What’s new to streaming this week on Netflix, Stan, Paramount+, SBS, iview and more

Your guide to new shows and films to stream in Australia from 23 to 29 October 2023.

Netflix

Pain Hustlers (2023) – (27 Oct)

Emily Blunt and Chris Evans star in this film in which two strangers connect on a flight to London, only to be separated by a twist of fate. A reunion seems improbable – but not impossible.

Also: Netflix: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

ABC iview

Spooky Files (23 Oct)

An adventurous, comic and spooky live-action series exploring children’s relationships to fear – with some laughs along the way.

Empire Records (27 Oct)

A group of misfits at an independent record shop pull together to raise money to buy the business while trying to beat a corporate giant to the prize.

Annika – Series 2 (29 Oct)

The Marine Homicide Unit returns just in time, as more unexplained murders wash up in Scotland.

Joanna Lumley’s Spice Trail Adventure (29 Oct)

Image: ABC.

Lumley sets off on an epic journey across five countries and two continents along an ancient spice trail.

Also: ABC iview: new shows streaming in October 2023

Stan

American Auto – Seasons 1 & 2 (27 Oct)

All episodes of the American sitcom that follows the offbeat executives and employees of a major automobile company in Detroit trying to adjust to a rapidly shifting industry.

Also: Stan: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

Prime Video

Of An Age (2022) – (24 Oct)

A Serbian ballroom dancer experiences an unexpected and intense 24-hour romance with a friend’s older brother in this Melbourne-set film by Goran Stolevski. As Silvi Van-Wall wrote for ScreenHub:

There are truly so many exorcism and demonic possession movies that it is impossible to keep count. Catholic horror remains a genre that shows no signs of slowing down, and as more of the church’s real-world horrors come to light there is a genuine space to be something more.

The Pope’s Exorcist does not take any of those chances. While it broaches some interesting Catholic taboos – particularly in regards to the Zovatto character whose sinful confessions hint at emotional depths the script has no interest in following through with – Avery is more interested in being a fun night out at the movies instead.

>The Pope’s Exorcist review: God only knows

Also: Binge: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

SBS On Demand

The Mission (24 Oct)

Marc Fennell Stands In A Gallery With 2 Figures In Silhouette Behind Him

Marc Fennell – The Mission. Image: SBS.

In a new three-part SBS documentary series, Marc Fennell unpicks a 40-year international true crime mystery that stretches from a bush mission in Western Australia all the way to an overseas presidential mansion.

Erotic Stories – Season 1 (26 Oct)

This new SBS Original anthology series offers new perspectives on what sex and intimacy look like today. Each episode is driven by characters not as commonly portrayed as sexual leads, whether gay, living with disability, non-binary, middle-aged and/or people of colour.

Significant Other – Season 1 (25 Oct)

A dramedy in which Sam’s planned suicide is interrupted by his neighbour, Anna, who’s having a heart attack, kickstarting a relationship that shows life is worth living.

Night Bloomers (28 Oct)

A Creepy Figure With Yellow Eyes Lurks Down A Dark Street

SBS Digital Originals – Night Bloomers. Image: SBS.

An SBS Digital Original horror anthology that sees stories from the Australian Korean diaspora come to life in a haunting five-part series premiering just in time for Halloween.

Also: SBS On Demand: new shows streaming in October 2023

BritBox

Manhunt: The Night Stalker – Season 2 (26 Oct)

Manhunt. Image: BritBox.

DCI Sutton is tasked with reviewing an ongoing serial rape case, Operation Minstead. Sutton is asked to review the long-running inquiry into a notorious serial rapist, who terrorised southeast London for more than 17 years.

Also: BritBox: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

DocPlay

Cold Case Hammarskjöld (26 Oct)

In 1961, UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crashed fatally on African soil under mysterious circumstances. Danish director Mads Brügger investigate the case with fresh eyes, and discovers something sinister.

Also: DocPlay: new documentaries streaming in October 2023

Apple TV+

The Enfield Poltergeist (27 Oct)

Olivia Booth-Ford as Janet Hodgson in The Enfield Poltergeist. Image: Apple TV+.

A new documentary about the chilling true story of the world’s most famous poltergeist case – which took place between 1977 and 1979 in Enfield, England – through original audio recordings made inside the house as the events unfolded.

CURSES! (27 Oct)

A new spooky animated kids series from DreamWorks Animation. A longstanding family curse turns Alex Vanderhouven to stone – and now it’s up to his children, Pandora and Russ, and his wife, Sky, to save the day.

Also: Apple TV+: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

It’s funny, it’s heartbreaking, and most of all it’s relatable to anyone who’s experienced first love – the kind that knocks you off your feet and turns your small, dull suburban world into something big, exciting and colourful.

