Newton's last film, From Nowhere, won an award at South by Southwest and has opened to positive reviews.
Michael Idato is a Senior Writer based in Los Angeles for The Sydney Morning Herald.
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Expanded film slate would recast Netflix as a traditional Hollywood film studio.