Netflix Australia/New Zealand has announced the release dates for some of Netflix’s biggest spring/summer films. All four of them will show in cinemas across the country prior to being released on the streaming service.
Hal (Timothée Chalamet), wayward prince and reluctant heir to the English throne, has turned his back on royal life and is living among the people. But when his tyrannical father dies, Hal is crowned King Henry V and is forced to embrace the life he had previously tried to escape. Now the young king must navigate the palace politics, chaos and war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life — including his relationship with his closest friend and mentor, the aging alcoholic knight, John Falstaff (Joel Edgerton). Directed by David Michôd and co-written by Michôd and Edgerton, The King co-stars Sean Harris, Ben Mendelsohn, Robert Pattinson, and Lily-Rose Depp.
The King – October 11 (Australia theatrical); October 18 (New Zealand theatrical); November 1 (Netflix)
Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci star in Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, an epic saga of organised crime in post-war America told through the eyes of World War II veteran Frank Sheeran, a hustler, and hitman who worked alongside some of the most notorious figures of the 20th century. Spanning decades, the film chronicles one of the greatest unsolved mysteries in American history, the disappearance of legendary union boss Jimmy Hoffa, and offers a monumental journey through the hidden corridors of organised crime: its inner workings, rivalries, and connections to mainstream politics.
The Irishman – November 7 (Australia theatrical); November 22 (New Zealand theatrical); November 27 (Netflix)
Marriage Story is Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Noah Baumbach‘s incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up and a family staying together. The film stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver. Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta co-star.
Marriage Story – November 14 (Australia theatrical); November 29 (New Zealand theatrical); December 6 (Netflix)
The Two Popes
From Fernando Meirelles, the Academy Award-nominated director of “City of God,” and three-time Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten, comes an intimate story of one of the most dramatic transitions of power in the last 2,000 years. Frustrated with the direction of the church, Cardinal Bergoglio (Jonathan Pryce) requests permission to retire in 2012 from Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins). Instead, facing scandal and self-doubt, the introspective Pope Benedict summons his harshest critic and future successor to Rome to reveal a secret that would shake the foundations of the Catholic Church. Behind Vatican walls, a struggle commences between both tradition and progress, guilt and forgiveness, as these two very different men confront elements from their pasts in order to find common ground and forge a future for a billion followers around the world.
*Inspired by true events
The Two Popes – December 5 (Australia theatrical); December 13 (New Zealand theatrical); December 20 (Netflix)
All four films will be shown in participating cinemas:
- Brisbane: Dendy Cooparoo and Dendy Portside
- Canberra: Dendy Canberra
- Melbourne: Classic Cinema, Belgrave Cameo and Lido Cinema
- Sydney: Dendy Opera Quays, Dendy Newtown, Hayden Orpheum and The Ritz
- Perth: The Backlot
- Auckland: Monterey, Bridgeway, Capitol and Academy
- Christchurch: Lumiere
- Tauranga: Rialto
- Wellington: Roxy and Monterey Cinemas