News in Brief: Cast of Fires revealed, Ascendant acquired by Goldwyn, and Rising Sun sold to FuseFX

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Filming is underway in Melbourne and regional Victoria on the six-part anthology drama Fires, inspired by extraordinary accounts from people who survived the catastrophic bushfires of late 2019 and early 2020. 

Produced by Tony Ayres Productions (TAP), and due to screen on the ABC later this year, the production announced a top notch and very experienced cast including Eliza Scanlen (Babyteeth), Sam Worthington, Richard Roxburgh, Sullivan Stapleton, Miranda Otto, Hunter Page-Lochard, Anna Torv, Kate Box, Helana Sawires, Daniel Henshall and Noni Hazlehurst. They are joined by newcomers Ameshol Ajang, Stacy Clausen and Nyawuda Chuol.

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Rochelle Siemienowicz is the ArtsHub Group's Education and Career Editor. She was previously a journalist for Screenhub and is a writer, film critic and cultural commentator with a PhD in Australian cinema. She was the co-host of Australia's longest-running film podcast 'Hell is for Hyphenates' and has written a memoir, Fallen, published by Affirm Press. Her second book, Double Happiness, a novel, will be published by Midnight Sun in 2024. Instagram: @Rochelle_Rochelle Twitter: @Milan2Pinsk