Program
Director: Nel Minchin, Wayne Blair
2020
Australia
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.

Film Type Documentary
Program Strand Best of the Fest, 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