The tale of an outsider making good in the harsh tropical conditions of Australia’s north, Fields of Fire is a two part miniseries from the award winning producers of The Leaving of Liverpool and Rabbit-Proof Fence. When Bluey (Todd Boyce, Great Expectations: The Untold Story) arrives in the north Queensland town of Silkwood in 1938, nothing prepares him for the challenging conditions of life on the land. Finding a job with a gang of cane cutters, Bluey discovers the true nature of hard work – a dangerous and risky occupation where sugarcane fields are scorched to rid them of snakes and other pests. As WWII becomes a growing concern, many of the men enlist to fight abroad, leaving behind loved ones. Struggling to earn the respect of the locals, Bluey soon catches the attention of two sisters, Kate (Anna Hruby, The Harp in the South) and Dusty (Melissa Docker), with their mother, Silkwood’s grand matriarch, keeping a close eye on the newcomer and his intentions. Inspired by Robert Donaldson, Michael Joseph and Russell Braddon’s 1967 novel Cane!, also featuring John Jarratt, Philip Quast, Kris McQuade and Bill Young, Fields of Fire captures the spirit of romance and rural adventure in Australia.
Fields of Fire series 2 picks up in 1947. On-going friction between the increasing migrant population and their suspicious Australian counterparts leads to community unrest. When Kate (Anne Louise Lambert) is set to marry her sweetheart Franco (Joseph Spano) it sparks a newfound intolerance to the idea of mixed race relationships. Crippled by the war and in need of progress, Bluey (Todd Boyce) attempts to mechanise the cane cutting process on Tiny’s farm. As locals limit basic food and supplies, the migrants involve themselves in illegal activity and establish a black market to stem the tide of prejudice. With racism spreading through the tight-knit community like fire in the fields, the migrants are forced to take a stand for their rights or forever be stifled by bigotry.
Fields of Fire series 3 takes the story into the 1950s, exploring the lives of the hard-working residents of Silkwood. Gina and her brother Paolo (Bob Ruggiero) have established themselves and enjoy relative prosperity as cane growers. Still mourning the loss of her beloved husband Franco, Gina’s attention is taken by a handsome newcomer, Italian cane cutter Rinaldo. Local larrikin Jacko (John Jarratt) discovers a kindred spirit in down-to-earth mechanic Dawn (Nancy Wake) and inspiring school teacher Iris (Michelle Fawdon) attempts to give wayward Whacka an education. But the future is not all roses for the people of Silkwood – as Prime Minister Menzies’ 1951 Federal Referendum to outlaw communism causes all manner of instability within the small community, bringing back memories of past fears and oppression to many of the migrants. Coming to terms with a bold new political landscape, dealing with the unpredictable and life-threatening nature of Australia’s tropical climate.
Fields Of Fire Trilogy x264-KCRT
Published on: Sep 11, 2017 @ 03:42