Phoebe Tonkin signs onto crime drama The Dark Lake

Boy Swallows Universe star reunites with producers for a new series about a homicide investigator in a rural town.

Boy Swallows Universe star Phoebe Tonkin will star in and executive produce a new Australian crime drama series, The Dark Lake.

The series, adapted from Australian writer Sarah Bailey’s debut novel of the same name, reunites her with producers Brouhaha Entertainment (Boy Swallows Universe, The Dig, Philomena, The Invisible Woman).

The story follows Detective Gemma Woodstock (Tonkin) as she is forced to confront the secrets of her past when assigned to the murder of her high school nemesis in her small and tight-knit hometown. Through law enforcement, Gemma anchors herself to the dichotomy of right and wrong, in an effort to redeem her own deeply compromised decisions.

The Dark Lake is the first book in Bailey’s Gemma Woodstock series, which won both the 2018 Davitt Award for best crime debut and the 2018 Ned Kelly award for best first crime.

Variety reports production and financing details were not disclosed and the series has not revealed a director or a broadcast or streaming partnership.

“I had such a wonderful collaborative experience on Boy Swallows Universe, and I’m excited to continue this creative relationship with ‘The Dark Lake’,” said Tonkin.

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