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TV drama will follow real Sydney murders

AAP logoAAP 12/09/2016 Danielle McGrane

A spate of gay hate killings along Sydney's coast forms the basis for a new SBS crime drama.

Deep Water, starring Noah Taylor, is a fictional, four-part series inspired by the crimes that led to 80 murders, 30 of which remain unsolved, of young homosexual in the 1980s and '90s.

The series is set in contemporary Bondi and stars Taylor and Yael Stone (Orange in the New Black) as detectives assigned to a murder they discover could be connected to the unexplained deaths, suicides and disappearances of previous decades.

SBS will also screen a feature-length documentary on the murders and will provide online features allowing viewers to trawl through evidence, listen to a podcast and read more about the case.

During the broadcast of Deep Water - which also features Danielle Cormack and Craig McLachlan - access to evidence from the drama will be released on Tiwtter.

The series and the documentary are a Blackfella Films production for SBS, with major production investment from Screen Australia. Screen NSW is a partner for the drama.

* Deep Water premieres October 5 at 8.30pm on SBS. Deep Water - The Real Story, the documentary, will premiere on October 16 at 8.30pm on SBS.

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