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3 Years Working in the Australian Mines Fly Out of Bali

Many New Zealanders have made their way to Australia chasing the mining boom. In the state of W.A Thousands of guys work Fly in Fly out jobs in outback mines. Due to the vast distances to the nearest cities, an entire industry has developed of FIFO workers who have relocated permanently the tropical paradise of Bali, and fly in out to the mines from there.

This video chronicles 3 years of one Kiwi working in the mines while living in Bali. It attempts to be a window into that world and show the pros and cons of the lifestyle, at once dangerous, exciting and dull.

  • Tom Woodward
  • Tom Woodward
  • Tom Woodward
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    3 Tahun Bekerja di Pertambangan Australia selama Tinggal di BALI
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    18 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    February 1, 2022
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    New Zealand
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Director Biography - Tom Woodward

I am an IT student from New Zealand who makes short films for fun.

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Director Statement

In this film, I seek to offer viewers a glimpse into the life of a fly-in-fly-out who resides in Bali and travels by plane to work in the mines of Western Australia. I aim to portray both the ups and downs of this unique lifestyle, highlighting the rewards but also contrasting it with the realities of working in such an isolated and demanding environment.

At the heart of this film is the theme of travel, as workers often spend their time off travelling to other parts of the world with the hard gotten gains.