AMC Network streamers Acorn TV and Sundance Now have acquired the exclusive rights to New Zealand drama “One Lane Bridge” from independent distributor All3media International. Sundance Now will feature the exclusive U.S. and Canadian premieres, while Acorn TV will feature the exclusive U.K. and Latin American premieres. Created by Pip Hall (“800 Words”) and Philip Smith and starring Joel Tobeck (“The Luminaries”), Michelle Langstone (“800 Words”), Sara Wiseman (“A Place to Call Home”), Alison Bruce (“The Gulf”), and Dominic Ona-Ariki (“The Commons”), the six-episode series offers a character-driven crime drama with a dark, supernatural edge.
The logline: Ambitious young Māori detective, Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki) arrives in Queenstown with high hopes for his future. When local legend Grub Ryder is found dead at the bottom of the infamous One Lane Bridge, Ariki joins the investigation led by his boss, respected stalwart, Detective Senior Sergeant Stephen Tremaine (Joel Tobeck). During the investigation, Ariki inadvertently unlocks his Matakite – a supernatural ability akin to second sight that he hasn’t experienced since his youth. As “ONe Lane Bridge” twists and turns and the pressure to solve the crime heats up, Māori metaphysics collides with Southern Man scepticism and Ariki’s spiritual gift threatens to endanger the case, his career and his life.
The series is produced by Great Southern Television for TVNZ, New Zealand in association with All3media International.