The Lockdown: Things to do this weekend

18 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.


Check out these new releases:

Sam Smith’s new single, Diamonds.

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On top of announcing their new album, Love Goes, English singer and songwriter Sam Smith has dropped a new single and music video titled, Diamonds. While fans will have to wait till October 30th for the full album, the single about letting go of material love will keep you entertained until then. You can watch the beautiful music video here.

Keith Urban’s new album, The Speed of Now Part 1.

After months of teasing, Keith Urban has finally released his 11th studio album, The Speed of Now Part 1. The album consists of 16 epic tracks, including One Too Many with pop-rock singer P!nk and Out The Cage with country-rapper, BRELAND and Disco soul singer-songwriter, Nile Rodgers. You can listen to the new album here. 

Justin Bieber’s new song, Holy.

In his return to pop, the beloved Canadian singer has teamed up with Chance the Rapper to produce the single, Holy. Dropping today at 2pm, Bieber has promised fans it will a ‘new era’ in his music. The single will be released with a music video movie that’s bound to give you all the feels. Here’s the link to the premiere video.

Podcast of the week: Get started investing.

Ever wanted to get into investing but don’t know where to start? Well, this 12-part series will give you all the fundamentals to start the journey! You can listen to it on Apple Podcasts or on Spotify.


Netflix’s The Devil All the Time

Released this week, this 2020 American psychological thriller is one you’ll want to watch. Based on the novel by Donald Ray Pollock the film has an all-star cast including Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson, Bill Skarsgard and Sebastian Stan. It tells the tale of a young man during a post-war time who’s committed to shielding his loved ones from a town of corruption and brutality. You can watch the trailer here or start watching now on Netflix.

Disney+ Becoming.

This Disney plus original takes a look into the inspirational upbringing of world-class entertainers, musicians and athletes. Each episode in the 10-part series will follow a celebrity as they travel back to their hometowns and to important locations from their pasts. It will also include interviews with their family members, friends, coaches and more who share details on how the particular celebrity went on to become a star. Executively produced by LeBron James some of the celebrities including NBA player Anthony Davis, singer Colbie Caillat, Nick Kroll, Ashley Teasdale, Stranger Things star Caleb McLaughlin, Rob Gronkowski and many more. You can watch the trailer here or start streaming now on Disney+.

Friends seasons 1-10.

Who doesn’t love a good sitcom? Now streaming on Netflix and Binge is the world-wide phenomenon American television sitcom about 6 best friends. Over the course of 10 years, we watch them navigate relationships, friendships, ups and downs and learn to grow up all with the help of each other. If you’ve never seen the all-time great tv show now’s the perfect time to start binging it! You can watch the trailer here. 

Community, Stan. 

Are you a fan of Dan Harmon’s Rick and Morty? Then you’ll want to check out his American sitcom, Community. After it was discovered he faked his bachelor’s degree, a former lawyer is forced to attend community college. In what was meant to be an attempt to gain the affections of a girl in his Spanish class he decides to form a Spanish study group that ends up being very popular. Over 6 seasons it explores the different lives of the unlikely group of friends. You can watch the trailer here.  

The Rain, Netflix.

Looking for something different to watch this weekend? Well, look no further than this Danish post-apocalyptic tv show based six years after a rain virus kills most of Scandinavia’s population. The series focuses heavily on depression, mental breakdowns and gruesome deaths where two siblings emerge from their safety bunker to discover the remains of their civilisation. Check out the trailer here.

Social Dilemma, Netflix.

This isn’t your typical Netflix film, in fact, it’s a very unique documentary-drama hybrid which investigates the risky human impact of social networking and what you don’t know about what you search, watch and like online. The Netflix’s original features tech experts who’ve worked on Facebook and Instagram and sound the alarm on their own creations. If you’ve ever wanted to know what happens behind your computer screen then you’ll want to check this one out. You can watch the trailer here. 

Looking for something on TV to watch this weekend? Check out our awesome suggestions below.

The Neverending Story, Friday the 18th of September.

Who doesn’t love the 1984 classic fantasy film, The Neverending Story based on the novel by Michael Ende? If you haven’t seen it before the film follows a young boy who comes across a magical book about a warrior who must defend the Nothing (a dark force) from taking over the magical world of Fanasia. You can watch the trailer here or sit down to watch it at 5:30pm on channel 9Go tonight.

St Kilda vs GWS, Friday the 18th of September. 

Last year’s grand finalists GWS need another win if they want to play finals this year but will they be able to defeat the resurging Saints? It all starts at 7:30pm on Channel Seven.

Murder on the orient express, Friday the 18th of September.

As the title suggests this 2017 Mystery thriller is a story based in Europe about a race to solve a murder aboard a train. A great detective must interrogate everyone on board and find all the clues before the killer can strike again. You can view the trailer here or watch it on 7mate at 8:30pm tonight.

Brisbane Lions vs Carlton Blues, Saturday the 19th of September.

Although Carlton’s chance of making the finals this year is over, it’s an important game for them as their veteran star Kade Simpson will play his final game ever. Will the Blues be able to defeat the Lions or will Brisbane continue their willing streak. Kick-off is at 7:30pm on Channel Seven this Saturday.

Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Sunday the 20th of September.

Looking for a Sunday night adventure film? Well, the 2012 American comedy-adventure film Journey 2 has you covered with the sequel to the beloved film, Journey to the Centre of the Earth (2008). Reprising his role as Sean Anderson (Josh Hutcherson), this time he’s teamed up with his mother’s husband (Dwayne Johnson), in a race to safe his grandfather on the Mysterious Island. You can watch it on 7Flix at 6:40pm and view the trailer here.

Men in Black 2, Sunday the 20th of September.

If it’s action you’re after then Men in Black 2 has all you need. In the 2002 action, comedy film sequel to Men in Black, Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith) are at it again. This time they must defend the world from an evil woman in their hardest mission yet. You can view the trailer here and watch it on 7mate at 8:30pm this Sunday.

You can view the full list of shows and movies on TV this weekend here.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, J.K. Rowling.

If you’re a fan of the wizarding world of Harry Potter then you’ll thoroughly enjoy J.K Rowling’s follow up novel. Although the book is written as a play it’s just as engaging and beautiful as the series that came before it. Based 19 years after the Battle of Hogwarts and defeat of Voldemort, it follows the life of Harry’s youngest son Albus Severus Potter as he navigates through Hogwarts and struggles to have a good relationship with his dad. With an engaging look into Harry and the gang’s future lives, it’s one that fans won’t want to miss. You can listen to it for FREE on Spotify or buy the book here.


Get creative with Creativebug.

If you’re looking for a break from movies and tv shows then why not get creative with Creativebug? On their site, you can spend endless hours doing online art and craft classes taught by recognised design experts and artists. Find out more here. 

Virtual Royal Botanic Gardens streaming into your home.

Looking for something calming and relaxing to do this weekend but can’t leave the house still? Well, the Royal Botanic Gardens are here to help with their virtual exploration of the gardens available online. On top of that, the team behind the garden will share wellness tips and updates on the workaround their site. Check it out here.


Ellenie Case is a third-year communication and media (journalism) student at Latrobe University.


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