New on Netflix UK: January 2017
- Katherine McLaughlin
- 19 December 2016
Miss Sharon Jones, A Series of Unfortunate Events, Voltron: Legendary Defender and Under the Shadow among January highlights on Netflix
2016 saw the passing of many talented musicians including soul singer Sharon Jones who sadly died from cancer in November. Documentary Miss Sharon Jones! (7 Jan) directed by Barbara Kopple began filming as Jones was receiving treatment for her illness in 2013 and charted her amazing comeback to the stage. It's a stirring film about the power of music and a gifted artist who showed determination in the face of great adversity.
In his debut feature Babak Anvari has not only created one of the best horror films of the year with Under the Shadow (7 Jan) but also one of most exquisitely crafted jump scares. Set in 1980s Tehran it tells the story of a mother and daughter who are sheltering from the war in their apartment. It's a suspenseful, claustrophobic and startlingly beautiful horror that's grounded in human drama and is all about a mother's fear for her daughter. Another fantastic debut appears this month with Chanya Button's road trip movie Burn, Burn, Burn (1 Jan) which sees two women travel the UK to scatter their friend's ashes. It boasts a real depth of emotional intelligence in its exploration of grief and captures late 20s ennui wonderfully.
In TV, Neil Patrick Harris stars as the evil Count Olaf who takes in three orphans in an eight part series adaptation of Daniel Hadler's fantastic children's books Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (13 Jan). Each episode features a special guest star including Joan Cusack, Catherine O' Hara and Don Johnson. The show is executively produced by Barry Sonnenfeld who also directs four episodes. Plus new western Frontier (20 Jan) starring Jason Momoa that focuses on the fur trade in the 1700s or for a complete change of pace the second season of 80s reboot Voltron: Legendary Defender (20 Jan).
Full January lineup after this trailer for Lemony Snicket...