Tidelands: Netflix orders first Australian original series
VOD News | On 16, May 2017
Netflix has ordered its first Australian original series. Called Tidelands, the supernatural crime drama follows a former criminal, as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called (you guessed it) Tidelanders.
The ten-episode series is written by creator Stephen M. Irwin and is produced by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment, with Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath on board as exec producers. All four were also behind the acclaimed Australian hit series Secrets & Lies and its US remake.
“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” says Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix. “We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”
“We are excited to be partnering with Netflix on Tidelands – this story is one that has been itching to be told and we are thrilled to be making it on our home soil in Australia with fantastic creatives and highly skilled crews,” adds Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show. “The primeval landscapes of Queensland are a perfect setting to tell the story of betrayal, small town secrets, ancient mythology and, when it comes to family, explore whether blood really is thicker than water.”
The commission marks the ongoing rise of Australia’s golden age of TV, with shows such as The Slap and Barracuda impressing UK audiences on BBC Four and BBC Three respectively. Indeed, Tidelands is the latest of Netflix’s investments in Australian content, including co-productions Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey. Netflix also licenses much-loved Australian-grown content, such as Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Code.
Production on Tidelands will start in Queensland in 2018.