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Uploaded on Nov 29, 2010
Made by The Commonwealth Film Unit 1967. Directed by John Milson. This film takes the form of a psychiatric session, using the metaphor as a way to explore the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef. When people on the street seem to be walking backwards or upsidedown, Claude Clough seeks therapy. His psychoanalyst advises him to take a holiday and get back to basics. From her couch, Claude's journey begins, with the psychiatrist filling the roles of flight attendant, beautiful local girl and mermaid. The result is a tourist film with a difference - with stunning footage of the reef - and a light-hearted parody of psychoanalysis with a decidedly 1960s feel. With underwater sequences shot by Ron Taylor and featuring his wife Valerie Taylor both of whom are legends of underwater film making in Australia and overseas. Two years later in 1969 they would do the underwater photography for Age Of Consent. A classic Australian feature by British director Michael Powell set in some of the same locations and featuring not dissimilar themes.