SBS cast revealed for Deep Water

Updated: A top-notch cast join SBS drama inspired by Sydney's gay hate crimes of the 1980s / 90s.


A top-notch cast has been revealed for upcoming SBS drama Deep Water, a contemporary drama inspired by Sydney’s gay hate crimes of the 1980s / 90s.

The cast features Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Noah Taylor (Game of Thrones), William McInnes (The Time of Our Lives, The Slap), Danielle Cormack (Wentworth), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (Gallipoli), Simon Burke (Devil’s Playground), Ben Oxenbould (The Kettering Incident) and Dan Spielman (The Code), John Brumpton (Catching Milat, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries), Victoria Haralabidou (The Code, East West 101, All Saints), Simon Elrahi (The Code), George H. Xanthis (The Principal), Renee Lim (Please Like Me, East West 101) and Julian Maroun.

The 4 part drama from Blackfella Films is due to air in October along with a a feature documentary, and web series.

SBS Director of Television and Online Content, Marshall Heald said: “SBS is proud that this important drama has attracted Australia’s finest creative professionals both in front – and behind the camera. Inspired by true events from Australia’s recent past, this must-watch drama delivers on SBS’s commitment to promote diversity and social cohesion through exploring the big events that have shaped our nation.”

In making the announcement Blackfella Films’ Miranda Dear and Darren Dale said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the immense talents of Noah Taylor and Yael Stone joining forces with a superb supporting cast for this gripping crime thriller set in the melting pot of Australia’s most iconic beachside suburb”.

The drama is a crime thriller set in contemporary Bondi, and is partly inspired by the epidemic of gay hate murders in Sydney in the 80s and 90s. The documentary will tell the full true crime story for the first time – the brutal murders, the scores of assaults, the unsolved cold cases. It’s a network event that goes to the heart of the SBS Charter and purpose of promoting cultural diversity and social cohesion.

Source: News Corp

5 Responses

    1. Yes. Written by Kris Wyld (East West 101) and Kym Goldsworthy (Love Child, Serangoon Road). Not in the story because I initially drew the story from News Corp. SBS sent a release later so I did update, but neglected to include writers. Ideally I would prefer to draw the info from a release, but networks are increasingly selective about where it runs first.

  1. So it will “tell the full true crime story” despite only being “partly inspired” by the true events, and not being set in the same time or location that the events happened? Why not just set it in the late 80’s? Why the need to make it contemporary?

  2. The SBS press releases are getting so flowery it is hard to take them seriously but there is a strategy here. The emphasis on “social cohesion” seems to be a justification for dealing with a topic where the players were white Anglo Saxon and not within the SBS Charter at all. A drama series, documentary and a web series…seems like massive overkill here for a network with little money for local programming. Won’t viewer interest be exhausted?

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