FIRESTARTER – THE STORY OF BANGARRA

BRISBANE | 11 OCT
ADELAIDE | 18 – 25 OCT
BYRON BAY | 23 – 31 OCT
PERTH | 9 DEC


Credits

Directors
  • Nel Minchin
  • Wayne Blair
Producer
  • Ivan O'Mahoney
Co-Producer
  • Nel Minchin
Executive Producers
  • Ivan O'Mahoney
  • Nel Minchin

Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra is a historically important film that takes the viewer through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth to where we are today entering our 4th decade.  It recognises Bangarra’s early founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – turned the newly born dance group into one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies. Through the eyes of the Page brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma and crucially, the extraordinary power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.

The documentary features remarkable archival footage and interviews with those integral to Bangarra’s establishment, including co-founders Carole Johnson, Cheryl Stone along with a number of former dancers and creatives.  

Firestarter had its world premiere at the Brisbane International Film Festival on 11 October 2020, followed by screenings at the Adelaide Film Festival (18 – 25 Oct), Byron Bay Film Festival (23 – 31 Oct) and Revelation Perth International Film Festival (9 Dec). A theatrical run is anticipated from 18 Feb 2021, and a broadcast during NAIDOC week 2021 on the ABC.

More details announced soon.