Hands up if you’re planning to go outside this summer. You obviously haven’t seen what’s coming to Netflix in August.
If the promise of Baz Luhrmann’s The Get Down wasn’t enough to have you locking the door and drawing the curtains, Netflix is bringing a selection of the last year’s best movies and TV shows to your air-conditioned living room, from Sicario, Creed and The Lobster to the BBC’s Wolf Hall. Those alone are worth the £7.49 monthly subscription. Add in Baz Luhrmann and you’ve got yourself a compelling reason not to step outside until September.
Here’s what’s coming soon to Netflix UK in August 2016:
Note: This is official information provided by Netflix. All dates are subject to change – we will keep this page updated to reflect this, as well as to add new titles, as we confirm them.
Donald Trump’s The Art of the Deal: The Movie – 1st August
Funny or Die’s fake biopic of Donald Trump surprised everyone when it popped up online earlier this year, starring none other Johnny Depp as the presidential wannabe. The movie purports to tell the story of the billionaire, who has it all: money, power, respect, and an Eastern European bride. Taking its title from Trump’s 1987 book, the movie claims to have been made in the 1980s with Trump as writer, director, producer and star – until it ended up locked away in a vault. Now, Ron Howard (playing himself as the narrator) has unearthed it to show the world.
The real story is no less bizarre, with the cast including such names as Alfred Molina, Patton Oswalt, Henry Winkler, Stephen Merchant, Christopher Lloyd and Kristen Schaal – all of whom kept their mouths shut on the project before its unexpected release.
Sicario – 1st August
Denis Villeneuve’s thriller, starring a bad-ass Emily Blunt, is so intense it has blisters on its blisters. Read our review.
Green Wing – 1st August
Tamsin Greig, Stephen Mangan and Julian Rhind-Tutt star in Channel 4’s medical comedy set in a (thankfully) fictional hospital. Fast-paced, occasionally in slow-motion, this is a silly, surreal, side-splitting sitcom.
Person of Interest: Season 4 – 1st August
Jim Caviezel stars in Jonathan Nolan’s crime thriller, which sees a former CIA officer trying to stop crimes in New York that are predicted by a machine.
Small Animal Hospital with John Barrowman – 1st August
Does exactly what it says on the tin.
Holding the Man – 1st August
Epic, intimate, universal. This drama, based on the true story of an ill-fated romance between two men, deserves to be a crowd-pleaser. Read our review.
The Way He Looks – 1st August
Daniel Ribeiro’s coming-of-age story, based on his 2010 short film, follows a blind high school student in Brazil, who is taking his first steps towards both independence and sexuality. It ranks among the best teen movies. Read our review.
The Eichmann Show – 1st August
A BBC drama about the efforts to broadcast the 1961 trial of Adolf Eichmann in Israel. A moving, gripping reminder of the banality of evil – and the importance of telling what happened to new generations. Read our review.
Project Nim – 3rd August
James Marsh’s documentary about an experiment intended to break the language barrier between animals and people by raising a baby chimp like a human child is heartbreaking stuff.
Beat Bugs – 3rd August
The Beatles are coming to Netflix, as part of this new original kids’ series. The bugs themselves are five friends – Jay, Kumi, Crick, Buzz, and Walter – who band together to explore and learn in an overgrown suburban backyard. Where do the Fab Four fit in? The show incorporates songs from the Lennon/McCartney ‘Northern Songs’ catalogue, to tell “uplifting and life-affirming stories filled with hope and melody”.
Some of the most well-known Beatles songs are woven into the narrative of each episode, with Eddie Vedder, P!nk, James Bay, Sia, The Shins, Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Regina Spektor, James Corden, and Birdy each recording their rendition of an iconic song.
Good Hair – 3rd August
Jeff Stilson’s HBO documentary follows Chris Rock, as he investigates how African-American women have styled their hair over the years. What is acceptable? What is desirable? And how does their chosen hairstyle define them?
Ever After High: Epic Winter: Season 5 – 5th August
The seventh TV special produced for the Ever After High cartoon series, which sees the Snow King cast an endless blizzard over the land.
