Fire Talker

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Fire Talker
Directed by Ivan Sen
Starring Charlie Perkins
Release date
  • May 2009 (2009-05)
CountryAustralia
LanguageEnglish

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References

  1. 1 2 Colbert, Mary (4 May 2009). "SBS Film - Spreading the message". SBS. Retrieved 15 April 2010.
  2. 1 2 "ABC Sydney - What's On This Weekend - SATURDAY 9 May - FILM FESTIVAL". Archived from the original on 11 September 2009.