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US streaming giant Netflix has commissioned a ten-part supernatural crime series from the producers of Secrets & Lies, in what will be its first Australian original.

netflixThe series, called Tidelands, will start shooting in Queensland in 2018 and debut exclusively on the subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service.

The drama centres on an ex-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 first season will be written by Stephen M Irwin, who was also responsible for season one of Secrets & Lies, along with executive producers Tracey Robertson, Nathan Mayfield and Leigh McGrath.

“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. 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,” said Tracey Robertson.

Erik Barmack, VP international original series at Netflix, added: “We’re proud these strong Australian storytellers are bringing their vision to the first Australian Netflix original series. We can’t wait to bring the mystery of Tidelands to our members around the world.”

Tidelands will be produced by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment.

Although this marks its first Australian original TV series, Netflix has already embarked on local co-productions in Australia, such as Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, White Rabbit Project and Legend of Monkey. It has also licensed Australian content including Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Code.

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