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?

Here’s what you can watch on streaming services in Australia this weekend.

Netflix

Elite season 4 is Netflix’s highlight this week. The Spanish series is full of murder and drama that all unfolds in the halls of wealthy private school.

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

Disney+

The heartwarming coming of age queer drama Love, Victor makes its season two debut, right in the heart of Pride month. Its predecessor, Love, Simon is now also on Disney+ if feel like a marathon.

We may not get to ring in the weekend with new Marvel content anymore but if you missed the first two episodes of Loki then this weekend is the perfect time to catch up.

Binge

Tenet was one of the first movies to make its way to cinemas during the pandemic. If you missed it then (or were too confused on your first viewing) Christopher Nolan’s time heist blockbuster is now available for streaming.

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?

This week’s biggest release is Fast & Furious 9 which drives into cinemas from June 17. If you need a refresher you can check out our binge guide to all the F&F movies.

Lin Manuel Miranda’s new musical In The Heights is also having advanced screenings this weekend if you fancy yourself a fiesta.

You can also catch these movies in theatres:

  • The Hitman’s Wife’s Bodyguard
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • Cruella
  • A Quiet Place Part 2
  • Those Who Wish Me Dead
  • Wrath of Man
  • Spiral: The Book of Saw

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 with the recent releases of Final Fantasy 7 Remake: Intergrade and Ratchet and Clank: Rift Apart.

The video game is also buzzing after a week of announcements at E3. The weekend is a great time to catch up on all the trailers and news you may have missed. If you need somewhere to start you can check out our top picks or check out our friends at Kotaku.

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, 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 Gang of Youths, The Veronicas, Bliss n Eso, Billie Eilish, the list goes on.

If you need a laugh another audio experience you may like to try is the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Plot Twist on Audible.

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. One thing Disney fans may want to check out is Frozen: The Musical at Her Majesty’s Theatre. The show is running until October.

Folks in Sydney should be extra cautious this weekend after a couple of COVID-19 cases popped up in the Eastern suburbs. Masks are back for public transport and make sure you keep an eye on those exposure sites this weekend.

Those in Brisbane can also enjoy a cool new exhibit at the Queensland Museum. The Brickman Wonders of the World Exhibition is a journey through some of the most iconic locations and moments from history – all built with LEGO! It’s running now until October 4.

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

Lauren: I’ll be checking out all the pop culture goodness at Sydney Supanova this weekend (assuming restrictions allow it to go ahead). Conventions are the one event I’ve missed the most during COVID so I’m looking forward to seeing Supanova back in action and checking out all the great costumes and artwork.

Steph: Try and get to an early screening of In the Heights if you’re a musical fan (it officially comes out on June 24 but some cinemas are showing it already). It’s a colourful celebration of culture and community and the music is playing on repeat in my apartment.

Mel: Sometimes I feel like Netflix knows me a little too well. Sure the streaming service might be judging me by the number of times I’ve watched Gilmore Girls, Pride and Prejudice, and The Holiday, but every now and again the spotlight carousel throws up a blast from the past that makes my heart sing. This time it was The Secret Life Of Us. I was obsessed with this show when it premiered. Now I want to see if it still holds up.

That’s it from us. Enjoy your weekend!

This article has been updated with additional information.

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