Rose d’Or – a tribute to Firestarter

Firestarter - the Story of Bangarra has just taken one of the most important international awards in arts documentary.
Bangarra dancers flying

The Rose d’Or is an international television event with a European rather than a North American or even English sensibility. Just a nomination gives screenmakers an attack of the hiccups and winning will get them screaming in the street.

It is also true that Australia has trouble engaging with the arts on television – we simply don’t have a tradition of solid series in which works about the arts are works of art themselves.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.