LASSETER'S BONES

Australia, 2012 (MIFF 2012, Australian Showcase)

Director: Luke Walker

The man behind one of Australia's most fascinating legends, Lasseter's Reef, was worth his weight in gold.

Australia's El Dorado was found by Lewis Harold Bell Lasseter - if we believe his claims in the late 1800s to have discovered a vast gold deposit in central Australia. This mysterious place has never again been found, and many believe it doesn't exist. But one thing is certain: Lasseter was a larger-than-life character.

Seen by some as an eccentric conman, he was ridiculed for his extravagant assertions, which he held until his tragic end. But Lasseter remains the embodiment of the Australian folk hero, who lived a life full of incredible adventures, tall tales and outrageous claims - including a possible faked death and his insistence that he designed the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Luke Walker follows up the controversial Beyond Our Ken (MIFF 07) with this equally strange tale, contrasting Lasseter's story with that of his now-elderly son, who remains intent to rediscover what his father could not prove existed.

Luke Walker is a guest of the festival.

D/P/S Luke Walker L English, Pintinjarra w/English subtitles TD HD Cam/2012


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