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Netflix announces its first Australian show

International TV and movie streaming giant Netflix launched in Australia in March 2015, quickly picking up millions of subscribers with its high profile, award-winning original series including Orange is the New Black and House of Cards.

Two years later, Netflix has finally announced its first Australian original series, a supernatural crime drama called Tidelands. The 10-episode series will shoot in Queensland in 2018, with no word on a premiere date.

Tidelands is produced by Brisbane-based Hoodlum Entertainment for Netflix. It’s written and co-created by Stephen M. Irwin, behind Channel Ten’s short-lived, but critically-acclaimed Secrets and Lies.

The short synopsis for the series released this morning by Netflix reads:

The drama 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.”

Netflix has worked as a co-producer on some Australian shows in recent years, including the ABC’s Glitch and several children’s shows, but this is its first wholly original series. 

Unlike broadcasters, streaming services have no government-imposed local content quotas, which means there’s little pressure on Netflix, or its major Australian competitor, Stan, to create original Australian content.

Stan has already produced a few original Australian programs, including No Activity, Wolf Creek, and the forthcoming comedy The Other Guy.


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