When a young gay man is brutally murdered near Bondi Beach, Detectives Tori Lustigman (Yael Stone, Orange Is the New Black) and Nick Manning (Noah Taylor, Game of Thrones, Peaky Blinders) are assigned to investigate. After more bodies are found, Tori links the deaths to a series of murders of gay men in the 1980s and ’90s. Overlooked by police at the time, the crimes were reported as unexplained deaths, suicides, and disappearances, but Tori suspects they are all connected, despite her commanding officer’s (William McInnes, East West 101) calls for caution. Striving to bring closure to the victims’ families and haunted by the long-ago loss of her own brother, Tori’s fascination with the case soon turns to fixation.

Inspired by true events, this chilling miniseries is an “addictive…electrifying watch, with a cracking pace and several stirring performances” (DailyReview.com.au). Seamlessly blending a “sophisticated murder mystery” (TheNewDaily.com.au) with disturbing incidents from Australia’s recent past, Deep Water is a powerfully resonant and poignant crime drama. The terrific cast also includes Danielle Cormack (Wentworth), Jeremy Lindsay Taylor (The Diplomat), Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), and Dan Spielman (The Code).


What We Thought: 

Deep Water is a four episode mini-series from Australia involving the murders of gay men. It opens with the death of a closeted gay man which sends the investigation deep into cold cases from decades past.

Yael Stone and Noah Taylor play the lead investigators. Stone’s character Tori had a gay brother that passed in 1989 and as the show unravels, information about his death also comes forth.

They say this is inspired by true events, but I’m not familiar with these murders so I can’t tell you how accurate the show is. I will say that after watching it, I can see this really happening. The late 1980s/early 90s were prime gay bashing years. Because of HIV/AIDS, many people around the world were scared and there’s no doubt in my mind young punks would have gone around killing gay men. And at the time I can definitely see the police not taking these deaths seriously or just sweeping them under the rug completely.

The thing that stands out to me about this show is just how far we’ve come with solving crimes and using evidence. DNA evidence was still in its infancy in the time of the original murders so who knows how many crimes went unsolved that could be solved today. When the closeted gay Muslim is discovered (I believe he was Muslim), they tested everything, semen, blood, etc.

They even looked into cyber evidence like computers, cell phones and more. The killer was using an app to find gay men. That’s a scary thought. Internet dating is so popular in today’s world that a killer could very easily find victims swiping left or right on an app.

Deep Water is a pretty solid crime drama. I don’t think it separates itself from other crime shows, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. The writing and acting are good, but nothing about it is great. It’s an easy and enjoyable watch, but don’t expect a huge wow or mind-blowing factor and you should like it.


Bonus Features:

  • Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes
  • Photo Gallery

Cast & Crew:

  • Noah Taylor
  • Yael Stone
  • Danielle Cormack
  • Dan Spielman

Recommended If You Like:

  • The Code
  • Crime Dramas
  • Australian Television

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