Spear, exclusive season at Arc cinema + meet the filmmakers
Throughout March, Arc cinema at the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) will be screening the exclusive Canberra season of Stephen Page’s debut feature Spear, including a one night only Q&A with Page.
A unique cinematic experience told through movement and dance with little dialogue, Spear draws on Page’s formidable 25 years spent as Artistic Director of the Bangarra Dance Theatre, where he has been interpreting the stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians for global stages. Also a talented filmmaker, Page made his short film debut to critical acclaim in 2012 directing Sand, a chapter of the Australian feature film The Turning.
Spear follows a young man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the Australian outback to the streets of Sydney on his quest to understand what it means to be a man with ancient traditions in a modern world. Despite the fragmentation of Indigenous cultures, it is in the complex interconnection between places that Djali will ultimately discover his own power – a power linking past, present and future.
Also featuring performances by leading Australian talents including actor Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road), Yolngu songman and Bangarra cultural consultant Djakapurra Munyarryun (Ochres), and the dance ensemble of Bangarra Dance Theatre, Spear was co-written by Stephen Page and Justin Monjo (Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door). Produced by John Harvey, it is the first feature film to be produced in Australia by an Indigenous filmmaker. Spear also features original music by David Page, Head of Music at Bangarra Dance Theatre.
Director Stephen Page said, “We’re all so proud of the film – making it was new territory and now to see it being embraced by audiences from Toronto to Sydney is incredible. It was a true collaboration of artists from the film and dance worlds, coming together with their collective spirits and talents, to bring this story from stage to screen.”
Spear is produced by Arenamedia in association with Bangarra Dance Theatre and Brown Cab Productions. It will be distributed by CinemaPlus in Australia with International Sales handled by Level K. The film is financed by the HIVE initiative, an initiative of Adelaide Film Festival, in partnership with the Australia Council for the Arts, Screen Australia and ABC Arts.
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Spear – limited season
When: 10 – 23 March 2015
Where: Arc cinema, National Film and Sound Archive (Acton)
Special Q&A with Stephen Page: Sat 12 March, 8pm
Tickets: $14, $12. Book online www.trybooking.com/JZPZ