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Tassie-noir drama series Bay of Fires greenlit for ABC

20/10/2021

20 10 2021 - Media release Tassie-noir drama series Bay of Fires greenlit for ABC

Marta Dusseldorp plays Stella Heikkinen (Photo credit: Adam Gibson)

ABC and Screen Australia, along with investment partners Screen Tasmania, Film Victoria and Fremantle, are thrilled to announce the eight-part crime/thriller drama series Bay of Fires has been commissioned to be filmed in Tasmania in 2022.

Created by Andrew Knight (Seachange, Jack Irish, Rake, Hacksaw Ridge), Marta Dusseldorp (Janet King, Jack Irish, A Place to Call Home) and Max Dann (Siam Sunset, Dance Academy, Spotswood), Bay of Fires will be produced by Marta Dusseldorp's production company Archipelago Productions and Fremantle. The series will be written by Andrew Knight, Max Dann and Sarah Bassiuoni.

The award-winning creative team will bring to life a drama series that is bold and surprising, often shocking, laced with dark humour and always unique.

Set in the wilds of Tasmania, Marta will play lead character Stella Heikkinen whose fall from grace is as spectacular as it is life threatening.

Betrayed by her own company and in immediate danger single mother of two Stella has no option but to move her young family to the last place on earth anyone would expect. This town isn't the kind of place they put on postcards, this is a tiny community rife with simmering feuds, crime and sometimes, murder.

Marta Dusseldorp, Co-creator, Producer and starring as Stella Heikkinen said, "The opportunity to collaborate and create an original Australian drama with the extraordinary Andrew Knight and Max Dann has been an amazing journey. Executive Producer Greg Sitch and Producer Yvonne Collins, along with Sally Riley, Louise Smith and the entire team at the ABC have been paramount to bringing Bay of Fires into being. My company Archipelago Productions partnering with Chris Oliver-Taylor at Fremantle is a natural fit and with Screen Tasmania, Screen Australia and Film Victoria s belief and investment we are now preparing for production on the beautifully rugged West Coast of Tasmania in 2022.

ABC Head of Drama, Entertainment and Indigenous Sally Riley said, Marta has long been a favourite of ABC audiences so we are delighted to have the opportunity to support her in taking the leap into producing. Bay of Fires is a drama with heart, dark humour and unique characters that will take audiences into a world full of intrigue, truffle pigs and oh yeah, murder of necessity.

Screen Australia's Head of Content Sally Caplan said, Bay of Fires is a distinctive drama that is set to reshape the Tassie-noir genre with its dark humour and complex characters, zinging with sharp tongues. Along with a talented creative team, we're also thrilled to support Marta Dusseldorp as she moves into producing, as well as starring in the series. This show will be one to look out for in 2023.

Chris Oliver-Taylor, CEO Asia Pacific Fremantle and Executive Producer, said, Fremantle are delighted to partner with the amazing Marta Dusseldorp to bring Bay of Fires to ABC viewers. Marta, Andrew Knight and Max Dann's vision to tell such a compelling, yet grounded story will no doubt resonate with local audiences here and internationally. I am thrilled that Fremantle are part of this world class series.

Alex Sangston, Executive Manager Screen Tasmania said, The Tasmanian Government through Screen Tasmania is thrilled to be supporting this landmark new series from Marta and her team. The series will also showcase Tasmania's extraordinary West Coast landscape around the world, enabled by a generous regional and remote production grant. In addition, the Government's investment will provide invaluable expenditure into regional Tasmania and jobs for our creatives, actors and crews.

Film Victoria Chief Executive Officer Caroline Pitcher said, We are always looking to back gripping and compelling drama to feed our audience's hunger for great content. The delightfully dark crime thriller Bay of Fires will do exactly that, and we can't wait to see local and global audiences alike devour this addictive new series.

Filming will commence in Tasmania in mid-2022. Bay of Fires will be distributed by Fremantle International.

Production credit: Bay of Fires is an Archipelago Productions and Fremantle Australia production for the ABC. Major production investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC and Screen Tasmania. Financed with support from Film Victoria.

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