There’s a whole raft of new content loading up on Stan this August… so buckle up!
I AM WOMAN – August 28
Stan Original Film / Available in 4K
Told for the first time on screen, the Stan Original Film I Am Woman is the inspiring story of Australian singer-songwriter Helen Reddy – the Grammy-award winning artist responsible for co-writing and singing ‘I Am Woman’ – a song that went on to become the anthem for the women’s movement in the 1970s. Directed by Unjoo Moon (The Zen of Bennett), I Am Woman stars Tilda Cobham-Hervey (Hotel Mumbai) as Helen Reddy, Danielle Macdonald (Dumplin’) as Lillian Roxon and Evan Peters (American Horror Story: Cult) as Jeff Wald. The filmis a story of fearless ambition and passion, of a woman who smashed through the patriarchal norms of her time to become the international singing superstar she always dreamed of being.
SEARCH PARTY – July 24
Every Episode – Seasons 1-3 / Only on Stan.
The long-awaited third season of the hipster comedy series Search Party is finally here, with every episode of the first two seasons also dropping on Stan the same day! A breakout hit with critics, Search Party isabout a group of four privileged, self-absorbed twenty-somethings who unwittingly become involved in a death and are forced to cover it up. The series stars Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) who is also a producer on the series, John Reynolds (Stranger Things), Meredith Hagner (Younger), John Early (Bad Neighbours 2) and Brandon Micheal Hall (God Friended Me). Guest stars include Ron Livingston (Sex and the City), Christine Taylor (Zoolander), Rosie Perez (White Men Can’t Jump) and more.
LITTLE BIRDS – August 5
Brand New Series / All Episodes at Once / Only on Stan. / Same Day as the U.K.
Inspired by the erotic short stories of Anais Nin and directed by Stacie Passon (Billions, The Affair), Little Birds follows New York heiress Lucy Savage (Juno Temple), who’s fresh off the transatlantic steamer and ready for love and marriage in exotic climes. But when her husband Hugo (Hugh Skinner) does not receive her in the way she expected, she spins off into the surprising, diverse and degenerate world of Tangier in 1955. Period drama about an ingénue abroad this is not. Instead, Little Birds is a very modern tale of a woman losing and then finding herself down a mesmerising rabbit hole. What Lucy discovers is a world in flux, a country quivering on the cusp of independence, populated by a myriad of characters including a provocative dominatrix, Cherifa Lamor (Yumna Marwan) who particularly captures Lucy’s imagination. A bold and subversive re-invention of melodrama for our times, this six-part series takes its characters on a witty, moving and provocative journey towards freedom and independence.
THE CIRCUS – August 17
Season 5 Midseason Premiere / New Episodes Weekly / Only on Stan. / Same Day as the U.S.
The Circus returns to Stan asAmerica approaches a monumental presidential election, confronts systemic racism and endures a deadly pandemic and economic upheaval. Co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, and Mark McKinnon will again take viewers behind the scenes as the Trump and Biden campaigns hurtle toward a historic Election Day in November. Part one of season five launched this past summer, with new weekly 30-minute episodes premiering in August and continuing through the U.S. election.
LOVE FRAUD – August 30
Brand New Docuseries / New Episodes Weekly / Only on Stan. / Same Day as the U.S.
Premiering at Sundance and directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, the Academy Award nominated directors of Jesus Camp, this is the docoseries everyone will be talking about. This four-part series follows the search for one man, Richard Scott Smith, who over the past 20 years used the internet and his dubious charms to prey upon unsuspecting women looking for love — conning them out of their money and dignity. The story unravels in real time as Smith’s victims band together to seek sweet revenge by turning to a bounty hunter when they feel the justice system has failed them.
BRABHAM – August 7
Brand New Documentary / SVOD Exclusive
The account of a racing dynasty and the price of immortality, Brabham chronicles the forgotten godfather of modern Formula 1, Jack Brabham, and a son’s quest to defy the odds in the competitive world of international motor-sport once more.
MICHELLE OBAMA: LIFE AFTER THE WHITE HOUSE – August 11
Brand New Documentary / Only on Stan.
Former First Lady Michelle Obama first gained national attention while her husband delivered a high-profile speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. Barack was elected as U.S. Senator from Illinois that November. He eventually won the nomination and was later elected the 44th President of the United States. Mrs. Obama served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. As First Lady, she focused her attention on social issues such as supporting military families, helping children lead healthier lives, poverty, healthy living, and education. She also supported American designers and was considered a fashion icon. Mrs. Obama’s autobiography, Becoming, has become the best-selling memoir of all time and even won a Grammy following the publication of her book. Get lost in the incredible journey of this modern-day First Lady’s story in the making.
ACUTE MISFORTUNE – August 3
Brand New Film / Only on Stan.
Erik Jensen was an ambitious 19 year-old journalist at The Sydney Morning Herald when Archibald Prize-Winning painter, Adam Cullen, with a career retrospective at the Art Gallery of NSW, invited him to write his biography. This is the story of the four-and-a-half years leading to Cullen’s death at the age of 46. It is the story of their increasingly claustrophobic relationship. Based on Erik Jensen’s award-winning biography of Adam Cullen, Acute Misfortune is the story of the biographer and his subject. It is one of the most acclaimed Australian films of the year, revealing an iconic artist and lauded author in unsparing detail.
TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION – August 1
From director Michael Bay and executive producer Steven Spielberg comes the best Transformers ever! With humanity facing extinction from a terrifying new threat, it’s up to Optimus Prime and the Autobots to save the world. But now that our government has turned against them, they’ll need a new team of allies, including inventor Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg) and the fearsome Dinobots!
