Dusty Wicket is an uplifting Australian-Sri Lankan documentary film. It captures the hopes and aspirations of remote outback communities and Fernando’s’ Sri Lankan Coober Pedy cricket team as they come together in their quest to challenge a team of champion players from across Australia for the Dusty Wicket Trophy. Set in Sri Lanka and the far north of South Australia in Coober Pedy, surrounding cattle stations and mining settlements, the film celebrates cricket as a powerful means of transcending and overcoming cultural differences, combating social isolation, and developing and strengthening a sense of community and belonging. The film showcases how cricket can unite people from different cultures and combat social isolation. Through the eyes of the team and the communities they represent, the film captures the transformative power of sports in fostering a sense of belonging and community. By providing a timely, heart-warming account of how a bat, a ball, and a dusty wicket really can change lives, Dusty Wicket is a cricket story like no other.
Lara Damiani is a dynamic filmmaker with a passion for social change. With
over a decade of experience, Lara has produced and directed a range of
inspiring and thought-provoking documentaries that have captivated
audiences around the world.
In 2008, Lara produced and directed her first feature documentary “Tibet’s Cry
for Freedom”. Since then, she has continued to make her mark in the industry
with her recent productions including “A Place to Call Home” (ABC) in 2020
and “Little Bang’s New Eye” (SBS) in 2021. Her interactive multimedia
documentary “Banjo Morton: The Untold Story” has also been making waves
since its release last year.
Lara’s work extends beyond traditional screen platforms. She has produced
documentary films for various government agencies and NGOs, including the
World Bank, United Nations Development Program, Relief International, and
Sight for All.