Title Details

Water Dwellers, The

A study of the people living and working in the Pittwater area 25 miles north of Sydney
Year : 1967 | Total Duration : 16 Minutes | Producer : John Martin-Jones, Don Murray
Director : James Jeffrey |
Hawkesbury River headlands and streaky clouds in sky. Aerials from lighthouse on point across Palm Beach sand spit. Aerials along coastal houses with long jetties and various styles of architecture. Travelling shots along water past jetties, houses, boats and handyman painting fibro house. VS following businessmen in suits departing in small motorised boats either alone or with wives. GS Patonga Beach ferry arriving at wharf with various passengers including businessmen, workers, schoolchildren and elderly alighting. VS man putting bassinette into back of car, children boarding bus, train arriving at station and bus departing. WS track following train over Brooklyn Bridge. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 58207 | 3 mins 16 secs | 1960s | Hawkesbury River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Pan from Careel Boat Services shed to men on barge pulling heavy object on boat crane. Tilt down from bow of boat and rigging to man painting keel with red paint on slips on beach. VS men painting and servicing boats in boatyards. Track past and CU to man suspended from mast descaling it. GS man loading ice blocks into boat and VS people cleaning boats at marinas. GS man hauling wire cage onto his small boat's deck. VS oyster farmers at work. Track from men unwinding long length of wire from boat along to others wading through muddy shallows pulling cable. Tilt from coloured sails on floor of boatshed to men rolling paper on ground. CU spinnaker sheet blowing in breeze. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 58228 | 2 mins 35 secs | 1960s | Hawkesbury River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
High shot over dinghy sailing boats and people on beach. Pan to sailing club.VS boating activities around sailing club including man putting life jacket onto young son, people relaxing on boats and boy setting sail on small dinghy with yellow sails. Track along marina past crews readying larger boats attaching sails. GS man painting deck as boat sails. GS sea scouts group in uniform with instructors and one practising rope skills and VS rope tying. Track past group of men fishing from rocks. VS fish being caught in net and taken aboard boat by pair of fishermen. WS terns plunging into water fishing. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 58263 | 1 min 47 secs | 1960s | Hawkesbury River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Families enjoying swimming pool on shores of Hawkesbury River. VS people dining in groups around swimming pool. VS people having waterside barbecue picnics. MS middle aged couples dancing on crowded floor. Zoom out from man sitting in deckchair reading outside tent. GS woman airing blankets over tree branches. VS scout group with leaders around tent. VS couples boating and children playing on shore. Ferry arriving at National Fitness camp wharf, Broken Bay. WS family laden with picnic gear walking along track. VS girl having swimming instruction with group in sea pool and CUs children on obstacle course. VS men and teenagers carrying rucksacks on mountain hike. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 58279 | 2 mins 45 secs | 1960s | Hawkesbury River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
Tilt down to water swirling around rocks POV someone standing on clifftop. CU bow of boat cutting through water then VS of water police boat and officers. GS of various boats using Hawkesbury River including sailing boats in race, boy dragging toy boat along as he rides in small motorboat, two men lending weight by straddling upper side of boat during race, boy riding on roof of cruiser and naval vessels. Tracks and aerials over pair of waterskiiers performing on single skis behind speedboat. Late afternoon light on water and VS people boats and seagull on shore. GS fisherman. WS yellow sunset over water with boat in foreground. Couple silhouetted in sunset and zoom out to WS gold sunset on water. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 58309 | 2 mins 50 secs | 1960s | Hawkesbury River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |
CU rain falling on ashphalt. GS cabin view of rain falling on motorboat window and high shot from ferry as it approaches wharf with passengers eagerly waiting to board. VS passengers boarding in rain, many carrying umbrellas. VS deckhands unloading building materials to wharf and GS helping an older woman off ferry. WS boat being rowed into store. GS deckhand leaning out of ferry door to return jacket to woman waiting on wharf. CU to Cottage Point store sign. WS elderly man fixing his shingle roof with Hawkesbury River in background. CUs of him hammering nails. GS bricklayers building house. Quicktime clip available.
Access No. 141425 | 1 min 22 secs | 1960s | Hawkesbury River, NSW, Australia | © NFSA | Colour |