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Firestarter marks Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells 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. Through the eyes of the brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma, and – crucially – the power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.
"Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin’s beguiling documentary deepens the already magical experience of watching the Indigenous dance company perform."
Thursday 18th February
Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin
Pentridge Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Cinema Como, The Chauvel Cinema, Palace Norton Street, Palace Byron Bay, Palace James St, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace Raine Square