Films in development
Situated between Adelaide and Alice Springs, Coober Pedy is Australia’s opal capital and a tourist mecca. It produces most of the world’s opals and is a prime location for many films and television shows. Home to over forty different nationalities, the population is hugely multicultural.
But it’s a town in trouble, and it’ll take a miracle to save it.
The Coober Pedy Council is on the brink of bankruptcy. After struggling to provide power and water to the isolated residents, the council has been suspended and an interim Administrator has been appointed.
The local Sri Lankan community, led by charismatic Dilusha Fernando, and joined by other concerned citizens, aren’t prepared to wait for ‘someone else’ to fix things. They’ve found a new home here with a safer, slower, lifestyle that they love for their kids. They want Coober Pedy to survive, and they’ve got a plan to spark the revival!
In a bid to raise a million dollars for a desperately needed Community, Sport, and Cultural Centre, the group embarks on an ambitious plan to host a high-profile fund-raising cricket match. They’ll pit their legendary, unbeaten local team of 14 cricket-mad Sri Lankan migrants against a team of retired Australian greats.
The stakes are high. It’s not just about an enthusiastic group of locals. It’s not just about the cricket match. It’s about saving an entire town.
Multiculturalism is at the heart of the community and this story. Why did the new wave of Indian, Filipino, and Sri Lankan migrants end up in Coober Pedy? Do they miss their families? Will they choose to stay in the town once their visa requirements are fulfilled? Can they make a difference and save their adopted home?
Narrated by legendary Australian Test Player, Jason ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie, Dusty Wicket follows the twists and turns of this ‘build it and they will come’ journey and uncovers the emotional and personal stories of how these Sri Lankan families ended up calling Coober Pedy home.
Dusty Wicket is an uplifting documentary series about a group of cricket-mad Sri Lankan immigrants who decide to help save the iconic outback town that gave them a new home. You can support this film with a tax deductible donation here.