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WA’s mining industry is the driver of Australia’s 2-speed economy. To many the West is home to billionaires and bogans – cowboys just lucky enough to be living on a mountain of iron ore. But it’s not all about mining. Perth likes to boast the highest proportion of self made millionaires of any capital city in the world. We spent a year following seven remarkable entrepreneurs through triumphs, life changing innovation and battles for survival to bring you the real stories of Boomtown.

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Production Information


Alison James

Chester Dent


Roz Silvestrin

Jonathan Rowdon

Series Producer

Roz Silvestrin

Line Producers

Rose Grandile-Pizzi

Sharron Ashworth

Assistant Producer

Anthea Smyth

Executive Producers

Andrew Ogilvie

Andrea Quesnelle


EP Independent (ANZ)

ABC Commercial (INT)

Key Locations


Sam Longley


Chester Dent

Alison James

Location Sound

Kim Lord

Richard Glover

Glyn Jones


Jonathan Rowdon

Teresa Ashton Graham

Sound Editor and Mixer

Kim Lord

Filming in Mount Magnet

Chester Dent has worked as a director in the television industry in both Australia and in the UK

With prime-time credits for the BBC, Channel 4 and DCI. Originally trained as a drama director under Mike Leigh and Stephen Frears at the UK National Film & Television School, Chester directed large budget television drama before re-inventing himself as an observational documentary filmmaker.

Photo credit Alison James © Electric Pictures
Director Chester Dent on location in the Pilbara
Photo credit Alison James © Electric Pictures
Mike at Blue Duck breakfast in front of the beach.

Life in the Wild West

Many West Australians feel the rest of the country just doesn’t get them

To those in the ‘Eastern States’, the people of Boomtown are seen as having the dumb luck to be sitting on a mountain of iron ore that they just need to dig up and ship out. WA is driving the nation’s economy and West Australians are justifiable proud, but it’s not all about mining. WA is a breeding ground for successful entrepreneurs across all industries and the idea for this television series is to explore why this is and to correct a few misconceptions about what life in like in Boomtown.

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