BUENA VISTA AUSTRALIA

By Frances CALVERT

ARTEMATICA, S.L. - as PROD

Biography - Development 2017

Buena Vista Australia is the untold story of Torres' voyage to the Antipode.

    • Year of production
    • 2017
    • Genres
    • Biography, Historical, Documentary
    • Countries
    • SPAIN, GERMANY, AUSTRALIA
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, SPANISH
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Frances CALVERT
    • Writer(s)
    • Frances CALVERT
    • Producer(s)
    • Frances CALVERT (Talking Pictures Frances Calvert)
    • Synopsis
    • Our film throws new light on the ignored Spanish history of the Pacific. In the late 16th and early 17th centuries the Spanish were the first Europeans to send expeditions in search of land, gold and souls to convert. In 1606, Luis Váez de Torres, one in a long line of skilled Galician navigators, inched his two ships through treacherous shoals and coral reefs, proving that Australia and New Guinea were not joined. How did the navigate these uncharted waters without chronometers or longitude and with no log line? Anda why did King Felipe III hide this amazing discovery in his archive? Would Captain Cook have dared enter the strait in 1770 if he had not been given a leaked copy of Torres' chart? A Torres Strait Islander travels to Spain, curious to find out about the discoverer of her homeland.
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