If the summer heat and ongoing sporting events are getting to you, here’s a look at what Sky has on offer for its August lineup.
Updated 29-Jul-2021: The White Lotus S1 (16th Aug, confirmed) - A League of Their Own S16 (19th Aug, confirmed) - Pen15 S2 Special (TBC)
Updated 06-Aug-2021: FBI S3 (26th Aug) - FBI: Most Wanted S2 (26th Aug)
Sky is pushing the boat out on its Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games coverage, introducing live 4K and HDR coverage and hosting pop up Eurosport channels, live feeds and on demand selections on discovery+, but for those wanting a break from sport there’s plenty of movie premieres and returning TV shows to choose from too.
This month’s biggest blockbuster debut is Patty Jenkin’s Wonder Woman 1984 which adds another DC superhero into the space vacated by the MCU exodus to Disney+ but other films to look out for include the gumshoe stylings of The Kid Detective and the mind bending Synchronic starring Anthony Mackie.
Don Cheadle’s comedy Black Monday returns for a third season and Sky’s Romans vs Druids saga Britannia also gets its tertiary outing.
Elsewhere there’s a gender swapped take on the (so very) eighties series The Equalizer with Queen Latifah adopting the mantle of protector and defender for the downtrodden, while social satire The White Lotus gets under the skin of the guests and staff of an exclusive Hawaiian resort.
Lastly, Sky’s venerable sporting quiz show A League of Their Own looks to be returning with a socially distanced live audience for a 16th season but there’s no confirmed date just yet.
So, let's take a closer look at Sky’s August menu and remember to check back as we’ll be updating the listing when new content is announced.
(Requires Sky Cinema subscription or Now Cinema Pass)
Great White (2021, Thriller, Horror. Katrina Bowden, Aaron Jakubenko, Kimmie Tsukakoshi, Dir. Martin Wilson)
A fun filled flight to a remote atoll turns into a nightmare for five passengers when their seaplane is destroyed in a freak accident and they are trapped on a liferaft 100 miles from shore with man-eating sharks lurking beneath the surface.
The Winter Lake (2020, Drama, Mystery, Thriller. Emma Mackey, Charlie Murphy, Anson Boon, Michael McElhatton, Dir. Phil Sheerin)
When Holly's dark secret is accidentally uncovered by her new, emotionally unstable neighbour Tom, the pair are pulled into a violent confrontation with Holly's father, who will do anything to protect his daughter and keep her secret buried.
Last Call aka Dominion (2017, Drama, True Life. Rhys Ifans, Zosia Mamet, Tony Hale, John Malkovich, Rodrigo Santoro, Dir. + Scr. Steven Bernstein)
The real-life story of Welsh poet Dylan Thomas's final tour of New York in 1953, a tour that was meant to save him from ruin.
The film previously bore the name Dominion which was changed to the more generic Last Call, meaning it’s perfectly possible to get this confused with the Jeremy Piven comedy of the same name that debuted on Sky Cinema last month!
The Tenant (2021, Drama, International: India, Language: English/Hindi. Rudhraksh Jaiswal, Sheeba Chaddha, Shamita Shetty, Dir. + Scr. Sushrut Jain)
Struggling with adolescence, 13-year-old Bharat meets and starts up an unlikely friendship with the alluring Meera, a woman who is trying to put her past behind her even as her presence stirs the passions of the locals.
Violent Heart (2020, Drama, Thriller. Jovan Adepo, Grace Van Patten, Lukas Haas, Mary J. Blige, Dir. + Scr. Kerem Sanga)
Fifteen years after the murder of his older sister, Daniel has put his troubled past behind him and finds himself falling for Cassie, a vivacious high school senior. But Daniel’s trauma isn’t done with him yet.
Produced by Tobey Maguire’s 21 Laps Entertainment company.
