Illuminated by Fire

Illuminated by Fire

As part of Illuminated by Fire, filmmaker and social historian Malcolm McKinnon has produced a series of short films that aim to stimulate historical learning for individuals, for local communities and for government.

The films tell a range of genuinely illuminating stories about difficult truths associated with living in some of the most fire-prone places on the planet. As well, they seek to challenge the recurrent amnesia that creates an element of “predictable surprise” in our response to bushfires.

These little films aim to reveal a wealth of knowledge, experience and imagination that needs to become more commonly held.

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Malcolm McKinnon is an Australian artist and filmmaker working mainly in rural communities. Over the past 15 years, his work has encompassed oral history, urban planning, public and community art projects, critical writing and exhibitions. His current practice is mainly focused around documentary filmmaking and social history, motivated by an appreciation of living memory and local vernacular.

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Mark of recovery

20th October 2010

The small town of Flowerdale, about 80 kms north-east of Melbourne, was decimated by the bushfires that swept through much of Victoria on 7 February 2009. In undertaking the long process of rebuilding and recovery at least eighty Flowerdale residents have been tattooed with the same image of renewal, a blackened tree with one new, green leaf. Here, Flowerdale locals Odette Hunter and Josie Cubley and tattoo artist Olivia Brumen relate this unlikely story of community healing.


mark of recovery

I love this story! such compassion strength and a beautiful contrast & connection with Olivia & Odette

sally on 21 Nov 2010 11:02PM

tree tattoos

You are all amazing people!I am so proud of my daughter for helping youto heal!

Jill on 22 Oct 2010 04:27PM


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