|Screenplay by||Stephen M. Irwin |
|Starring||Charlotte Best |
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Running time||36–47 min|
|Original release||14 December 2018|
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. 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.
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. 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. Filming for the series began in Brisbane and continued through southeastern Queensland.
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.
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.
|No.||Title ||Directed by ||Written by ||Original release date |
|1||"Home"||Toa Fraser||Stephen M. Irwin||14 December 2018|
|2||"Orphans of L'Attente"||Toa Fraser||Stephen M. Irwin||14 December 2018|
|3||"Not One of You"||Emma Freeman||Stephen M. Irwin||14 December 2018|
|4||"Don't Trust Humans"||Emma Freeman||Stephen M. Irwin||14 December 2018|
|5||"The Calling"||Catriona McKenzie||Stephen M. Irwin||14 December 2018|
|6||"Loyalty"||Catriona McKenzie||Stephen M. Irwin||14 December 2018|
|7||"The Prophecy"||Daniel Nettheim||Stephen M. Irwin||14 December 2018|
|8||"The Queen's Knife"||Daniel Nettheim||Stephen M. Irwin||14 December 2018|