Here is your Netflix binge-list for the week, fresh from the Australian servers! This week's highlights include the racing car series Hyperdrive, a new stand-up comedy from Dave Chappelle, season 3 of 13 Reasons Why and the critically acclaimed documentary American Factory.
Read on for everything coming to the service for the week of August 19 to August 25.
After last week's dizzying content explosion, Netflix is pulling the brakes with a pretty bare-bones lineup. (It might therefore be time to check out some hidden gems on the service - you can find some examples here, here and here.)
The main release of the week is the third season of 13 Reasons Why. The controversial teen drama centres around another student's death at Liberty High School and the resulting investigation and fallout. Expect the bar to be raised yet again when it comes to high-impact scenes of teen suffering.
Revheads are well served by the aforementioned Hyperdrive - a reality series that sets some of the world's best street racers loose on the biggest automotive obstacle course ever built. There's also a new anime (HERO MASK), a stand-up comedy special from Simon Amstell (Simon Amstell: Set Free), the underrated boxing flick Southpaw and classic cop drama Training Day starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke.
I get paralysed by too many choices. Most nights when I flick on Netflix, if I am not already deep in a series, I just sit there flicking through the service until my mind explodes and I pick up all the brain pieces from the floor.
I’ve watched all the good stuff – but there are plenty of hidden gems on Netflix.
Here are the official synopses and trailers for each film and TV show.
New Netflix TV Shows
13 Reasons Why (23 August)
Everyone had a reason to want Bryce Walker dead. But who actually went through with it?
Rust Valley Restorers (23 August)
Old-school auto enthusiast Mike Hall, his pal Avery and son Connor go the extra mile to restore retro cars — and hopefully turn a profit.
Hyperdrive (21 August)
Elite street racers from around the world test their limits in supercharged custom cars on the biggest, baddest automotive obstacle course ever built.
New Netflix Movies
Robin Hood (20 August)
A war-hardened Crusader and his Moorish commander mount an audacious revolt against the corrupt English crown.
Southpaw (23 August)
A champion boxer fights to get his daughter back from child protective services as well as revive his professional career, after a fatal incident sends him on a rampant path of destruction.
Training Day (25 August)
On his first day on the job as a Los Angeles narcotics officer, a rookie cop goes beyond a full work day in training within the narcotics division of the L.A.P.D. with a rogue detective who isn't what he appears to be.
Netflix Documentary & Comedy
Simon Amstell: Set Free (20 August)
Honest, introspective comic Simon Amstell opens up about his neuroses, coming out to his father, relationships and more in a new stand-up special.
Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones
Legendary comedian Dave Chappelle is back with an all-new stand-up comedy special, Sticks & Stones, his fifth Netflix Original.
American Factory (21 August)
The acclaimed film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
El Pepe: Una vida suprema (23 August)
This documentary follows José "Pepe" Mujica, former political prisoner turned Uruguayan president, as he talks about his life, ideals and the future.
Kids & Anime
HERO MASK: Part II (23 August)
A former LIVE scientist's daughter may hold the key to exposing its crimes, if James can keep her alive and the SSC can fend off their new director.
It's a brand new month which means fresh content just in time for winter's last hurrah. There's everything from juicy dramas, stitch-inducing comedies and action-packed thrillers so you'll be spoiled for choice from Stan, Netflix and Foxtel when it comes to picking something to sink into your couch for.