The Dry (2020, Crime, Drama, Mystery. Eric Bana, Genevieve O'Reilly, Keir O'Donnell, Bruce Spence, Dir. Robert Connolly)
Federal Agent Aaron Falk returns to his drought ridden home town in the Australian Outback after an absence of over twenty years to attend the funeral of his childhood friend, Luke, who allegedly killed his wife and child before taking his own life.
When Falk reluctantly agrees to stay and investigate the crime, he opens up an old wound – the death of 17-year-old Ellie Deacon, whom he also knew. Though separated by decades, Falk begins to suspect these two crimes are connected and his prying pits him against the pent-up rage of a terrified but tight knit community.
Based on the global bestseller by Jane Harper.
Two by Two: Overboard (2020, Animation, Adventure, Comedy. Voices: Tara Flynn, Max Carolan, Dirs. Toby Genkel, Sean McCormack)
As Noah's Ark drifts on the open seas with no land in sight, food stocks running low and tension rising between carnivores and herbivores, best friends Finny and Leah are inadvertently washed overboard - along with the last of the food supplies.
The two pals find themselves separated, with Leah marooned on a remote island and Finny waking in a strange colony filled with oddly familiar creatures living in harmony but under the threat of an active volcano. In a race against time, tide and terrifying tremors, Finny must rescue his friends, reunite with his family and save a whole colony from total destruction.
The Last Shift (2020, Comedy, Drama, R, Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, DaVine Joy Randolph, Ed O’Neill, Dir. + Scr. Andrew Cohn)
Stanley, an aging fast-food worker, plans to call it quits after 38 years on the graveyard shift and is training his replacement, Jevon, during his final weekend shift.
The two share little in common: Stanley is a high school dropout who has watched life pass by his drive-through window and Jevon is a talented but stalled young writer whose provocative politics keep landing him in trouble. Brought together through circumstance, a flicker of comradery sparks during the long overnight hours in the quiet kitchen.
The Last Shift is an American story about two men struggling in the same town, whilst worlds apart.
A Dragon’s Adventure aka Coconut the Little Dragon 2: Into the Jungle (2019, Animation, Adventure, Family, Dir. Anthony Power)
Coconut The Little Dragon is thrilled about going to summer camp with his best friends Oscar and Matilda but when they meet wild water dragons and carnivorous plants along the way, chaos ensues.
We Still Say Grace (2020, Horror, Thriller. Bruce Davison, Rita Volk, Holly Taylor, Arianne Zucker, Dirs. + Scrs. Brad Helmink, John Rauschelbach)
Maggie, the teenage daughter of controlling religious fanatic Harold, gets a chance to escape her father's delusional suicide pact after three strangers break down near her family's remote rural compound.
The Short History of the Long Road (2019, Drama, Adventure. Sabrina Carpenter, Maggie Siff, Danny Trejo, Steven Ogg, Dir. + Scr. Ani Simon-Kennedy)
For teenage Nola, home is the open road which she travels with her self-reliant father in their lovingly refurbished but aging camper van. The pair crisscross the United States, relishing their independence and making ends meet by doing odd jobs. When tragedy strikes, Nola casts out on her own and heads to Albuquerque, New Mexico, in search of a mother she never knew. When the motorhome unexpectedly breaks down, she forges a bond with an auto body shop owner, and wonder whether now might be the time and place to put down some roots.
Me, You, Madness (2021, Comedy, R. Ed Westwick, Louise Linton, Shuya Chang. Dir. + Scr. Louise Linton)
Thief Tyler has his eye on an architectural dream house in Malibu and plans to rob the owner by taking up the offer of a room, not realising it is the home of successful Los Angeles hedge fund operator, Catherine Black.
Black has a dark side though and is a fashion-obsessed serial killer with a penchant for champagne, cocaine, excessive exercise, sex, expensive shoes, and indescribable violence.
