The true story of the first Aboriginal filmmaker William Bill Onus.
Ablaze tells the story of Bill Onus, a Yorta Yorta and Wiradjuri man from Victoria, a truly heroic cultural and political figure who revived his people's culture in the 1940s and ignited a civil rights movement that would, against enormous odds, change the course of history.
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.
Viewer advice: Contains themes of violence and oppression against Indigenous Australians.
Running Time: 84 mins
Classification: PG (Themes of racial discrimination)
ATOM has also produced a study guide for Ablaze. This study guide is available for download here.
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