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Discover the crime drama being hailed as Australia’s answer to The Sinner and True Detective 

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2020 looks set to be a big year for the Australian television and film industry – not only are our homegrown stars nominated for huge awards (fingers crossed for Margot Robbie‘s first major win!) but we’ll also see the release of some of the best local productions in years.

Case in point: The Stan Original Series The Gloaming, a haunting crime thriller shot in Tasmania which is so good people are calling it Australia’s answer to critically acclaimed series’ The Sinner and True Detective

Better than True Detective? The Stan Original Series The Gloaming is Australia's answer to the recent spate of critically acclaimed crime thrillers that have gained cult status

Better than True Detective? The Stan Original Series The Gloaming is Australia's answer to the recent spate of critically acclaimed crime thrillers that have gained cult status

Better than True Detective? The Stan Original Series The Gloaming is Australia’s answer to the recent spate of critically acclaimed crime thrillers that have gained cult status

Those two heavy-weight shows created a new crime sub-genre of their own with a very specific feel – dark, mysterious and visually arresting, with an eerie, almost supernatural element to the story. In both shows, it was not enough to know who had committed the grisly crimes; along with the fictional detectives at the centre of the story, viewers could not stop watching until they knew why.

And so it goes with The Gloaming.  

While The Sinner and True Detective established the genre, The Gloaming has taken it to a whole new level in a stunning eight-part series that you’ll be desperately trying to finish in a weekend. 

Thankfully, the entire series has officially dropped on Stan, so you can start the streaming marathon today.

We recommend stocking up on snacks and roping in a friend to watch it too, because you are definitely going to want to discuss theories with someone along the way! 

What is The Gloaming about? 

When the body of an unidentified woman is found at the bottom of a waterfall, naked and wrapped in barbed wire, troubled cop Molly McGee (Emma Booth) is one of the first to the scene. Molly quickly discovers that the crime is connected to the murder of another girl, which has remained unsolved for over 20 years… and to which she has a personal connection.

Troubled cop Molly McGee must investigate the murder of an unidentified woman, leading her back to another case which has remained unsolved for over 20 years

Troubled cop Molly McGee must investigate the murder of an unidentified woman, leading her back to another case which has remained unsolved for over 20 years

Troubled cop Molly McGee must investigate the murder of an unidentified woman, leading her back to another case which has remained unsolved for over 20 years

So too does Alex McConnell (Ewen Leslie), the detective brought in to work on the case alongside Molly, whom she has not spoken to in the two decades since the original murder.

As Molly and Alex delve deeper into the case, they expose an insidious web that leads right back to their own past. 

Where was it shot?

The Gloaming was filmed entirely in Tasmania and the stunning backdrop holds such a presence in the series that you could nearly consider it a main character.

The surreal landscapes of Tasmania give the series the haunting, eerie quality that is not easily forgotten once you’ve switched off the screen.

The Gloaming was filmed entirely in Tasmania, and the beautiful yet brutal landscape of the state is a powerful presence throughout the series

The Gloaming was filmed entirely in Tasmania, and the beautiful yet brutal landscape of the state is a powerful presence throughout the series

The Gloaming was filmed entirely in Tasmania, and the beautiful yet brutal landscape of the state is a powerful presence throughout the series

Whether it’s an ominous shot looking over the edge of that steep, treacherous waterfall, or a sweeping pan of lush but unforgiving hinterland, the uniquely Australian setting lends a heightened sense of feeling that even the best international productions can’t replicate. 

Who’s in it?

Some of Australia’s best talent is behind The Gloaming.

The show is driven by intense, powerful performances by lead actors Emma Booth and Ewen Leslie. Perth-born Booth is a multiple AACTA Award-winning actress who you will likely recognise from her roles in Underbelly: The Golden Mile, Glitch or fairytale drama series Once Upon a Time.

Powerhouse performances: Emma Booth and Ewen Leslie bring powerful intensity to their lead roles of Detectives Molly McGee and Alex McConnell

Leslie is one of Australia’s most prolific, talented actors whose career reads like a ‘Best of Australian Entertainment’ project list: Ship to Shore, All Saints, Love My Way, Lockie Leonard, Safe Harbour and Fighting Season, to name a few.

