‘The Sartorial Naturalist’- Making of the underwater film footage, the sets and filming all around Tasmania 2021

Tasmanian botanical artist- Deborah Wace, will lead a multiform art collaboration of nationally and internationally recognised design, cinematic, post production, music and dance professionals to capture the beauty and fragility of some of Tasmania’s endangered flora. —————-

I’m very grateful to everyone who was a part of making this incredible underwater film shoot for my Sartorial Naturalist project!

The first underwater shoot took place over the whole night of Thurs 8th/-/Fri 9th April 2021 at the Doone Kennedy Hobart Aquatic Centre.

We did a whole new overnight film shoot on 8/5/21 to capture much needed footage and began filming all around Tasmania for the above water scenes of Deborah, Sinsa and Felicity.

What an inspiring team effort if has been. From the pre- production brainstorming and background logistical and crew wrangling, to the hectic fabric prep and set making -Thank you. To the fabulous underwater dancers and the detailed costume making and hemming of the fabric panels, the help with shot sequencing and the cinematographers – Thank you.

Thanks to the technical assistance from the wonderful Dive Crew who proved to be invaluable. Thanks to the many involved with the catering and delivery of such delicious food, and the calm and practical management of all the myriad production jobs to be done -THANK YOU!

Production- Lara Van Raay, Courtney Collins, Michael Gissing. Camera &Lighting- Michael Gissing, Fraser Johnston, Takani Clark, Troy Melville, Rebecca Thompson, Finn Clarke.

Dancers- Felicity Bott, Sinsa Mansell, Isobel Fraser.

Costumes and sewing- Celyna Ziolkowski, Nicole Ottrey, Geraldine Atapathu.

Divers- Dane Jones, Rob Bloomfield, Ben Rae, Eamonn Ganley, David Page, Brent Cashion, Nick Boucher.

Catering- Maura Chamberlain, Ian Salisbury, Reuben Fraser, Ivano del Pio, Kate Kelly, Iona Johnson.

Pre production assistance- Roger Scholes, Anna Cadden, Lucy Wilson, Diana Michalek, Julie Martin, Adam Christ.

Graphic Design- Nelson Grubb, Georgie Pajak.

Many thanks to Deidree McMaster for rescuing the second underwater film shoot.

An edit will soon go to emerging composer-Elicia Casey-Winter to compose a musical score for Cello to be played by Georgia Shine, Clarinet and Saxophone to be played by Oyinbra Enisuoh, with improvisation by both. Vocals by Deborah Wace and bowed piano by Elicia Casey-Winter. Vocals sung in palawa kani by Sinsa Mansell. All recording/mixing done by Michael Gissing.

It has been very humbling and thrilling to be supported so well by everyone. It’s been a complete pleasure working with you all.

This film will premiere at my exhibition of all elements and fabrics/wallpapers on 9th floor of 65 Murray St Hobart 18-22 June 2021.

X Deb Wace – the “Sartorial Naturalist”

Thanks to generous funding through the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts Tasmania & Screen Tasmania.



Felicity Bott being filmed underwater for the Sartorial Naturalist


Sinsa Mansell being filmed underwater for the Sartorial Naturalist. Seen in post production in Michael Gissing’s studio.


Isobel Fraser being filmed underwater for the Sartorial Naturalist film. Seen in post production in Michael Gissing’s studio.


Deborah Wace as the Sartorial Naturalist Sinsa Mansell being filmed underwater for the Sartorial Naturalist. Seen in post production in Michael Gissing’s studio.

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