Australia's Lost Gold (Lasseter's Bones)
Australia's Lost Gold (Lasseter's Bones) (2016)

In 1931, Harold Lasseter's body was found in the Central Australian desert. His diary revealed he'd discovered gold -- worth billions of dollars today -- but he'd give it all away for a loaf of bread and a chance at survival.… More

Directed By:
Rated: Unrated
Running Time:
Genre: Documentary
Release Date: May 27, 2016
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2016
Add Your Rating
Rotten Tomatoes™
Critic Score
User Score

Available Online

Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Rechtshaffen
Los Angeles Times

At its most absorbing, Lasseter's story plays like an Aussie Treasure of the Sierra Madre, in which the main subject is a bit of a cypher whose true nature proves to be as difficult to pinpoint as that elusive gold.

Full review…
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)

[Walker's] enthusiasm is infectious, and in a way it's an asset that, unlike the majority of local documentary makers, he has no social or political axe to grind.

Full review…
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

It's a mythical story because of its scale and because of its mysteries, which Luke's intrepid journey seems to have enlarged.

Full review…
Josh Kupecki
Austin Chronicle

A muddled, boring film that circles back around on itself so many times that the effect is a bit like Groundhog Day.

Full review…
Blake Howard
2UE That Movie Show

Lassester's Bones is as much about the illumination of the myth surrounding the man as it is about man's desire to complete the incomplete and fulfil the unfulfilled. It's poetic, personal filmmaking.

Full review…
Andrew McMurtry
FILMINK (Australia)

While you could argue that the film is slightly too long, and that Walker reads too much into things that feel inconsequential, it remains a fascinating look into an unrecognised slice of Australian history.

Full review…
Jim Schembri

A splendid example of the sort of subjective documentary film-making championed by Werner Herzog...director Luke Walker throws himself into the legend of Harold Lasseter, the explorer who claimed to have stumbled across a mother lode of gold.

Full review…