Liz

Within the rugged walls of a southern-based ocean rock pool holds treasures in the form of people. This is the story of Liz. An ex Olympic swimmer who not only played an important role in the success of the 1956 Australian relay swimming team but is also a cherished member of the Shelly Beach swimming shed family.

  • Matthew WF Wells
    Director
    Footsteps
  • Matthew WF Wells
    Writer
    Footsteps
  • Matthew WF Wells
    Producer
    Footsteps
  • Liz Betty Fraser
    Key Cast
    "The Swimmer"
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    September 21, 2021
  • Production Budget:
    0 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    4K Digital - Sony CMOS Sensors
  • Aspect Ratio:
    1080
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
Director Biography - Matthew WF Wells

It all started with a job as a deckhand on a superyacht. This uniquely lead Matthew to the great city of San Francisco being gifted a formal education in film & advertising while at the same time gaining fundamental production experience by crewing & filming short films, music videos, feature films, commercials around different parts of California. Along with directing, producing & editing advertising content for creative agencies in both LA & SF for over five years.

Transitioning back to Australia in 2016. Matthew then slotted into production crews & worked on award-winning short films, tv shows & commercials. While at the time building a base of advertising, corporate & lifestyle TV clientele of his own leading to the launch of Good Well Productions in the Sydney market. Being a classically trained Cinematographer Matthew’s visual aesthetic can bring any story to life to accomplish agency & client expectations.

Matthew’s free time is immersed in photography, acting, travel, design, music, culture, pushing boundaries, and motivating others around me to experience everything. Currently, he’s working on lifestyle tv, narrative, commercials, documentary, music videos, and branded content

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Director Statement

During the second wave of Sydney's lockdown, production work was slim to none. So, to keep the creative juices flowing I decided to start filming my local ocean rock pool in the mornings at sunrise. From the first day of shooting, I had no idea of what direction I was going to take the story. I was just enjoying capturing the movement of sunlight, water, and local swimmers who would visit the pool religiously. Until one of the mornings, my lens noticed Liz. Then after a few more mornings, I approached her and we got chatting. She shared some of her swimming experiences and past with me. At that moment I immediately knew I had to tell Liz's story. So, I successfully talked her into being interviewed the rest is history and flowed into the final film. Liz and her family were elated to have her story told & documented forever.