This film was brought to my attention today and I must admit that I was kind of blown away by the trailer. Watching it, I was struck by the beauty of the dance, and the haunting nature of the music.
The film’s synopsis is as follows:
Acclaimed Artistic Director and Choreographer Stephen Page brings Bangarra Dance Theatre’s outstanding dance work SPEAR to the screen. Striking and original, Page weaves story through dance to deliver an extraordinary cinematic experience in his feature film début.
Using gesture and dance, with minimal dialogue, SPEAR follows a young Aboriginal man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the 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.
Featuring brilliant Bangarra dancers and an evocative David Page score that combines traditional and contemporary music, SPEAR is an intimate journey with one of Australia’s most celebrated artists and one of the most affecting and spiritually resonant films of the year.
At a time when diversity on screen is at the forefront of conversations about the film industry, it’s especially good to see films like this get a release. If (like me) you talk about how important seeing a variety of stories is, then going to see this film (and supporting local talent) is one way to do more than just talk the talk. The film is out March 10th in limited release. You can see which cinemas here.