Director: Nel Minchin, Wayne Blair
96 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Celebrate 30 years of the Bangarra Dance Theatre

Bangarra is a Wiradjuri word for making fire, and over the 30 years of its existence, the Bangarra Dance Theatre has started a blaze that still burns fiercely. This is the story of Australia’s most renowned performing arts company; it’s the story of three brothers—Stephen, Russell, and David Page—but more than that, it’s the story of the way that art can become a weapon that helps a people to survive and a nation to heal deep scars. It is a story of inspired inventiveness, and the personal costs at which it is won. This is a celebration, combining the Page family’s home movies, interviews with the company’s leading figures, and an archive of its most iconic performances. With its fusion of traditional forms and contemporary dance, Bangarra’s work is a proud assertion that indigenous culture is still adapting and creating. Still strong, still surviving.

The afterparty for this Gala will be at Roxie's/Chateau Apollo, 188 Grenfell St, Adelaide

Film Type Documentary
Program Strand Documentary Competition
Language English
Director Nel Minchin, Wayne Blair
Producer Ivan O'Mahoney
Screenwriters Nel Minchin, Wayne Blair
Cinematographer Tyson Perkins
Editor Nick Meyers, Karen Johnson
Music Steve Francis, David Page
Genre Aboriginal/Indigenous, Culture, Dance

Screens with: The Choreography of Emotions

Director: Garry Stewart
10 minutes
Unclassified 15+

Featuring Australian Dance Theatre talent, this experimental excavation of human emotions brings the audience into a lifetime’s worth of experiences painted through the kinetic brush of dance.

Film Type Short
Program Strand Shorts Before Features
Premiere World
Language No Dialogue
Director Garry Stewart
Cinematographer Brenton Kempster
Editor Nick Muecke
Music Brendan Woithe
Genre Avant-garde, Dance