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Tribute to film producer Andrew Wight

Monday, 06 February 2012 00:00

Andrew Wight (1960 – 2012) was an Australian underwater explorer and film producer. Sanctum 3D blockbuster was made by his company Great Wight Productions and involved work and input of many of his diving friends, sharing similar experiences from the underwater adventures. He produced and participated in over 40 documentaries and films like Nullarbor Dreaming, Ghosts of the Abyss, Bismarck or Aliens of the Deep. He was awarded for his cinematographic and TV work many times, and received the honors from Australian Geographic Society. Together with the famous film maker Mike deGruy, they have been touched by well known to them sanctum...

Andrew Wight - shooting for Sanctum in Mt.Gambier

Andrew was a great advocate of Agnes' life and spoke fondly about her passion for exploration. She knew both of them. Lately Andrew wrote about Agnes in these words, quote:

"I was formerly a Cave Diving Association of Australia examiner and have been cave diving for over 30 years. I dived with Agnes in caves around Mt Gambier, South Australia, and I was struck by the great enthusiasm with which she approached life in general, and diving in particular. She had a truly adventurous spirit and made great contributions to the recognition of women cave divers in Australia and around the world. She was a true explorer.

In 2010 Agnes was employed on the set of my feature film, Sanctum, as cave dive instructor to actors and also as a dive double for the two female lead roles. Agnes was a highly qualified cave diver who brought a wealth of experience to all on the film. Her communication and training skills meant that the actors were able to comfortably act as cave divers within a relatively short time, and her attention to detail created a safe working environment and a high degree of fidelity in the actors’ performances.

The untimely death of Agnes earlier this year has been a great loss to the world of cave diving and to the spirit of adventure.

Recognising Agnes would be a poignant reminder that true discovery and exploration is not without risk, but the few women who do excel in the world of exploration should be recognised and admired." [Andrew Wight]

Thank You, Rest in Peace

Photo: Andrew Wight on the shooting for Sanctum at Mt.Gambier 2010.

Great Wight Productions - official website
Mike deGruy - official website
Director James Cameron has paid tribute to two filmmakers /.../
Remembering Mike deGruy and Andrew Wight by National Geographic

"How the cave diving community is feeling..." - Bernadette Young interviews Andrew Wight on ABC Radio March 1, 2011, Brisbane, Australia.