Netflix Is Making An Original Australian Series Called Tidelands

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Described as a supernatural crime drama, Tidelands is the first Australian Original serieies from Netflix, and will be available to view on Netflix globally.

Netflix says Tidelands 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."

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 Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries and The Code for distribution around the world.

"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."

The series is produced for Netflix by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment. Executive Producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath produced the acclaimed Australian hit series Secrets & Lies and its remake for the U.S. The ten-episode first season will be written by creator Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies). Episodes will run 50 minutes.

Tracey Robertson said the team 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," Robertson said. "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."

Production will start in Queensland in 2018.


    If we are talking Australian showd, a top one right now is Rostered On. It is a short season show about working in retail that I think a lot of people can relate to.

    White Rabbit Project was part Australian? Such a let down, along with the Bill Nye show. Who is the target audience for that?

      The production company is based in Sydney and it also produced Mythbusters.

        Ahh OK. Didn't know they were involved in WRP.

          The company was set up to produce Beyond 2000 in the 80s/90s. I'm not sure how much of a presence they still have here though.

      Didn't know this was on Netflix, definitely due for a re-watch

        Bill Nye? No, this is a new show I'm talking about. It's horrible. Real cringe worthy stuff.

          Oh shit, no. I replied to the wrong thing. Review. Review is tops.

    An aussie show that is criminally overlooked - Miles Barlow Review. Dark humour, hilariously overblown metaphors to review everyday (and not so everyday) things like, betrayal, shoplifting, being mates with a dickhead and one of my favs, starting a cult. It's on Netflix right now you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

      Watched a couple of eps the other night - dark AS FUCK. Very funny, though :)

    Ok, so not based on the Terry Gilliam film of the same name. That's...probably for the best.

      Bahaha yeah.... nonreal desirento revisit THAT story :/

    It sounds like it could be good. I personally like a lot of Australian crime drama shows, it has a different feel than English or American stuff. Glitch was awesome, just wish they'd hurry up with season 2.

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