As Tyler spends the weekend with Catherine he starts to realise her true nature and that his plans to rob her might have some consequences. Plus, he might have fallen in love with her…
The Kid Detective (2020, Comedy, Drama, Mystery. Adam Brody, Kaitlyn Chalmers-Rizzato, Kaleb Horn, Olivia Williams, Dir. + Scr. Evan Morgan)
A once-celebrated kid detective, now in his thirties, is still being tasked with solving the same trivial mysteries from his youth between searing hangovers and bouts of self-pity. When a naive client brings him his first proper 'adult' case to find out who brutally murdered her boyfriend, the kid detective has to grow up… fast.
Synchronic (2019, Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller, R. Anthony Mackie, Jamie Dornan, Katie Aselton, Dirs. Justin Benson Aaron Moorhead, Scr. Justin Benson)
When New Orleans paramedics and longtime best friends Steve and Dennis are called to a series of bizarre, gruesome accidents, they chalk it up to the mysterious new party drug found at the scene. But after Dennis’s oldest daughter suddenly disappears, Steve stumbles upon a terrifying truth about the supposed psychedelic that will challenge everything he knows about reality - and even the flow of time itself.
Directing duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s debut, Resolution attracted plenty of attention and now the pair are show-running Marvel’s Moon Knight series starring Oscar Isaac. Synchronic may well give audiences an idea of what to expect from Marvel’s most celebrated multiple-personality disorder sufferer.
Run Hide Fight (2020, Crime, Drama, Thriller. Isabel May, Radha Mitchell, Thomas Jane, Eli Brown, Barbara Crampton, Dir. + Scr. Kyle Rankin )
When her high school is besieged by a quartet of classmate school shooters, 17-year-old Zoe Hull uses her wits, survival skills and compassion to fight for her life, and those of her fellow classmates.
Space Dogs: Return to Earth aka Space Dogs: Tropical Adventure (2020, Animated, Adventure, Family. Voices: Maria Antonieta Monge and Mauriett Chayeb, Dir. Inna Evlannikova)
When a mysterious and dangerous whirlpool appears in the tropics of the Atlantic Ocean, Soviet space dogs Belka and Strelka are sent to investigate. With the help of a menagerie of furry friends, including lions, rats, monkeys, a zebra, a pig and an elephant, the canine duo must once again complete a daring mission to save the planet along with the distant home of their new alien friends.
Third film in the Russian Space Dogs franchise which portrays the real life space pooches Belka and Strelka from the 1960 Soviet Korabl-Sputnik 2 mission in a colourful, lighthearted tone.
Alone aka Final Words (2020, Horror, Thriller, R. Tyler Posey, Summer Spiro, Donald Sutherland, Dir. Johnny Martin)
After a virus turns humanity into bloodthirsty creatures, Aidan barricades himself inside his apartment and starts rationing food. His complex is overrun by infected Screamers, and with the world falling apart into chaos, he is left completely alone fighting for his life. Ready to put an end to misery, Aiden becomes aware of a woman also trapped in the building and makes an effort to contact her and break his isolation.
Vanguard (2020, Action, Adventure, Comedy, PG-13, International: China - languages Mandarin/English. Jackie Chan, Yang Yang, Lun Ai, Miya Muqi, Dir. Stanley Tong )
After wealthy businessman Qin squeals on his corrupt partner in an arms deal gone fatally wrong, he and his family become targets of the world’s deadliest mercenary organization. Elite protection and security company Vanguard, led by Tang, is Qin’s only hope of survival as he is pursued across the globe by his vengeful former bosses.
Vanguard marks Jackie Chan's sixth collaboration with director Stanley Tong and once again Chan was prepared to put his life on the line in pursuit of the action set pieces when he nearly drowned in a sequence involving a jetski.
Portal (2019, Horror, Thriller. Ryan Merriman, Myk Watford, Jamie Tisdale, Heather Langenkamp, Dir. Dean Alioto)
When an ambitious ghost hunter performs a risky ritual, opening a portal to "the other side," he and his team quickly find themselves way in over their heads in a fight for survival against an ancient demonic force.
