• Photo by Noel McLaughlin for SBS (SBS)Source: SBS
There's more to Bondi beach than just what you see in the postcards.
Noel McLaughlin

12 Sep 2016 - 10:55 AM  UPDATED 6 Oct 2016 - 9:09 AM

Bondi: an iconic beach known the world over for its sparkling waters, white sands and glamorous nightlife. 

There's more to it though than just the picture-perfect place you see displayed on the postcards.

Deep Water is a multi-platform network event tells the story of the gay-hate crimes of the 80s and 90s that left the idyllic coastline awash with blood.

When SBS embarked on a journey to tell this story, in the form of a drama, a documentary and an online investigation, the first step was research.

How do you show a different side to locale that is so often only associated with sparkling waters and perfect bikini bodies? 

Photographer Noel McLaughlin set out to capture the real Bondi of our contemporary times and found it was a place that was much more diverse, colourful and, at times, darker than what we might expect. View his full collection of research images for both Deep Water - the four-part Drama series and Deep Water: The Real Story, below: 

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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