Australasian Gazette: Clive Barass, Australian Champion and Leader of the Troupe
This Australasian Gazette newsreel from 1926 shows Australian diving champion Clive Barass and his troupe diving from a tower at the Clifton Gardens Baths near Mosman, Sydney. Clive Barass dives followed by Arthur O’Connor, a young diver, who performs a forward somersault dive followed by another that begins with a handstand. The troupe then performs a group dive from the diving tower, displaying their skill and precision. Summary by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers.
This entertaining Australasian Gazette newsreel from 1926, shows us the diving feats of Australian diving champion Clive Barass and his troupe.
As this is a silent newsreel, an intertitle is used to introduce Arthur O’Connor, however there are no other intertitles used and this makes this newsreel a little disjointed.
As the diving troupe dives from a diving tower, it is captured by a wide shot followed by a shot that is taken from above, from the tower itself. This gives the viewer a diver’s-view and a perspective they are unlikely to have the opportunity of seeing.
Newsreels were an integral part of cinema programming in Australia before the advent of television in 1956. Issued on a weekly basis, newsreels enabled people to further engage with local and national political stories and events.
Notes by Elizabeth Taggart-Speers