Firestarter movie

FIRESTARTER
THE STORY OF BANGARRA

Directed by Wayne Blair
& Nel Minchin

'Beautifully captured.' 
- Sydney Morning Herald
'What an experience. What a joy. I've watched it twice and emerged both times deeply moved.' 
- The Guardian
'A modern dance company unlike any other...remarkable, imaginative and richly varied.'
- New York Times

'This is a vital, none-more-timely film that speaks to Australia's complicated past and presentyet remains hopeful for the future. A must watch.' 
- Flicks.com.au

FIRESTARTER: THE STORY OF BANGARRA

Theatrical  |  2020 |  96min

From its early beginnings in the late 1980s, through the politically tumultuous 90s and into the new millennium, Bangarra Dance Theatre has grown to be one of Australia's most revered cultural institutions.

Globally recognised as a leading performing arts company with a distinctive theatrical voice and utterly inimitable soundscapes, music and design - Bangarra’s unique signature style also encompasses authentic storytelling, outstanding technique and deeply moving performances.

Marking Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary, Firestarter takes us through its birth and spectacular growth, recognising the Company’s founders and telling the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers — Stephen, David and Russell Page — turned the newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. 

Featuring 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 is a tale of pride, heartbreak, adversity and empowerment – with the transformative strength of Indigenous dance at its centre.

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AWARDS & NOMINATIONS

 

AACTA AWARDS 2021
WINNER - Best Feature Documentary Award (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney)

Nominated - Best Editing in Documentary (Nick Meyers, Karen Johnson)

Nominated - Best Sound in a Documentary (Angus Robertson, Tara Webb, Leah Katz, Nick Meyers)


ROSE D'OR AWARDS 2021

WINNER - Best Arts Program (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney)

AUSTRALIAN DIRECTORS GUILD AWARDS 2021

WINNER - Best Direction in a Documentary Feature (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin)

 

SCREEN PRODUCERS AUSTRALIA AWARDS 2021
WINNER - Feature Documentary Award (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney)

ADELAIDE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021

WINNER - Documentary Award (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney)
WINNER - Inaugural Change Award (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney)

PAN AFRICAN FILM + ARTS FESTIVAL 2021

WINNER Best Documentary Award (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney)


AIDC AWARDS 2021
Nominated - Best Feature (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney)

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN SOUND GUILD AWARDS 2021

Nominated - Best Sound in a Documentary (Angus Robertson, Tara Webb, Leah Katz, Nick Meyers)

AUSTRALIAN SCREEN WRITERS GUILD AWARDS 2021

Nominated - Best Documentary (Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin, Ivan O'Mahoney)

 

TBI CONTENT INNOVATION AWARD 2021
Nomination - Best Representation on Screen 

LOGIE AWARDS 2022
Nomination - Most Outstanding Factual or Documentary

 

FILM FESTIVALS

BRISBANE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020
Closing Night Film

BYRON BAY INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020
Opening Night Film

REVELATION PERTH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2020
Opening Night Film

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL SUMMER SERIES 2020
Opening Night Film

BIRRARANGGA FILM FESTIVAL 2021
Opening Night Film

PERFECT LIGHT FILM FESTIVAL 2021
Opening Night Film


PORT TOWNSEND FILM FESTIVAL 2021 (US)
Special Jury Commendation Prize
 

SCREENWAVE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021

Official Selection


HUMAN RIGHTS & ART FILM FESTIVAL 2021

Official Selection


DARWIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021

Official Selection


CINEFEST OZ 2021

Official Selection


SAN FRANCISCO DOC FEST 2021 (US)

Official Selection


SHEFFIELD DOC FEST 2021 (UK)

Official Selection


DOXA DOCUMENTARY FESTIVAL 2021 (Canada)

Official Selection


DOC LISBOA 2021 (Portugal)

Official Selection


SAN FRANCISCO DANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2021 (US)

Official Selection


DOCTOBER 2021 (US)

Official Selection


GUELPH FILM FESTIVAL 2021 (Canada)

Official Selection


CUCALORUS FILM FESTIVAL 2021 (US)

Official Selection


NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021

Official Selection


TWO RIVERSIDES FILM & ART FESTIVAL 2021 (Poland)

Official Selection


BERKSHIRE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2021 (US)

Official Selection


BELDOCS 2021 (Serbia)

Official Selection

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KEY CREDITS

Written & Directed By 
WAYNE BLAIR & NEL MINCHIN
Producer
IVAN O'MAHONEY
Co-Producer
NEL MINCHIN
Editors
KAREN JOHNSON & NICK MEYERS ASE
Music 
STEVE FRANCIS & DAVID PAGE
Executive Producers
IVAN O'MAHONEY & NIAL FULTON

SCREEN AUSTRALIA and THE AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION
in association with SCREEN NSW
an IN FILMS production