Netflix has announced its first Australian original series Tidelands, which will debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe.
The supernatural crime drama will follow a former criminal who returns to her hometown, a fishing village called Orphelin Bay. After a local fisherman’s body washes up on shore, she must try to uncover the town’s secrets. But the area also harbours some dangerous and peculiar inhabitants… a group of half-Sirens, half-humans, called ‘Tidelanders’.
Netflix posted a teaser on Facebook to announce the news. The video plasters tweets of people asking when original Australian content will be introduced, along with the caption, ‘Been a long time coming. Announcing Tidelands, Netflix’s first Australian original series’.
Previous co-productions and licensing agreements have seen Australian content such as, Glitch, The Code and Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries distributed on Netflix. But Tidelands marks the first-ever Australian original series on the streaming service.
The series is being produced by Brisbane-based, Hoodlum Entertainment and will feature ten 50-minute episodes written by Stephen M. Irwin. Executive producers, Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath worked alongside Irwin on the Australian drama, Secrets & Lies, as well its U.S remake.
On behalf of the team, Robertson expressed how thrilling the project is.
“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,” she said, before teasing a few extra plot details…
“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,” she revealed.
Netflix’s vice president of international original series, Erik Barmack has also spoken out about the new series.
“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” Barmack said. “We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”
Tidelands is set to start production in Queensland next year.