New Netflix documentary is about a topic that gripped the news this week 2 months ago

New Netflix documentary is about a topic that gripped the news this week

No, it isn't about the beach hole.

Netflix is releasing a new documentary series this month titled Encounters, which is all about a topic that gripped the world of news in the past week - "otherwordly phenomena"


After all, the last seven days saw the bodies of alleged 'aliens' being presented during a congressional hearing in Mexico.

And while we previously joked that the Netflix documentary was not about the hole on Portmarnock beach in Dublin, it was briefly suspected by some that the discovery was the result of a meteor.

If you missed that story, watch the video below for an explainer:



According to Netflix, Encounters will see its crew travel the globe to explore "four extraordinary true stories of encounters with otherworldly phenomena"


The plot synopsis from the streaming service reads:

"Each cinematic and deeply-researched episode tells a single story: strange lights in the sky over small-town Texas; submersible space crafts haunting a coastal Welsh village; an alien encounter with schoolchildren in Zimbabwe; non-human intelligence reportedly interfering with a nuclear power plant in Japan.

"As told from the perspective of firsthand experiencers – in the places where the sightings occurred – and guided by cutting-edge scientists and military personnel, the series goes beyond the science to highlight the profoundly human impact of these encounters on lives, families, and communities.

"A timely and timeless cosmic detective story, what will be revealed from this puzzle of seemingly unrelated encounters across different places, times, and cultures is a set of uncanny similarities, and one astonishing truth: extraterrestrial encounters are global, awe-inspiring, and unlike anything we’ve ever imagined."

Executive produced by Amblin Television - which was co-founded by E.T. director Steven Spielberg - and Vice Studios, Encounters will consist of four episodes and will land on Netflix on 27 September.

You can check out a trailer for the documentary series right here:


Earlier this week, JOE wrote about the trailers for the superhero sequel Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, the series reboot of Frasier and the Netflix show The Fall of the House of Usher in separate articles.

Meanwhile, for all the other big teasers released in the past seven days in the world of film and TV, scroll below:

Dark Harvest

Starting off with movies, this new horror from director David Slade (30 Days of Night) about a legendary monster who terrorises a small Midwestern town does not have an Irish release date but will be out in the States on digital from 13 October.


Killers of the Flower Moon

Director Martin Scorsese re-teams with his muses Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro for this adaptation of David Grann's acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name.

Focused around a series of murders of wealthy Osage people that took place in Oklahoma in the early 1920s, Killers of the Flower Moon will be out in Irish cinemas on 20 October.


Annette Bening plays swimmer Diane Nyad in this biographical sports drama coming to Netflix on 3 November.

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

This prequel to the 2019 adaptation of Stephen King's novel Pet Sematary will land on Paramount+ in Ireland on 7 October.

The Puppetman

Sticking with horror, this new movie from director Brandon Christensen (Superhost, Z) about a family cursed by an evil force premieres on Shudder on 13 October.

Totally Killer

Yet, another horror - Halloween is right around the corner of course - Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) plays a teenager who travels back in time to the '80s where she tries to stop a killer who targeted her mom and her mom's friends.

Totally Killer will drop on Prime Video on 6 October.

Trolls Band Together

This third instalment in the Trolls franchise comes to cinemas on 20 October.

Big Mouth Season 7

Moving onto TV, Netflix's adult animated series returns also on 20 October.

The Burning Girls

This British series follows a reverend (Samantha Morton) and her daughter (Ruby Stokes) who arrive in a village looking for a new start but soon learn that the place may have dark secrets.

Based on a novel, The Burning Girls will premiere on 19 October on Paramount+.

John Carpenter's Suburban Screams

Horror legend John Carpenter's return to directing after 13 years, Suburban Screams is an unscripted anthology series exploring true tales of terror and will premiere on 13 October on Peacock.

Lessons in Chemistry

Premiering on Apple TV+ also on 13 October, Brie Larson plays a former chemist turned cooking show host in this adaptation of Bonnie Garmus' bestselling novel of the same name.

Sex Education Season 4

Netflix's hit comedy-drama returns for its fourth and final season on 21 September.

The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar

Legendary filmmaker Wes Anderson (Fantastic Mr. Fox, The Royal Tenenbaums) adapts Roald Dahl's story of the same name for the screen with this Netflix short film.

The first of four new Dahl adaptations from Anderson, The Wonderful Story of Henry Sugar will premiere on the streamer on 27 September.

Other Anderson shorts The Swan, The Rat Catcher and Poison will follow on 28, 29 and 30 September respectively.

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