The Big Blue Gets Devotees Beaming!
Monday 7th September saw the Big Blue Event unfurl at Melbourne’s most classic of art deco cinemas, The Astor Theatre.
In the spirit of fresh beginnings, the Big Blue was screened at the start of Spring to herald a wonderful season of freediving ahead.
The night saw the Melbourne Freedivers Club launch into the public spotlight for the first time, no longer safe from scrutiny under the surface in local waters.
T-Shirts and Tails
With freshly printed t-shirts from the MFC design house, Freedivers chaperoned patrons around the theatre to provide an on land discovery of all things grand bleu. The shirts were a hot seller amongst fans.
If you missed the aquamarine t-shirt design, you were probably caught by Sirenna the Mermaid. Next year she’ll be sporting a big fish tank for the fuller impact.
Psychology and Secrets
Before Steve the skilled projectionist beamed rival freedivers Enzo and Jacques onto the big screen, I had the fortune to introduce and chat with Ant Williams and Sheree Marris for the audience.
Ant Williams, Freediver
Ant Williams, world-ranked freediver told us of his search into the mind of freediving, of wanting to know just how deep he could go and how long on one breath.
You can hear more about his deeper than deep world when he speaks at TedX in Melbourne on 10th October.
Sheree Marris, Marine Raconteur
Sheree Marris, aquatic scientist and raconteur of marine secrets shared with us her first experiences in the big blue at 9 years old and how the technicolour nudibranchs inspired her to become the one to unearth Melbourne’s underwater secrets. Pick up one of her vibrant books on-line here or find out more about her amazing projects.
The Big Blue film is known for its ability to inspire. Ant Williams was lucky enough to learn to freedive in the southern french coast where Director Luc Besson spent much time filming.
One visitor to the film even shared with me that the film was the source of inspiration to take up swimming as an adult.
The second film by Luc Besson to screen on the evening, Atlantis, has such beauty and passion that you’ll understand the urge evoked within Sheree when she found those nudibranchs lurking in Victorian waters.
A Big Thanks
The Big Blue Event was prepared, launched and projected by many who committed their time and energy to make it a successful evening. If you have the pleasure of meeting with them at one time or another, please share your appreciation of the night with them, feedback is a warmer blanket than silence.
The Astor Theatre
Thanks to George, Steve and Tara for making the night possible. George for sourcing the film, Steve for organising and projecting and Tara for publicity and support. With the operations of the theatre in doubt beyond the end of 2014, it’s amazing to observe the passion and commitment of these people as they lift the spirits of staff and community alike.
Sheree Marris, Ant Williams and Sirenna the Mermaid (aka Katherine Vowles) for offering their time and energy to support the cause for expanding freediving in Victorian waters. Each one of them has a unique story that will amaze.
Melbourne Freedivers Club Volunteers
Luna Lita, Brett Solomano, Hermann Lion, Paul Mulholland and Luca Morandini.
Luna took on the tough job of recording not only the evening’s special moments in digital, but also spent countless hours filming to prepare the MFC YouTube clip. We have her to thank for her rich strain of creativity and zest for club PR and each of the photos in this post!
And of course, final thanks goes to you, the devotees that joined in the entertainment of the Big Blue. I hope you enjoyed the event, the movie and the opportunity to learn more about freediving in our own very unique Victorian big blue.
Check out the club video here:
See you in the water. Til next..