Dot and Pearl live in Wittenoom, the blue asbestos mining town in WA’s Pilbara. So begin glorious days, when the Pilbara’s stunning landscapes, magnificent wildlife and close-knit community shaped an idyllic lifestyle; wild-natured Dot making the most of every second, while teenaged Pearl tries to make sense of what her own life might be.
Wittenoom follows Dot and Pearl’s personal story, filled with humour, sorrow and the friends they make along the way. Mary Anne Butler expertly weaves their journey into the frame of the Wittenoom tragedy, asking questions about accountability in an era where the health and cultural impacts of mining ricochet as heavily in 2023 as they did in 1963.
Wittenoom was developed through Red Stitch’s INK program.