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Forged from Fire

The Making of the Blacksmiths’ Tree


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.

Duration: 60 Minutes
Director: Andrew Garton

Watch our trailer

Help us market and distribute Forged from Fire – the making of the Blacksmiths’ Tree by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Every donation over $2 is tax-deductible through the Documentary Australia Foundation.

Organise a screening of Forged from Fire in your community

Forged from Fire is a unique and important film documenting the transformation that took place among a small team of artisans in the wake of the Black Saturday fires.

We are coordinating screenings across the country to coincide with the 10-year memorial anniversary of Black Saturday. Screenings can be held from February 2019 onwards.

Are you interested in arranging a screening in your community?

For more information download our Community Screening PDF.

Purchase a screening licence

A Forged from Fire screening licence includes a package of resources to support communities to host screenings that are trauma-informed and sensitive to the possible exposure of audience members to the Black Saturday fires. 

Every Forged from Fire screening licence is a contribution made to cover our remaining production, marketing and distribution costs. The licence allows you to host a single screening of Forged from Fire in your local community. Licences are inclusive of GST and are costed for small or large screenings.



What will you need to host a local screening?

If you’re not a cinema and you’re wanting to host a screening here’s what you’ll need:

  • A suitable venue with seating and amenities
  • A screen
  • A relatively decent video projector
  • A decent sound system or PA
  • A copy of our film (delivered on USB stick or downloaded)
  • A laptop or other means to play our film on
  • A comments book… we love feedback!

We also recommend providing a community health worker who can support anyone wishing to share their own response to trauma. Consider hosting a facilitated Q&A or audience feedback session afterwards.

We will provide a package of resources to support communities to host screenings that are trauma-informed and sensitive to the possible exposure of audience members to the Black Saturday fires. This package will have been developed by the Swinburne University of Technology.


  • 5 Feb – Eltham High, Eltham
  • 8 Feb, 7pm – St Andrews Hall, St Andrews – Booked Out
  • 10 Feb, 1pm – St Andrews Hall, St Andrews – Bookings Essential
  • 10 Feb, Hurstbridge Uniting Church (details to be confirmed)
  • 17 Feb, Diamond Creek Uniting Church (details to be confirmed)
  • 25 Feb – Whittlesea, City of Whittlesea
  • 28 Feb – Wadambuk, St Andrews Community Centre
  • 28 Feb, 7pm – Swinburne University, Hawthorn
  • October – Red Rock Regional Theatre and Gallery, Cororooke (details to be confirmed)

Screenings in Diamond Creek, Eltham, Hurstbridge, Kinglake to be confirmed.

Book a screening

Provide us with details of your screening of Forged from Fire and we will contact you to confirm your booking and forward an invoice to cover the screening licence. Screenings may be made from 9 February 2019.

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Pay for your Screening Licence

If you would like to pay for your screening licence now, please do so below. Otherwise, we will send you an invoice. 

Screening Licences (Inclusive GST)



I had a chance tonight to look at Forged from Fire and want to congratulate (Andrew Garton), and all involved, in creating a film of such sincerity, engagement and, truly, radiance.

Lynda Watts

Silver Muse Productions


Seeing that tree all together was very affecting for me…like a community put back together after unthinkable devastation.

Jeannette Davison

Montsalvat Artist Colony


It’s given people a way of being involved. I think that’s a big difference, it’s a grassroots creation that’s come from an idea and thousands of people, which to me gives it so much more validity than a static memorial.

Shane Pugh

Dunmoochin Foundation

You’ve done an incredible thing to tell that story over such a time scale. It has an emotional heart that’s still resonating with me today.
Michael Wilkins

2 Road Films

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Financed with the support of the Documentary Australia Foundation.