New SBS series to shine light on real-life gay hate crimes


Deep Water Documentray - Alan Rosendale Paul Simes Photo by alina gozina

A new SBS crime drama set to premiere next month will tell the shocking true story of a wave of gay hate murder along Sydney’s coast in the 1980s and 1990s.

Deep Water is a fictional, four-part series inspired by the crimes that led to 80 murders, 30 of which remain unsolved, of young homosexual men at that time.

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

Then SBS will screen a feature-length documentary on the real-life murders with first-hand accounts from many of the police, victims and families who were involved, including Alan Rosendale and Paul Simes (pictured, top) at the time who have spoken out in the hope that new evidence will come to light.

An online hub will include a special illustrated long form feature; a true crime podcast series; and an interactive site delving into 30 cold cases, allowing users to explore the unsolved murders, both within Bondi and wider Australia, for themselves.

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. Watch the trailer for the series below:

(Top photo by Alina Gozina)