Sunday, 31 January 2016

SHARK FOOTAGE by Ron Taylor 1960s

Ben  Cropp and Ron's 1961 search for a shark defense tested poison-tipped spear injections.
as featured in the award winning  "The Shark Hunters" TV special  (video not available here).
Taylor's friend Kay Milburn with Val's pet crayfish
Ron Taylor designed and built all his movie camera housings
Early shark filming featured a docile Leopard shark at Cook Island, Tweed Heads NSW.

 Mrs Kay Fox in  the 1964 newsreel.

Taylor and Fox discussing a scene for their joint venture documentary.

Severe shark bite on diver Rodney Fox - pictured December 1963. © John Harding

Ron Taylor's 16mm film material was expanded into a 30-minute documentary for TV and before this roadshow film shows. In the 1960s the media perception and 'handling' of shark bite news was dramatised to the extreme. "One of the most horrible ways to die that could ever be imagined".

TV producer Robert Raymond spotted the potential, paid one thousand pounds - or about $20,000 today and added Taylor's footage into a new one hour PROJECT '66 special (which was then the highest-rating weekly Australian documentary show on NINE).  SHARK! won a Logie for Robert Raymond and the Taylor's were his new best friends (for life).

 Revenge of a Shark Victim (movie program pages)

Project 67 Shark documentary for the Nine Network won a Logie with stock footage by Ron Taylor.

Robert Raymond founder of 4Corners on ABC TV 

Barb-less spear (killer spear) pulled free easily if required.

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