ABLAZE is coming to the ABC for NAIDOC week. Premiering Wednesday 6 July at 8.30pm on ABC Plus and available on ABC Iview straight afterwards.
ABLAZE is a film about Bill Onus – a truly heroic cultural and political figure who revived his people’s culture in the 1940’s and 50’s and helped ignite a civil rights movement that helped change the course of history for Indigenous Australians.
The documentary is written and directed by Alec Morgan (Lousy Little Sixpence) and Tiriki Onus, Bill’s grandson. The story starts with a film reel that mysteriously turned up at the National Film & Sound Archive. The film was actually made by Bill in 1946 and suggests that he might have been the first ever Aboriginal filmmaker. Tiriki goes on to chase a myriad leads about this grandfather, and uncovers a compelling story of activism, resistance, and politically driven art-making.
The film has already picked up a swag of awards including an AWGIE for Best Documentary Script, the Victorian Premier’s History Prize and 2 ATOMS.
- “The film is superbly made and important in its reminders – through one man’s remarkable life – of the struggles of Indigenous people in the all-too-recent past.” (David Stratton – review in ‘The Australian’)
- “The footage is miraculous in its own right, the kind of direct window onto a lost world only the moving image can provide” (Jake Wilson – review in the SMH and The Age)
More information on the film’s website: https://ablazethefilm.com
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