Updated: May 14
Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra has won the prestigious Rose d'Or award for Best Arts Program. The documentary, produced by In Films and directed by Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers - Stephen, David and Russell Page - turned a dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. The film has also won the AACTA Documentary Award and the Walkley Documentary Award. Producer Ivan O'Mahoney said he was "absolutely delighted" to win the Rose d'Or. "The stated mission of Bangarra Dance Theatre is to create inspiring theatrical experiences that promote and raise awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. Bangarra has been at the forefront of reconciliation for over 30 years and are a vital part of our cultural landscape. Thank you to everyone who supported the project - ABC, Screen Australia, Screen NSW and Icon Film distribution, as well as a raft of philanthropic organisations that helped us make the film." Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra is distributed internationally by ABC Commercial and theatrically by Icon Film Distribution.