Our monthly round-up of the most talked-about Netflix works you should be shortlisting:
What it’s about: A coming-of-age story centred around British teens Otis and Maeve. The former lives with his mother, an in-house sex therapist, and has a wealth of knowledge on the topic that would rival men twice his age — thanks to constant conversations about it at home. Maeve, a whip-smart feminist rebel, talks Otis into opening an underground sex clinic at school to deal with their fellow students’ issues, and to up their social cred.
Who stars in it: Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield and Emma Mackey
Why watch it: Let’s face it, everyone’s gone through puberty and all the angst, curiosity and experiments that come with it. Dealing with sensitive topics such as being religious yet sexually confused, abortion or even just carving out your own identity against parents’ expectations in a humorous and astute manner, this is the TV series you wish had been available when you were growing up.
What it’s about: A lone bodyguard who has been tasked to protect the bratty heiress to an oil fortune, from assassins.
Who stars in it: Noomi Rapace and Sophie Nelisse
Why watch it: Rapace has proven herself to be a natural at taking on tough female roles (see The Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, Prometheus) and she nails the bodyguard role without ever dropping into caricatures or stereotypes. Besides which, her role is actually based on a real-life bodyguard — Jacquieline Davis, who became the first female bodyguard in the UK and subsequent clients included J.K Rowling.
FYRE: The Greatest Party That Never Happened
What it’s about: If you don’t know about the much-panned and fraudulent Fyre festival, where have you been? The sell-billed luxury music festival was supposed to take place over the summer of 2017, and it was as high-profile as it got with models such as Kendall Jenner, Bella Hadid and Emily Ratajkowski promoting it (though they failed to disclose they were paid to do so). Long story cut short: attendees flew in to the Bahamas, only to find that everything was in shambles, literally. Think being served cheese sandwiches and wet mattresses.
Why watch it: If you revel in schadenfreude, you’ll love this documentary of how a supposedly top-tier luxury music festival went up (or is it down?) in smokes. We get it, it’s nice to watch self-important influencers and celebrities get taken down a notch and we’re not going to apologise for it, but the documentary also shows the other side; the people who actually worked hard to make the festival happen, as well as the native Bahamians.
What it’s about: Scientist Sam Walden is one of the few humans left on a post-apocalyptic Earth — most of humanity has already forsaken the planet for Io (one of Jupiter’s moons) as Earth’s atmosphere has become too toxic for life. Reminder: that’s probably what will happen in the future. Why is she staying? She has faith that life will find a way to adapt to the new conditions and is desperately trying to prove that her hypothesis holds up.
Who’s in it: Margaret Qualley and Anthony Mackie (Captain America: Civil War)
Why watch it: If sci-fi dystopias are your thing (and they’re increasingly inescapable), you *might* like IO. Some have compared it to The Martian in reverse — remember Matt Damon trying to escape Mars for Earth? — but IO sadly does not have the same thrilling impact. If anything, it’s a really slowing moving piece with ponderous harping on philosophy. If that’s your thing, fire away.