Firebite
Genre
Created by
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
Producers
  • Paul Ranford
  • Dena Curtis
Production companySee-Saw Films
Original release
NetworkAMC+
ReleaseDecember 16, 2021 (2021-12-16) –
February 3, 2022 (2022-02-03)

Firebite is an Australian drama television series created by Warwick Thornton and Brendan Fletcher which premiered on AMC+ on 16 December 2021 and ran for 8 episodes until 3 February 2022.

Premise

Set in a remote mining town in the middle of the South Australian desert, the series centers around two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson and Shanika, who protect their home Opal City from vampires. Their lives are turned upside down when a former hunter from Tyson’s past shows up informing them the last vampire king has arrived with plans that will shift the balance in their war against the vampires.[1]

Cast

Episodes

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [2]
1"Pest Control"Warwick ThorntonWarwick Thornton & Brendan Fletcher16 December 2021 (2021-12-16)
2"The Last Bloodhunter"Warwick ThorntonBrendan Fletcher23 December 2021 (2021-12-23)
3"We Don't Go Down"Warwick ThorntonDevi Telfer30 December 2021 (2021-12-30)
4"Vampire Mythology Bulls**t"Warwick ThorntonWarwick Thornton6 January 2022 (2022-01-06)
5"I Wanna Go Home"Tony KrawitzKodie Bedford13 January 2022 (2022-01-13)
6"The Bastard King"Tony KrawitzDevi Telfer20 January 2022 (2022-01-20)
7"Hero's Life"Brendan FletcherBrendan Fletcher & Josh Sambono27 January 2022 (2022-01-27)
8"The Rise of the Fallen"Brendan FletcherKodie Bedford & Brendan Fletcher3 February 2022 (2022-02-03)

Production

Development

In June 2021 AMC Studios greenlit a co-production between AMC Studios and See-Saw Films an 8-part series which is set to be written and directed by Warwick Thornton and Brendan Fletcher.[3] In August, Tony Krawitz joined as a director and AMC+ announced that Yael Stone, Rob Collins and Callan Mulvey would have leading roles. The series will also star Shantae Barnes-Cowan.[4]

Filming

The series began filming in August 2021, and is filmed in 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.[3]

Release

On 7 November 2021, AMC released first look images and announced that the series was scheduled to be released 16 December 2021.[5] In Australia the series will be released via the AMC bundle on both Apple TV and Amazon Prime.[6]

Reception

The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 86% approval rating with an average rating of 7.20/10, based on 7 reviews for the first season.[7]

References

  1. ^ Ma, Wenlei (22 November 2021). "Airdate: Firebite". TV Tonight. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  2. ^ "Shows A-Z – Firebite on AMC+". The Futon Critic. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  3. ^ a b Kanter, Jake (8 June 2021). "AMC Studios Sets Australian Vampire Fantasy Series 'Firebite' From See-Saw Films". Deadline. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  4. ^ SAFC (24 August 2021). "New series Firebite begins production in South Australia with Yael Stone, Rob Collins, Callan Mulvey and Shantae Barnes-Cowan". South Australian Film Corporation. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  5. ^ McGuire, David (7 November 2021). "'Firebite': First Images Reveal a Dystopian Vampire Series Set in Australia". Collider. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  6. ^ SAFC (9 November 2021). "Firebite gets Australian release via new AMC streaming bundle". South Australian Film Corporation. Retrieved 1 December 2021.
  7. ^ "Firebite". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 24 December 2021.