June Streaming Releases

Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (Netflix)

Covid-19 may have seen Eurovision cancelled this year, but that hasn’t stopped Will Ferrell. In this David Dobkin-directed comedy, Ferrell co-writes and stars as Icelandic singer Lars Erickssong, partnering up with fellow countrywoman Sigrit Ericksdottir (Rachel McAdams) to represent their nation at Eurovision. Also featuring Pierce Brosnan, Demi Lovato and Graham Norton – Britain’s voice of the show plays himself – it’s already produced one comedy gold track, ‘Volcano Man’, sung by Ferrell and Swedish singer Molly Sandén. Time to organize your annual Eurovision party.

The Politician Season 2 (Netflix)

Ryan Murphy – the prolific TV guru behind Glee, Nip/Tuck, Pose, American Horror Story and, lately, Hollywood– just keeps on coming. The second season of The Politician is upon us, picking up right from where the inaugural run ended, with Ben Platt’s super-ambitious preppy-looking college student Payton Hobart looking to upend Senate Majority Leader Dede Standish (Judith Light) in the New York State Senate race. There will be returns too for Bette Midler and Gwyneth Paltrow, who plays Payton’s mother Georgina.

7500 (Amazon Prime)

Recalling films like Phone Booth and Buried – essentially, a male lead trapped in a confined space – 7500 takes place in the cockpit of an Airbus A319, on its way from Berlin to Paris. A real-time thriller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt is Tobias, an American pilot who sees his world turned upside down when terrorists attempt a mid-air takeover. Directed and co-written by Patrick Vollrath, the film makes a credible effort to build up a tense nail-biting ninety-minute ride as Tobias and his co-pilot try to fend off the attackers.

Guns Akimbo (Amazon Prime)

Daniel Radcliffe plays Miles, a computer programmer who gets kidnapped, drugged and wakes up to discover he’s a participant in an all-too-real fight to the death, which is being live-streamed. With Miles up against the game’s most merciless player – played by Ready or Not‘s Samara Weaving – the film attempts to satirize the nature of online gaming culture, trolls and all. Directed by New Zealand filmmaker Jason Lei Howden, it’s a bloody mix of films like Hardcore Henry and the classic Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle, The Running Man.

All shows available from June 2020 onwards.

James Mottram