Netflix has announced its first-ever Australian original series, Tidelands, which will begin production in Queensland in 2018.
The supernatural crime drama tells the story of a former criminal as she returns home to a small fishing village called Orphelin Bay, only to find herself investigating the townspeople — “a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called ‘Tidelanders’.” — after a fisherman’s body washes up on the shore.
The first season of the show will feature 10 50-minute episodes, and will be written by its creator, Stephen M. Irwin, who also created Aussie drama Secrets & Lies.
The show’s co-creator and co-executive producer, Tracey Robertson, says, “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 was reportedly set to be produced for Amazon’s online streaming service originally, but it’s now clear that Netflix has finally managed to secure the series.
Tidelands is being produced by Brisbane’s Hoodlum Entertainment, and will be shown globally exclusive on Netflix once it’s released. A release date and cast are yet to be announced.
Watch the series’ announcement video, below. Oh and by the way — it looks like Aussies could soon be paying more for Netflix.