A DOCUMENTARY film which explores the life and death of a man who died in a central Australian desert after discovering gold will be shown in Bendigo.
The feature-length film, Lasseter's Bones, follows the story of Harold Lasseter who discovered a rich seven-mile seam of gold in the 1800s.
Director Luke Walker said the gold has never been rediscovered but Mr Lasseter's 85-year-old son goes searching for it every year to prove his father is not a liar.
Mr Walker said the documentary has opened his eyes to the large number people interested in the story of Harold Lasseter.
"It's been amazing to discover just how many Lasseter obsessives there are out there," he said.
"It is also thrilling to see new audiences, young and old, responding to the story as they learn more about this beguiling mystery."
The film-making process took Mr Walker three years to complete.
He said Harold Lasseter's story is about much more than gold.
“Lasseter’s story is really about faith, and why we choose to believe in things we have not a shred of proof for," he said.
“I am thrilled that Australian cinema audiences have embraced my film, and that the leap of faith taken by numerous cinema program managers has paid off.”
The film was voted the most popular Australian documentary at the Melbourne International Film Festival in 2012.
It will shown at the Star Cinema on Sunday at 1pm.
Mr Walker will present a question and answer session.
To view the film's trailer visit www.lassetersbones.com.au