From drag queens to ultimate beastmasters, Netflix promises an intriguing month of TV
Made in 1991, Jennie Livingston’s iconic documentary about drag queens living in New York City gave the world its first taste of their ‘House’ culture, a kind of guild system within the subculture that provides a home and community for the performers on the fringes of society. Members of each House compete in elaborate balls that see them dress up in themed costume and voguing their way down the stage. Full of great one-liners, the film also poignantly explores issues of racism and poverty, featuring interviews with some of the most famous drag queens on the scene, including Willi Ninja and Dorian Corey.
As part of Netflix’s ongoing deal with the US network the CW, the newest teen drama series arrives on Irish screens with considerable Internet buzz. Inspired by the characters of the long-running Archie Comics series, Kiwi actor KJ Apa plays Archie Andrews, who finds himself at the centre of a mystery after another high school student drowns in suspicious circumstances.
Starring drew Barrymore and Timothy Olyphant, married couple Sheila and Joel are happy real-estate agents in the southern Californian city. But their lives take an unexpected – and surprisingly bloody – turn when Sheila starts to undergo a transformation into a zombie, finding that with her new undead status comes an insatiable taste for human flesh. From the creator of My Name is Earl and the cult classic Andy Richter Controls the Universe, the series promises a subversive take on family comedy.
This documentary series should do for architecture and design what Chef’s Table did for haute cuisine, the show looks beyond blueprints and computers into the art and science of design, showcasing great designers from every discipline whose work shapes our world.
Starring Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul’s Bob Odenkirk, this offbeat comedy-drama takes place in a city where greeting card writers are celebrated like movie stars, Odenkirk’s Ray was once the biggest name in the Romance section. Trying to find his former glory and the feelings that made him so successful, Ray somehow gets caught up in a web of lies and murder as colleagues and competitors vie to create the perfect sentiment for a new holiday, the eponymous ‘Girlfriend’s Day’.
From writer-director Macon Blair, this comedy drama starring Melanie Lynskey and Elijah Wood premiered recently at the Sundance Film Festival, with Netflix snapping up the distribution rights. When a depressed woman is robbed, she finds a new sense of purpose by tracking down the thieves alongside her obnoxious neighbour. But they soon find themselves dangerously out of their depth against a pack of degenerate criminals.
A truly global event that show’s Netflix flexing its muscle as the world’s channel, Sylvester Stallone is lending his presence to this intense obstacle course competition that will see competitors from six countries battle it out for the ultimate title. Netflix has produced six localised versions, with local languages, hosts and contestants from Brazil, Germany, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and the US, all culminating in a grand finale between the best each country can offer.