Tidelands: The Aussie Netflix series set for global reach

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Forget those big-budget American blockbusters and period drama BBC productions… an entirely Australian Netflix Original Series will hit screens worldwide this December.

Tidelands is an Aussie first ten-part series written and created by Stephen Irwin and Leigh McGrath.

Set in the fictional town of Orphelin Bay, Tidelands is centred around a small fishing community where a mysterious group of people called Tidelanders – half human/half-siren – live. In Greek mythology, sirens are supernatural creatures that lure men to their deaths on the sea.

The series follows an ex-convict (played by Home & Away star Charlotte Best) who returns home only to become embroiled in the world of Tidelanders. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets.

The series will be available to stream from 14 December.

“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,” said Tracey Robertson, co-creator and co-executive producer of the show.

“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.”

“We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series,” added Erik Barmack, vice president of international original series at Netflix.

Joining Charlotte Best in the cast are Elsa Pataky, Marco Pigossi, Madeleine Madden, Caroline Brazier, Peter O’Brien, Aaron Jakubenko and Jay Ryan.

Watching the short teaser trailer, it seems to be one for fans of Vampire Diaries, Siren and Charmed.

Push for government quotas on Netflix

The show was filmed in Queensland and is Netflix’s first sole Aussie production, produced by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment. It comes in the midst of debate as to whether Netflix should be subject to a content quota similar to that imposed on Australian TV networks.

The screen industry wants the US streaming giant to spend at least 10 per cent of its Australian revenue on locally-produced content. Currently, there is no requirement for it to do so, unlike with local broadcasters.

Previously, Netflix has co-funded other Australian productions including Glitch, Beat Bugs and Kazoops, to name just a few. Netflix also licenses beloved Australian-grown content like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Code for distribution to viewers around the world.

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