What to watch in April: new to streaming, cinemas and film festivals near you

Your guide to the best new shows, films and documentaries on the big and small screen in April 2023.



Schmigadoon!: Season 2 (Apple+)

In a parody of 1940s musicals, backpacking couple Melissa and Josh get trapped in Schmigadoon, a magical town filled with singing and dancing townspeople; they learn they can’t leave without finding true love, which they thought they already had.

Grown-ish. Image: Disney+.


Grown-ish: Season 5 (Disney+)

Zoey Johnson starts to attend college but soon realises that her life is not turning out to be the way she imagined it

Lewis Capaldi: How I’m Feeling Now (Netflix)

This intimate, all-access documentary chronicles Lewis Capaldi’s journey from ambitious teen with a viral performance to Grammy-nominated pop star.

The Company You Keep: Season 1 (Disney+)

A night of passion leads to love between a con man and an undercover CIA officer.

The Crossover: Season 1 (Disney+)

A new sports drama series based on the novel of the same name by Kwame Alexander.

The Pope: Answers (Disney+)

Ten young people from all over the world meet in Rome with Pope Francis with the aim of talking and conveying to him the main concerns of their generation.


Beef: Season 1 (Netflix)

A road rage incident between two strangers – a failing contractor and an unfulfilled entrepreneur – sparks a feud that brings out their darkest impulses.

Dave: Season 3 (BINGE)

A neurotic man in his late 20s has convinced himself that he’s destined to be one of the best rappers of all time.

Slasher: Ripper (Netflix)

A charismatic, ruthless tycoon oversees a city on the cusp of a new century.

Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. Image: Paramount+.


Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies – Season 1 (Paramount+)

This musical series takes place four years before the events of Grease; four fed-up outcasts dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.

The Portable Door (Stan)

Paul Carpenter is an intern at a mysterious London firm with unconventional employers, including a CEO who wants to disrupt the ancient magical world with modern corporate practices.

Read: The Portable Door review – a perfectly palatable fantasy adaptation

Chupa (Netflix)

A boy on a family trip to Mexico discovers a young chupacabra hiding in his grandfather’s shed.

Oh Belinda (Netflix)

A young actor’s perfect life takes a madcap turn when she agrees to star in a commercial – and suddenly gets transported to her character’s world.

On a Wing and a Prayer (Prime Video)

Based on a true story, following passenger Doug White’s harrowing journey to safely land a plane and save his entire family from insurmountable danger, after their pilot dies unexpectedly mid-flight.

Tiny Beautiful Things: Season 1 (Disney+)

Clare is a writer who becomes a revered advice columnist while her own life is falling apart.

Single Drunk Female: Season 2. Image: Disney+.


Good Trouble: Season 5 (Disney+)

Callie and Mariana embark on the next adventure in their lives in Los Angeles. 

Rennervations: Season 1 (Disney+)

Jeremy Renner teams up with expert builders to acquire large, decommissioned government vehicles and re-imagine them as ‘mind-blowing creations’ that serve kids in communities worldwide.

Single Drunk Female: Season 2 (Disney+)

Twenty-something alcoholic Samantha Fink is forced to seize the only chance she has to sober up and avoid jail time: moving back home with her overbearing mother, Carol.

Florida Man: Limited Series (Netflix)

A disgraced cop is forced to return to his home state of Florida for a shady mission, only to get swept up in a treasure hunt.

The Last Thing He Told Me. Image: Apple TV+


Seven Kings Must Die (Netflix)

Following the death of King Edward, invaders and rival heirs do battle for the crown. Uthred and his comrades strive to form a united England.

The Last Thing He Told Me: Miniseries (Apple TV+)

Hannah must forge a relationship with her 16-year-old stepdaughter, Bailey, to find the truth behind why her husband has mysteriously disappeared.

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel: Season 5 (Prime Video)

Miriam Maisel’s life takes a surprising turn when she discovers a hidden talent she didn’t previously know she had.


Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Once & Always (Netflix)

Actors reunite for a special celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers franchise.


Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head: Season 2 (Paramount+)

The return of everyone’s favourite/ least favourite gigglers.

Quasi (Disney+)

A hapless hunchback who only yearns for love, finds himself in the middle of a murderous feud between the Pope and the King of France.

Wild Isles. Image: Prime Video.


Ghosted (Apple TV+)

A comedy about the partnership between two polar opposites – a cynical skeptic and a genius ‘true believer’ in the paranormal.

Dead Ringers: Miniseries (Prime Video)

A modern take on David Cronenberg’s 1988 thriller, starring Rachel Weisz playing the double-lead roles of Elliot and Beverly Mantle, twins who share everything:

Judy Blume’s Forever (Netflix)

Mara Brock Akil reimagines Judy Blume’s love story, Forever.

Mrs. Davis: Season 1 (BINGE)

Faith versus technology follows an epic battle of biblical and binary proportions.

Wild Isles: Miniseries (Prime Video)

Sir David Attenborough narrates a documentary about the natural animals in the British Isles and Ireland

Chokehold (Netflix)

Evading a scandal, a couple from Istanbul starts over in a town on the Aegean coast – but quickly discover the locals are determined to get rid of them.

Matildas: The World at Our Feet. Image: Disney+.


Matildas: The World at Our Feet – Season 1 (Disney+)

Joining the Matildas as they prepare for the FIFA Women’s World Cup 2023 on home soil alongside co-host New Zealand.

The 1619 Project (Disney+)

From Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah Jones and Onyx Collective – a documentary series that explores the legacy of slavery in modern day America.

A Tourist’s Guide to Love. Image: Netflix.


A Tourist’s Guide to Love (Netflix)

Work brings an American travel executive to Vietnam, where a free-spirited tour guide helps open her eyes to a beautifully adventurous way of life.

Love & Death: Miniseries (BINGE)

Two church-going couples enjoy small town family life in Texas, until somebody picks up an axe. Based on the true story of Candy Montgomery, accused of killing her friend in 1980.

Sweet Tooth: Season 2 (Netflix)

On an epic adventure across a post-apocalyptic world, a lovable boy who’s part human and part deer searches for family and home with a gruff protector.

The Nurse: Limited Series (Netflix)

A new nurse at a hospital begins to suspect her colleague’s desire for attention may be tied to a series of patient deaths. Based on a true story.

Citadel: Season 1 (Prime Video)

The global spy agency Citadel has fallen and the memory of its agents has been erased. Now, the powerful Manticore crime syndicate is filling the power vacuum. Citadel agents must remember their past and find the strength to fight back.


Peter Pan & Wendy (Disney+)

Wendy Darling, a young girl looking to avoid boarding school, meets Peter Pan, a boy who refuses to grow up. Wendy, her brothers, and Tinker Bell travel with Peter to the magical world of Neverland, where she encounters an evil pirate captain.



The Journey: A Music Special from Andrea Bocelli

A ‘music event’ in which musical performances and intimate conversations abound against the backdrop of Italian countryside.



Ben Affleck, Viola Davis, Matt Damon, Marlon Wayans, Jason Bateman, Marlon Wayans star in this sports biopic about a shoe-seller and the basketball icon Michael Jordan.

Super Mario Bros.

Chris Pratt is joined as the voice of Nintendo mascot Super Mario by Anya Taylor-Joy as Princess Peach, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Charlie Day as Luigi and Jack Black as Bowser in this video-game-to-film adaptation.



 A warm and deeply moving story about old age set in a small Yokshire hospital.

Dungeons & Dragons: Honour Among Thieves

A charismatic thief and band of unlikely adventurers attempt an epic heist to recover a lost relic, but things don’t go to plan.

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The world is seen through the eyes of a donkey in this winner of the Jury Prize (ex aequo) at Cannes 2022.

