Short of Netflix, the biggest standalone SVOD service in Australia is Stan and the company has just wrapped up its official Summer launch at the Sydney Opera House tonight with a showcase of three new major titles on the way for the Christmas-New Year break. Following the launch, trailers for all three came online.
First is Justin Kurzel’s new film “True History of the Kelly Gang” starring George MacKay, Russell Crowe, Nicholas Hoult, Charlie Hunnam, Essie Davis and Thomasin McKenzie. The project is dubbed a punk rock deconstruction of the myth surrounding the Australian colonial outlaw who died at just 25.
IFC has already acquired the U.S. rights to the film with plans for an unspecified theatrical release in 2020 in place. In Australia, the film goes theatrical on January 9th followed by a release via Stan on Australia Day (January 26th).
Next comes “The Gloaming,” a Tasmanian-set series which lool like part Nordic noir and part supernatural thriller with influences of “The Killing,” “Kill List” and more and stars Emma Booth, Ewen Leslie, Aaron Pedersen, Rena Owen and Martin Henderson.
The story follows unorthodox and troubled police detective Molly McGee (Booth) who leads an investigation into the murder of an unidentified woman. She soon has to enlist the help of Alex O’Connell (Leslie), a man she hasn’t spoken to in 20 years. That series premieres New Year’s Day.
Finally there’s “The Commons,” a sci-fi drama tackling themes of climate change and biotechnology. The eight part, character-driven thriller looks at ethical boundaries and the place of humanity in saving the planet, and stars Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”), Rupert Penry-Jones, David Lyons and Ryan Corr. It premieres Christmas Day.