From an episode of Breakfasters
Breakfasters: An Urbanite’s Guide to Filming in Remote Communities
Lightning Ridge is a rural town in north-western New South Wales. Less than 3000 people live there (roughly a quarter of the population is Indigenous). Known as the ‘black opal capital of the world’, Lightning Ridge is now a post-boom dwelling for several migrant miners, many of whom live in shacks next to ebbing mine shafts. How is a young Russian-born Australian filmmaker (and self-professed urbanite) still able to capture buoyancy in such remote and sombre circumstances? Strange Colours director Alena Lodkina explains.