March brings the US premieres of four Down Under TV titles, including three brand new series and a feature film.
For updates about shows from Australia and New Zealand added to US linear TV and streaming channels throughout the month, see the Down Under TV Viewing Guide.
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Our Flag Means Death (US-NZ)
Based (very) loosely on the real-life adventures of 18th-century would-be pirate Stede Bonnet, this comedy series stars Rhys Darby (Wrecked, Flight of the Conchords) as Bonnet, who trades in his seemingly charmed life of a gentleman for one of a swashbuckling buccaneer. As captain of the pirate ship Revenge, he struggles to earn the respect of his potentially mutinous crew. However, his fortunes change after a fateful run-in with the infamous Captain Blackbeard (series co-creator and co-director Taika Waititi, Wellington Paranormal, What We Do in the Shadows), and Bonnet and crew attempt to get their ship together and survive life on the high seas.
Costars in the ensemble cast include Nathan Foad (Bloods), Samson Kayo (Bloods), Vico Ortiz (The Sex Lives of College Girls), Ewen Bremner (Trainspotting), Joel Fry (Game of Thrones), Matthew Maher (Captain Marvel), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Con O’Neill (Chernobyl), Guz Khan (Man Like Mobeen), David Fane (800 Words), Rory Kinnear (Years and Years), Samba Schutte (Sunnyside), Nat Faxon (The Descendants), Fred Armisen (Portlandia), and Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live).
Our Flag Means Death, a Max Original, premieres with its first three episodes on Thursday, March 3, exclusively on HBO Max. The ten-episode season continues with three episodes on March 10 and two episodes on March 17, concluding with two episodes on March 24.
Byron Baes (AU)
This new reality series follows Australian influencers as they flock to Byron Bay for its cool, creative vibe, and negotiate life and love in the midst of its warm, beachy beauty.
Byron Baes, a Netflix Series, premieres globally on Wednesday, March 9, exclusively on Netflix. (You can set a reminder for it now.)
The Newsreader (AU)
The winner of 5 AACTA Awards, including Best Drama Series, Best Lead Actress in a Drama (for Anna Torv), and Best Supporting Actor in a Drama (for William McInnes), this period drama revolves around the frantic world of broadcast news in the 1980s. The six-episode series follows the unconventional relationship between ambitious young reporter Dale Jennings (Sam Reid, Lambs of God, Prime Suspect: Tennison) and “difficult” star news anchor Helen Norville (Anna Torv, Secret City, Fringe).
The winner of eight AACTA Awards, including Best Film, this feature is based on the true story of Australia’s most notorious mass murderer, who killed 35 people and wounded 23 more in Port Arthur, Tasmania, in late April 1996. It stars Caleb Landry Jones (The Outpost, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) as Nitram, a young man living a life of isolation and frustration who develops an unexpected friendship with a reclusive heiress. When that relationship ends tragically, Nitram’s loneliness and anger culminate into the most nihilistic and heinous of acts.
Landry has won several awards for his portrayal of Nitram, including the AACTA Award for Best Lead Actor in Film and the Cannes Film Festival award for Best Actor. Costars in the film also brought home AACTA Awards, including Best Lead Actress in Film for Judy Davis (Mystery Road), Best Supporting Actor in Film for Anthony LaPaglia (Halifax: Retribution), and Best Supporting Actress in Film for Essie Davis (Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries).
Nitram has its US streaming premiere exclusively on AMC+ on Wednesday, March 30 — day and date with the film’s stateside theatrical release.
NON-PREMIERE PROGRAMS BEING ADDED TO STREAMING SERVICES
True History of The Kelly Gang (AU-UK-FR)
Based on Peter Carey’s novel True History of The Kelly Gang, this gritty biopic-western-historical drama is about legendary outlaw and bushranger Ned Kelly (George MacKay, 1917, Captain Fantastic), who leads a band of rebel warriors to wreak havoc on their oppressors.
Costars in the feature include Essie Davis (Miss Fisher & the Crypt of Tears), Nicholas Hoult (The Favourite), Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy), Claudia Karvan (Newton’s Law), and Russell Crowe (Gladiator).
True History of The Kelly Gang begins streaming Wednesday, March 2, as an SVOD exclusive on IFC Films Unlimited and its digital channels, including IFC Films Unlimited on Amazon, as well as on the AMC+ streaming bundle.
For details about the March premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For info about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.
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