Extinct (2021, Animation, Adventure, Family. Sky Original Movie. Voices: Rachel Bloom, Adam DeVine, Ken Jeong, Zazie Beetz, Catherine O'Hara, Dirs. David Silverman Raymond S. Persi)
Op and Ed are sister and brother Flummels - cute, furry doughnut-shaped animals who live a fun-filled life on an island in the Galapagos in 1835. When they are transported to the present day, they learn that their species is now extinct and forgotten. Determined to avert this disastrous turn of events, Op and Ed travel back in time to try to save their race from disappearing forever.
The Craft: Legacy (2020, Drama, Fantasy, Horror. Cailee Spaeny, Zoey Luna, Gideon Adlon, Lovie Simone, David Duchovny, Michelle Monaghan, Dir. + Scr. Zoe Lister-Jones)
When Lily starts a new school, she falls in with a trio of girls who are eager to befriend and teach her about her hidden abilities. Lily learns she is a witch and becomes the fourth member of the coven. As the eclectic quartet lean into their newfound powers, they get more than they bargained for.
Serving as a soft reboot/sequel, the film is set 20 years after the original The Craft with Fairuza Balk appearing in a cameo as Nancy Downs from the first movie.
The True Adventures of Wolfboy (2019, Adventure, Coming of Age, Drama, PG-13. Chloë Sevigny, Eve Hewson, Jaeden Martell, John Turturro, Dir. Martin Krejcí)
Young outsider Paul has had to deal with a rare condition that has afflicted him with abnormal hair growth all over his face and body for his entire life. On his 13th birthday, he receives a mysterious gift that compels him to run away from the home he shares with his father. Paul embarks on an epic quest to find his long-lost mother and the answers to questions that may help him find his place in the world.
Phobias (2021, Horror, Thriller, R. Hana Mae Lee, Leonardo Nam, Martina García. Macy Gray, Dirs. + Scrs. Camilla Belle, Maritte Lee Go, Joe Sill)
Five patients suffering from extreme phobias are put to the ultimate test at a secret government testing facility under the supervision of a demented doctor obsessed with his quest to weaponise fear.
Once Upon a River (2019, Drama. Kenadi DelaCerna, Tatanka Means, John Ashton, Ajuawak Kapashesit, Dir. + Scr. Haroula Rose)
In 1970s rural Michigan, Native American teenager Margo Crane endures a series of traumas and tragedies before setting out on an odyssey along the Stark River in search of her estranged mother. On the water, Margo encounters friends, foes, wonders, and dangers; navigating life on her own terms, she comes to understand her potential, all while healing the wounds of her past.
Based on the best-selling novel by Bonnie Jo Campbell, Once Upon A River features Tatanka Means, the son of American Indian activist and actor Russell Means and whose first name means ‘male buffalo’ in Lakota, as so eloquently demonstrated by John Dunbar in Dances With Wolves.
… and yes that is the great John Ashton (Taggart from Beverly Hills Cop).
The Eight Hundred (2020, Action, Drama, Period, True Life. Zhi-zhong Huang, Zhang Junyi, Chen Yao, Wu Yiang, Dir. Hu Guan)
In 1937, a group of Chinese soldiers retreat to a Shanghai warehouse complex after holding off advancing Japanese troops for weeks. As the Japanese forces surround the buildings, the Chinese soldiers prepare for a last stand to allow comrades the opportunity to escape under cover of the battle.
With only several hundred fighters facing off against the 20,000 invaders, the odds of survival are slim… and the whole world is watching from across the river.
Though global Box Office takings in 2020 were heavily affected by the closure of cinemas and patchy release schedules, The Eight Hundred took $473 million, making it the second highest earner after Demon Slayer but significantly ahead of Hollywood offerings Bad Boys for Life and Tenet.
Director Guan Hu had been preparing for the film for 10 years and it marked the first Chinese production to be shot entirely on IMAX camera.
Honeydew (2020, Horror. Sawyer Spielberg, Barbara Kingsley, Stephen D'Ambrose, Malin Barr, Lena Dunham, Dir. Devereux Milburn)
For Sam and Rylie an idyllic camping trip takes a terrifyingly unexpected turn when they seek overnight shelter on a local farm after their car dies on them. The kindness of strangers is always welcome but the couple start to experience strange cravings and hallucinations when their host and her peculiar son begins to show their true colours.
