Bloodied waters run deep in SBS's new crime mini-series
YAEL Stone makes her triumphant return to Australian television in SBS's landmark crime drama Deep Water.
After moving to New York four years ago, the NIDA graduate landed a role on a new Netflix show set in a women's prison.
That series was, of course, the hit dark comedy Orange is the New Black, which rocketed Stone to sudden international fame as inmate Lorna Morello.
Stone now finds herself on the other side of the law playing Detective Senior Constable Tori Lustigman, who relocates from the country to her childhood suburb of Bondi with her teenage son Will, in the four-part drama which premiered last night on SBS.
"It's a really tough job," Stone tells APN's The Guide. "I have a good deal of respect for those people who put on the uniform and carry that badge, the people you call when you need help."
The drama's premiere was met with acclaim on social media from viewers and those within the industry.
Partnered with Detective Nick Manning (Noah Taylor), an outsider wary of newcomers, they are assigned to investigate the brutal murder of a young man whose mutilated corpse is found in an apartment.
"I'm thrilled to be working with Noah," she says.
"His character is fairly wary but he has an open mind. He's been told by those higher up to keep some tabs on her and make sure she's doing her job.
"I think Tori's aware of having a few things stacked up against her... but she seems undeterred. She's much braver than I am. She hits roadblocks and pushes past them."
Set in contemporary Bondi, the drama series was inspired by a spate of violence and crime that bloodied Sydney's coastline in the 1980s and 1990s.
The new partners must determine if their case is a brutal murder, domestic violence, a robbery gone wrong or a gay hate crime.
"I think the show asks if moral questions are behind some policing," Stone says.
"There are certain attitudes that have been fairly acceptable in the past and calling that into question is really important. As we modernise as a society, so should our policing.
"I think we've all been in that position where we're guilty of having those prejudices that stops us seeing something for what it is."
The drama will be accompanied by a feature-length documentary, airing on October 16.
"I grew up in Sydney and I didn't know about these stories," Stone says. "It's a shocking truth."
Deep Water also has an accompanying extended narrative experience on Twitter.
The initiative, a partnership with Screen Australia and Twitter, provides viewers with access to evidence and crime scene material from the drama, providing another layer to the story via the handles @DeepWaterSBS and @ToriLustigman and the #DeepWater hashtag.
Deep Water continues tonight at 8.30pm on SBS.