Netflix announces first Australian original series

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Since Netflix Australia officially launched in March of 2015, it has gained over five million users across the country. Even before that, thousands of us were using VPNs to access the US version.

Yes, Australians love Netflix, and as of today it seems like our feelings might be reciprocated – because the platform has just announced its very first Australian original series, which is an exciting move for local audiences.

According to Netflix spokesperson, Bao Nguyen, Tidelands is a new “supernatural crime drama” set to debut exclusively on Netflix around the globe.

The story 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 will be produced by Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath, the same team that brought us acclaimed hit series Secrets & Lies and its US remake.

Production for Tidelands is set to begin in Queensland in 2018 for the show’s first ten-episode season, with each episode running for 50 minutes.

“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,” says Robertson, the show’s co-creator and co-executive producer.

“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.”

That’s all we know about the show right now, but it’s set to be a real nail-biter.

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