Australian film A Fire Inside, featuring Bega Valley firefighter Nathan Barnden, is launching on the big screen this week.
As part of its national release, the film will be screened in Merimbula at the Picture Show Man Twin Cinema from October 7.
A Fire Inside presents an inspirational take on the way people respond to crisis and its cost to the human spirit.
One of the producers, Casey Ventura, said the film conveys a strong theme of community resilience with attention directed towards mental health.
"It's really a beautiful chance for Australians to look at what we've done collectively and be very proud and positive about the power of community resilience," Ms Ventura said.
Ms Ventura said the film was made to celebrate the characters involved so that their stories can be heard by the wider public and never forgotten.
"I think these people deserve to be celebrated, they were celebrated at the time, but then everything kind of moved on."
Nathan's story will be among several explored through the film, which will take a look at the different experiences of fire-affected people in Australia.
"It was really inspiring to meet Nathan and his whole family, they're an incredible family that has long ties to their local community," Ms Ventura said.
The film will be screening twice daily at the Picture Show Man from October 7 until October 13.
"I think it's going to be really good to put a spotlight on those members of our community who were part of this documentary and were involved with the fires and the recovery effort," managing director of the Merimbula cinema Jesse Tankard said.
Phone bookings for tickets to the film at the Merimbula cinema are essential, phone 6495 3744, visit the cinema's website online at: pictureshowman.com.au/ to find out about session times.
Ms Ventura said their production team at Finch, understand the film may be too intense for certain fire affected communities to watch, but that in it they made sure to bring out an ultimately positive take on the theme of strong community resilience.
"We understand not everyone is ready to watch it yet, but we think it's a really important conversation about the human reality of what happened rather than just the statistics," she said.
"We're hoping the takeaway message for everyone is it's okay to ask for help and that other people are going through some of the experiences you went through, as well."