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TO VIEW THE FILM go to the AFTRS website.

The Wonder Pool question put to Manly Council

12 MARCH: As a result of the Q & A panel community discussion at the second screening (see below) Councillor Burns put a motion before Manly Council to investigate the possibility of building a form of modern pool/boardwalk.


The article in the Manly Daily caused great interest with 19 comments from locals (at last count).

The Councillors voted at the meeting to commence a pre-feasability study into the re-building of a boardwalk/pool across manly cove West. Only two Councillors did not support the motion.


Second Screening and Q&A

The second screening of the Manly Pool documentary was held on at Manly Selective High School Campus in North Curl Curl on the 28 February.

The Year 9 Guerrilla Filmmaking class used the event as a training session. They watched the documentary beforehand, developing a series of questions for a Q & A panel composed of local identities featured in the film.

Despite the apocalyptic thunderstorm that evening, we had an audience of around 60 engaged citizens. Discussion was lively and the students filmed the proceedings with multiple cameras so that they can edit their footage as practice for making their own films later in the year.

Film Screening followed by a Q&A
The second screening of a short documentary film by Marian Hambly will be held at the Manly Selective Campus, School Hall on TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY, 2012 from 7:00PM to 8:00PM. (Corner of Harbord road and Abbott road, diagonally opposite the Shell petrol station.)

Following the film, join a panel including eco-diver Dave Thomas, penguin warden Sue Matthews, former Fairlight Precinct Chairman Richard Hewitt, Manly Centre Manager Meegan Clancy and the filmmaker to discuss the issues. DVDs will be available for sale. Funds raised from the $5 entry fee will be used to buy equipment for the young student filmmakers at Manly Selective Campus.

Hope to see you there!


“Reflections on Manly Pool” had its first SELL OUT screening at Manly Fisho’s on 10 January 2012. The event was held as a fundraiser for two local environmental groups, Eco Divers and Two Hands Project. As people were queueing around the block, a second screening will be held in late February or early March, venue to be advised.

This documentary tells the ongoing saga of Manly’s “Wonder Pool”, created in 1931 by The Port Jackson & Manly Steamship Company Ltd. and destroyed during a massive storm in 1974.

The golden years of “The Lido of the South” are recreated using delightful archival footage and interviews with local citizens. Planning possibilities for today’s highly prized Manly Cove West are canvassed: regenerate, rebuild or regret?

We visit the big issues: public vs private access, harbour views and the survival of species. We meet Angelika, trying to save the endangered Little Penguin colony, and Dave, wanting to recreate the magnificent pool and boardwalk as a protective framework for creating a world-class pristine aquatic environment. What does the future hold for the Cove?

Reflections on Manly Pool sell out crowd

A sellout crowd of locals packed into the Fishos.