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1h 44m Drama, Dance, Indigenous 2015

Stephen Page's powerful directorial debut feature tells a contemporary Aboriginal story through movement and dance.

Acclaimed Artistic Director and choreographer Stephen Page brings Bangarra Dance Theatre’s dance work Spear to the screen. Striking and original, Page weaves story through dance in an extraordinary feature film debut. 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 an affecting and spiritually resonant film experience.


Hunter Page-Lochard (Djali) , Aaron Pedersen (Suicide Man) , Djakapurra Munyarryun (Big Man) , Demala Wunungmurra (Old Man) , Romeo Munyarryun (Romeo) , Elma Kris (Old Lady) , Yolande Brown (Earth Spirit)


Stephen Page


John Harvey


Justin Monjo


David Page


Bonnie Elliot


Simon Njoo





Bonus Content

Introduction Spear


Curator of the Buwindja Collection, Gillian Moody shares what inspired her to select Spear. She invites you to engage, explore, reflect on and Buwindja (remember) these exceptional Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and stories.

In Conversation


Gillian Moody, Curator of Buwindja, sits down with Pauline Clague, filmmaker and Associate Professor, Jumbunna, UTS, as they take a deep dive into the rich history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytelling in screen culture. They reflect on how the films in the Buwindja Collection showcase eras of change in filmmaking with fascinating insights into the dramatic shift from stories being told about First Nations peoples to Indigenous filmmakers telling their own stories. As Pauline powerfully states, it is now the case that ’Nothing about us without us’”. 

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