63rd TIFF: Greek Premiere

Blaze, a young teenager, is the sole witness to a woman being violently attacked. Left catatonic with shock, she struggles to make sense of what she saw. She retreats into imaginary worlds, where the shimmering magic dragon who has been her companion since childhood, 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 unique hybrid of VFX, live action, puppetry, and animation, Blaze is an ode to female courage and a celebration of the power of the imagination.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Del Kathryn Barton
Script: Del Kathryn Barton, Huna Amweero
Cinematography: Jeremy Rouse
Editing: Dany Cooper
Sound: Sam Petty
Music: Sam Petty, Angel Olsen
Actors: Julia Savage, Simon Baker, Yael Stone, Josh Lawson, Sofia Hampson
Production: Screen Australia, Causeway Films
Producers: Samantha Jennings
Co-production: Screen NSW, mk2 Films
Costumes: Margot Wilson
Production Design: Alex Holmes
Executive producer: Kristina Ceyton, Deanne Weir, Daniel Besen, Chris Plater, Boris Tosic, Simon Baker, Josh Pomeranz, Jonathan Page, Samantha Meers, Luke Tosic
Make Up: Rose Saffioti
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Australia
Production Year: 2022
Duration: 101΄
Contact: mk2 Films

Del Kathryn Barton

Del Kathryn Barton (1972) is an Australian artist who began drawing at a young age, and studied at UNSW Art & Design (formerly the College of Fine Arts) at the University of New South Wales. She soon became known for her psychedelic fantasy works, which she has shown in solo and group exhibitions across Australia and overseas. In 2008 and 2013, she won the Archibald Prizes for portraiture presented by the Art Gallery of New South Wales. In 2015, her animated film The Nightingale and the Rose (an Oscar Wilde adaptation) won the Film Victoria Erwin Rado Award for Best Australian Short Film.


2015 The Nightingale and the Rose (short)
2017 Red (short)
2022 Blaze