And yes, Sawyer Spielberg’s dad did direct a few home movies.
Wonder Woman 1984 (2020, Action, Adventure, Fantasy, PG-13. Gal Gadot, Kristen Wiig, Pedro Pascal, Chris Pine, Lilly Aspell, Dir. Patty Jenkins )
Wonder Woman, aka Diana Prince is living a quiet life in the 1980s, blending in as a curator of ancient artifacts and breaking cover to perform heroic acts only when absolutely necessary. But when shrewd entrepreneur Maxwell Lord starts promising everyone their greatest wish, Diana has to prepare herself for her toughest test yet as she battles both Lord and Barbara Minerva, a friend-turned-foe, as well as deal with the reappearance of the love of her life, Steve Trevor.
Tom and Jerry (2021, Animated/Live Action, Adventure, Family. Chloë Grace Moretz, Michael Peña, Colin Jost, Rob Delaney, Ken Jeong, Voices: Bobby Cannavale, Lil Rel Howery, Dir. Tim Story )
When New York City’s finest hotel, which is due to host “the wedding of the century,” finds itself with Jerry Mouse as a guest, the event’s desperate organiser hires Tom Cat to get rid of him - reigniting the feud between the frenemies. The ensuing cat and mouse battle threatens to destroy the planner’s career, the wedding and even the hotel itself. But soon, an even bigger problem arises when a diabolically ambitious staffer conspires against all three of them.
Dreamland (2019, Drama, Thriller, R. Finn Cole, Margot Robbie, Travis Fimmel, Garrett Hedlund, Dir. Miles Joris-Peyrafitte)
During the Great Depression, Eugene Evans dreams of escaping his small Texas town when he discovers notorious female bank robber Allison Wells who’s wounded and on the run. Torn between claiming the bounty for her capture and his growing attraction to the seductive criminal, Eugene must make a decision that will forever change his own path and affect the lives of everyone he's ever loved.
Norm of the North: Family Vacation (2020, Animation, Adventure, Comedy. Voices: Andrew Toth, Lisa Durupt, Jonathan Holmes, Dir. Anthony Bell)
Overwhelmed by his kingly duties, polar bear monarch Norm struggles to make time for both his arctic kingdom and his family. But when his crown is mysteriously stolen in the dead of the night, Norm must embark on an epic journey — disguised as a family vacation - to track down the thief and find his crown, and learn the value of working together.
Adventures of Mr Dundee aka The Very Excellent Mr Dundee (2020, Paul Hogan, Trudy Ager, Kerry Armstrong, Jacob Elordi, Dir. Dean Murphy)
Paul Hogan is reluctantly put back in the spotlight as he attempts to restore his reputation before being knighted.
Coming on the heels of Tourism Australia's 2018 faux movie trailer which faked out audiences into believing that Danny McBride was starring in a new movie as Crocodile Dundee’s son, a host of celebrities make an appearance here including John Cleese, Chevy Chase, Olivia Newton-John, Jim Jefferies, Die Hard’s Reggie VelJohnson and Jurassic Park’s Wayne Knight.
(Requires Sky TV subscription, Now Entertainment Pass)
Black Monday (2021, S3, Showtime Original Comedy Series, 10 weekly episodes) - Sky Comedy
Black Monday was the worst stock market crash in Wall Street history. To this day, no one knows who caused it - though it’s clear the ex-employees of second-tier Wall Street trading firm the Jammer Group probably had something to do with it.
Now kicked off Wall Street, Mo, Dawn and Blair are ready to embrace the ’90s in all of its outrageous splendor. With the financial world in their cocaine covered rearview mirror, everyone’s favourite do-badders face an existential question – what’s a player to do when their balls have been taken away? The answer... change the game.
Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells and Regina Hall star in this dark comedy.
