Shadows in the Water
“Shadows in the Water”is a documentary protest in two parts, the first is about two local timber millers turned furniture makers, secondly, is about the protest by well known Tasmanian artists.
Launceston Artist Installation was in the Tamar where the old growth forests were being reduced to paper pulp and replaced by plantation trees causing the towns drinking water to become clogged with dangerous chemicals.
I was blessed to meet Ralph Hartel a textile artist and co coordinator for “Shadows in the Water” an artists protest against logging the old growth forests and poisoning the towns drinking water in Launceston Tasmania.
He introduced me to two ex timber millers who had joined the protest and were very active.
I filmed the installation and trek to the destroyed areas in one day. A few weeks later I filmed the exhibition and the documentary was made in two parts.
As an emerging independent film maker I spent six months editing it on a retro portable cassablanca. My isolated nights without TV left me no choice but to learn editing.
My days were as an art teacher on the west coast of Tasmania below cradle mountain in a town called Rosebery that had become cut of during one of the worst snow falls for many years .