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Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra (15*) + ScreenTalk with Frances Rings, Associate Artistic Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre (live from Australia)

Part of Homeland

A still of a dance collective from Firestarter

This documentary tells the history of the iconic Indigenous Australian dance company, The Bangarra Dance Theatre, which revolutionised the Australian dance scene over 30 years ago. 

Bangarra was taken to greater heights through the success of three First Nations brothers – Stephen (current artistic director), David and Russell Page. Through a series of remarkable dance shows, such as Fish, Rites, Blak and Bennelong, clips of which are seen throughout, the company transformed into a First Nations hive of creative brilliance, culminating in the Opening Ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Directed by Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) and Nel Minchin, this brilliant film champions art as a medium for social change and healing, through testaments from dancers and creative talents, past and present.

For the ScreenTalk, we welcome on stage host Alistair Spalding, Artistic Director  &  Chief Executive of Sadler’s Wells, and live from Australia Frances Rings, Associate Artistic Director, Bangarra Dance Theatre. 

Australia 2020 Dir Wayne Blair, Nel Minchin 95 min

This film contains names, images or voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. This film contains scenes viewers may find distressing.

Homeland: Films by Australian First Nations directors is supported by the Australian Government as part of the UK/Australia Season 2021-22.

Curated by the Barbican in partnership with Screen Australia. With thanks to Penny Smallacombe and Savannah Glynn-Braun (First Nations Department, Screen Australia).

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