Screen Queensland is sharing the below media release from the Queensland Premier and Minister for the Arts The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk about Tidelands, the first-ever Netflix series to film in Australia.
Premier and Minister for the Arts
The Honourable Annastacia Palaszczuk
Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Queensland secures 80 extra jobs with Australia’s first Netflix series
Eighty jobs for Queensland acting talent and crew have been secured with the State to be home to the first ever Australian-made series for Netflix, Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said today.
“Tidelands will be the very first Netflix Original Series to be commissioned and made completely in Australia, with all filming to take place in south-east Queensland,” the Premier said.
“Tidelands, to be made with Queensland Government investment through Screen Queensland, is another concrete outcome of my Government’s $30 million four-year funding injection for the screen industry,” she said.
“Post-production for the series will also take place in Queensland, ensuring our post production facilities and equipment houses benefit.”
The Premier will be meeting with Netflix representatives when she leads a trade and investment mission to the United States in June.
“Tidelands will be available through Netflix in 190 countries, leveraging the success of our screen industry and showcasing Queensland to its significant international audience, which will deliver strong cultural tourism outcomes by attracting more visitors.”
“Importantly, further proving the talent we have here in Queensland, Tidelands was written and developed through Brisbane-based production house Hoodlum.”
Last financial year was Queensland’s best year in terms of attracting production expenditure of more than $200 million. Aquaman is currently being filmed in south-east Queensland and it follows on from back-to-back international and domestic productions, including Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Thor: Ragnarok and Pacific Rim 2.
Screen Queensland CEO Tracey Vieira said securing Tidelands put Queensland ahead of all other states.
“Screen Queensland is committed to investing in innovative projects with international appeal and Tidelands will deliver great opportunities for Queensland. The series will film ten 50-minute episodes in Queensland for its first season,” she said.
Ms Vieira congratulated Hoodlum as the first production company in Australia commissioned to produce a series for Netflix.
“This is the latest success for Emmy® and BAFTA Award-winning Hoodlum, with their reputation for creating ground-breaking film and television including Australia Day (2017), Secrets and Lies (2014), The Strange Calls (2012), teen series Slide (2011), and the recently announced Harrow, due to begin filming in August,” she said.
Set in the fictional Australian sea-side town of Orphelin Bay where the residents harbor deep secrets and nothing is as it seems, Tidelands plays out with a supernatural undercurrent. Tidelands will shoot in South-East Queensland in early 2018.