Doco of the Month: Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra
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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.
‘As the 20th century turns into the 21st, you can’t tell the story of Aboriginal Australia without featuring Bangarra – indeed they tell the story. And at the core of it there are these three beautiful boys. The holy trinity’ – Hetti Perkins, Art Curator and author
‘It's a living record of a found family that has striven to build a better Australia for First Peoples, a film that places culture at the heart of our national story’ – Time Out
Main image: Daniel Boud
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