What to Watch, Play and Read in Australia This Weekend

What to Watch, Play and Read in Australia This Weekend
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There are more entertainment options than ever before. While the pandemic may cause restrictions to change at any moment, there’s always something to watch, play or do on your weekend.

To help you cut through the noise of an overwhelming amount of new movies, TV shows, games and experiences on offer right now, every week we’ll give you a list of recommendations to entertain you over the weekend.

Here’s what’s new this week.

What’s new on streaming?

We have made it to a long weekend mates which means you get a whole extra day on the couch to watch content. Here’s what you can watch on streaming services in Australia this weekend.

Netflix

This weekend on Netflix you can enjoy the second season of French heist drama Lupin on June 11.

Netflix is also in the middle of Geeked Week which will have its final day on June 12, so keep an eye on that for announcements about your favourite shows.

If you missed it last week, there are new seasons of Sweet Tooth, Kim’s Convenience and Feel Good to catch up on as well.

Stan.

Stan’s next original series, Eden, is dropping this weekend. The mystery thriller follows high-achieving 20-year-old Scout who returns home to the beach community of Eden after her first year at Juilliard to find her enigmatic best friend Hedwig indefinably changed.

Disney+

We may not get to ring in the weekend with new Marvel content but if you missed the premiere of Loki on Wednesday this weekend is the perfect time to catch up.

Another under-the-radar Marvel film is also coming to Disney+ this weekend with The New Mutants finally making its way to streaming.

Binge

Keeping Up With The Kardashians is airing its final episode after over 20 seasons on Friday. Of course, we’ll probably see the family back again in The Kardashian Jenners later this year, but until then, this is the bookend to a long ride.

You can find out what else to watch in Australia this month with our guide.

What’s new at Australian cinemas?

Glad you asked. We’re lucky enough to have cinemas well and truly open again in Australia, so what’s good on the big screen?

While there aren’t too many new releases this weekend there are a bunch of advanced screenings. You can catch screenings of Ryan Reynold’s The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard and the musical fiesta In The Heights, in cinemas this weekend.

For those seeking an epic movie marathon, The Ritz in Sydney is hosting a back-to-back 20+ hour Star Wars marathon with all 9 Skywalker films.

If you missed its release last week you can also see the latest horrifying instalment in The Conjuring series with The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It.

You can also catch these movies in theatres:

  • Cruella
  • A Quiet Place Part 2
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead
  • Wrath of Man
  • Spiral: The Book of Saw
  • Mortal Kombat

Any new video games?

For those who enjoy gaming on the weekend, you’ll be glad to know there are some hot new titles to dig into.

PS5 owners are in luck this weekend with the release of two next-gen optimised releases. The first is the upgraded Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade which owners of the original will be able to grab for free.

The second is the latest chapter in the classic 90s series, Ratchet and Clank. Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart is racking up top review scores everywhere and will really show off the power of your PS5.

How about some new books?

Bri Lee’s interrogation of institutional prejudice in Who Get’s To Be Smart is receiving high praise and is well worth a read for anyone who’s been through the Australian schooling system.

There’s no shortage of queer novels releasing in time for Pride month. Check out Casey McQuiston’s One Last Stop on June 8, Jason June’s Jay’s Gay Agenda or pick up the latest volume in Alice Oseman’s Heartstopper series.

If you’re looking for some other recommendations, check out our mates over at Pedestrian.tv who have some stellar picks for the whole month.

Or some new music?

Good tunes are a sure-fire way to get the good vibes going.

The song on everyone’s minds right now is Lorde’s new single ‘Solar Power’. Her full album will drop later in 2021.

Elsewhere there are new songs from the likes of Doja Cat, Tones and I, Billie Eilish and Chet Faker.

If you’re hanging out for Spotify’s yearly wrapped playlist you’re in luck because Spotify’s Only You is here to give us some very personal insights into our music tastes.

Are there any good events happening around Australia?

There’s a ton of great events out there now that restrictions have, mostly, eased.

Those in Melbourne are likely looking forward to some eased restrictions this weekend. If you can go out safely and within 25km of your house make sure to support some of the local businesses.

Sydney Solstice has kicked off and will run from June 8 – June 20 with a bunch of cool winter activities around the city of Syndey. Dine & Discover vouchers have also been extended so get out there and use them!

Those in Brisbane can also celebrate World Gin Day with a riverside pop-up bar at Blackbird Bar and Grill.

Lifehacker recommends

Here’s what the Lifehacker team is checking out this weekend.

Steph: Because I’m often late to every TV show party, I’m currently making my way through Fargo for the first time – *checks watch* – six years after everyone else. I’m a little bit obsessed and a lot weirded out by Kirsten Dunst in this.

Another fun thing I’m in the middle of is an at-home pottery class! I signed up with Clay Sydney (who accepts Dine and Discover vouchers, by the by) and started the whole process about a week ago. I did my best at building a plant pot out of clay and am now leaving my average-looking creation to dry before adding underglaze (kind of like coloured paints) and sending her off to be fired. Would really recommend it if you’re after something different to do with friends or family.

Lauren: I’m looking forward to a weekend of video game news coming out of the E3 conference. I have such a large pile of video games to get through but I’m keen to add more to the list. The E3 showtimes are pretty brutal here in Australia but I’ll be following along with the news thanks to our friends over at Kotaku.

On the food agenda, I’ll also be trialling some fancy new pastry bakes from Mrs Mac’s to see how they hold up against a traditional meat pie. Stay tuned for the results!

Mel: I’m keen to watch the Loki series. I only got into MCU last year during lockdown – partly due to boredom and partly from some nudging/ribbing from a mate – but it got me good.

That’s it from us. Enjoy your (long) weekend!

This article has been updated with additional information.

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