The Little Prince – 5th August
From Mark Osborne, the Oscar-nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes an award-winning adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl (Mackenzie Foy), who’s being prepared by her mother (Rachel McAdams) for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator (Jeff Bridges). The Aviator introduces her to an extraordinary new world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince (Riley Osborne). It’s here that her magical and emotional journey into the universe of The Little Prince begins.
David Cross: Making America Great Again – 5th August
Netflix continues to build its library of original stand-up specials with the comedy stylings of David Cross. He must be that Tobias Funke everyone’s talking about.
Brooklyn – 8th August
Saoirse Ronan stars as Eilis, a young Irish immigrant who moves to New York in the 1950s, where she falls into a romance with strapping local Italian boy Anthony Fiorello (Emory Cohen). Soon, though, she finds herself pining for her home country – and another male suitor (Jim Farrell – Domhnall Gleeson) who proves just as charismatic. John Cowley’s Oscar-nominated drama is “gloriously old-fashioned tale of identity, belonging and starting over”.
The Lobster – 8th August
Yorgos Lanthimos’ superb, surreal comedy stars Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, John C Reilly and Ben Whishaw and is set in the near-future, where being single is illegal. Not coupled? Then you check in at The Hotel, where you have 45 days to find a mate. Succeed and you’re moved to a yacht for a honeymoon before being sent out into the wider, married world. Fail and your stay comes to an end. Oh, and you’re turned into an animal of your choice.
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – 10th August
Cloverfield’s Matt Reeves picks up the camera for this sequel to 2011’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes reboot. As a team of human settlers struggle to survive after the ape virus spread across the planet, they find themselves having to work with the primates – until politics causes war to break out.
The Get Down – 12th August
Chronicling how New York at the brink of bankruptcy gave birth to a new art form, Baz Luhrmann’s series is set in 1977, charting the rise of hip-hop through the lives, music, art and dance of the South Bronx kids who would change the world forever.
Project MC2: Season 2 – 12th August
The Daytime Emmy-nominated series was produced by Netflix in association with MGA, the company behind the Bratz dolls. Unlike Bratz, though, the Project Mc2 dolls celebrate smarts, with the story and characters (McKeyla, Adrienne, Bryden and Camryn) based around the STEAM curriculum, which prioritises the subjects of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
Gotham: Season 2 – 14th August
The comic book prequel series continues to chart the rise of Commissioner Gordon (Ben McKenzie) from rookie detective to Gotham PD’s top brass – a rise that’s threatened at every step by a growing arsenal of villains.
Creed – 16th August
Ryan Coogler’s sensational Rocky sequel, starring Michael B Jordan, is a gripping, moving human drama that finds fresh weight in boxing movie conventions.
Zoo: Season 1 – 16th August
Netflix has snapped up the exclusive SVOD rights for CBS’ thriller, , based on the book by James Patterson, which follows American zoologist Jackson Oz (James Wolk, Mad Men), who witnesses strange behaviour in the wild animals he studies in Botswana. Jackson manages to save one person from a vicious lion attack: Chloe Tousignant (Nora Arnezeder, Safe House), a French Intelligence agent. Together with safari guide Abraham (Nonso Anozie, Game of Thrones), they begin to investigate the evidence behind the increasing number of animal attacks around the planet…
A Man for All Seasons – 17th August
Paul Scofield is excellent as Sir Thomas More in Fred Zinnemann’s 1967 adaptation of Robert Polt’s play, which follows More’s resistance against King Henry VIII’s plan to annul his marriage to Catherine of Aragon so he can wed Anne Boleyn. Presenting history from the other side of the fence to Thomas Cromwell, this is a perfect companion piece to Wolf Hall, also arriving on Netflix this month.
Puffin Rock: Season 2 – 17th August
Netflix’s original preschool series returns for a second season. The show is set on a beautiful island off the coast of Ireland. Oona is a charismatic and plucky young puffling, who, along with her ever-curious little brother Baba, explores the diverse array of sea, sky, land and underground creatures. The series introduces a combination of preschool themes and soft natural history learning to young viewers. Acclaimed actor Chris O’Dowd narrates.
