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Firestarter – The Story of Bangarra (M)

Next event Thursday 29 Apr from 7pm to 8:40pm

By Margaret River HEART

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.

The documentary features remarkable archival footage and interviews with those integral to Bangarra’s establishment, including co-founders Carole Johnson, Cheryl Stone along with a number of former dancers and creatives.

Firestarter had its world premiere at the Brisbane International Film Festival on 11 October 2020, followed by screenings at film festivals across Australia.


This film contains Nudity, Course Language, and Adult Themes


"This is a vital, none-more-timely film that speaks to Australia’s complicated past and present yet remains hopeful for the future. A must watch."