Tiriki Onus – Premier of First Nations film Ablaze

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Caroline Kell

Caroline Kell is a proud Mbarbrum women who was born and raised on Kulin Lands. She is the Founder and Managing Director of Blak Wattle Coaching and Consulting. Caroline is a Former Counsellor and Executive Director who is deeply passionate about the social emotional wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

In this very special Reconciliation Week special

episode, Caroline is joined by Yorta Yorta man Tiriki Onus. Tiriki is the Senior Lecturer and Head of the Wilin Centre for Indigenous Arts and Cultural Development, University of Melbourne. He is a successful visual artist, curator, performance artist and opera singer.

They delve deep into Tirikis latest creative pursuit and journey co-writing and co- directing, the documentary Ablaze. A feature documentary staring Tiriki who finds a 70-year-old silent film believed to be made by his grandfather, prolific Aboriginal leader and filmmaker Bill Onus.

As Tiriki travels across the continent and pieces together clues to the film’s origins, he discovers more about Bill, his fight for Aboriginal rights and the price he paid for speaking out.

Ablaze was released in cinemas across Australia on the 26 May 2022.

For more on it’s release visit https://www.screenaustralia.gov.au/the-screen-guide/t/ablaze-2020/38245

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We would like to acknowledge Aboriginal people as Australia’s First Peoples’ who have never ceded their sovereignty. We acknowledge the Wurundjeri/Woiwurrung people of the Kulin Nation where the podcast was taped. We pay our deepest respects to Traditional Owners across Australia and Elders past, present and emerging.

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