Sundance Now has announced the movies and TV series that are coming to the AMC Networks-owned streaming service in October. The Sundance Now October 2020 lineup features the U.S. debut of ITV‘s highest-rated new drama of 2020, the bone-chilling true crime drama Des, starring David Tennant as the infamous serial killer Dennis Nilsen.
Also included is the streaming debut of steamy legal drama The Split and the intriguing new docuseries The Dakota Entrapment Tapes. The Sundance Now October 2020 schedule also features the finales of One Lane Bridge and We Got This.
Sundance Now October 2020
Available October 1
THE SPLIT, Season 2 Episode 1 (Streaming Premiere)
Season two delves back into the world of high-flying family of lawyers, where Hannah Stern (Nicola Walker, MI-5, River) is busy negotiating complex divorce cases whilst being confronted by difficulties in her own family.
WE GOT THIS, Episode 5 (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Another episode of the darkly comedic conspiracy thriller. A choice between a new lead that raises more questions than answers and an extremely risky plan that could likely crack the Palme case wide open causes divisions within the group. Desperate to save his marriage, George (creator and star Schiaffino Musarra, The Man with the Red Horn) goes it alone, diving headfirst into his most absurd idea yet. Van der Graff’s call for backup has George, Alex, Eva and Björn all in the cross hairs as legendary closer Elmer de Kant swoops in the eliminate this gang of investigators once and for all.
ONE LANE BRIDGE, Episode 3 (Sundance Now Exclusive)
Another episode of the supernatural crime thriller. The community comes together to bury the dead. Ariki’s (Dominic Ona-Ariki, The Commons) suspicions grow that Stephen’s wheelchair-bound wife, Lois, is somehow involved in the case. When Ariki gets an alarming visitation, he distracts himself with a hedonistic bender. Frustrated with the investigation’s lack of progress, the locals deal out with vigilante justice of their own.
Available October 5
A forensic scientist and a dedicated prosecutor seek justice for the massacre of a boy’s family during the Guatemalan civil war. Executive produced by Steven Spielberg. (Documentary, 2016)
LYNCH: A History
Lynch: A History explores the silence that nonconformist NFL star Marshawn Lynch deploys as a form of resistance. Culling more than 700 video clips and placing them in dramatic, rapid, and radical juxtaposition, the film is a powerful political parable about the American media-sports complex and its deep complicity with racial oppression. Executive produced by Danny Glover. (Documentary, 2020)
Available October 6
INTERVIEW WITH A MURDERER
In this gripping true crime documentary, world-renowned criminologist David Wilson conducts a series of interviews with convicted murderer Bert Spencer, long suspected in the infamous 1978 killing of a young boy. (3 EPS, 2016)
Available October 8
WE GOT THIS, Episode 6 – FINALE
On the run to reunite with his family in Georgia, USA, George thinks he is safe until he realizes that the bad guys are right behind him. Back in Sweden, Alex, Björn, Eva and Norberg help Ralf and the Palme group to connect all the dots in their investigation, but there is one very important connection missing. Turning the tables on the threat, George and Sofia find the missing connection, but will it be enough to keep George and the gang out of serving life in prison?
THE SPLIT, Season 2 Episode 2
As Hannah prepares Fi Hansen for her divorce, she feels increasingly stressed by the double life she is leading with Christie.
ONE LANE BRIDGE, Episode 4
The homicide investigation ramps up. Stephen is put under pressure when Lois is brought in for official questioning. Ariki’s inappropriate behavior jeopardizes both his professional career and the case. Stood down from work, he finds himself lost in the wilderness. One Lane Bridge tries to claim another victim.
Available October 12
This acclaimed documentary focuses on a mid-1980s workers’ strike at a Hormel meatpacking plant in Minnesota. After employees have both their wages and benefits cut, the local union endorses a strike, but complications arise when the national branch of the union doesn’t follow suit. This divide in viewpoints has unexpected consequences for organized labor in the United States, and makes for intriguing depictions of workers’ rights, strikes and union negotiations. Directed by Barbara Kopple (Harlan County U.S.A.). (1990)
I AM ANOTHER YOU
Eating garbage, dodging police, and hitching rides with strangers, award-winning Chinese filmmaker Nanfu Wang shares the streets with a young drifter named Dylan who left a comfortable home and loving family for a life of intentional homelessness. Fascinated by his choice and rejection of society’s rules, Nanfu follows Dylan with her camera on a journey that takes her across America and explores the meaning of freedom – and its limits. (Documentary, 2017)
Available October 15
DES, Episode 1 (Sundance Now Exclusive)
David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch, Good Omens) stars in a bone-chilling true-crime drama focusing on one of the most infamous serial killers in UK history – Dennis Nilsen. Known as the ‘kindly killer’, Nilsen was a local civil servant who spent five years murdering boys and young men he met on the streets of Soho from 1978 to 1983. He would meet and befriend these men before offering them food or lodgings for the evening back at his North London flat. When he was finally caught on 9 February 1983, Nilsen had murdered a total of fifteen men over a period of five years, making him Britain’s most prolific serial killer of the time. Des delves into the mind of one of the most emotionally elusive serial killers the world has ever seen. Can we ever really understand the mind of a psychopathic killer? And, if we try, what price do we pay? Also starring Daniel Mays (Line of Duty, Good Omens) and Jason Watkins (The Crown, A Very English Scandal).
