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Presenting a special Q&A screening of ABLAZE, a documentary on the first Aboriginal filmmaker William ''Bill'' Onus, featuring director and William's grandson Tiriki Onus in attendance.
The Q&A will be moderated by Professor Richard Broome, a historian who worked on the film. Richard's published works include Mallee Country. Land, People, History (2020), Conflict, Adaptation and Transformation. Richard Broome and the Practice of Aboriginal History (2018) and Analyzing Australian History (2021, co-edited with Ashley Pratt).
One screening only on Sunday 22 May, 4pm. Tickets on sale now.
*Viewer advice: Film contains themes of violence and oppression against Indigenous Australians.
ABLAZE tells of Bill Onus, a Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri man from Victoria, a truly heroic cultural and political figure who revived his peopleʼs culture in the 1940s and ignited a civil rights movement that would, against enormous odds, change the course of history.
Told by his grandson Tiriki through rare archival footage, state-of-the-art animation, vividly created digital motion graphics and eye-witness accounts, ABLAZE is the compelling tale – part detective story, part contemporary opera – of how Bill and supporters brilliantly orchestrated their campaign for equality through performance, entertainment, film and sheer audacity outsmarted mighty forces seeking to destroy Indigenous cultures, languages, and communities.
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