Queen of the Desert (Opening Shot)

Not only has she got pink hair extensions, painted on eyebrows and superman hotpants, Starlady's a youth worker in some of Australia's most remote places. Using an unusual set of tools this flamboyant hairdresser spends her time travelling thousands of kilometres across the desert. This time she's heading to Areyonga, an Indigenous community in Central Australia, to work with isolated and sometimes shy teenagers. She'll use a bit of bleach and a whole lot of colour in the hope of spreading confidence and pride. But in this makeshift salon Starlady also finds acceptance and friendship in what some might see as an unlikely place.

OPENING SHOT is an initiative between Screen Australian and ABC TV that gives voice to a new generation of filmmakers - with stories to match. Filmmaking teams, all with a director under 35 years, have been given the opportunity to create a prime time half hour film that not only develops their long form filmmaking skills but also fires an (opening) shot in to the national conversation about Australia today.

This program is released for non theatrical use within educational, government and business organisations. Additional payments under a Screenrights licence are not required. Please contact us for Exhibition or Streaming Licences.

Production Year: 
2013
Duration: 
28 mins
Series Episode
Standard $88
Schools $66
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