Read: EO: how Jerzy Skolimowski’s film makes us empathise with a donkey

Mavka: The Forest Song

An animated fantasy in which the titular Mavka has to choose between love and her duty as Heart of the Forest guardian.

The Pope’s Exorcist

Russell Crowe stars as Father Gabriele Amorth, a real-life priest who was chief exorcist of the Vatican, preforming upwards of 100,000 exorcisms.

The Red Shoes: Next Step

A new twist on Hans Christian Anderson story in this An Australian take on the classic fairy tale.


Ride On

Jackie Chan stars as a man who befriends a stunt horse in this action comedy.


Mafia Mamma

Toni Collette stars as suburban American woman who inherits her grandfather’s Mafia empire and becomes the new head of the family business.

Metallica: 72 Seasons – Global Premiere

A global ‘listening party’ of Metallica’s new album, the day before its release.

Rebound (리바운드)

Korean sports film based on the true story of the 2012 National High School Basketball Championship.


A Japan-set fantasy anime adventure about a 17-year-old girl, Suzume, and a young man fighting to close disaster-causing portals from another dimension.

The Innocent (2022)

French rom-com-slash-crime-caper in which a hapless man finds himself embroiled in a heist.


Bhola Shankar

A remake of Tamil action drama Vedalam. A loving brother hunts down the criminals who have harmed his sister.


Vermeer: The Blockbuster Exhibition

Take a tour of the largest Vermeer exhibition in history, held in the spring of 2023 at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.


A Good Person

Florence Pugh stars in this drama about a young woman whose life falls apart following her involvement in a fatal accident. 

Beau Is Afraid

Joaquin Phoenix stars in a portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time. 

Evil Dead Rise

Co-written by Sam Raimi: this new horror focuses on two estranged sisters whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh-possessing demons.

Jesus Revolution

Based on the real-life story of a national spiritual awakening in the 1970s, spurred on by a group of teenage hippies in Southern California.

The Giants (2023)

A poetic portrait of environmentalist Bob Brown, in which the destinies of trees and humans intertwine.


Bhai Jaan

Action sequences abound as an ageing bachelor mounts a quest for romance.

Money Back Guarantee

A gang of newbie thieves rob a bank an effort to better their prospects.


80 for Brady

What happens when a group of friends make it their long-term mission to go to the Super Bowl to meet superstar Tom Brady?

John Farnham: Finding the Voice

A documentary about the You’re The Voice singer’s life and career.

My Neighbour, Adolf

A lonely Holocaust survivor gets it into his head that his new neighbour in 1960s South America is Adolf Hitler. 

Polite Society

After enlisting her friends’ help, a sister attempts to pull off the most ambitious of all wedding heists, preventing her older sister’s marriage in the name of independence.

The Black Demon

A stranded family faces off against a vengeful megalodon shark.

Film Festivals

Fantastic Film Festival Australia (FFFA)

Melbourne & Sydney: April

-Showing the latest and greatest in cult, genre and arthouse cinema.

International Multicultural Film Festival

Melbourne, Sydney and Perth: 5-31 April

-Films made by anyone telling stories about Australia’s rich diversity

Gold Coast Film Festival

Gold Coast: 19-30 April

-Feature films, shorts and panels for Gold Coast movie lovers.

Geelong Pride Film Festival

Geelong: 20-30 April

-LGBTQIA+ films.

Melbourne Short Film Festival

Melbourne: April/May

-Short films, both local and international.

Screenwave International Film Festival

Coffs Harbour & Bellingen: 20 April-5 May

-Feature films and documentaries.

Southwest Asian and North African Film Festival (SWANA)

Sydney: 28-30 April

 -Showcasing 20 unique films from Southwest Asia and North Africa

Moro Spanish Film Festival

Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Adelaide, Brisbane, Perth, Byron Bay: Unconfirmed, usually April/May

-The best cinema from Spain and Latin America.