A Fire Inside + Q&A

13 November
Location informationArc Cinema
Event cost$12 / $10

When a volunteer firefighter drives his car into almost certain death during the worst fires in Australian history, he does it because he ‘has a job to do’. Three months later, the fires are out but his nightmares are just beginning.  

When Australia’s 2019–20 bushfires horrified the world, the selfless acts of everyday Aussies inspired us all. But the triple whammy of drought, fire and pandemic has taken an astounding toll. 

On NSW's far south coast, on the first day of the inferno, firefighter Nathan Barnden saved 7 strangers but lost his uncle and cousin. He kept working throughout the 200-day emergency – there was little time to grieve.  

In the Southern Highlands, the selfless actions of NSW Rural Fire Service captain Brendan O'Connor and his crew saved his community. In the aftermath others are rebuilding their homes; he's trying to rebuild his life.  

Directors Justin Krook and Luke Mazzaferro interview volunteers, farmers, publicans and pensioners, uncovering stories of devastating heartbreak but also of astonishing resilience. 

Join us after the screening for a Q&A session via Zoom in Arc Cinema with director Luke Mazzaferro. 

‘A must watch for all Australians. These men and women truly are heroes and this film does their stories justice’ - Pario Magazine 

Please note: our new café The Curators by Daana will be open during this event, celebrating a soft launch and serving coffee, cold drinks, popcorn, wedges and samosas. No alcohol will be available for sale as the liquor licence is still pending approval.



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