Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra


Featuring authentic storytelling, mesmerizing technique and deeply moving and spectacular performances, combined with inimitable soundscapes, candid interviews and a treasure trove of archival footage, this beautifully executed film evidences why Bangarra Dance Theater developed from a little-known Indigenous dance group into one the nation's most powerful cultural institutions. Historically important, 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. Taking the viewer through Bangarra's birth and spectacular growth to where it is now entering its 4th decade, this historically important film recognizes Bangarra's early founders, telling 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. Awards: Feature Documentary Award and Inaugural Change Award, Adelaide Film Festival 2020; Best Documentary, Australian Academy of Cinema & Television Arts Awards


Stephen Page, David Page, Russell Page, Frances Rings, Djakapurra Munyarryun, Carole Johnson, Cheryl Stone

directed by

Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin

director's bio

Wayne Blair, of Batjala, Mununjail and Wake Waka descent, is an acclaimed film, television and theatre director/actor. Nel Minchin is an arts, entertainment and comedy producer and director. Her films include the AACTA nominated film on Tim Minchin - "Matilda & Me" - and "Making Muriel."


Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin


Ivan O'Mahoney


96 minutes




Feature Documentary


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