ABLAZE + Q&A
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ABLAZE + Q&A

DOCO OF THE MONTH 
Thu
10
Thu Feb 10 6:00 PM

Arc Cinema
Allocated Seating
110 Mins
2021 | DCP | AUS| D: Alec Morgan, Tiriki Onus  

Ablaze tells the story of William Townsend ‘Bill Onus Jr, a Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri man from Victoria, and a truly heroic cultural and political figure. He revived his peopleʼs culture in the 1940s and ignited a civil rights movement that would, against enormous odds, change the course of history. 
 
Ablaze is the compelling tale – part detective story, part contemporary opera – of how Bill and his supporters brilliantly orchestrated their campaign for equality. They used performance, entertainment, film and sheer audacity to outsmart the mighty forces seeking to destroy Indigenous cultures, languages and communities. 
 
Ablaze employs rare archival footage, state-of-the-art animation, vividly created digital motion graphics and eyewitness accounts to create an enlightening film for today’s turbulent times. 
 
Join us for a Q&A session with the filmmakers following the screening.  
 
‘A powerful, personal portrait of Aboriginal activist and filmmaker Bill Onus’ – The Conversation 
 
Ablaze utilises incredible archival footage to redress the gaps of the Australian artistic industry’s shameful and largely un-interrogated past’ – ScreenHub 
 
This title is held in the NFSA collection.
 

Arc Cinema

1 McCoy Circuit Acton, Australian Capital Territory, 2601