Fearless – 19th August
This Netflix original docu-series follows the unique lives of Brazil’s top bull riders competing in Professional Bull Riders from Sao Paulo’s Barretos event to the PBR World Finals in Las Vegas. The series spans six episodes with Chef’s Table’s Andrew Fried as showrunner.
Wolf Hall – 25th August
You’ve either read it or you haven’t. Or, perhaps more likely, you’ve started to read it and never quite managed to finish. But Hilary Mantel’s novel makes for beautifully gripping television, as we follow Thomas Cromwell’s rising power in the court of Henry VIII. Adapted by Peter Straughan, director Peter Kosminsky shoots events like it’s modern day Washington, with natural light giving the marvellous Mark Rylance more than enough shadows to lurk in. It’s like watching A Man for All Seasons shot by Michael Mann. Speaking of which, A Man for All Seasons is also arriving on Netflix the week before; the perfect warm-up act.
XOXO – 26th August
Set against the backdrop of America’s biggest EDM festival, XOXO follows six strangers whose lives collide in one frenetic, dream-chasing, hopelessly romantic night. At the center is Ethan, a young DJ who gets a last minute slot to perform after his tracks go viral online days before the festival. He just has to make it there in one piece.
Glitter Force: Season 2 – 26th August
When the magical kingdom of Jubiland is invaded by an evil emperor and his band of fairytale villains, a tiny pixie named Candy recruits five pre-teen girls to form Glitter Force and help defend Earth from becoming their next target.
Dawn of the Croods: Season 2 – 26th August
Eep, Grug, Thunk, Ugga, Sandy and Gran are back in the second run of Netflix’s animated sitcom set before DreamWorks Animations’ Dawn of the Croods. Follow the family as they meet new friends, outrun new creatures and encounter “firsts” the world has never seen – such as school, sleepovers, hiccups and elections.
Other new releases coming soon to Netflix UK in August 2016:
Where the Road Runs Out
Sparks and Embers
Listen Up Philip
The Paedophile Next Door
Children of God
The End of the World Cult
Inside A Cult, Messiah on Trial
Real Crime: Diamond Geezer
Real Crime: Hannah’s Killer
How Clean Is Your Crime Scene
Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23
Winter in Wartime
Tell Spring Not to Come This Year
For the Love of a Man
Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
Apex: The Story of the Hypercar
Precision: The Measure of All Things
Martin Clunes: Man to Manta
Martin Clunes: Last Lemur Standing
Martin Clunes: Heavy Horsepower
Martin Clunes: A Lion Called Mugie
Man and Beast with Martin Clunes
The Prince Who Turns Into a Frog
Step Up: All In
Blackstone: Seasons 1 to 5
You’re My Destiny: Season 1
The Gods of Wheat Street: Season 1
Oranges and Sunshine
Scream: Season 2, Episode 10
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 6
Who Took Johnny
Mothers and Daughters
Power: Season 3, Episode 4
Scream: Season 2, Episode 11
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 7
The Originals: Season 3
Power: Season 3, Episode 5
Over the Hedge
Masha and the Bear: Season 2
Russell Brand: End the Drugs Wars
Russell Brand: From Addication to Recovery
Scream: Season 2, Episode 12
The Way We Were
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 8
Steve Aoki: I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead
Power: Season 3, Episode 6
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 9
Jeff Foxworthy and Larry the Cable Guy: We’ve Been Thinking
Death in Paradise: Season 4
The Shannara Chronicles
Power: Season 3, Episode 7
The State of Marriage
Hello I Am David!
Pretty Little Liars: Season 7, Episode 10
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Heir Hunters: Season 3 to 4
Real Crime: Supermarket Heist
Interview with a Serial Killer
Cocaine: Season 1
Secrets of Great British Castles: Season 1
The Big Interview with Dan Rather: Season 1 to 2
Metropolis: Season 1
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