The Equalizer (2021, S1, CBS Drama Series, 10 weekly episodes) - Sky Witness
Robyn McCall is a former operative of "the Company", an organisation that conducted illegal operations for the U.S. government. Troubled by this work, McCall has left that life behind and lives in New York City with her teenage daughter. Now she uses her considerable skills to help those with nowhere else to turn, acting as a guardian angel and a defender for those who cannot defend themselves, all the while pursuing her own redemption.
A second season has been confirmed, so it’s ok to get invested!
Flatbush Misdemeanors (2021, S1, Showtime Original Comedy Series, 10 weekly episodes) -Sky Comedy
Comedians Dan Perlman and Kevin Iso star as fictionalised versions of themselves in this new comedy series set in Flatbush, Brooklyn. As neighbourhood best friends and urban millennials hilariously climbing the ladder to nowhere, Dan and Kevin still find solace in the little wins in life through tackling hipsters, race, mental health issues and the rising tide of gentrification. Albeit in a laid back kind of way.
The White Lotus (2021, S1, HBO Comedy Drama Series, 6 episodes) - Sky One
At an exclusive Hawaiian resort, various hotel guests arrive for their vacations and over the span of a week they relax and rejuvenate in paradise. But with each passing day a darker complexity emerges in these picture-perfect travellers, the hotel’s keen-to-please cheerful employees and the idyllic locale itself.
The White Lotus is a social satire starring an ensemble cast including Murray Barlett, Connie Britton, Jennifer Coolidge, Alexandra Daddario and Steve Zahn.
A League of Their Own (2021, S16, Sky Original Game Show) - Sky One
Sky’s long running sporting comedy quiz returns with show regulars Andrew Flintoff and Jamie Redknapp as team captains and new permanent host Romesh Ranganathan presiding over sporting trivia, chat and socially distanced challenges.
Britannia (2021, S3, Sky Original Drama Series 8 episodes) - Sky Atlantic
In a world of mythic Celtic tribes, wild warrior women and psychedelic druids, a young girl tries to build a rebel alliance with a group of misfits against the Roman interlopers led by the towering figure of Aulus Plautius
David Morrissey, Mackenzie Crook, Sophie Okonedo, Annabel Scholey, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Eleanor Worthington-Cox and Zoë Wanamaker star.
FBI, (2021, S3, CBS Drama Series) - Sky Witness - added 06-Aug-2021
FBI is an agency procedural show which concentrates on the inner workings of the New York FBI office, bringing to bear all the Bureau's skills, intellect and technology to keep the city and the country safe.
As the third season gets underway, the team welcomes a new member, plus there’s a search for killers who orchestrated a mass shooting at a media company, while Agent OA’s personal connection with the case threatens to cloud his judgement,
FBI: Most Wanted (2021, S2, CBS Drama Series) - Sky Witness
Tasked with tracking, pursuing and capturing the most notorious criminals on the FBI's Most Wanted list, expert profiler and veteran agent Jess LaCroix (Julian McMahon) oversees a highly skilled team, which functions as a mobile undercover unit that's always out in the field, chasing those who are most desperate to elude justice.
In the Season 2 premiere, the team searches for two gunmen who are taking their COVID-related desperation and rage out on their perceived oppressors.
Pen15 (2021, Season 2B Special ) - Sky Comedy
An R-rated “traumedy” set in middle school with 30 something Anna Konkle and Maya Erskine playing versions of themselves as thirteen year old outcasts, surrounded by actual thirteen-year-olds. In this world, seventh grade never ends and the pains of growing up are inevitable.
The series returns for a mid season special before the final run of episodes due later in the year and sees Maya and Anna embark on a vacation to Florida - a getaway which just exacerbates the pair’s emotions and insecurities. Titled Jacuzzi, the episode is animated with live action bookends.
So that’s it for August 2021. Let us know what you think about the lineup in the comments section. As new content is added, we’ll update the listing, so be sure to check back so you don’t miss out