New Australian Netflix series TIDELANDS commences production

Left to Right: Dalip Sondhi, Mattias Inwood, Madeliene Madden, Elsa Pataky, Charlotte Best, Caroline Brazier, Aaron Jakubenko and Richard Davies
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Netflix, the world’s leading entertainment network, and Hoodlum announced that production will begin today on TIDELANDS, an Australian Netflix original series.

The series - comprised of eight 50min episodes - will be directed by Toa Fraser (Marvel’s Daredevil, Marvel’s Iron Fist6 Days), written by Stephen M. Irwin (Secrets & Lies, Harrow) and will shoot in south-east Queensland.

TIDELANDS follows Cal McTeer (Charlotte Best), a young woman who returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay after ten years in juvenile detention. But her hometown is shrouded in mysteries, the greatest of which is the commune of outcasts who live in a hidden pocket of the bay: the Tidelanders.

Charlotte Best (Home & Away, Puberty Blues) will star as Cal McTeer, a resilient and fiercely independent ex-con, whom everyone underestimates - to their peril. Aaron Jakubenko (The Shannara Chronicles, Spartacus: War of the Damned) will star as Cal’s fisherman brother Augie McTeer, Peter O’Brien (Underbelly, X-men Origins: Wolverine) as deckhand Bill Sentelle and Mattias Inwood (Will) as Corey Welch the handsome, conflicted Senior Constable.

Elsa Pataky (The Fast & Furious franchise) will star as Adrielle Cuthbert, the darkly enigmatic and keenly intelligent leader of the Tidelanders; a woman unafraid to do anything to meet her ruthless ends.  Dalip Sondhi, Caroline Brazier and Madeleine Madden have also been cast on the series.

The series is produced for Netflix by Brisbane production company Hoodlum. Executive producers Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield produced the acclaimed Australian hit series Secret & Lies and its remake for the U.S, as well as Harrow.

“The Netflix audience demands an international cast, and Tidelands has truly embraced what it means to bring together a stellar, diverse ensemble,” said Nathan Mayfield, Chief Creative Officer and co-founder of Hoodlum. “We’re thrilled to be working with Netflix on this first original Australian drama series and can’t wait to share the rich and unique Tidelands universe with audiences around the world.”
The opportunity to be involved with world class Australian storytellers was too good to pass up,” said Kelly Luegenbiehl, Vice President, International Originals, Netflix, “We are looking forward to working with Hoodlum Entertainment to bring this incredibly unique and mysterious Aussie series to our worldwide audience.”

TIDELANDS is the latest of Netflix’s investments in Australian content including the recently announced Chris Lilley original series, and co-productions Pine Gap, Cargo, The New Legends of Monkey, Glitch, Bottersnikes & Gumbles, Kazoops, Mako Mermaids: An H20 Adventure and The White Rabbit Project. Netflix also licenses much-loved Australian-grown content like Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries and The Code for distribution to Netflix’s 117 million members around the world.


TIDELANDS will premiere globally on Netflix.


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About Hoodlum
Hoodlum is an Emmy® and BAFTA Award-winning production company founded in 1999 by Tracey Robertson and Nathan Mayfield. The company operates their offices in Brisbane, Australia, and in Los Angeles, developing feature film and television drama projects for the international marketplace. In 2014, Hoodlum produced the 6-part thriller starring Martin Henderson, SECRETS & LIES, as the flagship TV drama for Network Ten Australia. SECRETS & LIES was then remade in the USA for ABC starring Juliette Lewis and Ryan Phillippe. Season 2 of SECRETS AND LIES aired on ABC in 2016. Hoodlum then set up their LA office going on to produce a remake of THE STRANGE CALLS with NBC and 20th Century Fox. Previous Film and Television Productions include AUSTRALIA DAY (2017), starring Bryan Brown, a feature film for Foxtel released in Australia theatrically through Icon Film Distribution; the 10-part drama series SLiDE for Foxtel’s Fox 8 Channel in Australia and THE STRANGE CALLS a 6-part narrative comedy series for Australia’s ABC. The company's most recent production, HARROW, with ABC Australia and ABC Studios International is currently screening on ABC. The 10-part series is ABCSI’s first scripted drama outside of the USA and stars Ioan Gruffudd. Hoodlum is currently in pre-production on the drama TIDELANDS, the first original series for Netflix in the territory.