Netflix Announces First Original Australian Series ‘Tidelands’

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Netflix‘s first Australian original series is on the way.

The streaming giant has announced that production on a supernatural crime drama titled Tidelands will be kicking off in Queensland in 2018.

Tidelands‘ official synopsis is as follows:

The 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 “Tidelanders.”

Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies) has created the series and will writing all ten 50-minute episodes, with Secrets & Lies (both the Australian series and the US remake) producing team Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath on board as executive producers.

“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” said 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.”

Added Tidelands co-creator and co-executive producer Robertson: “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. 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.”

Tidelands continues Netflix’s growing relationship with Australian content. Other co-productions include Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey.

Screenwriter Irwin is also behind an upcoming mini-series remake of the ’71 Aussie classic Wake in Fright. Network Ten has that one.

Netflix released the following teaser video with the announcement:

Tidelands Announcement – A Netflix Original Series

Been a long time coming. Announcing Tidelands, Netflix's first Australian original series.

Posted by Netflix on Monday, May 15, 2017

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