A feature documentary by Tiriki Onus and Alec Morgan
The true story of the first Aboriginal filmmaker William Bill Onus.
Ablaze tells of Bill Onus, a Yorta Yorta/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.
Ablaze is an enlightening film for today’s turbulent times.
Amazing Vital Piece of History
A 70-year-old lost film made by the first Aboriginal filmmaker William ‘Bill’ Onus was recently discovered inside a vault. It will feature in “Ablaze” as Bill’s grandson, opera singer Tiriki Onus, in his directing debut, sets out to solve the intrigue surrounding the film’s mysterious disappearance before it could be released in 1946.
Please help us get this vital missing fragment of this true story out to the world for the first time ever!