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Title The Pearlers. [Kanopy electronic resource]

Publication Info. [San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
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Description 1 online resource (1 video files, approximately 11 minutes) : digital, .flv file, sound
video file MPEG-4 Flash
Note Title from title frames.
Event Originally produced by National Film and Sound Archive of Australia in 1949.
Summary Beautifully filmed in black and white, this classic short film looks at pearling in the late 1940s. It goes on board the boats that work off the coast of Broome, Western Australia, from March to December each year. Crewed mainly by Aboriginal, Malay and Chinese men, they work six days a week from sun up to sun down—replenished occasionally by supply boats that also take away their hauls of pearl shell. The film captures the atmosphere, the detail and the danger involved in the search for shell as the divers in huge metal helmets and layers of clothing under their suits dive two at a time, each with one person tending their airhose and another their lifeline.
System Details Mode of access: World Wide Web.
Subject Short films -- Australia -- 1941-1950.
Pearl industry and trade -- Australia -- 1941-1950.
Pearl diving -- Australia -- 1941-1950.
Genre Documentary films.
Added Author Robinson, Lee, 1923-2003, film director.
Kanopy (Firm)
Music No. 1133510 Kanopy
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