The off-camera talent is of the highest calibre too. The show was created and written by Victoria Madden, who was also behind the award-winning drama mystery The Kettering Incident, with episodes directed by American Horror Story‘s Michael Rymer, and Greg McLean of the Stan Original Series Wolf Creek.

What are the major themes?

Just like The Sinner, The Gloaming is more of a ‘whydunnit’ than a ‘whodunnit’. In fact, you’ll learn who the killer is early on in the series – but uncovering the real motivation behind the murder and the brutal truths revealed in its wake will keep you coming back until the end.

And similar to the first season of True Detective, you can expect themes of the occult and the supernatural.

Themes of the occult and the supernatural are woven throughout The Gloaming, keeping viewers guessing until the very end

Themes of the occult and the supernatural are woven throughout The Gloaming, keeping viewers guessing until the very end

Themes of the occult and the supernatural are woven throughout The Gloaming, keeping viewers guessing until the very end

But ultimately, the horrors that lie at the centre of this story are purely human.

The Gloaming explores the murky line between the past and the present, the corrupting nature of secrets, and the manipulative power of belief.

Every episode of the Stan Original Series The Gloaming is now streaming, only on Stan – Australia’s unrivalled home of original productions. Start your 30 day free trial here

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Hilltop Hoods team up with Montaigne for an impressive set at Fire Fight Australia

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They’re one of Australia’s biggest hip hop exports.

And on Sunday, Hilltop Hoods put on an impressive performance as the lads hit the stage with fellow singer Montaigne.

Lead singer Matthew David Lambert, better known as Suffa, wore a printed black T-shirt and camouflage printed shorts.

Showstoppers: Australian hip hop group Hilltop Hoods teamed up with singer Montaigne (left) for an impressive performance at Fire Fight Australia. Pictured alongside Suffa (Matthew David Lambert) left and Pressure (Daniel Howe Smith) right

Showstoppers: Australian hip hop group Hilltop Hoods teamed up with singer Montaigne (left) for an impressive performance at Fire Fight Australia. Pictured alongside Suffa (Matthew David Lambert) left and Pressure (Daniel Howe Smith) right

Showstoppers: Australian hip hop group Hilltop Hoods teamed up with singer Montaigne (left) for an impressive performance at Fire Fight Australia. Pictured alongside Suffa (Matthew David Lambert) left and Pressure (Daniel Howe Smith) right

He was joined by Pressure, aka Daniel Howe Smith, who opted for a plain black T-shirt and denim shorts. 

The South Australian-based group performed some of their chart-topping hits including Cosby Sweater, Chase That Feeling and Sell It All Run Away.

But it was their performance of their 2016 hit track 1955, alongside Montaigne and Tom Thum that had audiences cheering.

Show stopper: Lead singer Matthew David Lambert (pictured) better known as Suffa, hit the stage wearing a black shirt and camouflage printed shorts

Show stopper: Lead singer Matthew David Lambert (pictured) better known as Suffa, hit the stage wearing a black shirt and camouflage printed shorts

Show stopper: Lead singer Matthew David Lambert (pictured) better known as Suffa, hit the stage wearing a black shirt and camouflage printed shorts

Popular: The South Australia based group performed some of their chart-topping hits including Cosby Sweater, Chase That Feeling and Sell It All Run Away. Pictured alongside singer Montaigne

Popular: The South Australia based group performed some of their chart-topping hits including Cosby Sweater, Chase That Feeling and Sell It All Run Away. Pictured alongside singer Montaigne

Popular: The South Australia based group performed some of their chart-topping hits including Cosby Sweater, Chase That Feeling and Sell It All Run Away. Pictured alongside singer Montaigne

Jessica Alyssa Cerro, who performs as Montaigne, stunned in a sleeveless green floral mini dress. 

She completed her look with a yellow floral headband and decided to go shoe free for her performance.

The all-star lineup included Jessica Mauboy, 5 Seconds of Summer, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Buble, Alice Cooper, Amy Shark, John Farnham, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Illy, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian and k.d. lang.

Dressed to impress! Jessica Alyssa Cerro, who performs as Montaigne, stunned in a sleeveless green floral mini dress

Dressed to impress! Jessica Alyssa Cerro, who performs as Montaigne, stunned in a sleeveless green floral mini dress

Dressed to impress! Jessica Alyssa Cerro, who performs as Montaigne, stunned in a sleeveless green floral mini dress

Less than 24 hours after they were released, promoter TEG Dainty confirmed that all the 70,000 tickets, which cost between $70 and $100, were sold out.

