27 March 2012 | de-64-936514
Fields of Fire, the saga of power, prosperity and prejudice in the cane fields returns with second Mini Series. Most of the original cast return for the sequel including Todd Boyce , Melissa Docker, Ollie Hall, Kris McQuade , Harold Hopkins, John Jarrett, Ken Radley, Patrick Ward, Paul Bretram and Nicholas Hammond.
The strong cast is bolstered by three of Australian best actresses, Anne Louise Lambert, Peta Toppano and Gosia Dobrowolska. Anne Louise Lambert takes on the role of the high spirited Kate and Joseph Spano the role of Franco , an Italian canecutter increasingly involved in illegal activities. Peta Toppano plays Gina a fiery newcomer from Naples, and Gosia Dobrowolska plays Polish refugee Basia.
The two part four hour mini series begins as World War II ends and a debilitated and hungry world slowly recovers, with the sugar cane industry in lush but isolated North Queensland swinging into full production. The end of the war marks a new period of prosperity in the steamy cane fields for old and " new " Australians alike, but migrants suffer the barbed prejudice of narrow minded sections of the community.
Among the thousands of Europeans fleeing war torn Europe to see work and a new future in North Queensland is Gina ( Peta Toppano, a sensual Italian woman destined to cause trouble in the small world of the cane fields.
War has also taken its toll on the cutters- in Tiny's gang Whacka and Jacko are back , but Bluey can no longer cut because of his serious war injury and Tiny's enormous strength has been sapped by Dengue fever.
War has irreversibly changes the lives of the major characters. Years of separation have shaken relationships; decisions between lovers on different continents have been made, while others must reconcile the enormous cultural gap between them.