May 26, 2008

Nothing to see here

"He also told the paper that he was finalising contracts for interviews with Australian, American and English television networks and that "there might be a film or a book in the long term"
That would be a book and a film based on 19 hours spent bobbing around in the ocean, quite safely, as it turns out. Gee, sounds compelling. What did they do for entertainment? Did they need to go to the toilet? Did they, umm, get a little tired? Was there too much salty water? How bad was the chaffing on their necks from the wet suits?

An alleged million dollar payment for a handful of television and newspaper interviews because you were arrogant enough to swim away from a charter boat, contrary to instructions, subsequently got "lost" in the water for a while, and lived, is a tad over-wrought to my mind.

The fact that one is alive and well, thanks to the efforts of pitifully paid rescue workers, should be sufficient *reward* after such a frightening experience. Cold hard cash would not be my first thought after 19 hours in the cold hard ocean.

I'm taking pictures next time I survive a trip to the supermarket without any angle injuries from poorly driven shopping carts. The international interview rights to my story would have to be worth at least half a mill, and the same again for the subsequent book and film.

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  1. Anonymous6:13 PM

    I think there was a movie about people who did something similar on the GB Reef. The only difference was they were eaten by sharks and the crux of the movie seemed to be the terror of being stalked by a relative of Jaws. We've seen it down the video shop but never rented it for the same reasons you've outlined. Knowing they get eaten by sharks (or recsued in this nex case) kinda leaves you with 90 minutes of someone bobbing in the ocean waiting to be eaten (or be rescued). not completely compelling viewing, really.

  2. The unlucky American couple were abandoned by their boat when someone mis-counted the returned divers. They thought everyone was on board, so took off. The error wasn't realized until the following day.

    The couple, we assume, returned to the surface to find ... no boat.

    The film was quite good, given the material, and given that it was speculative, and given that it was made with a budget of $2.80 and unknown actors.

    It was pretty much the first and final statement on being abandoned in the ocean with nothing more than your wet and another human to accompany you into certain death.

  3. Anonymous7:16 PM

    You make it sound better than I thought it would be. Maybe we'll get it next time we're down the video shop. I never really imagined it would have the legs for 90 minutes or so but I've been wrong many times before... :)

  4. "Open Water"

    - alas, it was touted as being "the most terrifying film you'll ever see", which was a tiny over statement.

    In truth, it's one of those films that would work better on the big screen Dylan, that is, a big shark filled ocean is a much scarier thing on a big, big screen.

    Worth remembering that they didn't resort to special effects, it was shot in real ocean, surrounded by real sharks - not much fun for the actors, over quite a long period; think it took them a couple of years to make, such was their tee wee budget.

    Given the limited nature of the story, they did a good job of it.

    I would put it well above such over-hyped Australian films as "Japanese Story", for example, which I thought was execrable in every regard.

    It's an interesting little film Dylan.