Here's All The New Australian Movies And TV Shows In 2016
AKA every reason why you’re probably not leaving your house this year.
1. The Daughter
2. Wide Open Sky
What it's about: Winner of the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the 2015 Sydney Film Festival, Wide Open Sky follows a children's choir in a remote corner of outback Australia. The kids travel far from their homes to music camp where they only have three days to learn a demanding new repertoire.
3. Looking for Grace
4. Down Under
What it's about: A comedy set in the aftermath of the Cronulla riots when two carloads of hotheads, through a series of hijinks, turn a retaliation mission into something neither side expected. Starring Lincoln Younes, Damon Herriman, David Field, Rahel Romahn, Michael Denkha.
What it's about: In 2013, a fight broke out on Everest at 21,000ft between Sherpas and a group of European climbers. Setting out to document what happened, a group of filmmakers ventured out to Everest in 2014, but what they captured was a tragedy that would change Everest, and the Sherpa industry, forever.
6. Spin Out
7. Highly Strung
What it's about: A documentary that follows the incredible world of the Australian String Quartet and the impeccable instruments they hold near and dear.
What it's about: Based on the incredible true story A Long Way Home by Saroo Briely, Lion follows Saroo (Dev Patel) as a 5-year-old who finds himself travelling on the wrong train away from his family. Later adopted by an Australian couple, Saroo spends years hiding his desire to reunite with his lost family, until one day he embarks on one of the greatest searches of modern times. Also stars Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, and Rooney Mara.
9. The Family Law
10. The Wizards of Aus
11. Deep Water
What it's about: A four-part drama series about gay-hate murders in Sydney in the '80s and '90s, with a companion feature-length documentary telling the true crime story it's based on.
What it's about: Based on the novel by Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda follows Melbourne teen Danny Kelly (Elias Anton) as he strives to make it to the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games and win gold. Also featuring Matt Nable, Ben Kindon, Rachel Griffiths, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, and Rhys Mitchell.
15. David Stratton’s Story of Australian Cinema
What it's about: A Margaret-less David takes us on a journey through the history of Australian Cinema in this three-part special.
16. Lukewarm Sex
What it's about: "Australia's most awkward comedian" Luke McGregor explores Australians' sex lives in this six-part series that follows his quest to get really, really good in bed.
17. Tomorrow When The War Began
18. Here Come The Habibs!
19. Hide & Seek
What it's about: A new crime thriller that follows police and immigration officials who, while investigating a murder, uncover a secret network of potential terrorists that travelled to Australia using false documents.
20. House of Bond
What it's about: The rags-to-riches story of Alan "Bondy" Bond's journey from a sporting hero and the richest man in Australia, to the country's greatest villain facing bankruptcy.
21. You're Back In The Room
What it's about: A new game show hosted by Daryl Somers that gives contestants the opportunity to win some great cash prizes, the only thing standing in their way: hypnotist Keith Barry.
22. This Time Next Year
What it's about: Utilising a new "time travel" format, This Time Next Year sees ordinary Australians pledging to overhaul their lives within the next 12 months. As they make their pledges, participants will reappear moments later, after undergoing their transformations.
23. Prison: First & Last 24 Hours
What it's about: A behind-the-bars look at what it's like for offenders starting their first day of jail, and those in their final 24 hours of serving sentences.
24. The Rookie
What it's about: One amateur NRL player will be given the opportunity to turn pro in this new reality series that sees 25 rookies put through rigorous training and challenges. Hosted by Brad "Freddie" Fittler, Mark "MG" Geyer, and Adam "Lammy" Lam.
25. The Wrong Girl
26. Australian Survivor
What it's about: A group of Aussies battle it out in a remote destination to see who can outwit, outplay and outlast to become the ultimate survivor.
28. Long Lost Family
What it's about: Hosted by Ahn Do and Chrissie Swan, Long Lost Family is a factual series that finds families who have been separated for years, and reunites them.
31. The Secret Daughter
What it's about: Developed specifically for Jess Mauboy and described as a "feel-good drama", The Secret Daughter is about a country pub singer who meets a wealthy city hotel owner who changes her life forever.
32. Sunday Night Takeaway
What it's about: Based on the UK's Saturday Night Takeaway, this is a variety show with celebrity guests featuring stunts and pranks, with the opportunity for audience members to "win the ads" (aka play for the contents of the items in the commercial break).
34. Kiss Bang Love
What it's about: Ten single people will be matched with 15 potential partners - a mix of strangers, acquaintances and exes. They have to kiss them all and decide who to take on a ~romantic getaway~.
35. The Day The Cash Came
What it's about: A social experiment in which families are given a large sum of cash, and then have to figure out what to do with it. The show promises "heartwarming highs and crushing lows."
36. Secret City (Showcase)
37. Deadline Design (Lifestyle Home)
What it's about: The Block's Shaynna Blaze gets her own show, focused on renovation and interior design to a deadline - a different milestone in her clients' lives each episode.
38. Donna Hay - Basics to Brilliance (LifeStyle FOOD)
What it's about: Donna Hay creating brilliant things out of basics.
39. The Kettering Incident (SoHo)
40. I Own Australia’s Best Home (LifeStyle HOME)
What it's about: Based on the popular British version, each episode sees an architect, an interior designer and a property expert spend 24 hours in beautiful homes around Australia and explore what makes them so awesome.
41. Tiny House World: Australia (LifeStyle HOME)
42. A Place To Call Home (Showcase)
What it's about: Foxtel has revived the fan-favourite for a fourth season, seeing the return of the period drama and all your favourite Blighs. Starring Marta Dusseldorp, Brett Climo, Noni Hazelhurst, Jenni Baird and Ben Winspear.
43. Bride of Jaws (Discovery Channel)
What it's about: A researcher and two shark attack survivors try to locate and tag Joan of Shark, a 5.5m, 1360kg Great White shark who roams the waters off the coast of Western Australia. This Shark Week special will follow their journey and the crazy techniques they used to try and attract Joan.
44. No Activity - Season 2
What it's about: Following on from Stan's first local original programming, No Activity returns for a second season of improvised police-centric comedy. Featuring Patrick Brammall, Darren Gilshenan, Harriet Dyer, David Field, Genevieve Morris, Dan Wyllie, Sacha Horler, and Ewen Leslie.