Dilemma” Documentary [Original]
Thursday 10th September 2020
“The Idhun Chronicles” Anime Series (Season One) [Original]
“Julie and the Phantoms” Series (Season One) [Original]
“The Gift” Series (Season Two) [Original]
A number of series have been given the go-ahead for subsequent seasons this year. Check out the coming soon page on our websites (UK, USA, Can, Aus) to find out which new seasons will arrive in your region in 2020.
Thanks for visiting and let us know in the comments what you’ve enjoyed (and what you haven’t) and what new Netflix Originals and season updates you’re looking forward to. Don’t forget to check out the blog next week on Thursday evening (Thursday 3rd September 2020) at our usual time of 8.15 pm for more information and throughout the week for updates and general news.