• Yael Stone as Tori Lustigman looks out at the waters of Bondi in Deep Water (Photo by Sean O'Reilly) (SBS)Source: SBS
Bondi is world-famous for its iconic golden sands and glistening waters, but few know of the dark underbelly that bloodied the idyllic coastline in the 1980s and 90s.
Genevieve Dwyer

12 Sep 2016 - 9:47 AM  UPDATED 6 Oct 2016 - 9:09 AM

The Eastern suburbs were hit by a wave of brutal murders and violence swept the shores throughout this period. There were 80 murders, 30 unsolved cases and thousands of assaults. The victims? Young homosexual men. 

SBS’s Deep Water is bringing these brutal home truths to light, both in narrative form– in the fictionalised eponymous four-part drama series; and in Deep Water: The Real Story, a compelling documentary that presents the full true crime story that inspire the crime drama.

In creating the drama, the producers were faced with the challenge of upturning our preconceptions of the shores as a fun, vibrant locale, into what the place really is to the countless victims of this gay-hate crime wave: and awash with blood.

Familiar, yet grim and sinister, Bondi looms in the background of every scene of the drama like a non-speaking extra character.  Below, see how the production team took on the challenge to transform the usually vibrant and happy beach into something far more menacing: 

Deep Water airs over two big weeks on SBS, premiering Wednesday October 5 at 8.30pm on SBS.

Watch the first episode in full at SBS OnDemand or right here


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