The documentary

On Black Saturday, 7 February 2009, townships north-east of Melbourne were threatened by fire-storms. Considered Australia’s worst ever natural disaster it resulted in the highest loss off life and injuries from a bush-fire. 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.

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.

Forged from Fire is a participatory documentary  about the personal journeys of these artisans and volunteers and how their creative processes united fire affected individuals and families.

Read the Synopsis, the Directors Statement and a brief on Nurturing Audiences.

Doug Tarrent, St Andrews, 2009.
Doug Tarrant, St Andrews, 2009. From footage shot by Warwick Page.

Financed with the assistance of Documentary Australia Foundation.

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…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.