Title Details

Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend

A unique insight into Australia's mineral exploration industry and the unexpected role that young women are playing in it.
Year : 1992 | Total Duration : 27 Minutes | Producer : Sue Taylor, Derek Longhurst
Director : Derek Longhurst |
Good travelling aerial over flat red earth of outback , Gibson Desert, Western Australia. CU on person's legs in boots and broom sweeping dry dirt. FS of woman sweeping red dry earth. Aerial of desert with sun reflecting and flaring off camera lens
Access No. 48591 | 40 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU on cosmetic compact of face powder with brush. CU of Miranda Duncan applying blusher and lipstick.
Access No. 48598 | 12 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
City skyline of Perth. High rise buildings in BG, freeways in foreground. CU of woman driving car in traffic on city street
Access No. 48602 | 9 secs | 1990s | Perth, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Four wheel drive vehicle , 4WD, toward camera in convoy with other vehicle and truck as they come over rise of red dry earth road in Western Australia outback. MS interior of truck with two men in front seat. Interior of 4 WD with woman at wheel. HA LS of convoy on red dirt outback road.
Access No. 48604 | 33 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial of convoy of four wheel drives and truck with caravan on red outback dirt road, scrub on sides of road. Interior of four wheel drive - 4WD - with woman driving. Convoy of vehicles as seen through rear vision or side mirror. Using CB radios, good generic CU of convoy of heavy vehicles
Access No. 48611 | 55 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, Great Sandy Desert, WA | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of woman Geologist supervising setting up of camp, talking to men in other truck, organising the unloading of equipment and pipes from truck, all in outback desert landscape
Access No. 48613 | 1 min 3 secs | 1990s | Great Sandy Desert, WA | © NFSA | Colour |
Interview with Stephan Myer. CU on maps or geological surveys being unrolled and briefing between female geologist, Miranda Duncan and colleagues
Access No. 48614 | 35 secs | 1990s | WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of helicopter taking off and flying across red dry flat desert land as it tows a bomb shaped piece of geographical survey equipment across ground. Interior of helicopter with men and women charting the landscape. CU of woman in helicopter wearing headphones and flying cap
Access No. 48617 | 34 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert , WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of outback desert landscape with helicopter in flight against a clear blue sky. Aerial of geographical sensing equipment hanging from helicopter in flight and used to measure magnetic features of rocks below the earth's surface. Exploration for diamonds and aerial surveying.
Access No. 48618 | 23 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
MS of helicopter in flight against clear blue sky. WS of desert landscape with helicopter in sky. Good low aerial over red dry flat earth and clear blue sky. Two geologists at work in desert with measurement equipment. CU on dry ochre earth.
Access No. 48619 | 42 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Interview with Stephan Myer, geologist
Access No. 48620 | 9 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Geologist Miranda Duncan working in desert in search of diamond mine, using surveying equipment in the field . Interior of office using computer terminal. Interview.
Access No. 48621 | 44 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Camp site at night, female cook carrying large dish of hot food to camp table to applause of workers at tables. CU's of food and people serving themselves. Candles on camp tables. VS of people talking over dinner. Good CU's of campfire and glowing ashes in the morning light. WS of camp in desert. Woman hanging out washing on line between trees
Access No. 48624 | 1 min 16 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
WS of dry flat desert land with dry grass and small termite mounds in distance in early morning light. Geologist, Miranda Duncan using shovel and pan to sift soil and collect samples. Exploration of diamond mine. Interior laboratory where soil samples are analysed for presence of diamonds. CU on mining equipment
Access No. 48638 | 1 min 15 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Mining laboratory with CU of soil sample is small dish under microscope and woman looking through microscope
Access No. 48641 | 10 secs | 1990s | © NFSA | Colour |
Aerial over Kimberley area. VS of helicopter flying over region. Survey team working on river bank. Diamond in girls hand. Discovery of Argyle Diamond Mine.
Access No. 48643 | 57 secs | 1990s | Kimberley Region, WA, Australia | © Argyle Diamond Mines | Colour |
Helicopter flying over flat, red dry earth in outback Western Australia, then landing. Camp in desert, exploration of diamond mine. Geologist Miranda Duncan discusses her relationship with the men in the camp and the isolation of a female working in outback camp of men. Group in silhouette around campfire.
Access No. 48645 | 1 min 7 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU on geologist, Miranda Duncan, using a mechanical jack to lift a four wheel drive vehicle which has broken down in outback. Miranda using CB radio for raising help.
Access No. 48650 | 49 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
LS of mining drilling equipment in desert. Exploration of diamond mine. Members of Balgo Aboriginal Community in discussion with Miranda and others of the survey team , negotiating the exploration within the region.(Following the filming of this programme one of the Aboriginal elders has died. As a mark of respect to his family and in recognition of Aboriginal custom and traditional law, the deceased face has been obscured)
Access No. 48652 | 1 min 39 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS of heavy mining equipment and drilling machinery in outback for exploration of diamond mine. Geologist, Miranda Duncan, speaking to local station owner about access and campsites in the area.
Access No. 48653 | 29 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU campfire burning and tilt up to group of male drillers sitting around campfire, drinking beer and discussing working for a female geologist. VS heavy mining equipment and drills. Interview with Geologist, Miranda Duncan and her relationship with the drillers and interview with driller on his view of female geologists. VS of drilling process. Notable commentary on gender and work issues. Woman in hard hat talking on CB radio. Interview Stefan (Stephen) Myer.
Access No. 48656 | 5 mins 40 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Helicopter flying toward camera over red earth with small tree covered hill. Aerial of four wheel drive vehicle (4WD) in red dirt road. Good shots of helicopter landing. Interview with male driller and chief geologist on competitive mining exploration.
Access No. 48670 | 1 min 9 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Small 4WD, four wheel drive truck toward camera along dirt road. Small termite mound in right of frame. Truck leaves behind cloud of settling dust on road. Geologist, Miranda Duncan, walking through scrubby bush marking out ground with tape, passing small termite mounds. Drawing graph on map for marking drill holes. Large truck with drill rig along dirt road. VS of moving camp site. VS of drilling and the results of the drill, collecting earth samples for diamond exploration. Interview with driller and chief geologist.
Access No. 48676 | 4 mins 58 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
VS of geologist, Miranda Duncan, climbing over red rocky outcrop. Truck hauling trailer along outback road in evening light.
Access No. 48685 | 29 secs | 1990s | Gibson Desert, WA, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |