Film Maker Anthony Gordon and Dive Instructor Lachlan Walmsley Bring you Aliquam, a series of short films about the Joy of the Ocean.
Each month we will bring you a new short film that delves into the lives of people who are passionate about the Ocean and the joy that it brings them.
There are few experiences in life that can transform a person more than entering the ocean. From the moment a child sets foot in the water through to an adult submerging themselves, the experience is transformative, even in some cases life changing.
One would think that these experiences are so well documented that they are readily available to all to be inspired by. Though for some reason in this digital age, we are over run with ocean films that are focussed on conservation and the negativity that exists surrounding oceans and saving the planet.
Renown Sea Explorer and Ocean Pundit Dr Sylvia Earle once said,
“Knowing is the key to caring, and with caring there is hope that people will be motivated to take positive actions. They might not care even if they know, but they can’t care if they are unaware.”
So hence the basis for Aliquam was born. The most effective way to make a difference is to become aware, to make people aware. The most proven way to make people aware is through having fun.
For example, if you want to get fit and don’t enjoy exercise, then it becomes difficult. You need to be surrounded by things that inspire you and highlight why you should exercise.
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Then you find a way.
By creating a series of short films that highlight the sheer enjoyment and wonder they get from experiencing the world below the waves, there then becomes a portal of inspiration to inspire others to do the same.
This then brings about a change that no level of conservation propaganda will achieve.
The Aliquam formula is simple. Change through enjoyment.
How do we keep score, who wins? The ones that achieve the most enjoyment in their lives. Here are the stories from Sydney’s Northern Beaches.
Sydney’s Northern Beaches, from Manly to Palm Beach, one of the most iconic and stunning stretched of coastline on the planet.
Post Covid, also one of the safest coastlines to explore on the planet.
We join Lachlan Walmsley, Dive Instructor, as he explores the oceans off shore, through the eyes and narrative of its locals. Discovering the shear pleasures of diving below the surface.
In each short film we meet every day people that have allowed the oceans to change their lives and discover the magic that they see on a regular basis.
These are dive stories that highlight the simplicity of getting wet, of the astonishing natural beauty of nature so close to one of the world’s largest cities 9Sydney) and how, this alone shapes their lives.
We discover a new level of awareness and peace that benefits their work, family and interactions with others. How it shapes their view of the world and its future.
In the end once people immerse themselves into these stories, they too will ignite the desire to explore what exists under the surface.
Anthony Gordon (Director/DOP/Editor)
Anthony brings more than 15 years of television producing experience to this event. Having worked with professional sports leagues across the globe and directly with more than 100 world champions in their fields,
Anthony brings the art of storytelling to a new level by leveraging cutting-edge filming technology.
He produced and directed the global adventure television series “Wild Racers” during which a camera team followed athletes as they travelled the globe competing in a series of arduous endurance events.
With his original series “Everest Air” for the Travel Channel, Anthony broke new television ground covering the life and death activities of chopper rescue paramedics saving lives in some of the most extreme physical conditions on the planet.
Lachlan Walmsley (Dive Instructor/Water DOP)
Current dive instructor, with a background in horticulture.
Grew up with the beach as his second home, fascinated with all the wonderful and bizarre creatures that call the ocean home.
His passion for introducing strangers to the environment that he was blessed to grow up with, is second to none. Some call his calm enthusiasm, infectious.
Getting to know the people that reside there is as intriguing as the sea life itself.
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