Netflix announces ‘Tidelands’, its first Australian Original Series

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It may have taken Australia a few years to get access to the streaming service, but now we have a Netflix Original to call our very own. TIDELANDS is a supernatural crime drama that will debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe. Production will start in Queensland in 2018.

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.”

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.

Rival streaming service Stan has been very active in supporting local content over the last few years, from original series such as Wolf Creek and No Activity. Netflix has of course invested in local content, including Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey. However, TIDELANDS marks the first Original Series and is a massive step forward for the local industry looking for a global audience.