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Opal Fever (2004)


Opal Fever is a four-part documentary series that explores the obsession with mining the precious stone opal. The series looks at the miners, retailers and consumers of opals. It also examines the dangers of working underground. The series is set in remote Coober Pedy in South Australia. The documentary interviews miners and those associated with the trade. There is also some dramatic re-enactments.

Curator’s notes

The series is engaging in that it examines the people who make a fortune, those who make a living and those who go broke. The gamble pays off for a few miners and a $500,000 opal is examined.