Ella Havelka made history in 2013 by becoming the first Indigenous dancer at the 50-year-old Australian Ballet. In this engaging, MIFF Premiere Fund-supported film, Ella – a descendant of the Wiradjuri people – charts her inspiring journey from growing up in modest circumstances as the only child of a single mother in rural Australia to gaining entry to National Ballet School, then spending formative years with the acclaimed Bangarra Dance Theatre before accepting the invitation to join one of the world’s foremost ballet companies – The Australian Ballet Company
We meet the people who inspired her and made her the dancer she is today; we witness her increasing engagement with her Indigenous heritage and learn about why she weaves baskets in the traditional Arnhem Land style; and we follow her transition from classical dance to contemporary movements and back again. Ella is a heartwarming picture of dedication and dancing and cultural awakening.
IN CINEMAS FROM NOVEMBER 2016
PERTH: LUNA CINEMAS FROM 10 NOVEMBER 2016
MELBOURNE: CINEMA NOVA FROM 17 NOVEMBER 2016
SYDNEY: EVENT CINEMAS, BONDI JUNCTION, FROM 17 NOVEMBER 2016
SYDNEY – SPECIAL Q&A SESSION WITH ELLA HAVELKA: EXCLUSIVE TO EVENT CINEMAS, BONDI JUNCTION, SUNDAY 20 NOVEMBER AT 1PM. BOOK NOW!
CANBERRA: EVENT CINEMAS, MANUKA, FROM 17 NOVEMBER 2016