AMC Networks announced today that Sundance Now and Acorn TV have picked up the exclusive rights to New Zealand crime drama series One Lane Bridge.

One Lane Bridge
One Lane Bridge: Dominic Ona-Ariki as Ariki & Joel Tobeck as Stephen — Photo courtesy of AMC Networks

The acquisition deal with distributor all3media international includes the One Lane Bridge exclusive premiere on Sundance Now in the US and Canada and on Acorn TV in the UK and Latin America.

Created by Pip Hall (800 Words) and Philip Smith (The Pretender), the six-episode series is a character-driven crime drama with a dark, supernatural edge. It stars 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).

Ariki Davis (Dominic Ona-Ariki), an ambitious young Māori detective, 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, the 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 the narrative twists and turns and the pressure to solve the crime heats up, Māori metaphysics collides with Southern Man skepticism, and Ariki’s spiritual gift threatens to endanger the case, his career, and his life.

And at the center of it all sits the mysterious One Lane Bridge, an historic Queenstown landmark synonymous with murder, suicide and fatal accidents. Grub’s death wasn’t the first. And it won’t be the last…

One Lane Bridge will premiere in the US and Canada exclusively on Sundance Now on Thursday, September 17, 2020, with weekly episodes. Acorn TV will premiere the series in the UK and Latin American later this fall.

The series is produced by Great Southern Television for TVNZ, New Zealand in association with All3media International.


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One Lane Bridge: Sundance Now & Acorn TV Acquire New Zealand Crime Drama
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