It’s Friday and time to take a look at what’s been added to Disney+ in the United Kingdom and Ireland today. The biggest new release today is a new behind the scenes documentary about the Pixar Sparkshorts “Twenty Something” and “Nona” plus lots of great new additions to the Disney+ library.
Here’s the rundown:
“Spin” follows Rhea, a relatable Indian American teen who discovers her passion for creating DJ mixes that blend the rich textures of her South Asian culture and the world around her. Her life revolves around her eclectic group of friends, Molly, Watson and Ginger; her after-school coding club; her family’s Indian restaurant; and her tight-knit, multigenerational family, which includes her father, Arvind, younger brother Rohan and her grandmother, Asha. Everything changes when she falls for aspiring DJ Max, and her long-lost fervor for music is re-ignited. Rhea discovers that she has a natural gift for creating beats and producing music but must find the courage to follow her true inner talent.
A Spark Story
Feature-length documentary “A Spark Story”—a co-production of Pixar Animation Studios and Supper Club—takes an intimate look at Pixar’s SparkShorts filmmaking process, highlighting two new shorts— “Twenty Something” and “Nona”—and the filmmakers behind them.
Hard-hitting amateur, CCTV and news footage reveals how some of the world’s biggest natural disasters took away people’s lives, homes and hope in Witness Disaster. Surviving witnesses tell you what it was like to be in the midst of nature’s most devastating attacks. Combined with genuine CCTV footage, their stories bring to life the terrifying reality of what it is like to experience outright disaster.
Giraffe: African Giant
Long legs, tall neck, wide eyes – giraffes are the beauties of the African savannah. But there is so much more to these gentle giants: their exceptional body, their distinctive behavior, and their social lives. So far, giraffes have been decorative extras in many wildlife films, towering over the savannah. Our production takes a fresh look at the tallest animals of all, revealing brand new details about the African icon. We present giraffes in the savannah of Kenya, in the South African grassland as well as in the desert of Namibia. Experience never before seen material that will add up to a comprehensive and entertaining portrait of Nature’s High Society.
American Blackout is a meticulously researched and extremely realistic drama exploring the effects of a devastating cyber-attack on America’s national electricity grid. When America suffers a catastrophic nationwide power failure, members of the public record what they can on cameras and phones. As the country descends into anarchy, a cast of ordinary characters struggle to feed and protect themselves and their families. This is the story of America’s ten days without electricity, told by those kept filming to the end.
Inside the Hunt for the Boston Bombers
Documentary following lead investigators during the desperate five-day manhunt that followed the shocking terrorist attack at the Boston Marathon in 2013.
Dino Death Match
A fossil known as the ‘Duelling Dinosaurs’ depicts predator and prey as they died in combat. A dramatic fossil, but also one that is central to a controversial debate; does it provide evidence proving the existence of a separate tyrannosaur species? It could reveal a pygmy tyrant – the Nanotyrannus. As the evidence for and against this predator is reviewed, it reveals a dinosaur like no other, brought to life in stunning CGI.
Inside the Muslim Brotherhood
In January 2011, thousands of Egyptians take to the streets to protest against the oppressive government of President Hosni Mubarak. Using social networking sites on the internet to organise themselves, their numbers increase daily and soon there are mass protests in Tahrir Square, Cairo. The police fire on the protesters but this is recorded on video phones and posted on websites for Egyptians and the world to see. The revolutionaries’ demands are uncompromising and within a few weeks Hosni Mubarak resigns.
Although written up as a secular, peoples’ revolution ‘Inside the Muslim Brotherhood’ exposes the hidden role of Egypt’s most powerful political organisation. The film gains extensive access to leading figures within the Muslim Brotherhood and reveals both how they kept popular support despite being banned from the political arena and what their plans are now for the future of the country.
The Descendants (2011)
A father unites with his two daughters, after his wife goes into a coma. Together they try to find the man she was seeing before the accident.
Taken 3 (2014)
Bryan Mills is accused of a murder he did not commit. He does not want to accept this unjust fate and makes a run for it, but Inspector Franck Dotzler seeks to hunt him down.
Cinderella Man (2005)
During the Great Depression, ex-boxer James J. Braddock (Russell Crowe) works as a day laborer until his former manager Joe Gould (Paul Giamatti) offers him a one-time slot against a rising young contender. After he wins a shocking upset, Braddock goes back into the ring full time, against the wishes of his frightened wife, Mae (Renée Zellweger). Dubbed “The Cinderella Man” for his rags-to-riches story, Braddock sets his sights on the defending champion, the fearsome Max Baer (Craig Bierko).
Broken Arrow (1996)
Major Vic Deakins holds the US government to ransom by stealing a nuclear warhead and threatening to detonate it in a major city. His co-pilot and a park ranger attempt to thwart his plans.
What are you going to be watching on Disney+ this weekend?