ABC1 (ended 2004)


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At some stage we've all wanted to break away to a quiet place, to aspire to a simple, uncluttered life and belong to a community. Welcome to Lost River, population 487, tucked into the hills just back from the coast. It is the setting for Fireflies, a compelling new 20-part drama series airing on ABC Australia. Fireflies explores and redefines rural myths as the idyllic constantly struggles to meet the reality of country life. The community survives because its people work hard for it to survive - they're our 'everyday heroes'. With over 250,000 volunteer firefighters around Australia, the Rural Fire Service (RFS), like all volunteer organisations, is the glue that holds small communities together. Fireflies captures large acts of heroism by the Lost River Rural Fire Brigade alongside simple acts of kindness and what it means to belong to a community. In Lost River it's fire season. With dwindling numbers, fires to fight, and family rivalry, the brigade's existence is threatened. Two-time Logie Award winner Libby Tanner stars as Lost River's newest resident Lill, a book illustrator who has recently moved from the city to a 25-hectare weekender with her husband Perry, a psychologist, played by John Waters. Lill quickly learns that if you want to be part of a community, you have to work for it. Volunteering as a rural fire fighter is Lill's chance to fit in. Jeremy Sims stars as Tim "Backa" Burke, the local RFS captain, who is in a tempestuous marriage with Russian migrant Svettie played by Natasha Novak. Their business is going under and relations between them are tense. Nadia Townsend plays Fifi, a dedicated member of the Lost River Rural Fire Brigade, who at the tender age of 18 has just discovered that she's going to have a baby with Backa's younger brother Joey, played by Christopher Morris. However, family rivalry may just prevent their union. To survive this terrifying summer, volunteers at the RFS will have to put aside their personal differences to save themselves and their town. Australian music legend, Paul Kelly's music is the soul of Fireflies. Not only is his entire catalogue of music used in the series, a number of songs and musical pieces have been written specifically for the show. Songs from his new album Ways and Means are also featured throughout.moreless