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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.

“As the 20th century turns into the 21st, you can’t tell the story of Aboriginal Australia without featuring Bangarra – indeed they tell the story. And at the core of it there are these three beautiful boys. The holy trinity.” – Hetti Perkins, Art Curator, author.

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.

Byron Bay Film Festival Opening Night
Friday October 23rd
Palace Byron Bay $30 + BF
Due to Social Distancing Regulations tickets to this special night are limited. 

We have prizes for the Best Dressed on the night.

Whilst canapes and mingling in crowds are temporary casualties of Covid-19 there are no laws against dressing up and planning a special night out with a few close friends.
Book with your friends to create your very own Byron Bay Film Festival bubble.

Screening at Palace Byron Bay and the Byron Theatre, the festival will run from October 23rd to November 1st and offer a stimulating array of world cinema that in other times would have been sweeping the festival circuit.

Film lovers are encouraged to leave the isolation of home and join in the communal experience of watching great stories unfold as they were meant to be seen… on the big screen.

There's never been a more important time to support the arts, events and venues. We're excited to build something very unique, safe and special for you and our filmmakers.

See you in the cinema!

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