• Alec Morgan, Tiriki Onus
  • Australia (2021)
  • 18+
82 min

Ablaze begins with a pair of discoveries. As Tiriki Onus stumbles across aged photographs of his grandfather, activist and entrepreneur William Bill Onus, Alec Morgan learns of a film that may have been directed by the same man. The two unite to try to answer an intriguing question: was ‘Bill’ the first Aboriginal film director?

The documentary that results, co-directed by Morgan and Onus, is a powerful portrayal of Australia’s history of First Nations activism and art alike. Ablaze effectively uses archival footage – and animation in its absence – to shed light on our nation’s history and one great man in particular.

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    Alec Morgan, Tiriki Onus
  • Genre
    Documentary, First Nations

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