Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra

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Film Info
Country Listing:Australia
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2021
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Australian Cultures & Issues
Families & Family Stories
Indigenous Cultures & Issues
Musicians & Performers
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Wayne Blair
Nel Minchin
Producer(s):Ivan O'Mahoney
Executive Producer(s):Nial Fulton
Writer(s):Wayne Blair
Nel Minchin
Editor(s):Karen Johnson
Nick Meyers


Artscapes: Creative minds, artistic pursuits and inventive filmmaking

From the critically acclaimed directors Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Nel Minchin (Matilda and Me) comes an exquisite and enchanting look at the revolutionary, world-renowned Bangarra Dance Theatre. Through a rich and expansive history, told over four decades, the film traces how David, Russell and Stephen Page (Spear), descendant of the Nunukul people and the Munaldjali clan of the Yugambeh Nation from SE Queensland, propelled Bangarra to international acclaim, forging through the harsh realities of systemic racism within Australia. Together, they overcame personal tragedies and celebrated triumphs as they created a radical dance language and revolution that spoke to the reclamation of culture. But when Stephen tragically loses both his brothers, he must find a way to lead Bangarra into its future and carry on its mandate to change society. Heather Haynes

Co-presented with Red Sky Performance

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  • POV Magazine - "The quickly cut and sumptuously shot doc evokes the power of dance in its own movement."

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