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Amazon Prime Video has an exciting line-up for you this month. Here’s a list of what’s new on the platform and some older hidden gems.

New Arrivals:

Yellowstone: Season 1-3 (September 1)

Created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, the American drama series follows the Dutton family, owners of the largest ranch in the United States, who find themselves in constant conflict with frequent intruders. Why? Because their ranch shares its borders with an expanding town, a national park and an Indian reservation. The star cast includes Academy award winner Kevin Costner along with Kelly Reilly, Cole Hauser and Luke Grimes.

Cinderella (September 3)

A modern-day take on a fairy-tale for the ages, Camila Cabello stars as Cinderella, a young woman with big aspirations. She wants to become a fashion designer and start a brand of her own – all while struggling to deal with her stepmother and sisters who devalue her, leaving no stone unturned to make her feel unwanted. A life-changing ball, a fairy godmother and some inexplicable magic later, her life may soon take the turn she had always wished – and worked hard – for.

Vivarium (September 5)

What do you do when your dream house turns into a nightmare? Tom (Jesse Eisenberg) and Gemma (Imogen Poots) are a young couple looking for their perfect home. During a house-hunting trip, they land at Yonder, a property with identical model houses. They don’t like the house and decide to move on. However, they soon realise that they’re stuck in a loop, going back to the house every time they attempt to move away. There’s only one potential way to find an out: forcefully raise an unknown child.

Queen Sugar: Season 6 (September 8)

The American drama series, created by Ava DuVernay and executive produced by Oprah Winfrey, is based on the lives of three estranged siblings: Charley (Dawn-Lyen Gardner), the wife and manager of an NBA player, Nova (Rutina Wesley), a journalist and activist, and Ralph Angel (Kofi Siriboe), a struggling single parent. A family tragedy brings them back together to decide the fate of their 800-acre land.

The Voyeurs (September 10)

Pippa (Sydney Sweeney) and Thomas (Justice Smith) move into a new house to start a future together. One day, they notice that their windows look directly into the apartment in the opposite direction, giving them a peek into the lives of their attractive neighbours. Soon enough, their curiosity in the lives of the couple living across the street turns into an obsession – leading to a chain of events that may have dangerous implications.

Mixte: Season 1 (September 10)

Created by Marie Roussin, the French series is set inside a high school where all hell breaks loose after Voltaire High, in 1963 France, becomes co-ed. Girls study with boys for the first time, leading to clashes, curiosity, new friendships and new understandings in a turnaround no one saw coming. The series stars Amira Casar, Pierre Deladonchamps and Lula Cotton Frapier, among others.

LuLaRich (September 10)

The four-part docuseries, from the creators of Fyre Fraud, gives an in-depth look into what exactly happened with LuLaRoe – a fast-growing e-apparel organisation for women – as it unravelled from an empowering brand to a multi-level marketing scam that duped and destroyed lives.

Mortal Kombat (September 11)

(With Hindi, Tamil and Telugu dubs)

The martial arts fantasy film, directed by Simon McQuoid, is based on the video game franchise of the same name. It revolves around Cole Young (Lewis Tan), an MMA fighter on the run to hide from Sub-Zero (Joe Taslim), a fearsome warrior. Unaware of why he’s after him, or his secret lineage, he starts training with experienced fighters who were chosen to defend the Earth against the enemies of the Outworld.

Rafa Nadal Academy: Season 1 (September 17)

The four-part docuseries will provide a glimpse into tennis icon Rafael Nadal’s academy based in Manacor. Regarded as one of the finest tennis centers in the world, the series will focus on what goes into the development and training process of emerging players and the methodologies used at the academy to help them achieve their aims.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie (September 17)

Based on the stage musical of the same name, which was inspired by the television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen At 16. The biographical coming-of-age musical follows a 16-year-old teenager as he overcomes the prejudices of the society, conquers his bullies and breaks the shackles of conditioning to become a drag queen. Directed by Jonathan Butterell and screenplay by Tom MacRae, the film stars Max Harwood, Sarah Lancashire, Layton Williams and Samuel Bottomley, among others.

