The Black Saturday bushfires were a series of bushfires burning across the Australian state of Victoria on and around Saturday, 7 February 2009, and were among Australia’s all-time worst bushfire disasters. The documentary “Inside the Firestorm” examines why the event was so extreme and catastrophic. Written and directed by Jacob Hickey, the documentary was released on 4 Feb 2010. This post is dated 7 Feb 2009 to coincide with the date of the event.

We are sharing the documentary without monetization for social commentary and reference. At the time of this post, the DVD is no longer available on Amazon, and was only available in PAL format for countries where that video standard is common. Learn more at IMDB.

YouTube user whophd (Daniel Smith) provides this comment about the digital conversion of this video: “This video has been lovingly, painstakingly remastered into 1280x720p25 (after the initial broadcast was presented in a processed 1440i50 cross-conversion from 1080pSF). This required tens of hours of work (and hundreds of spare gigabytes). This is now the only available version of this magnificent work in an undamaged 720p format. This has been done as a tribute to the authors and their work, and no infringement is intended.”

[Event Date: 7 Feb 2009. Release Date: 4 Feb 2010. Posted: 16 Sep 2020.]