Fireflies centres on events and relationships in a small town facing the hottest driest summer in decades.


John O'Brien




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Series cast summary:
Libby Tanner ...  Lill Yengill 22 episodes, 2004
Jeremy Sims ...  Tim 'Backa' Burke 22 episodes, 2004
Natalia Novikova ...  Svettie Burke 22 episodes, 2004
Nadia Townsend ...  Fifi Sharp 22 episodes, 2004
Christopher Morris ...  Joey Burke 22 episodes, 2004
John Waters ...  Perry Luscombe 22 episodes, 2004
Keeara Byrnes Keeara Byrnes ...  Candy Burke / ... 22 episodes, 2004
Edmund Cinis Edmund Cinis ...  Carter Burke / ... 22 episodes, 2004
Anna Hruby ...  Rebekah Sharp 21 episodes, 2004
Russell Kiefel Russell Kiefel ...  Sharpie 21 episodes, 2004
Peter Lamb Peter Lamb ...  Eris 21 episodes, 2004
Russell Newman Russell Newman ...  Jeff Burke 21 episodes, 2004
Steve Rodgers ...  Constable Mike Jones 21 episodes, 2004
Bradley Byquar Bradley Byquar ...  Patto 20 episodes, 2004
Helen O'Leary ...  Luisa 20 episodes, 2004
Kain O'Keeffe Kain O'Keeffe ...  Kieran Sharp 19 episodes, 2004
Stephen Leeder ...  Bryce / ... 13 episodes, 2004
Rhonda Doyle ...  Ali 12 episodes, 2004
Ashley Fitzgerald Ashley Fitzgerald ...  Noodle 12 episodes, 2004
Abe Forsythe ...  Hank Sharp 12 episodes, 2004
Hayley Sullivan ...  Taz Luscombe 10 episodes, 2004
Barbara Angell Barbara Angell ...  Mena 9 episodes, 2004


Set in a small country town, Fireflies centers on the townspeople and its rural bush fire brigade. You can measure a township by the commitment of its people. Most of them are volunteers, from the fire brigade to the CWA. Whether you're new in town, or here for generations, when you're facing the driest hottest summer in decades, it pays to belong.

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"We're just mopping up - come back to the station for a beer" is an inappropriate thing to say when there's 80 metres of flames over 1 metre high behind you. See more »


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Refreshing real-life Australian drama
22 April 2004 | by celluloidcitySee all my reviews

Fireflies is the new Australian drama, currently screening in its first season on the ABC. It is interesting to look at this show, given that it timeslot was moved from Sunday nights to Thursday. This is sweeping drama, based on realistic people and realistic situations. One thing's for certain, it needs a 7:30pm Sunday timeslot. But lets not fault the ABc for actually encouraging fresh Australian content that is not situated around a hospital or police station.

This show is about a group of country volunteer firefighters. Primarily about three different couples, we watch as they deal with their jobs, their private lives and the issues of the local community. This is all set in the sweltering pot of a brutally hot Australian summer. We know there is going to be alot of bushfires, and we know that the characters are going to come into some serious conflict. There is some simmering sexual tension between the two leads, Jeremy Sims as Bakka, and Libby Tanner as Lill. She's moved from the city with her older husband Perry, (John Waters) and adds a sort of Seachange aspect to the mix. Bakka is married to Svetlana, a Russian woman, and they have two children.

Firstly, the countryside is breathtaking. Real bush is featured here, and the homes of the characters are frankly realistic in their humble construction. The production is of an excellent level, and the scripts aim to deal with alot of emotion without much pressure or contrived situations. Thankfully, there is not much blokiness or boofiness in the characters here, unlike Channel Seven's previous attempt at firestation drama in Fire.

The best thing about Fireflies is Jeremy Sims. Watching his acting proves just how versatile and underrated this actor is. He's got a wonderful natural delivery. He knows the laconic humour of the script, but doesn't throw it in your face with his lines. He's a great leading man, and it is a shame that more films and tv haven't used his talent to greater effect. The romance with Lill is palpatable, and audiences love to see a romance spark (no pun intended) - just look at David Wenham and Sigrid Thornton on Seachange. I loved Sims in Kangaroo Palace and Corridors of Power, "Now we're cooking with gas!" and its great to see a talented actor given some meaty material.

John Waters is tragically under-written as Perry. Waters is another legend of the Australian stage and TV. My memories of him on Playschool are taking over as Perry seems to all but fade into the background. Is he happy? Why does Lill stray from him? What does he do with his time? Let's see some more Perry.

Libby Tanner has a wonderful part as Lill. She's developing a quietness in her characters, and her looks and face convey some heavy emotion. She has real chemistry with Sims, and lets hope her relationship with Perry is fleshed out more.

It's a point of contention that we have another Australian drama set in the countryside - not the urban city. A show like Love is a Four Letter Word really tackled the issues of urban living head on, but there is something about 'bush living' that TV cannot stop pondering. Are the women on Mc Cleods Daughters 'real' Australians? I doubt it. Nevertheless, Fireflies attempts some hearty drama, without the pretentions of Australian stereotypes about identity and place.

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7 February 2004 (Australia) See more »

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