In a city famous for its prosperity and 'can do' attitude, we enter the exciting and surprisingly diverse world of Perth entrepreneurs to discover the secret of their success.
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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EP Independent (ANZ)
ABC Commercial (INT)
Teresa Ashton Graham
Sound Editor and Mixer
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.
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.