2018 AACTA Nominee - Best Indie Film
Born from director Alena Lodkina’s documentary about the Lightning Ridge opal miners, this rich and striking narrative sets an estranged father’s reunion with his daughter against the vast, alien landscape.
Milena is making the 18-hour bus journey to be with her ailing father, who has long been searching for black opals, isolated deep in the NSW outback at Lightning Ridge. As Milena meets her old man’s mates, a community of dreamers, drinkers, and drifters, many of whom stopped “for a few days” a lifetime ago, she is further drawn into the peculiar world, realising there is more to these men, this landscape and much more to herself.
A microcosm that speaks widely to Australia’s relationship with the earth, Lodkina’s debut is a seamless transition into narrative filmmaking, both captivating and hypnotic.
A compelling, graceful drama with many of the opal miners playing themselves, alongside the riveting Daniel P Jones (Hail) and a powerful performance from newcomer Kate Cheel.