ELSA’S IN DEEP

SIRENS STALK OUR SHORES IN LO­CALLY FILMED NET­FLIX SE­RIES

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - FRONT PAGE - SEANNA CRONIN

Net­flix’s first orig­i­nal Aus­tralian pro­duc­tion is a “no scales and no tails” take on the su­per­nat­u­ral genre, set in a sea­side town home to a com­mu­nity of half siren/half hu­mans known as Tide­landers.

That made star Elsa Pataky’s job of ex­plain­ing her char­ac­ter to her three chil­dren – daugh­ter In­dia Rose and twin sons Sasha and Tris­tan with Aussie hus­band Chris Hemsworth – a bit tricky.

“They know I’m play­ing a char­ac­ter who is like a mer­maid. They asked about a tail and I said ‘they don’t have tails’ and they are like ‘why?’ and I said ‘it’s not like The Lit­tle Mer­maid’,” she says dur­ing a visit to the show’s set on Tam­borine Moun­tain.

“They’re in­ter­ested about it, but they’re also like ‘what­ever’. Their dad is Thor so the fact that I can say I am a mer­maid is in­ter­est­ing for them.”

Tide­lands fol­lows for­mer crim­i­nal Cal (Char­lotte Best) as 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.

Pataky’s char­ac­ter Adrielle is the leader of the Tide­landers, who have spe­cial abil­i­ties, in­clud­ing a longer lifes­pan than hu­mans, but their half­breed na­ture also means they can never have chil­dren.

“They have these su­per­nat­u­ral as­pects to them which are in­ter­est­ing to build a char­ac­ter (around) and to play with,” she says.

“They’re very strong, they move dif­fer­ently, they’re very con­fi­dent with their physique and they’re very free with their bod­ies. They have no shame or in­hi­bi­tions.

“You don’t have to be real all the time, which is very fun.

“Adrielle sees her­self as the mother of the peo­ple with no moth­ers.

“She tries to teach them and show them what’s good for them, even when they don’t know what’s good for them.

“There’s so much his­tory in her, which is amaz­ing. She’s seen ev­ery­thing; she knows hu­man be­ings and what they’ve done.”

The eight-part fan­tasy crime drama, pro­duced for Net­flix by Bris­bane-based Hood­lum En­ter­tain­ment, was filmed ear­lier this year in south­east Queens­land, with North Strad­broke Is­land and the Gold Coast hin­ter­land pro­vid­ing stun­ning back­drops.

The prox­im­ity of the sets to Pataky’s By­ron Bay home meant she could bal­ance film­ing with school pick-ups.

“That was one of the rea­sons I was re­ally ex­cited to do this project; usu­ally you have to leave your fam­ily,” she says. “To be work­ing and be a mum at the same time is great.”

Tide­lands is avail­able to stream on Net­flix from to­mor­row

A CHAR­AC­TER WHO IS LIKE A MER­MAID

Elsa Pataky stars in new eight-part Net­flix fan­tasy crime drama Tide­lands, which was partly filmed in the Gold Coast hin­ter­land.

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