Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra (2020)

  • 2020
  • European Premiere
  • 1h 35m
  • Australia

Firestarter: The Story of Bangarra marks the Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through the company’s foundation and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers – Stephen, David and Russell Page – transformed the dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. But as the film reveals, the company’s international success came at a huge personal cost. As it enters its fourth decade, Stephen must lead the company alone, finding a way to channel grief and sorrow into the strength needed to forge ahead, with a new generation of Indigenous dancers relying on him to tell their stories. Through the eyes of the brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclamation of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma, and – crucially – the power of art as a messenger for social change, care, pleasure and healing.

Content Note Suicide / self harm, bereavement, substance abuse, police brutality, racism, discrimination.


Our biggest Jury is you - the audience! Go to sheffdocfest.com/vote and enter the voting code df21on to rate this film.

Language

English

Subtitles

English

Bonus Content

Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra Q&A

Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra Q&A