A new phenomenon starts happening all over the world: Powerful flashes of light occur in the ocean, and people from three time periods – the Stone age, the Viking age and the late 1800s – suddenly appear in the present. No one understands how this is possible, and the people from the past, dubbed 'beforeigners', have no memory of what's transpired. Some years later, many of these time "migrants" are struggling to integrate into modern society and more arrive every day. Detective Lars Haaland (Nicolai Cleve Broch) is teamed up with Alfhildr Enginnsdottir (Krista Kosonen), the first police officer with Viking origin, to solve a mysterious murder of a woman with Stone-Age tattoos. Part crime show, part supernatural drama with a dash of comedy thrown in, this original and intriguing series has already been renewed for a second season.
Beforeigners is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Women call the shots in this powerful and sensual murder mystery from France. Set on a small island in the Mediterranean, a series of suspicious deaths and a sudden lack of fish coincide with the arrival of mysterious stranger, Théa (Laetitia Casta) who enthrals the young Chloé (Noée Abita). This thrilling supernatural series is inspired by the myth of the mermaid and will lure you in. The scenery and underwater sequences are shot beautifully and poetically, elevating this coming-of-age/ecological drama.
Apnea is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Newcomer Joel Oulette stars as Jared, an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family afloat via an after-school job and drug-dealing. There’s his mum Maggie, who parties and self-medicates to placate an undiagnosed mental illness, and his unemployable dad Phil and his new girlfriend. When Jared starts seeing talking ravens, doppelgängers and skin monsters, among other strange things, his already chaotic young life tumbles anew. Based on bestselling novel Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson the series has roots in Indigenous gothic mythology and is unlike anything you’ve seen before.
Trickster is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
Starring Russell Tovey (Years and Years), Amrita Acharia (Game of Thrones) and Nina Toussaint-White (Bodyguard), this British psychological thriller is from Luther creator Neil Cross. Praised by The Guardian as a “nail-biting whodunnit that is truly haunting,” it centres on Nathan who, almost a decade into his devoted married life, is rocked to the core when an unwelcome face from the past turns up on his doorstep with shocking news, triggering a series of catastrophic decisions. Suitably creepy and nail-biting this series is filled with dark forests, haunting spirits and an unrecognisable Bertie Carvel (Doctor Foster) as the sinister, here to haunt your dreams character of Bob.
The Sister is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
The fictitious Arctic town of Fortitude enjoys a bitterly cold yet peaceful life until the town’s first murder happens. After that, nothing is quite the same, with a series of odd occurrences and more dead bodies piling up. We’re not going to lie: this three-season difficult-to-categorise series is bizarre and not for the queasy among us. There’s the icy touch of Nordic Noir, a cop show undertone, a science-y bent and a spiritual strangeness that make this one unique, binge-worthy series. It also has a stellar cast featuring Sofie Gråbøl (The Killing), Richard Dormer (Game of Thrones), Stanley Tucci (Limetown) and Dennis Quaid (The Parent Trap).
Fortitude seasons 1–3 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.
In northern Sweden at the mining site of the world’s largest nuclear waste depository a strange white wall is found deep underground. Project director Lars Ruud (Aksel Hennie) wants to keep it a secret, but rumours spread quickly in the small town. The depository is already years behind schedule and nuclear waste is piling up, stored in temporary containers. Completion of the facility is Lars’ life’s work so he has no intention of postponing the approaching opening ceremony. However, Lars and his team soon realise that the wall is not made of any material known to man. He has to make a decision that may well be the most important in the history of mankind. Should they leave the wall alone? Or should they try to see what’s behind it?
White Wall is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
The Last Wave
In the peaceful seaside resort in the Landes an ominous cloud meets a supersized wave during a surfing competition, engulfing the participants in one fell swoop. When the cloud dissipates and the water recedes, the surfers are nowhere to be seen. Five hours later, they reappear safe and sound, but with no recollection of their disappearance. One by one, the returning surfers discover they each possess inexplicable powers. The cloud continues to sit threateningly above the ocean, and the returned surfers feel strangely connected to it. What caused the wave? Why did it return the surfers? And what will the community do if the wave decides to hit again?
The Last Wave is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
When a tomb in Vietnam is accidentally opened on the eve of the Hungry Ghost Festival, a vengeful spirit is unleashed, bringing the dead with him. As these spirits wreak havoc across Melbourne’s Vietnamese-Australian community, reclaiming lost loves and exacting revenge, young woman May Le (Catherine Van-Davies) must rediscover her true heritage and accept her destiny to help bring balance to a community still traumatised by war.
In Hungry Ghosts, secrets from the past refuse to stay hidden and that's also the case in this hybrid Nordic Noir and supernatural thriller. It serves up some decent scares with murder, eels and nightmares, in a story about a case that brings two Oslo detectives face to face with their own demons.
Seizure is now streaming at SBS On Demand.
The Crimson Rivers
This two-season gripping French thriller is based on the best-selling novel by Jean-Christophe Grangé, who is also the creative force behind the show. It follows detective Pierre Niémans (played by the legendary Olivier Marchal) and his new partner Camille Delauney (Erika Sainte) as they investigate a series of bizarre crimes in remote areas across France. Each case has a touch of the mystical about it, revealing forgotten customs or regional myths.
The Crimson Rivers seasons 1–2 are now streaming at SBS On Demand.