Firestarter – the Story of Bangarra | PREMIERE

© Firestarter – the Story of Bangarra, dir Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, dis In Films

Firestarter – the Story of Bangarra
reż|dir Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin | AU | 2020 | 96 min
prod|pro Ivan O’Mahoney scen|wr Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin zdj|ph Tyson Perkins, Ricky Schamburg, Andy Taylor, Peter Alton, Luke Peterson muz|mus Steve Francis, David Page mon|ed Karen Johnson, Nick Meyers ob|cast Wesley Enoch, David Page, Stephen Page, Hunter Page-Lochard dys|dis In Films


Bangarra Dance Theatre, as a newly born company, was taken on by three brothers more than thirty years ago. The artistic director is Stephen Page, the composer is David Page and the lead dancer is Russell Page. As Bangarra enters its fourth decade, it has the status of an ambassador of Australian culture, an award-winning modern dance company with sold-out shows, respected and admired around the world. It is based on a culture of Indigenous Australians that has lasted for 65,000 years. Despite the fame and honour its key creatives still struggle with rejection, grief, and a sense of loss. The combination of the two directors’ points of view, an Aboriginal man and a non-Indigenous woman, explores these questions about inter-generational suffering.

Wayne Blair (1971), Australian acclaimed film maker, television and theatre actor, writer, director and producer of Batjala, Mununjail and Wake Waka descent. Wayne’s debut feature film "The Sapphires" (2012), a musical comedy, had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival and was the highest grossing Australian film of 2012. Next year, Wayne directed "Septembers of Shiraz" (2013) with an impressive award-winning cast including Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody. In 2018 Wayne directed the box office hit "Top End Wedding". He also directed several episodes of TV series.

Nel Minchin is an Australian arts, entertainment and comedy producer and director. After graduating from the Broadcasting program at the WAAPA, Nel moved to London. She worked there on BAFTA nominated factual series "Blood, Sweat and Takeaways" for BBC3 and as Assistant Producer in the Google Creative Lab in 2010. In recent years she has turned to directing. Her debut arts documentary "Matilda and Me" (2016, on Tim Minchin and the musical that made him globally famous), co-directed with Rhian Skirving, received popular and critical acclaim. "Making Muriel" (2017) was released to high viewing figures. Both films were in the top 5 of most watched documentaries on Australian television, in two consecutive years.

Wayne Blair
2020 Firestarter|Firestarter – the Story of Bangarra|Firestarter
2019 Top End Wedding
2015 Septembers of Shiraz
2012 The Sapphires: Muzyka duszy|The Sapphires

Nel Minchin
2020 Firestarter|Firestarter – the Story of Bangarra|Firestarter
2016 Matilda & Me
2017 Making Muriel

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