New to NZ streaming services this April


No foolin’—this April is golden for new shows and films on Aotearoa’s streaming services. Check out our handpicked highlights for each provider.

New to Neon

The Handmaid’s Tale: Season 4

Available from 29 April

Elisabeth Moss returns for Hulu’s Golden Globe-winning hit series, an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel.

See also:
* Everything on Neon this April
* Everything on Netflix this April
* All new streaming movies & series

The Nevers

Available from 12 April

HBO’s new sci-fi action series, set during the last years of Victoria’s reign, follows the survival story of a select few Londoners (most of them women) who possess strange supernatural abilities.

Mare of Easttown

Available from 19 April

This seven-part limited series puts the almighty Kate Winslet in the shoes of a small-town Pennsylvania detective investigating a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart.

Younger: The Final Season

Available from 17 April

The hit comedy-drama about a woman in her 40s, constantly mistaken for being in her mid-20s, reaches its seventh and final season. Haven’t checked it out yet? Lucky for you, all previous seasons just arrived on Neon.

Bill & Ted Face the Music

Available from 5 April

Two men who definitely aren’t mistaken for twentysomethings, Bill and Ted are now fathers and must jump through time once again to save the world in this sequel that “has turned out to be better than it perhaps any right to be…”

Savage

Available from 15 April

Last year’s praised New Zealand drama charts the evolution of a gang member across three decades. As Daniel Rutledge states in his review: “It is a fascinating and deeply sad look at the cycle of violence.”

Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Justice is Gray

Available from 4 April

If four hours of Zack Snyder’s Justice League wasn’t enough, now you can experience a special black-and-white version of the director’s cut.

New to Netflix

Concrete Cowboy

Available from 2 April

Idris Elba and Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin lead this modern-day drama about a young man sent to live with his estranged father for the summer. Rebellious in nature, the teenager finds himself wrapped up in Philadelphia’s tight community of Black cowboys.

This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist

Available from 7 April

Deep dive docuseries covering one of the most notorious art thefts in history involving a staggering $500 million in stolen artworks by the likes of Rembrandt, Johannes Vermeer, Edgar Degas, and Édouard Manet.

Love and Monsters

Available from 14 April

Dylan O’Brien (The Maze Runner) leads this post-apocalypse action-comedy as a survivor of a “monsterpocalypse” who leaves his bunker after years of shelter and braves the creature-inhabited Earth in order to find his high school sweetheart. Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects.

Stowaway

Available from 22 April

The small crew aboard a two-year-long mission to Mars find they have an unexpected passenger, one who is as surprised to find himself in space as they are. Anna Kendrick and Toni Collette join Daniel Dae Kim and Shamier Anderson for this space thriller from the director of 2018’s Arctic.

Life in Colour with David Attenborough

Available from 22 April

In a new series, nature documentary icon David Attenborough reveals the extraordinary ways in which animals use colour: to win a mate, to fight off rivals and to warn enemies.

New to Disney+

Genius: Aretha

Available from 30 April

In this third season of National Geographic’s Genius series, Oscar-nominee Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) is the great Aretha Franklin with Golden Globe-nominee Courtney B Vance as CL Franklin.

Solar Opposites: Season 2

Available from 9 April

The alien family in the animated comedy from the co-creator of Rick and Morty return for a new season (and they’re still stuck on the living hellscape known as Planet Earth).

Big Shot

Available from 16 April

Stood down from his role as a college basketball coach, one temperamental man must now teach an elite all-girls private high school in this Disney series.

Earth Moods

Available from 16 April

National Geographic’s five-part experience through nature. No story. No narrator. Just the sights of vast landscapes from across the natural world, accompanied by a score from Massive Attack’s Neil Davidge.

Star Wars: Clone Wars

Available from 2 April

The cult classic, Emmy-winning animated micro-series from Samurai Jack creator Genndy Tartakovsky finds a home this month on Disney’s streaming platforms alongside other Star Wars tales like… Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventure and Ewoks: The Battle for Endor.

New to Prime Video

Without Remorse

Available from 30 April

Michael B. Jordan (Creed) leads this action thriller based on Tom Clancy’s novel as an ex-Navy SEAL out for revenge against the Baltimore drug lord that murdered his girlfriend.

Them

Available from 9 April

In this 10-episode horror series, a Black American family moves into a seemingly idyllic house in an all-white neighbourhood. But when malevolent forces appear, their new home turns into a living nightmare.

The Year Earth Changed Apple TV+

New to Apple+

The Year Earth Changed

Available from 16 April

David Attenborough takes the viewer through life during the 2020 COVID-19 global lockdown, and how nature started to reclaim what was lost, in this one-hour BBC documentary special.

