This March, HBO and HBO GO has line-up several top-quality films and series that focus on the human drama as well as acts of courage. For inspiration, look no further than the basketball coach who relives his glory days as a star player as he guides his team to the championships in The Way Back. There is also the righteous and committed defence lawyer in Just Mercy and the visionary inventor Nikola Tesla in Tesla.
There are also several coming-of-age shows in the programming slate as well. Growing up is never easy, and the constant lure of peer pressure and social media can be hard to withstand. Embarrassing moments, heartbreak, violence, and broken family relationships are just a few things today’s teenagers must deal with in HBO Max Originals’ Charm City Kings and Genera+ion.
For the complete breakdown of these human drama shows, check out the list below.
The Way Back
Premieres Saturday, 6 March at 9pm on HBO GO and HBO (Astro Ch 411 HD)
Jack Cunningham was a high school basketball superstar who has fallen on hard times. Years later, he is stuck in a meaningless job and struggling with alcoholism – the very thing that costs him his marriage and hopes for a better life. But Jack gets a second chance when he is asked to coach the basketball team at his alma mater. Will it be enough to heal the deep wounds of his past and set him on the road to redemption? Stars Ben Affleck, Al Madrigal and Michaela Watkins.
Charm City Kings
Premieres Tuesday, 9 March at 9pm on HBO GO and HBO (Astro Ch 411 HD)
In this gritty, coming-of-age HBO Max Original film, fourteen-year-old Mouse desperately wants to join the Midnight Clique, an infamous group of Baltimore dirt-bike riders who rule the summertime streets. His older brother, Stro, was their top rider before his tragic death – a loss that consumes Mouse as much as his passion for bikes. Despite his mom’s and a police mentor’s best efforts, the lure of revving his own dirt bike proves too strong to resist. Stars Jahi Di’Allo Winston, Meek Mill and Will Catlett.
Premieres same time as the U.S. on Thursday, 11 March exclusively on HBO GO
Co-created with 18-year-old Zelda Barnz, this brand-new HBO Max Original series, Genera+ion, provides a deep, candid and refreshing take on the relationships and lives of a diverse group of teenagers. Stars Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East and Nava Mau.
Premieres Saturday, 20 March at 9pm on HBO GO and HBO (Astro CH 411 HD)
Based on a true story, Harvard law graduate Bryan Stevenson walks away from a high-flying career to defend the wrongly condemned and those not afforded proper representation. With the support of local advocate Eva Ansley, he tackles the controversial case of Walter McMillian, who was sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl, despite the preponderance of evidence proving his innocence, and the only testimony against him coming from a criminal with a motive to lie. With this, Stevenson becomes embroiled in a labyrinth of legal and political manoeuvrings and overt racism as he fights for Walter, and others like him, with the odds—and the system—stacked against them. Stars Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Rob Morgan.
Premieres Saturday, 27 March at 9pm on HBO GO and HBO (Astro Ch 411 HD)
Follow the life of visionary inventor Nikola Tesla, from his rivalry with Thomas Edison and his relationship with Anne Morgan, to his development of the modern AC current electrical supply system which paved the way for the future. Stars Ethan Hawke, Eve Hewson and Donnie Keshawarz.
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