>Of An Age film is a tender and romantic Melburnian treat

Hot Potato: The Story of the Wiggles (2023) – (24 Oct)

Image: Prime Video.

A new documentary by Sally Aitkin about the beloved Australian children’s performers.

Paramount+

Milli Vanilli (2023) – (25 Oct)

A new music documentary about Robert ‘Rob’ Pilatus and Fabrice ‘Fab’ Morvan who became international R&B superstars, before it all went very, very wrong.

Scream VI (2023) – (26 Oct)

Four survivors of the Ghostface murders leave the past behind for a fresh start in New York City but soon find themselves fighting for their lives when a new killer starts a bloody rampage.

Read: Scream VI review: cue shrieks of delight

Fellow Travelers (28 Oct)

Fellow Travelers. Image: Paramount+.

This new series, based on the novel by Thomas Mallon, is an epic love story and political thriller, chronicling the clandestine romance of two very different men who meet in McCarthy-era Washington and their lives across the Vietnam War protests of the 1960s, the disco hedonism of the 1970s and the AIDS crisis of the 1980s.

Also: Paramount+: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

Binge

Celebrity Gogglebox Australia – Season 2 (25 Oct)

Viewers get to hang out, kind of, in the loungerooms of celebrities as they do their bit for the armchair critic industry.

The Pope’s Exorcist (2023) – (28 Oct)

A demonic exorcism movie starring Russell Crowe as the exorcist in question. As Anthony Morris wrote for ScreenHub:

There are truly so many exorcism and demonic possession movies that it is impossible to keep count. Catholic horror remains a genre that shows no signs of slowing down, and as more of the church’s real-world horrors come to light there is a genuine space to be something more.

The Pope’s Exorcist does not take any of those chances. While it broaches some interesting Catholic taboos – particularly in regards to the Zovatto character whose sinful confessions hint at emotional depths the script has no interest in following through with – Avery is more interested in being a fun night out at the movies instead.

>The Pope’s Exorcist review: God only knows

Also: Binge: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

SBS On Demand

The Mission (24 Oct)

Marc Fennell Stands In A Gallery With 2 Figures In Silhouette Behind Him

Marc Fennell – The Mission. Image: SBS.

In a new three-part SBS documentary series, Marc Fennell unpicks a 40-year international true crime mystery that stretches from a bush mission in Western Australia all the way to an overseas presidential mansion.

Erotic Stories – Season 1 (26 Oct)

This new SBS Original anthology series offers new perspectives on what sex and intimacy look like today. Each episode is driven by characters not as commonly portrayed as sexual leads, whether gay, living with disability, non-binary, middle-aged and/or people of colour.

Significant Other – Season 1 (25 Oct)

A dramedy in which Sam’s planned suicide is interrupted by his neighbour, Anna, who’s having a heart attack, kickstarting a relationship that shows life is worth living.

Night Bloomers (28 Oct)

A Creepy Figure With Yellow Eyes Lurks Down A Dark Street

SBS Digital Originals – Night Bloomers. Image: SBS.

An SBS Digital Original horror anthology that sees stories from the Australian Korean diaspora come to life in a haunting five-part series premiering just in time for Halloween.

Also: SBS On Demand: new shows streaming in October 2023

BritBox

Manhunt: The Night Stalker – Season 2 (26 Oct)

Manhunt. Image: BritBox.

DCI Sutton is tasked with reviewing an ongoing serial rape case, Operation Minstead. Sutton is asked to review the long-running inquiry into a notorious serial rapist, who terrorised southeast London for more than 17 years.

Also: BritBox: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

DocPlay

Cold Case Hammarskjöld (26 Oct)

In 1961, UN secretary-general Dag Hammarskjöld’s plane crashed fatally on African soil under mysterious circumstances. Danish director Mads Brügger investigate the case with fresh eyes, and discovers something sinister.

Also: DocPlay: new documentaries streaming in October 2023

Apple TV+

The Enfield Poltergeist (27 Oct)

Olivia Booth-Ford as Janet Hodgson in The Enfield Poltergeist. Image: Apple TV+.

A new documentary about the chilling true story of the world’s most famous poltergeist case – which took place between 1977 and 1979 in Enfield, England – through original audio recordings made inside the house as the events unfolded.

CURSES! (27 Oct)

A new spooky animated kids series from DreamWorks Animation. A longstanding family curse turns Alex Vanderhouven to stone – and now it’s up to his children, Pandora and Russ, and his wife, Sky, to save the day.

Also: Apple TV+: new shows and films streaming in October 2023

Paul Dalgarno is author of the novels A Country of Eternal Light (2023) and Poly (2020); the memoir And You May Find Yourself (2015); and the creative non-fiction book Prudish Nation (2023). He was formerly Deputy Editor of The Conversation and joined ScreenHub as Managing Editor in 2022. X: @pauldalgarno. Insta: @dalgarnowrites