Annette Kellerman's underwater ballet

Title:
Annette Kellerman's underwater ballet
NFSA ID:
554
Year:
1939
Courtesy:
Cinesound Movietone Productions
Category:
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Kellerman was 52 years old when her husband and manager Jimmie Sullivan filmed this rare footage of her performing the underwater adagio - a slow ballet dance.

It was filmed in the crystal clear waters of Silver Springs, Florida, US.

This is a compilation of the longer piece of actuality footage, which was deposited at the National Film Archive (now the NFSA) in 1977. The film was one of the first items in the national collection.

The compilation includes a close-up shot of Annette from a Cinesound Movietone newsreel Annette Kellerman's Musical Marine Fantasy (1940).

Learn more about Annette Kellerman's amazing life in the NFSA's online exhibition Australia's Fearless Mermaid.