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Romancing the stone, from Cinderella to Waltzing Matilda : a documentary project exploring the opal and sapphire industries along the Tropic of Capricorn

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Elizabeth Huf, Jennifer Richardson
Dai Vaughan has argued that every documentary is a do-it-yourself reality kit, a creative game which engages the auteur on a level of direct relevance with the world around us; a form of play in which the film maker juxtaposes the desire to rewrite history, and its impact on contemporary society, with the tensions created by extremes of landscape, of characterisation and of storytelling (1986, p. 175). The documentary makers of this work in progress have maintained that both the Queensland boulder opal found by a gold fossicker near Blackall in 1869 and the superb blue sapphire discovered by railway surveyors on the Western line in 1894 are very much a part of our cultural heritage in Capricornia. The nucleus of our film concerns the history and lifestyle of the people, the small independent miners, who over more than a century have fossicked for gemstones from Withersfield on the Central Highlands to Yaraka and Winton in the far west. The purpose of this paper, therefore, is to define the relationship between the social construction of these heritage icons as a truly regional cultural identity with a visual interpretation in documentary film, produced in a creative and educational mode.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

5

Issue

2

Start Page

70

End Page

77

Number of Pages

8

ISSN

1832-2050

Location

Rockhampton, Queensland

Publisher

Central Queensland University

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Education; Faculty of Business and Informatics; Not affiliated to a Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Studies in learning, evaluation, innovation and development.