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From Sydney Film Festival comes acclaimed Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton's stunning feature debut, combining live-action, puppetry and animation, starring Simon Baker, Yael Stone and Julia Savage.
"Legendary Australian artist Del Kathryn Barton's feature film debut is a masterpiece of catharsis." Time Out (Full Article)
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.
“Del Kathryn Barton is such a visionary artist, whose unique style gives life to a radical and immersive modern fable. More relevant than ever, ‘Blaze’ is an ode to women solidarity and courage, and we couldn’t be more proud to share Barton’s journey.” Fionnuala Jamison, MK2 films’ managing director.
More about the 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.