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The show that flew under the radar Deep Water-Review


Deep waters is an Australian mystery series. The series is about 4 hours long, having 4 episodes with each episode being about 50 mins in length. It was released in 2016 and is refreshing in a way due to its different and picturesque location. The drama is based on the historical, unsolved hate murders of possibly 30 to 80 gay men in Sydney's eastern suburbs and beaches in the 1980s and '90s. It was broadcast in conjunction with a documentary of these events called, Deep Water: The Real Story (2016)




‘Deep water’ tells the story of detective Tori Lustigman (Yale stone) who had recently moved back to her hometown Bondi, Sydney. She is back just in time to be a part of an investigation, alongside her partner Nick Manning (Noah Taylor),of a murder of a gay man in an apartment complex in bondi. The police department is keen on pinning this murder on an ex boyfriend of the victim but Tori finds evidence that connects the case to similar hate crimes that took place 26 years ago. Further when she finds a connection between these cases and her brothers drowning, Tori is eager to bring the men to justice.




The series features great acting and an interesting, intricate mystery. Deep water addresses actual events that took place in East Sydney and sheds light on the state of LGBT+ community with regards to hate crimes. The only points where I thought the series could use a bit of improvement were in the pacing of the series and writing of certain characters. The series is rather short and could have been lengthened so as to accommodate more elements of the story and explore the various subplots as well. As for the characters, the entire police force could used better writing to make them more proficient at their jobs and help them come across as less dim witted than potrayed.

Overall I enjoyed the series a lot and feel like it should get more recognition. I definitely recommend ‘Deep Waters’ to you if you are looking for a short crime and drama series.


By - Siya Tanwar

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