The ticket profits will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires including fire services, Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, and the RSPCA Bushfire Appeal.

All funds raised via Fire Fight Australia’s website will go directly to the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

Sold out: Less than 24 hours after they were released, promoter TEG Dainty confirmed that all the 70,000 tickets, which cost between $70 and $100, were sold out

Sold out: Less than 24 hours after they were released, promoter TEG Dainty confirmed that all the 70,000 tickets, which cost between $70 and $100, were sold out

Sold out: Less than 24 hours after they were released, promoter TEG Dainty confirmed that all the 70,000 tickets, which cost between $70 and $100, were sold out

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John Farnham and Olivia Newton-John reunite at Fire Fight Australia  

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John Farnham reunited with Olivia Newton-John at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Sunday.

The 70-year-old performed three songs and a duet with the Grease star, before allowing Mitch Tambo the honour of joining him to deliver a rendition of his legendary hit You’re The Voice.

Mitch received a standing ovation as he sang the iconic lyrics in his indigenous Gamilaraay language.   

A show to remember: John Farnham, 70, reunited with Olivia Newton-John, 71, at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Sunday

A show to remember: John Farnham, 70, reunited with Olivia Newton-John, 71, at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Sunday

A show to remember: John Farnham, 70, reunited with Olivia Newton-John, 71, at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert in Sydney on Sunday 

Mitch, who starred on the 2019 season of Australia’s Got Talent, gave his all as John happily stepped back to allow him the honour of covering his beloved hit.  

Proving to be a song to remember, John, Olivia and Mitch were also joined on stage by Queen’s guitarist Brian May, 72. 

John also pleased his dedicated fans by performing his popular tracks Pressure Down, That’s Freedom, Age Of Reason, as well as Two Strong Hearts with Olivia, 71. 

Incredible moment: John allowed Mitch Tambo (pictured) the honour of delivering a rendition of his hit You're The Voice in his indigenous Gamilaraay language

Incredible moment: John allowed Mitch Tambo (pictured) the honour of delivering a rendition of his hit You're The Voice in his indigenous Gamilaraay language

Incredible moment: John allowed Mitch Tambo (pictured) the honour of delivering a rendition of his hit You’re The Voice in his indigenous Gamilaraay language 

All the hits: John also pleased his dedicated fans by performing his popular tracks Pressure Down, That's Freedom and Age Of Reason

All the hits: John also pleased his dedicated fans by performing his popular tracks Pressure Down, That's Freedom and Age Of Reason

All the hits: John also pleased his dedicated fans by performing his popular tracks Pressure Down, That’s Freedom and Age Of Reason 

Olivia looked radiant as she emerged on stage in a casual chic ensemble, finished off with perfectly styled blonde tresses and an understated makeup palette.

In a heartfelt moment, a number of male and female firefighters were also ushered on stage, in order to be recognised for their efforts. 

The 10-hour charity event resulted in $9.5million raised for bushfire relief efforts. 

Iconic duet: The veteran entertainer also sung his hit Two Strong Hearts with Olivia

Iconic duet: The veteran entertainer also sung his hit Two Strong Hearts with Olivia

Iconic duet: The veteran entertainer also sung his hit Two Strong Hearts with Olivia 

Beautiful: Olivia looked radiant as she emerged on stage in a casual chic ensemble, finished off with perfectly styled blonde tresses and an understated makeup palette

Beautiful: Olivia looked radiant as she emerged on stage in a casual chic ensemble, finished off with perfectly styled blonde tresses and an understated makeup palette

Beautiful: Olivia looked radiant as she emerged on stage in a casual chic ensemble, finished off with perfectly styled blonde tresses and an understated makeup palette 

Comedian Celeste Barber was chosen to host the televised event after she raised a staggering $52million for Australia’s rural firefighters through a campaign on Facebook.

The event featured other artists including 5 Seconds of Summer, Michael Buble, Alice Cooper, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Illy, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods and k.d. lang.  

Australia’s bushfire season arrived early in October 2019, resulting in 28 deaths, and more than 2,000 homes destroyed.

It’s been estimated that over a billion animals have died across the country.  

