Premier of Tasmania – Bay of Fires supporting local jobs and our economy

23 September 2022

Elise Archer, Minister for the Arts

The flagship ABC drama Bay of Fires has been a boon for Tasmania, supporting local jobs and our economy throughout the State, but especially on the stunning West Coast.

As Minister for the Arts, it was my pleasure to visit the cast and crew today during filming in Collinsvale in the State’s south, following 12 weeks at various locations such as Queenstown, Strahan and Zeehan.

The production has provided more than 85 job opportunities for Tasmanian cast and crew, with an estimated spend of $7.5 million on Tasmanian goods and services – a fantastic result that is supporting local businesses and flowing through to the supply chain throughout the State.

We are already seeing the benefits, not only in terms of the broader economy, but also with ongoing employment for locals on the West Coast during a traditionally quieter time for businesses.

Filmed entirely in Tasmania and co-created, produced and starring actress Marta Dusseldorp, the eight-part drama series is the largest production ever filmed in regional Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government provided $1.5 million in financial support for the project, in part made possible by the extra $3 million provided to Screen Tasmania as part of our response to COVID-19.

Our Government’s ongoing commitment to Tasmanian screen production has enabled our growing local industry to build capacity, resulting in the strongest level of back-to-back production activity in the State’s history, with Deadlock, Bay of Fires and other major television shows continuing to show interest in filming in Tasmania.

Thank you to all the cast and crew for their outstanding work to date, and I look forward to it Bay of Fires premiering on ABCTV in 2023 and showcasing our wonderful State on the national stage.

Bay of Fires is a series by Archipelago Productions and Fremantle production, with investment from Screen Australia in association with the ABC and Screen Tasmania, and also with support from Film Victoria. Bay of Fires will be distributed by Fremantle International.

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