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Blaze

Directed by Del Kathryn Barton
2022
Australia
101 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Acclaimed Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton makes her stunning feature debut, combining live action, puppetry and animation and starring Simon Baker, Yael Stone and Julia Savage.
Twelve-year-old Blaze (Julia Savage) is raised by her caring father, Luke (Simon Baker). When she witnesses a brutal crime on the streets, Blaze is faced with conflicting emotions of debilitating fear and a desire for justice. As she spirals uncontrollably, Luke does his best to help her through this crisis, but to little effect. An unlikely saviour enters the picture, a dragon – a magnificent Barton creation – that provides solace and courage to Blaze as she finds a path forward. Savage is fantastic as the teen confronted with an unimaginable crisis; as is Baker playing the parent desperate to fix a problem not easily solved. A rousing and moving film, Blaze is a bold hybrid of live action, puppetry and animation, an ode to female courage and a celebration of the power of the imagination.

Join director Del Kathryn Barton for a talk about the film in The Hub on Saturday 18 June at 1:45pm.

Special Guest

Del Kathryn Barton
Director
Del Kathryn Barton is an Australian artist and two-time winner of the Archibald Prize. Her work is held in several major public collections. Her directorial debut (co-directed with Brendan Fletcher), the short film The Nightingale and the Rose, played at the Berlinale in 2015. Her short film Red played at SFF 2017.

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Fri 17 Jun
6pm
State Theatre
Past Event Cancel
Sat 18 Jun
11:25am
State Theatre
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Sun 19 Jun
4pm
Hayden Orpheum Cremorne - Cinema 4
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Program Strand
Official Competition
Year
2022
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
Australia
Language
In English
Director
Del Kathryn Barton
Producer
Samantha Jennings
Cast
Julia Savage, Simon Baker, Yael Stone
Screenwriter
Del Kathryn Barton, Huna Amweero
Cinematographer
Jeremy Rouse
Editor
Dany Cooper
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Fantasy & Sci-Fi, Australian Films, Animals & Creatures
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Bonsai Films
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