When an ex-criminal returns home to the remote coastal village of Orphelin Bay, she begins to discover the town’s secrets when investigating the connection between the death of a local fisherman and a tribe of strange aquatic creatures called“Tidelanders.” That’s the premise of Tideland, the first original Australian series produced by streaming giant Netflix.
Produced for Netflix by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment, the 10-episode first season is created and written by Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies). No casting details have yet been announced.
“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.”
While Netflix has previously partnered in producing Australian content, including Glitch, Beat Bugs, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure, and White Rabbit Project, Tideland will mark its first solo foray into Australian fare. It certainly sounds interesting – local and international audiences have a taste for supernatural and fantasy fare right now, and anything that smacks of H.P. Lovecraft’s Shadows Over Innsmouth already has us in for at least an episode or two.