DVD Sweet Spot - the story of Olean Sugar Mill in Java · 60 mins ·


Olean is perhaps the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Indonesia’s sugar mills, retaining buildings in their original state and structure, containing steam operated machinery most of which is 70 years old and, even in 2006 when this tremedous film was shot, a significant proportion of the cane from its fields arrived on steam hauled trains over a narrow gauge railway. This film not only shows the railway operations, and life around the mill, it also takes you through the various processes involved in turning the raw cane into sugar, and shows the various items of machinery and power used, mostly Dutch or British made.  As the prototype for an interesting, and decidedly different, model Olean would be hard to beat - the same applies to this film.