Across Netflix, Crave and Amazon Prime Video Canada.
This limited series tells the true story of Madam CJ Walker, America’s first female self-made millionaire. The African-American entrepreneur made her fortune with a haircare company, overcoming post-slavery racial and gender biases to make her brand one of the biggest successes of the 20th century. The series stars Oscar winner Octavia Spencer as Walker, Tiffany Haddish as her daughter and Blair Underwood as her husband. Jamaican-Canadian costume designer Antoinette Messam, interviewed for FASHION’s Winter 2019 issue, co-designed the costumes for the film. Available March 20.
Queer Canadian comedian Mae Martin stars in this semi-autobiographical series as herself, an aspiring stand-up comic living in London. Grappling with issues of love, addiction and sexuality, the series also stars Charlotte Ritchie as Martin’s love interest and Lisa Kudrow and Adrian Lukis as her parents. “We tried to make a show that’s funny, heartbreaking, and occasionally completely bizarre, because that’s what life is like,” Martin told ET Canada. Available March 19.
Set in the haute couture world of London in the 1950s, Phantom Thread features Daniel Day-Lewis (in his final film before retirement) as famed fashion designer Reynolds Woodcock. The film, which tells the story of Woodcock’s strained relationship with his “muse,” a young waitress he met at a restaurant, was nominated for six Academy Awards in 2017 and took home the prize for Best Costume Design. Read FASHION’s interview with costume designer Mark Bridges before watching the film, which hits Netflix on March 1.
Westworld: Season 3
This Emmy-winning sci-fi series about artificial consciousness is back for its highly anticipated third season. Returning cast members Evan Rachel Wood, Thandie Newton, Ed Harris, Tessa Thompson and Luke Hemsworth are joined this season by Aaron Paul, Lena Waithe, Vincent Cassel and Kid Cudi. According to IndieWire, this season “promises to be a departure from its first two seasons not just because of the absence of the Wild West theme park (the Westworld, if you will) but also because it will tell more of a linear story than the series is known for.” Available March 15.
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Quentin Tarantino’s critically acclaimed tribute to Hollywood’s “golden age” of the 1960s earned several Oscar nominations this year, including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay and Best Director. The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Margot Robbie and Brad Pitt (who won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor), and weaves elements of the infamous Manson Murders of 1969 into its narrative. Available March 27.
The Twentieth Century
Canadian filmmaker Matthew Rankin made his feature-length debut with this film about former Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. It reimagines King’s formative years, roasting both the prime minister and Canada’s political legacies in a satire that TIFF has deemed “a bizarro biopic.” A NOW Toronto review lauds the film for its “crafty, nightmarish and Dadaist revision” of King’s life, as well as its absorbing visuals. Available March 26.
Amazon Prime Video
Making the Cut
Former Project Runway co-stars Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn are reuniting for a new fashion competition. The reality series will follow 12 entrepreneurs and designers from all over the world as they compete for a $1 million prize to invest in their brand and the opportunity to create an exclusive line for Amazon Fashion. In addition to Klum and Gunn, the series features a panel of five superstar judges: model Naomi Campbell, actress Nicole Richie, designer Joseph Altuzarra, influencer Chiara Ferragni, and former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld. The 10-episode show will release two episodes every week. Available March 27.
This film about legendary actress Judy Garland won Renée Zellweger an Oscar for Best Actress at this year’s Academy Awards. The film follows Garland’s career during the last year of her life (1969) when she relocates her stage career from America to Britain, amid health problems and substance addiction issues. An adaptation of the Olivier- and Tony-nominated West End and Broadway play End of the Rainbow, Judy also earned Zellwegger a BAFTA, Critics’ Choice Award and SAG Award. Available March 27.
Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
Based on a novel by the same name, this film stars Cate Blanchett as the titular character, an agoraphobic architect and mother. When she abruptly disappears without a trace before a family trip to Antarctica, her 15-year-old daughter sets out to figure out what happened and where she disappeared to. The film also stars Billy Crudup, Megan Mullally, Kristen Wiig and Laurence Fishburne, and is directed by Oscar-nominated director Richard Linklater. Available March 5.