'Spear'is a unique experience in urgent storytelling through movement from first-time feature director and celebrated choreographer Stephen Page and his indigenous, Sydney-based Bangarra Dance Theatre. Audiences attuned to the film’s wavelength will respond fervidly, while distribs in search of something thematically unique and stylistically bold will take note. 'Eddie CockrellVariety
Among the many unknown variables in TIFF's Discovery section, one that stands out is "Spear,"Eric Kohn, Indiwire
The Toronto Film Festival Discovery program showcased 30 outstanding and absorbing feature films, with 16 world premieres (includingSpear), by first and second time directors from around the world.
'Discovery is the place where Festival audiences will find the future of filmmaking,' said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival.
'You can expect to uncover thrilling new voices, inspiring storytellers and hidden gems among this fantastic showcase of work from some of the most exciting new directors from around the world.'
One of inspiring storytellers is Bangarra, and director and co-writer ofSpear, Stephen Page believes that we connect to stories simultaneously at a number of levels, through the heart, the mind and the spirit.
Stephen Page said, 'I had wanted to adapt the dance theatre production ofSpearinto a film since we first staged the production back in 2000. As a dance work for Bangarra Dance Theatre, it was very different in the sense that it crossed into a theatrical medium with a myriad forms from song to dance to acting.'
Spear follows a young man named Djali (Hunter Page-Lochard) from the Australian 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.
Spear has just had its world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival on 10 September 2015 and its Australian premiere will take place at the Adelaide Film Festival on Sunday 18 October.