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September is one of those months that proves just how underrated Amazon Prime Video is. It may not have that new Star Trek series or a Marvel superhero crossover, but it does have the return of Golden Globe-winning, groundbreaking drama about a trans woman, a powerfully moving autobiographical drama, weekly episodes of one of the most unsung series of recent years (Halt and Catch Fire), and the third run of Starz’s historical fantasy romance, Outlander. All that and the arrival of Moonlight, Manchester by the Sea, Jackie and Lion, and you have a month with so many awards under its belt that it’s a wonder Amazon’s trousers haven’t fallen down.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Amazon Prime Video UK in September 2017:
The Edge of Seventeen – 2nd September
Hailee Steinfeld is superb in this honest, frank drama about the pains of growing up. Life is no easier for high school junior Nadine, who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother, Darian (Blake Jenner), starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever. (Watch out for Woody Harrelson in a scene-stealing role as her sarcastic teacher.)
One Mississippi: Season 2 – 8th September
Love is in the air in when we pick back up with Tig (Tig Notaro), her stepfather, Bill (John Rothman), and her brother, Remy (Noah Harpster), living together again in the family’s home in Mississippi. It’s a season of new beginnings and new relationships for each of them, all of which test their personal status quo… as well as family boundaries. Tig resumes her radio career in Biloxi with producer Kate (Stephanie Allynne) by her side, although her outspoken point of view proves controversial for the local market. An opportunity to take a bigger stage in New Orleans comes with more reach, but also more responsibility.
The Handmaiden – 8th September
Based on the 2002 Sarah Waters novel, Fingersmith, Park Chan-wook’s Palme d’Or contender, The Handmaiden, is a mystery romance by way of Anaïs Nin-like erotica. For some, the cocktail of melodrama and raunchy lesbian sex scenes will lead to accusations of kitsch and superficiality, but that is to underestimate the inner workings of the movie and overlook its overall cleverness. (Read our full review.)
Outlander: Season 3 – 11th September
This epic historical romance picks up right after Claire (Caitriona Balfe) travels through the stones to return to her life in 1948. Now pregnant with Jamie’s (Sam Heughan) child, she struggles with the fallout of her sudden reappearance and its effect on her marriage to her first husband, Frank (Tobias Menzies). Meanwhile, in the 18th century, Jamie suffers from the aftermath of his doomed last stand at the historic battle of Culloden, as well as the loss of Claire. As the years pass, Jamie and Claire attempt to make a life apart from one another, each haunted by the memory of their lost love. The budding possibility that Claire can return to Jamie in the past breathes new hope into Claire’s heart… as well as new doubt.
Manchester by the Sea – 15th September
“Do we have to talk about it now?” “No.” That’s Lee Chandler (Casey Affleck) and his nephew, Patrick (Lucas Hedges), after the sudden death of his brother, Joe (Kyle Chandler). It’s a sentiment that runs rife throughout Manchester by the Sea, a spikily hilarious drama about a family dealing with the pain of grief – by refusing to deal with it.
Transparent: Season 4 – 22nd September
The fourth season of Jill Soloway’s comedy-drama will see the Pfeffermans take off on a spiritual and political journey as they dig deep into their family’s history. Maura heads to Israel to speak at a conference and makes a startling discovery. Adrift in the desert, Maura, Ali, Sarah, Josh and Shelly set off on their own paths to find acceptance, love, and truth.
Dev Patel is sensational in this powerfully moving drama about a five-year-old Indian boy, who gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. 25 years later, after being adopted by a family in Australia, he sets out to find his lost family.
Moonlight – 29th September
This brooding deconstruction of masculinity and profoundly universal tale of personal identity is one of the best films of the year.
Jackie – 30th September
Natalie Portman is on award-worthy form in this deliciously unconventional biopic of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, who fights through grief and trauma following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s legacy.
Other new releases coming soon to Amazon Prime Video in September 2017:
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4, Episode 4
Preacher: Season 2, Episode 13
Outlander: Season 3, Episode 2
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4, Episode 5
Outlander: Season 3, Episode 3
Halt and Catch Fire: Season 4, Episode 6
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