Follow the Sun: A perfect holiday destination

Follow the Sun: A perfect holiday destination
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Away from the bustle of the city and the strain of everyday life, the islands of the Great Barrier Reef offer a place for relaxation. In the bushland, birds fill the trees. Closer to shore, springtime has delivered an abundance of wildlife and seabirds. Hundreds of newly-born turtles make their way across the sands towards the ocean waters. Summary by Poppy de Souza.

The narrator is positioned as a tour guide providing insights into the local attractions and wildlife. He also has a sense of humour, often making asides to the audience.


Follow the Sun synopsis

The beauty of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is promoted in this travelogue filmed and directed by adventurous cameraman Frank Hurley. It begins inside a home at wintertime where the narrator invites the audience on a tour of the ‘sunlit sands and deep blue waters of the Great Barrier Reef’. From onboard a yacht, the camera films the Whitsunday Passage including Magnetic, Hayman, Green, Dunk, Daydream and Lindeman Islands. Onshore one of the islands, the wildlife and natural environment contribute to it being an ideal holiday destination – ‘complete relaxation from the strain of everyday life’ says the persuasive voice-over narration.


Follow the Sun curator's notes

Frank Hurley was a filmmaker and cameraman known for his sense of adventure who was drawn to a diverse range of locations across the globe over the course of his career. He filmed the extreme conditions of Antarctica, the Australian troops in the Middle East during the First and Second World Wars and traditional life amongst villagers in Papua. In the quieter inter-war years, Hurley made a number of travelogues (some for State tourist authorities) which featured different locations in Australia. Along with this film, they included Jewel of the Pacific (1932, Lord Howe Island), Treasures of Katoomba (1938, the Blue Mountains), Isle of Many Waters (1939, Tasmania) and The Garden of Tasmania (1939).

Notes by Poppy de Souza

Production company:
Universal Pictures
Frank Hurley