Director and cinematographer Jonathan May offers a beautifully poignant look at the desert opal mining town of Andamooka, one of the most remote places in South Australia. In its glory days Andamooka had over 3000 residents; now the population sits at 316. The story of the place is told through the eyes of Ingo Hansen, a man who grew up in the area and has returned, struggling with his health. While reminiscing on the impact of the harsh landscapes and the once thriving outback town, Hansen draws parallels to the journey of his own life:

“It takes a certain type of person to love a place like this, with the isolation and the desolation. Walking through the cemetery Ingo reflects on the grim truths of his reality, and how strange it is to know every body that lies beneath him in the dust. As in life, both the once beautiful landscape and the once promising future he faced are slowly fading away and the story is unforgiving.”

 

Director & DP: Jonathan May
Second Camera: Travis Hague
Producer: Liza Boston
Score: Tilman Robinson
Editor: Christopher Baron
Colour: Tim Wreyford
Sound Design: James Martell

 

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