Black Screen presents Ablaze

  • Boys around Bill's camera. Supplied.
    Boys around Bill's camera. Supplied.
Black Screen presents Ablaze
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The true story of the first Aboriginal filmmaker William Bill Onus.

Black Screen presents Ablaze, the story 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.  

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.  

Join filmmaker Tiriki Onus and NITV Radio’s Kerri-Lee Harding in conversation after the film.

Supported by Victoria University and Moondani Balluk.

Date & Times

Tuesday 15 February, 6:30pm

Performance Space

$10 / Free for First Nations Community

Watch the Trailer

Viewer advice: Contains themes of violence and oppression against Indigenous Australians.


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