Founded in 2012 and based in the beautiful state of South Australia it is an independent film production company. We create, develop and produce feature films with a high focus on in house projects ideally in the genres of drama, thriller, suspense and Horror.
We thrive on quality production and character-driven storytelling. We know that telling a great story takes more than just beautiful shots, but connecting with an audience. We are fueled by crafting quality work, inspiring others and leaving a legacy that we’re proud of.
We acknowledge the Kaurna people as the traditional custodians of the Adelaide Plains area where we live and work, and respect their spiritual relationship with the country.
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Thibul Nettle AKA Stinga T is a renowned Indigenous Australian rapper/songwriter and actor with multiple awards with a career spanning over 18 years. He is a Noongar man and belongs to the Bibbulam and Yuet people in WA. After years of writing lyrical story-driven solo songs, Thibul turned his writing talents to film. Firestick Films was founded in 2012 with the intention to create and develop strong narrative stories that would give fellow Aboriginal actors an opportunity to be cast in films where they could play mainstream characters and use this platform to purely show their acting ability to the world. A dream that Thibul has always wanted to see for his people within the Australian film and TV industry.
After seeing a lack of representation within the industry he decided to stand up and make it happen. Thibul's debut feature film “ Friendship Love and Loyalty “ which he wrote and starred in won him a couple of awards at the Australian Screen Industry Network (ASIN) Awards Brisbane 2014 for Best Screen Play, Best Feature Film, Runner up Best Actor. With this success, he has continued to create and develop more stories over the years adding to Firestick film production slate.
All this hard work in 2016 caught the eye of South Australian Film Corporation who encouraged him to apply for a new grant the "Aboriginal Short Film Initiative". This would see five up and coming South Australian Indigenous filmmakers write and direct a short film that would be supported and funded by SAFC. Thibul was one of those five selected and went on to successfully shoot and finish his short film "The Protectors" with the help of producer Tess O'Flaherty from Happy Heart Productions. In 2018 "The Protectors” was picked up as Official Selection for the 2018 Revolution Perth International Film festival. On the back of that success, SAFC supported Thibul with funding on another short film called “Freedom” that too was selected for another Australian major festival and screened at the 2018 Adelaide Film Festival.
In late 2018 a US screenwriter approached Thibul after watching his short film The Protectors online and asked if he would be interested in directing his horror film “Fate of the Night.” Thibul accepted the directing challenge and opportunity and teamed up with Adelaide production company Scuti and in July 2019 they shot the film in a remarkable 14 days on a very low shoestring budget. The film is now in post-production scheduled for a 2020 release date.
Firestick Films now have an impressive slate of feature films ready to head into production.