The Mosquito Coast

Available from 30 April

In this series adaptation of Paul Theroux’s novel, a seemingly normal American family suddenly find themselves on the run and fleeing for Mexico when the father (Emmy-winner Justin Theroux), an inventor and radical idealist, discovers the US government is after him.

New to DocPlay

Brazen Hussies

Available from 8 April

Interweaving archival footage and personal accounts from activists, this documentary paints a picture of the Women’s Liberation Movement (1965 -1975) in Australia.

Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

Available from 22 April

Documentary biopic detailing the life and career of Oliver Sacks, the legendary neurologist and storyteller who battled drug addiction and homophobia as well as the medical establishment.

Creamerie

New to TVNZ

Creamerie

Available from 19 April

Friday Night Bites stars Ally Xue, Perlina Lau and JJ Fong lead this Aotearoa dystopian series as farmers in the near-future where a plague has killed off 99% of men on Earth. One dark night, the trio accidentally run into the rarest of creatures—a man.

Jandal Burn: Season 2

Available from 12 April

The animated slacker comedy from New Zealand studio Mukpuddy (Tumeke Space) returns, with Frickin’ Dangerous Bro’s Pax Assadi and Billy T Award-winner Kura Forrester also returning as the voices of kiwifruit Kev and kiwi bird Puku.

The End

Available from 22 April

Emmy-nominee Harriet Walter (Sense and Sensibility) and Golden Globe-nominee Frances O’Conner (The Missing) lead this cross-generation Australian drama where relatives share an obsession about death and how to die with dignity.

The Watch

Available from 2 April

Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones) leads this tongue-in-cheek fantasy series based on the characters from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, following a group of misfits tasked with thwarting a plot to resurrect a world-ending dragon.

The Fall

Available from 12 April

Before he became known for playing a super-rich guy with a sex dungeon, Jamie Dornan starred as a serial killer hidden in plain sight while being hunted by Gillian Anderson. Now, all three seasons of the hit BBC crime thriller arrive on TVNZ On Demand.

Shudder's The Power

New to Shudder

The Power

Available from 8 April

In a dilapidated 1973 British hospital, a young nurse working the night shift must suddenly deal with a terrifying presence after the power switches off across the country.

Creepshow: Season 2

Available from 1 April

Shudder’s original Creepshow series returns with a brand new anthology of terror tales.

2021 Fangoria Chainsaw Awards

Playing live 19 April from midday NZT

Wished the Oscars were a little more… horror-y? Then this is the awards show you’ve been bleeding for. This year’s big nominees include The Invisible Man, Freaky, Relic, Color Out of Space and Possessor.

New to Rent and Buy

Promising Young Woman

Available from 7 April

A young woman (Carey Mulligan) tries to right a wrong from her past by taking revenge on predatory men in this Oscar-nominee for Best Picture.

Monsoon

Available from 8 April

Henry Golding (Crazy Rich Asians) leads this romance drama from the BAFTA-nominated director of Lilting as a British Vietnamese man who, after fleeing Saigon because of the Vietnam War, returns.

Let Them All Talk

Available from 28 April

Meryl Streep reunites with director Steven Soderbergh playing a seasoned author on a cruise in writing limbo. Co-stars Dianne Wiest and Candice Bergen play her longtime friends as well as Lucas Hedges (Lady Bird) as her nephew, the film was shot during an actual week-long cruise with paying customers aboard.

Penguin Bloom

Available from 21 April

Naomi Watts is a paralysed wife and mother who, along with her photographer husband (Andrew Lincoln, TV’s The Walking Dead), finds solace in rescuing and raising a magpie chick in this true story drama.

Shadow in the Cloud

Available from 14 April

In this action-horror film by Kiwi director Roseanne Liang, Chloë Grace Moretz plays a World War II pilot on a secret mission. Forced to board a plane with an all-male crew who question her identity, she must suddenly relay and confront a threat hidden in the clouds.

Wrong Turn

Available from 21 April

While hiking the Appalachian Trail, a group of friends stray off course and into a deadly land inhabited by a hidden community of mountain dwellers in this horror from the director of The Domestics.

Pinocchio

Available from 8 April

Matteo Garrone, two-time BAFTA-nominated director of Dogman and Gomorra, helms this live-action take on the beloved fairytale.

Romantic Road

Available from 8 April

An intrepid UK couple sets out to drive their 1936 Rolls Royce across India to Bangladesh for a festival in this indie road trip documentary.

Liverpool FC: The End of the Storm

Available from 8 April

Boasting unprecedented access to Liverpool Football Club, this documentary follows the 2019/20 Premier League winning season.