Bay of Fires

Darkly comedic crime thriller Bay of Fires lights up the screen this July.

The highly anticipated Tassie-noir thriller Bay of Fires premieres on Sunday, 16 July, 8.30pm on ABC TV and ABC iview.


Star, co-creator and producer of the eight-part series, Marta Dusseldorp (Jack Irish, Janet King, Stateless, A Place to Call Home) leads an all-star cast including Kerry Fox (Conversations with Friends), Toby Leonard Moore (Billions), Imi Mbedla (Australia’s Got Talent), Ava Caryofyllis (Dirt Music), Rachel House (Heartbreak High), Yael Stone (Orange is the New Black), Pamela Rabe (Wentworth), Ilai Swindells (Retrograde), Roz Hammond (Shaun Micallef’s Mad As Hell), Tony Barry (Harrow), Bob Franklin (Please Like Me), Stephen Curry (June Again), Nicholas Bell (The Newsreader), Matt Nable ( Mr Inbetween), Nikolai Nikolaeff (Stranger Things) and newcomer Mitchem Everett.

Anika Van Cleef (Marta Dusseldorp), the Queen of her family’s business empire is the last person who ever wanted to live in a remote community in the wilds of western Tasmania but multiple attempts on her life suggest a change of address may be advisable. In a nightmare blur a stranger who claims to be on her side, provides her with a new name she hates (Stella Heikkinen), a house of sorts and she and her two kids are whipped off to Mystery Bay — a town so remote it eludes any mention on GPS. The town is not the kind of place they put on postcards. There are no street side tapas bars, urban murals, or floral clocks, only the isolation of and often frightening beauty of this primordial wilderness. The newly named Heikkinens are to find Mystery Bay unlike anything life has prepared them for – a place where locals hide more secrets than they do, and outsiders are viewed with suspicion bordering on the murderous.

Filmed on Tasmania’s rugged west coast, the multi-award-winning co-creative team of Dusseldorp, Andrew Knight (Jack Irish, Rake, SeaChange), Max Dann (Spotswood) with directors Natalie Bailey (Retrograde, The Unusual Suspects) and Wayne Blair (Total Control) bring to life a bold and often shocking story laced with dark humour and curve-ball twists.

Production credits: 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 VicScreen. Producers Marta Dusseldorp and Yvonne Collins. Executive Producers Greg Sitch, Andrew Knight and Brett Popplewell. ABC Executive Producers Sally Riley, Alex Baldwin and Louise Smith. Fremantle International will distribute the series internationally.

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