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First Australian Netflix original Tidelands commences production

Netflix’s first commissioned Australian original series Tidelands has officially commenced production, 10 months after the program was first announced.

The supernatural crime drama is based out of Queensland, and will be comprised of eight 50-minute episodes. It is  produced by Brisbane production agency Hoodlum.

Tidelands Announcement – A Netflix Original Series

Been a long time coming. Announcing Tidelands, Netflix's first Australian original series.

Posted by Netflix on Monday, 15 May 2017

Directed by Toa Fraser and written by creator of Secrets & Lies, Stephen Irwin, the series follows Charlotte Best, a young woman who returns to a small fishing village after 10 years in juvenile detention. When she returns home, Best finds a group of outcasts known as the Tidelanders.

Nathan Mayfield, chief creative officer and co-founder of Hoodlum said the agency was thrilled to create the first original Australian drama.

“The Netflix audience demands an international cast, and Tidelands has truly embraced what it means to bring together a stellar, diverse ensemble,” Mayfield added.

Kelly Luegenbiehl, vice president of international originals at Netflix, said the opportunity to work with Australian storytellers was “too good to pass up”.

“We are looking forward to working with Hoodlum Entertainment to bring this incredibly unique and mysterious Aussie series to our worldwide audience,” Luegenbiehl said.

Whilst this is the first time the streaming service has commissioned an Australian drama series, it is not the first time it has invested in Australian content. Australian content includes a new original series by Chris Lilley, co-production Pine Gap, Cargo, The New Legends of Monkey, Glitch, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure and The White Rabbit Project.

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