Forged from Fire

Forged from Fire

Forged from Fire

Forged from Fire tells the story of how an Australian and international community of blacksmiths, welders, artists and volunteers responded to the devastating Black Saturday bush-fires by creating perhaps the most ambitious public artwork and memorial in Australia – a three tonne, 9.8 meter tall stainless steel and copper gum tree – The Blacksmiths’ Tree.

Background

On Black Saturday, 7 February 2009, townships north-east of Melbourne were threatened by firestorms. Considered Australia’s worst ever natural disaster it resulted in the highest loss of life and injuries from a bushfire in Australia. The conditions in which the fires were ignited and burnt were extreme. After the horror of immediate losses, people had naturally embarked on various journeys of repair and recovery. The Blacksmiths’ Tree was one of them.

A selection of screenshots from Forged from Fire.

Media coverage, reviews and interviews

FORGED FROM FIRE: THE ANDREW GARTON INTERVIEW
Publication: Screen Space

Interview – Andrew Garton, Director, Forged from Fire
Publication: We Are Moving Stories

Docs Factor reviews Forged from Fire
Publication: The Docs Factor Podcast

A TOUCHING LOOK AT AN AUSTRALIAN TRAGEDY
Publication: Switch

Cinema Australia Podcast Episode #36 | Andrew Garton
Publication: Cinema Australia

Top 5 films to see at the Melbourne Documentary Film Festival
Publication: Follow Magazine

Info

Crew

  • Writer / Director – Andrew Garton
  • Director of Photography – Mike Wilkin
  • Music – Invention in Time, Charles Brown, Ron McIntyre, Andrew Garton
  • Aerial footage courtesy of I-Drone, Brett Chilton and Michael Prinzi
  • Videography courtesy of Warwick Page
  • Time-lapse footage courtesy of Barry Thomas
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