BROTHERS IN ARMS – August 1
Jai Courtney stars as Cal, a by-the-book police officer who makes ends meet as a reservist in the Marine Corps along with his rowdy and inseparable group of childhood friends. But when Cal’s younger, reckless half-brother Oyster (Nat Wolff) accidentally kills a guy in a bar-fight and tries to flee, Cal is torn between his family and his job. In this dramatic and visceral thriller, loyalty is the key to Cal’s redemption.
UP IN THE AIR – August 1
Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) is truly living the high life. Flying all over the world on business, he never stops moving… until he meets Alex, a fellow passenger and learns that life isn’t about the journey, but the connections we make along the way. Acclaimed by critics and audiences everywhere and included in over 200 top 10 lists, Up in the Air is light and dark, hilarious and tragic, bouncy and brainy, romantic and real.
THE KITE RUNNER – August 1
Amir is a young Afghani from a well-to-do Kabul family; his best friend Hassan is the son of a family servant. Together the two boys form a bond of friendship that breaks tragically on one fateful day, when Amir fails to save his friend from brutal neighbourhood bullies. Amir and Hassan become separated, and as first the Soviets and then the Taliban seize control of Afghanistan, Amir and his father escape to the United States to pursue a new life. Years later, Amir – now an accomplished author living in San Francisco – is called back to Kabul to right the wrongs he and his father committed years ago.
THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO TRILOGY – August 13
Her journey has become an international sensation. Her secrets have captivated millions across the world. Now experience all three films in the stylish, dark and action-packed original The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy.
THE EXPENDABLES TRILOGY – August 20
Sylvester Stallone leads a tight knit team of skilled combat vets turned mercenaries in all three action-packed instalments of The Expendables. Starring a who’s who of the biggest (and buffest) stars in Hollywood, these thrilling movies are essential viewing for any action movie fan.
PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE – August 22
Winner of the coveted Best Screenplay and Queer Palm awards at the Cannes Film Festival, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an intimate and deeply affecting period drama about freedom, love and desire. Marianne is a young painter in 18th century France, commissioned to paint a wedding portrait of Héloïse without her knowing. Marianne disguises herself as her companion to get closer to her subject — observing by day and secretly painting at night. Intimacy and attraction grow between the two women as they share Héloïse’s first and last moments of freedom. The portrait soon becomes a collaborative act and a testament to their love.
MR AND MRS MURDER – August 6
Season 1 / SVOD Exclusive
Mr and Mrs Murder are Charlie and Nicola who are crime scene cleaners whose quirks and talents can solve murder mysteries. They are quasi superheroes. When you combine cerebral Charlie’s monumental mind for facts and figures with crime fiction guru Nicola’s deep sense of justice, observational skills, and empathy, there’s no place for a killer to hide.
CHIMERICA – August 7
Season 1 / SVOD Exclusive
Starring Alessandro Nivola and Sophie Okonedo, Chimerica follows photographer Lee Burger who, after taking a career-making photograph during the 1989 protests of Tiananmen Square, embarks on a thrilling yet dangerous journey to identify the subject of his iconic photo when his career is hit by a scandal.
BATTLESTAR GALACTICA – August 14
Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Jamie Bamber, Tricia Helfer, Katee Sackhoff, James Callis, and Grace Park star in all four seasons of the 2004 reboot of Battlestar Galactica. After engaging in a losing battle against the Cylons, humanity’s last remnants fled in search of a new home, a mythical planet called Earth. With waning supplies, weapons, and hope, Commander Adama and President Laura Roslin realise their problems are far greater than the threat of Cylons. On their shoulders rests the survival of humankind.
ELEMENTARY – August 16
Seasons 6 & 7
Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson’s (Lucy Liu) new careers as consultants for Scotland Yard are disrupted by news that a member of their inner circle has been gravely wounded in the United States. As Holmes’ stateside legal trouble – the result of a confession to a murder he didn’t commit – threatens to keep them from returning to New York, their greatest foe to date, tech billionaire Odin Reichenbach (James Frain), waits on the horizon to test their limits.
EVIL – August 20
Evil is a psychological mystery that examines the origins of evil along the dividing line between science and religion. The series focuses on a skeptical female psychologist who joins a priest-in-training and a carpenter as they investigate the Church’s backlog of unexplained mysteries, including supposed miracles, demonic possessions and hauntings. Their job is to assess if there’s a logical explanation or if something truly supernatural is at work.
DARK MONEY – August 23
Season 1 / SVOD Exclusive
Dark Money follows a young British boy riding the wave of success for his role in a Hollywood blockbuster, when it soon becomes apparent, he’s suffered abuse on set by the renowned producer. On discovering the devastating news, his parents accept a substantial pay-off to keep silent rather than press charges. Not wanting to hurt their family further from publicity hell, they think this will allow them all to move on. They’re wrong. Whilst the pay-off outwardly transforms their lifestyle, the hurt and betrayal cannot be erased, and the family begins to crack. Dark Money confronts the conflict between the price of silence and a parent’s responsibility to their son and the film studios’ responsibility to its crew and a young boy who put his trust in them.
BLOOD & TREASURE – August 27
Blood & Treasure is a globe-trotting action-adventure drama about a brilliant antiquities expert and a cunning art thief who team up to catch a ruthless terrorist who funds his attacks through stolen treasure. Danny McNamara is a former FBI agent specialising in stolen arts and antiquities. Lexi Vaziri is a resourceful art thief who is haunted by the tragic loss of her father, which she blames on Danny. When terrorist Karim Farouk absconds with a priceless artefact and kidnaps Danny’s mentor Dr. Anna Castillo, Danny recruits Lexi to help him bring Farouk to justice and rescue Anna.