All the stars: Proving to be a finale to remember, John, Olivia and Mitch were also joined on stage by Queen's guitarist Brian May (far right), 72

All the stars: Proving to be a finale to remember, John, Olivia and Mitch were also joined on stage by Queen's guitarist Brian May (far right), 72

All the stars: Proving to be a finale to remember, John, Olivia and Mitch were also joined on stage by Queen’s guitarist Brian May (far right), 72

Heroes: In a heartfelt moment, a number of male and female firefighters were ushered on stage, recognised for their efforts

Heroes: In a heartfelt moment, a number of male and female firefighters were ushered on stage, recognised for their efforts

Heroes: In a heartfelt moment, a number of male and female firefighters were ushered on stage, recognised for their efforts 

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Icehouse’s Iva Davies performs with son Evan, 24, at Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert

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One of Australia’s most iconic rock bands, Icehouse, took the stage at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday for the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert. 

And singer Iva Davies, 64, enjoyed a special moment as he shared the spotlight with his son, Evan Davies, 24. 

Iva introduced his son as a a ‘very special guest’ before Evan joined him, playing guitar by his father’s side. 

Family time: Icehouse singer Iva Davies (left) performed on stage with son Evan, 24, (right) at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday

Family time: Icehouse singer Iva Davies (left) performed on stage with son Evan, 24, (right) at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday

Family time: Icehouse singer Iva Davies (left) performed on stage with son Evan, 24, (right) at the Fire Fight Australia bushfire relief concert at ANZ Stadium in Sydney on Sunday 

The dad and son duo looked delighted as they rocked out for the ecstatic crowds at the venue. 

The band performed some of their biggest hits including Electric Blue and Great Southern Land.  

Rocker Iva looked cool and comfortable in a fitted, long-sleeved white shirt, with floral bands around the cuffs and collar. 

Runs in the family: Iva introduced his son as a 'very special guest' before Evan joined him, playing guitar by his father's side

Runs in the family: Iva introduced his son as a 'very special guest' before Evan joined him, playing guitar by his father's side

Runs in the family: Iva introduced his son as a ‘very special guest’ before Evan joined him, playing guitar by his father’s side

Cool customers: The dad and son duo wore matching outfits as they rocked out for the ecstatic crowds at the venue

Cool customers: The dad and son duo wore matching outfits as they rocked out for the ecstatic crowds at the venue

Cool customers: The dad and son duo wore matching outfits as they rocked out for the ecstatic crowds at the venue

A look: Rocker Iva looked cool and comfortable in a fitted, long-sleeved white shirt with floral bands around the cuffs and collar

A look: Rocker Iva looked cool and comfortable in a fitted, long-sleeved white shirt with floral bands around the cuffs and collar

A look: Rocker Iva looked cool and comfortable in a fitted, long-sleeved white shirt with floral bands around the cuffs and collar

He paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and wore his white hair in neat, cropped cut, forgoing his once-famous mullet. 

Evan matched his dad in a short-sleeved white shirt worn with jeans and also had his hair worn short.  

The singer and his band had the the crowd jumping up and down to their timeless hits. 

Grown up! He paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and wore his white hair in a neat, cropped cut, forgoing his once-famous mullet

Grown up! He paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and wore his white hair in a neat, cropped cut, forgoing his once-famous mullet

Grown up! He paired the top with a pair of black skinny jeans and wore his white hair in a neat, cropped cut, forgoing his once-famous mullet

Stars: The band performed some of their biggest hits including Electric Blue and Great Southern Land

Stars: The band performed some of their biggest hits including Electric Blue and Great Southern Land

Stars: The band performed some of their biggest hits including Electric Blue and Great Southern Land

The event featured artists including 5 Seconds of Summer, Olivia Newton-John, Michael Buble, Alice Cooper, Baker Boy, Conrad Sewell, Daryl Braithwaite, Delta Goodrem, Illy, Grinspoon, Guy Sebastian, Hilltop Hoods and k.d. lang. 

Less than 24 hours after they were released, promoters TEG Dainty confirmed that all 70,000 tickets, which cost between $70 and $100, were sold out.

Ticket profits from the event will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires including fire services, Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery, and the RSPCA Bushfire Appeal. 

Helping hand: Ticket profits from the event will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires

Helping hand: Ticket profits from the event will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires

Helping hand: Ticket profits from the event will go to several organisations assisting those affected by the recent bushfires

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