AMC Studios, See-Saw Films Partner on Australian Vampire Series ‘Firebite’ for AMC Plus06/08/2021
AMC Studios and See-Saw Films have partnered to co-produce the original series “Firebrite,” which will debut exclusively on AMC Plus.
The series will be filmed in Australia this summer for a planned debut on AMC Plus later this year. The series is set in a remote desert mining town, a hive for the last vampire stronghold shipped from Britain to Australia in 1788 by the colonial superpower to eradicate the Indigenous populations. It follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson and Shanika, on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires.
The season will be comprised of eight, one-hour episodes and will be filmed on the traditional Country of the Antakirinja Matu-Yankunytjatjara people of the Western Desert and Kaurna People of the Adelaide Plains in and around Adelaide, the regional town of Coober Pedy and at the Adelaide Studios in South Australia.
“It’s incredibly exciting to be bringing Warwick and Brendan’s unique vision to the screen with a high-octane explosive story that draws on the complex themes of colonisation and racial prejudice, driven by Indigenous storytellers,” said Rachel Gardner, See-Saw Films’ head of drama Australia and series executive producer.
Warwick Thornton and Brendan Fletcher serve as writers, directors, and executive producers on the series. Gardner, Emile Sherman and Iain Canning of See-Saw also executive produce, with See-Saw’s Simon Gillis co-executive producing. Paul Ranford will produce, with Dena Curtis co-producing. The writing team includes Kodie Bedford and newcomers Devi Telfer and Josh Sambono.
“We are really proud of the worthy and important stories we’ve brought to the screen over the last twenty years,” Thornton and Fletcher said. “Now it’s time for some rock and roll.”
The deal was negotiated by Rebecca Hardman for See-Saw Films and Scott Stein for AMC. The series has received major funding from the South Australian Film Corporation. The production is providing employment opportunities for First Nations practitioners.
Thornton and Fletcher are repped by UTA and by attorney Darren Tratter
This not the first collaboration between AMC Studios and See-Saw. The companies previously partnered on the shows “State of the Union” and “Top of the Lake.”
“This is an original and highly entertaining series we can’t wait to bring to AMC+, and one that expands our already fruitful creative partnership with See-Saw Films after very successful collaborations on the wildly original ‘State of the Union’ and the rare gem that was ‘Top of the Lake,’” said Dan McDermott, president of original programming for AMC Networks and co-head of AMC Studios. “We are excited to tell this story authentically, in Australia with Indigenous storytellers, cast and crew and on Indigenous lands.”
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