The stars aligned in Brisbane city on Sunday night, as the red (or rather blue) carpet was rolled out for the world premiere of Australia’s first Netflix original series, Tidelands.
Filmed in some of Queensland’s most stunning locations – including the beautiful beaches of Stradbroke Island – the show centres around ex-convict Cal McTeer (played by Charlotte Best), who returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay only to discover some of the darker secrets that lie below the surface – including the dangerous half-human, half-siren Tidelanders that call the townhome.
Produced by Brisbane’s own Hoodlum Entertainment (co-founded by Nathan Mayfield and Tracey Robertson) in collaboration with Netflix, the show marks Australia’s first original series made for Netflix and releases this Friday the 14th to over 190 different countries across the world.
Pictured: Hoodlum Entertainment co-founders Nathan Mayfield and Tracey Robertson
Alongside the talented Charlotte Best in the show’s lead role, Spanish model and actress Elsa Pataky portrays the mysterious Tidelander leader, Adrielle, bringing some international star power to the show.
But this big-name actress doesn’t take anything away from the film’s powerful Australian cast. Best and Pataky join the likes of Aaron Jakubenko, Peter O'Brien, Madeleine Madden, Mattias Inwood and Finn Little – alongside some more international help from Marco Pigossi and Dalip Sondhi – all of whom graced the red carpet to celebrate the show’s premiere.
One of the things that is sure to excite most audience members, as it did the shows cast, is the stellar locations in which the show shot within Queensland. Asked if there were any stand out locations, the cast all had high praise for Stradbroke Island. Speaking to Stradbroke, Pataky said: “Shooting on the beach, and outside and the sunset… it was really beautiful… we had the dolphins jumping, it was amazing actually.”
While it may seem daunting for many knowing that this show will instantly be made available to hundreds of thousands of people worldwide when it releases this Friday, the show’s cast is excited to see it gain such a wide release.
Pictured: Madeleine Madden and Mattias Inwood
Madeleine Madden, who plays the Tidelander Violca on the show, said this about the show’s release onto Netflix: “I think it’s good because, a lot of people, especially, you know, our generation, we all binge things and you can just sit down in one sitting and watch the whole thing, which sometimes makes you feel more invested in a show. It’s just exciting that it’s going to be the first of its kind.”
“Exciting and nerve racking” added co-star Mattias Inwood, who plays police officer and love interest Corey Welch on the show.
Asked about the script, Inwood added: “It stood out to me because I related to the character, I related to the story that it was telling. It was the first thing of its kind that I [had] read so it stuck out to me, it wasn’t the same that I read in five other shows. I knew that was the one if anything this year this is the one I want to be in.”
Alongside the Queensland locations, the cast also had high praise for the talented Queensland and Australian crew that worked on the show.
Pictured: Tideland writers Leigh McGrath and Stephen M. Irwin (the show's writers
This is something very close to Best, who has been working with these crews since the earliest stages of her career. “To be able to have that sort of next step in your career but on an international scale at home with crews that I’ve worked with since I was 12… I felt really supported and just that was my dream come true I realised.”
She continued: “We do have the best crews here, I know I’m biased, but we do and we’re just, we’re showing the world that and I’m so proud to be a part of it.”
Of course, the evening wouldn’t be complete without Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, who has been an avid supporter of more high-budget productions to film in Queensland – helping to improve our ever-strengthening industry.
A fantastic night and a fantastic show to follow, Tidelands is not one to be missed – and you only have to wait until Friday to binge it for yourself.
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ABOUT THE WRITER: Harry Sabulis is a film, music, theatre and media crazed writer with a passion for all things artsy. A certified nerd and aspiring screenwriter, Harry loves storytelling in all of its forms. You can read some of his film reviews on his blog, Kill The Critic.