THE SPLIT, Season 2 Episode 3
Hannah’s personal and professional lives collide as Christie’s anger mounts.
ONE LANE BRIDGE, Episode 5
Ariki’s heroics are rewarded when he’s reinstated at work. The Ryders celebrate a hundred years on the farm, but the festivities are cut short when the guest of honor goes missing. A poignant confession provides much-needed closure for the town.
Available October 19
AS I LAY DYING
The story of the death of Addie Bundren and her family’s quest to honor her last wish to be buried in the nearby town of Jefferson. Starring James Franco (The Disaster Artist, 127 Hours), Logan Marshall-Green (The Invitation), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Beth Grant (Donnie Darko), Tim Blake Nelson (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), Jim Parrack (Suicide Squad) and Ahna O’Reilly (The Help). Based on the 1930 classic novel by William Faulkner. (2013)
BECOMING WHO I WAS
In northern India’s sparsely populated and mountainous Ladakh region, an impoverished young boy is discovered to be the reincarnation of an esteemed, high-ranking Tibetan monk. Born displaced from his original monastery in Tibet, the boy is denied his rightful place. Amid growing doubts and mounting expectations in the community, the boy and his elderly godfather embark on a grueling, improbable trek across India to return the young monk-to-be to his rightful monastery before it becomes too late. (Documentary, 2018)
Available October 22
ONE LANE BRIDGE, Episode 6 – FINALE
The locals take their personal vendettas out during an isolated rabbit hunt. Ariki’s gift helps him solve the final piece of the puzzle. The ongoing tension between Ariki and Stephen builds to a deadly climax.
SLINGS AND ARROWS, Season 3
As the award-winning Canadian dramedy concludes, the cast and crew of the New Burbage Festival struggle with the unfamiliar burden of success as they mount two vastly different productions: King Lear and a contemporary musical. But with the erratic lead actor, will they reach artistic heights or flop spectacularly? Starring Paul Gross (Tales of the City), Martha Burnes (Remedy) Stephen Ouimette (Mentors) and Mark McKinney (Superstore). Sarah Polley (My Life Without Me) and theater legend William Hutt guest star. (6 EPS, 2006)
THE SPLIT, Season 2 Episode 4
Secrets come out as Hannah deals with the fallout from her anniversary party.
DES, Episode 2
With limited resources, Jay and the police continue to dig into Nilsen’s memories in an effort to convict him for the murder of every one of his victims. But when Des suddenly withdraws his cooperation and stops talking to the police, Jay fears justice will be lost. Meanwhile, Des confides increasingly in Brian. As Brian’s sessions give Des the opportunity to analyze and confront the possible reasons for his crimes, he considers the prospect that he may not be guilty of murder after all.
Available October 26
In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids. Starring Winona Ryder (Little Women), Christian Slater (True Romance), Shannen Doherty (Charmed), Lisanne Falk (Less Than Zero), Kim Walker (Say Anything…) and Penelope Milford (Coming Home). (1989)
LOVE & BANANAS: An Elephant Story
Ashley Bell and a team of elephant rescuers led by Asian elephant conservationist Lek Chailert embark on a daring 48-hour mission across Thailand to rescue a 70-year-old captive Asian elephant and lead it to freedom. (Documentary, 2018)
Available October 27
THE DAKOTA ENTRAPMENT TAPES (Sundance Now Exclusive)
In a sleepy North Dakota town, where the crime rate is so low people often don’t lock their front doors, 20-year-old college student Andrew Sadek mysteriously disappears in May 2014 and is found dead almost two months later. What Andrew’s friends and family didn’t know was that in the months before his death, he had been coerced into becoming an informant for an aggressive police task force that had been secretly operating for years. As details of Andrew’s double life are revealed, the cover of the shadowy program is blown, laying bare the collusion and abuse of power of local law enforcement at all levels. Following the Sadek family’s fight for the truth about how their son was killed, the film skillfully uncovers the forces at play in his death and reveals why law enforcement secretly waged a war on drugs, on a college campus that didn’t have a drug problem. (2 EPS, Documentary, 2020)
Available October 29
DES, Episode 3 – FINALE
Reeling from Des’ change in plea, Jay and the police throw themselves into proving premeditation. If they can show the court that Des was undoubtedly of sound mind when he committed his crimes, he will go down and never be released. If they fail, Des could get a cushier sentence on diminished responsibility and effectively escape justice. As the trial begins and the defense start to tear strips off key witnesses, Jay and his team are shocked by just how flimsy their case against Nilsen seems.
WITCHES: A Century of Murder
Historian Suzannah Lipscomb investigates the witch hunts that plagued Britain in the 17th century, examining common myths about their origin. (2 EPS, Documentary, 2015)
THE SPLIT, Season 2 Episode 5
As the Hansen case escalates, Hannah tries to make amends and rebuild her marriage.