The Lockdown: Things to do this weekend

11 September 2020

Written by: Ellenie Case

Things to listen, watch, read and do from home this weekend.

Not sure what to do this weekend while venues and establishments remain closed to Victorians? We’re here to help. Check out our guided list of entertaining things to do this weekend all from the comfort of your own home.


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OK Not To Be OK by Demi Lovato and Marshmello.

American singer, songwriter Demi Lovato has teamed up with electronic music producer and DJ, Marshmello in their new song, OK Not To Be OK. To raise awareness for suicide prevention day, the created this slow tune to make you feel better during this challenging time. Take a listen here. 

Let’s Love by David Guetta and Sia.

DJ songwriter, David Guetta and Australian singer Sia have teamed up again with Let’s Love. Dropping today, the song is the ninth one they’ve collaborated on together. Will it be another hit? Find out soon, you can listen to the teaser trailer here.

Podcast of the week: This is actually happening. 

The popular weekly podcast explores the disorganised interiors of human experience to find out what happens when everything changes with host Whit Missildine. You can listen to it here.


Defending Jacob, Apple TV.

This gripping drama series is on based the New York best-selling novel of the same title by William Landay. It tells the story of a son charged with murder and the events that follow. Staring Marvel’s Chris Evens, it’s not one you want to miss. Watch the trailer here.

I May Destroy You, Binge.

After waiting months for the comedy-drama series to drop, Aussie can finally watch I May Destroy You on Binge. Set in London, the 12-part series tells the tale of Arabella, a woman who’s seeking to rebuild her life after being sexually assaulted. Dealing with themes of youth culture, friendship, consent and race all mixed with humour, you’ll want to binge this one. Check out the trailer here.  

The Boys, Prime Video.

Are you a fan of superhero shows? Like Marvel and DC? Then this one might be for you. The American superhero TV series is based on the comic book by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. It follows a group of vigilantes who take down corrupt super-powered individuals who abuse their abilities. Find out more here. 

I’m thinking of ending things, Netflix.

Based on the 2016 novel by Lain Reid, this psychological thriller is one you’ll enjoy getting wrapped up in. It tells the unusual story of a young woman who is contemplating ending her short relationship with her boyfriend. However, whilst on a trip to meet his parents, things become very strange and unusual. Check out the trailer here. 

Need something to watch on TV this weekend? Check out some of our awesome suggestions below.


Monsters University, Friday the 11th of September.

Who didn’t love the 2001 classic Monsters Inc? In the second film and prequel, the animated comedy follows younger versions of Mike and Sulley who just started university. Starting as rivals, the two unlikely friends must team up to defeat other scary students in a tournament to save their spots in the scare program. It’s on 7Flix at 6:30pm tonight. You can watch the trailer here.

Geelong Cats vs Richmond Tigers, Friday the 11th of September.

In what could be the biggest match of the season, the mighty Cats will face off against the 2019 premiers Tigers tonight at Metricon Stadium. Both contenders are juggling for a position inside the top four but who will take home the win? All the action starts at 7:30pm on Channel Seven.

Hidden Figures, Friday the 11th of September.

This 2016 biographical drama is a powerful movie you need to see at least once in your lifetime. Award-winning actress, Taraji P. Henson stars in the movie as Katherine Johnson, a mathematician who works for NASA to calculate flight trajectories in 1961. Dealing with issues of race, gender and believing in yourself, you’ll want to watch it tonight at 8:30pm on 7flix. Check out the trailer here.

Top Gun, Saturday the 12th of September.

Who doesn’t love this 1986 classic action film with a young Tom Cruise? The movie tells the story of a hotshot fighter pilot, Maverick (Tom Cruise), who is sent to the Top Gun Naval Fighter Weapons School. Along with competing to be the top fighter pilot, Maverick also fights for the attention of his instructor, Charlotte Blackwood (Kelly McGillis). It’s on 9Go at 7pm and you can watch the trailer here.

GWS vs Melbourne, Saturday the 12th of September. 

It’ll be a battle for a spot in the finals when the Giants and the Demons go head to head at the Gabba this Saturday. The Demons can’t afford another loss if they want to make finals while the Giants will need to win to hold their eighth spot. Kick-off is at 7:30pm on Channel Seven.

Bride Wars, Saturday the 12th of September.

In need of a romantic comedy to watch this weekend? Look no further because channel nine has you sorted with Bride Wars. Starring Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway, it follows the story of two childhood best friends obsessed with everything wedding related. But because of a scheduling mistake, both their weddings end up on the same day which causes a flow-on of issues. Check it out at 7:30pm on channel nine. You can watch the trailer here. 

Battleship, Saturday the 12th of September.

Need some action to fill your weekend? Then the 2012 military, sci-fi film Battleship can help you there. With an all-star line up of Alexander Skarsgard, Taylor Kitsch, Brooklyn Decker, Rihanna and Liam Nelson it’s one hell of a battle. In what was meant to be a training exercise, a crew of small warships are forced to battle against a fleet of alien battleships in order to free themselves and their island. It’s on 9Go at 9:10pm and you can watch the trailer here. 

All New Monty: Guys and Gals, Sunday the 13th of September.

That’s right The Full Monty is back again, this time with both guys and gals. Reprising their roles, Shane Jacobson, Georgie Parker and Todd McKenney will host the 3-part series where two will perform the full Monty to raise awareness for cancer. It all starts this Sunday at 7pm on Channel 7.

Footloose, Sunday the 13th of September.

In need of another classic movie night? The classic 1984 American musical directed by Herbert Ross can help you there. It follows the life of Ren McCormack (Kevin Bacon), a teenager from Chicago who moves to a small western town to live with his aunt and uncle. In a town stuck in the past, McCormack spends the film trying to overturn the ban on dancing. Footloose airs at 7:30pm on 7Flix this Sunday. Check out the trailer here. 


The Space Between by Zara McDonald and Michele Andrews. 

By the creators of the popular Shameless Podcast, this relatable book deals with Chaos, questions and magic in a welcome to your twenties. With stories from their own experiencing during their twenties, it’s an honest and witty book that discusses issues from heartbreak to mental health challenges, overcoming setbacks and letting go of fear. Find out more here. 

The Dry by Jane Harper.

Love a good mystery? Jane Harper’s crime thriller has you sorted with a story about solving two murder mysteries 20 years apart. When Police investigator Aaron Falk returns to his home town after his best friend’s death (Luke Halder) he must use his investigating skills to prove Luke didn’t kill his own family. But the deeper he digs the more old wounds are opened, for Falk has a secret. Find out more here.


Live Penguin TV at Phillip Island Nature Parks.

We may not be able to go site-seeing right now but Phillip Island brings nature to your TV. Every night just before sunset you can jump online to watch the famous penguins for free via Facebook and YouTube. To view all the adorable content, check out their site here. 

Local music and stand up at your fingertips.

The Victorian Government has created a Facebook page to offer online experiences for all Victorians right now. With a range of music, food and stand up shows it’s a great way to spend your weekend and you can check it out here.



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