When home video rentals were a new idea in 1983, we made this 90 minute documentary film as a test. Original footage was super8. The more professional 16mm film was too expensive at the time. Other film makers were using the technique before me. (The Leyland Bros had a TV show that was all Super8 footage transferred to 2 inch video tape – with noticeable splices that were not professional yet no worse than the nightly network news). Some dive shops were using Sea Safari as part of their training. It was a collection of short stories. A bit of fun separating the more serious moments.
‘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Skindiving Paradise was an excellent ten-minute short film by Ron Taylor with out-of-date music in that era but acceptable today.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)