In 1925, London typist Minnie Berrington left her commonplace life for one of adventure, becoming the first female opal miner and postmistress in the harsh and unforgiving deserts of South Australia.
Inspired by Minnie’s memoir, ‘Stones of Fire,’ we explore Minnie’s struggles with being a single woman in an isolated environment and celebrate the sheer tenacity, self-determination and joy of a woman who became South Australia’s first female opal miner and outback postmistress. Her sense of community helped found the township of Andamooka, and in turn, the outback gave Minnie the freedom and liberation to live life on her own terms. Minnie is an Australian pioneer, and yet she is a mystery…her story untold.
Lara Lukich is an actor, director and producer. She grew up in the outback opal mining town of Andamooka, where her parents settled after emigrating from Europe.
In the ‘70s, the isolated community had no television reception; they did, however, have a Drive-In and Community Hall where Lara’s father worked as the projectionist. Through this exposure to film, she developed a love for movies and storytelling, later pursuing her creative interests by studying graphic art and drama. Moving to Perth, Lara played the lead in 100 Degrees and Love Me, Love My… before producing and acting in a successful run of the musical Lonesome Cowgirls. A move to Vancouver sawIn Vancouver, Lara was a contributing writer and story editor on the pilot episode of Last Chance Casting, and creator/producer on First Class Heist & The DuChamps School of Acting. Forming Cinematica Films with Homeros Gilani in 2021, Lara is currently developing their slate as creative content producer, director and story editor.