Tidelands
Created by
Written by
  • Stephen M. Irwin
  • Leigh McGrath
Screenplay byStephen M. Irwin
Leigh McGrath
StarringCharlotte Best
Elsa Pataky
Aaron Jakubenko
Marco Pigossi
Richard Davies
Mattias Inwood
ComposerMatteo Zingales
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Executive producers
  • Tracey Robertson
  • Nathan Mayfield
  • Leigh McGrath
ProducerHoodlum Entertainment
Running time36–47 min[1]
Release
Original networkNetflix
Original release14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)

Tidelands is an Australian streaming television series. The eight-part series is written and created by Stephen M. Irwin and Leigh McGrath, and is produced by Hoodlum Entertainment.[2] It was released on 14 December 2018 on Netflix. Series 1 left some issues unresolved, but as of 2021, no plans have emerged to film a second series.

Overview

Tidelands follows the story of Cal McTeer, who served ten years in prison for an alleged murder while a teenager. She returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay.[3] When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town's secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, some of whom are a group of dangerous siren–human hybrids called "Tidelanders", the result of occasional sexual relations between sirens and marine fishermen.[4] Filming for the series began in Brisbane and continued through southeastern Queensland.[5]

The plotlines pit the Tidelanders, who largely occupy a communal settlement ruled by a matriarch, Adrielle Cuthbert, with the Orphelin Bay townspeople, many of whom are well aware of the Tidelander's origins and power over centuries, and of the existence of the secretive and rarely-glimpsed sirens. The townsfolk are paid off or choose to keep their knowledge to themselves, since the Tidelanders are dangerous, and the local fishing cooperative benefits from a lucrative drug trade, recuperating and selling drugs imported and hidden offshore by the Tidelander's dealers. Relationships between sirens and men, Tidelanders and humans, and some of the other central characters complicate the story of Adrielle's search for fragments of an ancient magical horn made by sirens which, if sounded, would bring destruction on the human world. Cal McTeer's arrival back in Orphelin Bay upsets power dynamics, and she emerges as a powerful challenger to Adrielle, after Cal's origins and identity are questioned and she realises she too has siren powers, including breathing underwater, longevity, seduction, and manipulating fluids. Not all plotlines are resolved, after Series 1 ends in a cliffhanger. Cal and Adrielle remain alive, embroiled in a battle for power, but most of the other central characters are murdered in the process.

Locations

Much of the filming took place in and around Moreton Bay, close to Brisbane in South East Queensland, Australia. Aerial shots of the fictional Orphelin Bay were filmed further north in Dunwich, North Stradbroke Island. Cal and Augie's house is at 153 Palm Ave in Shorncliffe a coastal suburb of Brisbane, Devil's Tail bar is the Old Courthouse Restaurant at Raby Bay, and the Orphelin Bay Fishing Cooperative facilities are in Steiglitz.[6]

Cast

Main

Recurring

Episodes

No.Title [7]Directed by [1]Written by [1]Original release date [7]
1"Home"Toa FraserStephen M. Irwin14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)
2"Orphans of L'Attente"Toa FraserStephen M. Irwin14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)
3"Not One of You"Emma FreemanStephen M. Irwin14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)
4"Don't Trust Humans"Emma FreemanStephen M. Irwin14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)
5"The Calling"Catriona McKenzieStephen M. Irwin14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)
6"Loyalty"Catriona McKenzieStephen M. Irwin14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)
7"The Prophecy"Daniel NettheimStephen M. Irwin14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)
8"The Queen's Knife"Daniel NettheimStephen M. Irwin14 December 2018 (2018-12-14)

References

  1. ^ a b c "Kiwi director Toa Fraser to helm Australian Netflix series Tidelands". The New Zealand Herald. New Zealand Media and Entertainment. 26 March 2018. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  2. ^ Groves, Don (26 March 2018). "Charlotte Best, Aaron Jakubenko and Elsa Pataky star in Netflix/Hoodlum's 'Tidelands'". If Magazine. The Intermedia Group. Retrieved 6 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Tidelands on Netflix location: Where is Tidelands filmed?". express.co.uk. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  4. ^ Johnston, Rae (16 May 2017). "Everything We Know About 'Tidelands', Netflix's First Australian Original Series". Gizmodo. G/O Media. Retrieved 17 November 2017.
  5. ^ "PRODUCTION OF THE SUPERNATURAL CRIME DRAMA SERIES TIDELANDS COMMENCED IN BRISBANE WITH ALL FILMING TO TAKE PLACE IN SOUTH EAST QUEENSLAND". ausfilm.com.au. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  6. ^ "Where was Tidelands filmed? The house & all the Filming Locations".
  7. ^ a b "Tidelands - Episodes Guide and Summaries". Next Episode. Retrieved 6 December 2018.