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Man's Work

Season 1 Episode 6 - Opal Miner

2007 · 24 min
Lightning Ridge, deep in the depths of Central Australia, is a place where you go to disappear. Hundreds of miles from anywhere, this is a town of drunks, drifters and fighters, where money comes second to the elusive and dangerous mistress that is the opal. With his charming hillbilly mentor Kim Botfield at his side, Ashley has set his sights on becoming rich the old fashioned way work, work, blow something up, have a beer, followed by more work. With temperatures reaching 50C on an almost daily basis, Ashley is pushed to his limits as he controls huge drilling rigs, works a massive jackhammer, and learns that out here, all the explosives experts smoke - apparently it aids concentration. Greg Dunn, the local bad boy lends a hand, however his seventeen year old girl friend Lana (New South Wales' top female boxer) constantly questions Ashley's right to call himself a man - an argument that unsurprisingly ends in a hastily arranged outback ring. With cinema not an option out here, Ash heads out with one of Kim'
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