Tidelands will be Netflix’s first Australian original series

Alex Kidman 16 May 2017 NEWS

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Aussie supernatural thriller will begin filming in 2018.

Netflix has announced its first Australian-made "Original" series, set to go into production in Queensland in 2018. Tidelands will, according to its series blurb, follow...

"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."

So one half Buffy, one half Twin Peaks by way of Townsville, then.

Announcing Netflix's very first Australian original series. #Tidelands

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While Netflix has provided funding for a number of series that have been either part or fully produced locally, including Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and the upcoming Legend of Monkey, Tidelanders will be the first Australian series it has commissioned from start to finish purely for its own streaming service.

Competitor Stan already has numerous locally-produced series under its belt, including the TV series version of Wolf Creek and two seasons of No Activity.

Netflix has commissioned 10 episodes of 50 minutes each for the first season of Tidelanders, to be produced by Hoodlum Entertainment. Given the 2018 start date for filming, it’s reasonable to presume either a late 2018 or early 2019 availability date for the series itself.

In the meantime, if you're after something to watch right now, you can check out every title launching on Netflix Australia in May 2017 right here.

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