Netflix: new Australian films and series announced

Several new Australian titles will either be released or start production this year.

Netflix has announced a number of new films and series to add to its upcoming Australian slate, all of which will either be released or start production this year.

Que Minh Luu, Director of Content Australia & New Zealand, had this to say about the upcoming titles:

Love is in the Air

‘Giving our slate a romance boost, Australia’s sweetheart Delta Goodrem stars in this movie about a seaplane pilot falling for the man sent to sink her business. Filmed in Queensland’s Whitsundays, Love is in the Air will set hearts aflutter with its familiar and comforting “will they, won’t they” journey towards love.’

ONEFOUR: Against All Odds

‘This documentary sheds light on a controversy dispute that’s still playing out today. On one side you have arguably the most popular drill rap group in Australia, some of whom skirted on the wrong side of the law. On the other side, you have a dedicated police task force trying to shut them down and prevent them from performing. Although ONEFOUR are not typically featured on mainstream TV, they are wildly popular – and these are the quintessentially Australian stories that we want to tell.’

Desert King (Working Title)

‘Set in the Australian Outback, this epic succession tale revolves around billionaire miners, Traditional Owners, cowboys and desert gangsters fighting over the world’s biggest cattle station the size of Wales. The series is going to be red and dusty because it’s the Outback, but it’ll also be sexy with a lot of guns and helicopters. And a lot of cows.’

The Survivors (Working Title)

‘We’re teaming up with Tony Ayers Productions to adapt The Survivors, by acclaimed Australian author Jane Harper, into an ambitious crime-mystery limited series. Set in a Tasmanian seaside town, the cerebral narrative explores the impact of unresolved grief.’ 

‘We’re a team of Aussies working with Aussies to make shows that are for us, by us and about us.,’ Luu said. ‘When we embrace local flavour unabashedly, our audiences feel seen and understood – and they fall in love with our stories.’

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