Netflix hits Australia
Netflix is finally here! Just in time for us to retreat on to our couches for Winter, the services launched in Australia and New Zealand last week with a gala event at the Museum of Contemporary Arts at Circular Quay.
In attendance were some of the brightest stars from Netflix’s biggest titles – Ellie Kemper from The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Uzo Aduba and Yael Stone from Orange is the New Black, and Daryl Hannah from Sense8. Ben Mendelsohn was also there, celebrating the launch and second-season renewal of Netflix’s new original production, Bloodline.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings was on hand to introduce the team – and the service – to the crowd present. “I know we took too long to get here,” he said, “And we’re sorry for that.” Regardless of how long Netflix took to arrive (I did have some serious jealousy of my US friends who had it), we’re excited that it’s here. While the library is admittedly a little small at the moment, most of the key shows you’re excited about are available. Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are there, along with several other highly marathonable shows.
On the night, guests nibbled canapes of tortellini, gyoza, and prawn skewers; and sipped cocktails and bubbly from an open bar. The dancefloor didn’t take off until eleven – at which point some notable names were spotted having a boogie sans shoes – but it was a top night, with guests leaving with a Netflix membership for themselves and two friends. I know I’ll be installing mine right away – right in time for the long weekend, when I’m pretty sure I won’t be moving from the couch.