Original 35mm still picture cropped and used for Aquarius poster.
Original poster – designed by Roy Bisson.
‘Aquarius’ had several screenings in California and Hawaii in 1970 – back in Australia the film was re-titled and advertised as Queensland Seafari (which capitalised on Northern Safari while appealing to patriotic Queenslanders).
Skindiving Paradise was an excellent ten-minute short film by Ron Taylor with out-of-date music in that era but acceptable today. (The Great White Shark film offered was not made available in time at the last moment).
The real ‘people of the sea’ still pictures taken when the 16mm footage was being recorded for Aquarius is now at Aquarius – People of the Sea (The Polynesians)
Dangerous sea snake
Surf girl, 1977 “Australian Seafari”
Comedy scene – running in reverse. Tight wet suit requires help.
John Harding (me) 1976 The Strand Theatre, Newcastle NSW. For the last showings of Queensland Seafari.
A new print with new scenes was trialed as ‘Underwater Seafari” in NSW for a short time.
Former Bundaberg Crest Cinema manager, Paul Neville (centre) entertains JHH (left) and his former BCC boss, John W. Smith
Footage shot at 64 frames per second off Cooktown, Queensland allowed reasonable still pictures.
The original of two different Queensland Seafari posters. (Designed by Roy Bisson who had helped with Shark Fighters poster in 1965). The pattern in Queensland was BCC Theatres would book the film for Tues-Wed-Thursday in each of their cinemas. This allowed for screenings at independent cinemas each Friday and Saturday. Sunday and Monday was reserved for traveling and promotion at the next city. For example a show at Rockhampton allowed for independent shows at Gladstone and Yeppoon.