Do, Re and Mi: Season 1 (September 17)

Created by Michael Scharf and Jackie Tohn, the animated series revolves around the musical adventures of three birds living in a world full of beats, rhythms and melodies. The voice artists include Kristen Bell, Tohn and Luke Youngblood.

The Rookie: Season 1-3 (September 20)

In the aftermath of a life-altering incident, John Nolan (Nathan Fillion) is pursuing his dream of joining the LAPD. As a 40-something rookie, he’s met with judgements and scepticism from his colleagues and seniors. He now must keep up with his younger contemporaries in order to not risk anyone’s life, and add his own perspective, learnings and sense of humour to his newer experiences as a police officer to find success despite the odds.

Dinner Club: Season 1 (September 24)

A six-part docuseries featuring Michelin-starred chef Carlo Cracco, the show travels across Italy with six Italian celebrities to discover lesser-known dishes, culture and culinary practices.

Goliath: Season 4 (September 24)

The American legal drama series returns for its fourth and final season. The show chronicles the life of a disgraced lawyer turned ambulance chaser, Billy McBride (Billy Bob Thornton), who agrees to take on a wrongful lawsuit in a hope of redemption – or at least exacting revenge on a firm that he had once helped create. His only shot at justice is to now depend on a judiciary where truth weighs lower than power.

Savage X Fenty Show Vol. 3 (September 24)

In its third consecutive year, Rihanna’s annual runway show will feature a starry line-up of models, actors and performers to celebrate the latest collection of her lingerie brand, Savage X Fenty.

London Fields (September 27)

The mystery thriller, directed by Mathew Cullen, is based on a novel of the same name, published in 1989. Nicola Six (Amber Heard), a woman with clairvoyant powers, is living with a premonition of her impending death. She begins three dark, twisted affairs with three uniquely different men – one of whom she knows will apparently be her killer.

True Story Avec: Season 2 (September 30)

The series revolves around famous Youtubers, who meet French celebrities as they recount surprising but true stories and anecdotes. The twist? The stories will then have to be re-enacted and reimagined by the Youtubers, with their own comic value additions.

From The Archive:

Suits (2011-2019)

The widely-successful legal drama series, created and written by Aaron Korsh, is set in a fictional law firm in New York City. College dropout Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) starts working as an associate with Harvey Dent (Gabriel Macht), even though the former never attended Harvard Law School – a pre-requisite at the firm – and neither is he technically a law graduate. The story focuses on their equation and friendship as they successfully close cases while trying to maintain Mike’s secret.

The Big Sick (2017)

A tender, sensitive romantic comedy, the film is loosely based on the real-life love story of its writers, Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani. Starring Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan, Holly Hunter, Ray Romano, Adeel Akhtar, and Anupam Kher, the story follows an interethnic relationship where a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian falls in love with Emily, a white psychology student. When the latter falls sick, Kumail must stand by her side and face his immigrant parents, who were, till now, unaware of his relationship. In the middle of it all, he forms an unlikely bond with Emily’s parents.

Hidden Gems:

Fugitive Pieces (2007)

The Canadian drama film was adapted from the novel of the same name, written by Anne Michaels. Directed by Jeremy Podeswa, the story follows Jakob Beer (Stephen Dillane), who is orphaned in Poland during World War II, only to be saved by a Greek archaeologist. It was the opening film of the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007. Actor Rade Šerbedžija, playing the role of the archaeologist, also won the Best Actor award at Rome Film Festival.

City Of God (2002)

Adapted from the novel of the same name, the much-acclaimed Brazilian crime film was also loosely based on real events. Directed by Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, it revolved around the story of two boys raised in the slums, one trying to become a photographer and the other, a kingpin, as their paths collide. The film was widely-acclaimed, showcasing the growth of organised crime in Cidade de Deus, a neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro, between the 1960s and 80s. It was nominated for four Academy Awards in 2004, including Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Film Editing and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay).

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