Del Kathryn Barton, Huna Amweero, Julia Savage & Samantha Jennings
BLAZE is the coming together of visionary Australian fine artist Del Kathryn Barton, dual winner of the prestigious Archibald Prize, and Causeway Films, producers of multi-award-winning feature films The Babadook, The Nightingale and You Won’t Be Alone.
Blaze, a young teenager, is the sole witness to a woman being violently attacked. Struggling to make sense of what she saw, she delves into imaginary worlds, where her shimmering dragon allows her to activate her own rage and ultimately find renewal. And while her childhood is shattered forever, she is finally able to walk into the future unafraid. A bold hybrid of VFX, live action, puppetry and animation, BLAZE is an ode to female courage and a celebration of the power of imagination.
Del Kathryn Barton
Del Kathryn Barton is widely regarded as one of Australia's leading artists. She has won the prestigious Archibald Prize twice, and her work exists in the collections of every major art gallery in Australia and in private collections throughout the world. Her short animation of Oscar Wilde’s The Nightingale and the Rose had its international premiere at the Berlin international Film Festival and won the Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film. Her subsequent short RED starring Cate Blanchett recently launched at the Art Gallery of South Australia. Del has Screen Australia supported features in development with Aquarius and Causeway Films.
In 2013, while at AFTRS, Huna wrote two short films, Embrace (dir. George Nagle) and Bo Mi (dir. Andrew Lee), while serving as a script editor on the short film Like Breathing (dir. Liz Cooper. Huna was a 2014 recipient of the Emerging Filmmakers Fund from Screen NSW for her short script Alone (dir. Erin Good). In addition to writing, Huna has directed concert documentaries Goodgod Smallclub, including the Goodgod Dance Show and Tin Pan Alley at the Opera House. Currently, Huna is in development with Erin Good on her first feature film Please Help.
At just 14 years of age, Julia is one of Australia's most sought after young actors with an extensive list of cred-its. Before Blaze, she played the lead role of Milly in the award-winning short film Sherbert Rosencrantz, You're Beautiful as well as the title role in Shannon Ashlyn's renowned Sweet Tooth, narrated by Cate Blanchett.
As well as numerous advertising campaigns, for the small screen she appears as Phoebe in Mr Inbetween, Eadie in Dead Lucky, Beatrice in the award-winning children's series Hardball and as herself in the hilarious comedy documentary The Funny Ones, showing her incredible flare for comedy. Julia is also set to appear in the upcoming comedy Class of '07 for Prime Video and Matchbox Pictures.
Samantha Jennings has held numerous senior executive positions at Australian screen agencies including Development Executive at Screen Australia and Development & Production Executive at Screen NSW. Having previously produced short films including DELUGE, which won the Jury Prize at Clermont-Ferrand, in 2014 Sam joined forces with Kristina Ceyton as a partner in Causeway Films. Sam produced CARGO, starring Martin Freeman, which was Australia’s first Netflix Original feature film, receiving five AACTA-award nominations. Sam also produced Rodd Rathjen’s debut feature BUOYANCY, world premiering at the 2019 Berlinale. BUOYANCY won Best Indie Feature Film at the 2019 AACTA Awards and was Australia’s official submission for Best International Feature Film at the 2020 Academy Awards®.
In 2020 Sam produced fine artist Del Kathryn Barton’s feature debut BLAZE starring Julia Savage, Simon Baker, Yael Stone and Josh Lawson, distributed internationally by MK2. She also produced Sundance winner Goran Stolevksi’s Sundance hit YOU WON’T BE ALONE starring Noomi Rapace, Alice Englert and Annamaria Marinca, distributed by Focus Features worldwide, and Jenna Cato Bass’ socio-political horror MLUNGU WAM, which premiered at Toronto Film Festival and sold to Shudder. In 2021 Causeway began principal photography on Goran Stolevski’s second feature OF AN AGE and TALK TO ME by Youtube stars RACKARACKA.