New film release - Ray: a Life Underwater
Yacht Havens, and particularly Plymouth, are to star in the
movies this month, with the release of Ray: a Life
Underwater, on September 6th.
Watch the movie to discover Plymouth from a whole new
perspective, as the film-maker and artist, Amanda Bluglass, takes
us on an eerie and fascinating journey to Ray's intriguing world
beneath the waves.
Ray: A Life Underwater
Produced and Directed by: Amanda Bluglass
Editor and Director of Photography: Danny Cooke
Dive photography: Neil Hope
Soundtrack: Tony Higgins tonyhiggins.org
With stunning aerial footage of Plymouth, shot using
state-of-the-art camera equipment by the team who shot BBC's
Coast series, it tells the true story of 75 year old Ray
Ives, a former commercial diver who's been scouring the seabed for
treasure his whole life.
The documentary was commissioned by Dylan Kalis, Managing
Director of Yacht Havens, who discovered Ray and his
"Yacht Havens decided to commission this short film about
one of our customers for two primary reasons; to coincide with the
British Art Show, which comes to Plymouth this September, and to
celebrate what a great diving venue Plymouth is. We want to invite
everyone to visit the Dive Museum at Yacht Haven Quay, where Ray
can be found most days tending his extraordinary collection of
Ray has been plundering the deep for
over fifty years, bringing to the surface anything that glittered -
even gold! In a shipping container at Yacht Haven Quay in Plymouth,
Ray tends his briny museum of cannons, bells, bottles, swords,
portholes and diving gear. He even still takes to the water in a
1900s diving suit supplied with air from a hand-pump.
A rogue with an eye for salvage - and the ladies - Ray:
a Life Underwater is an affectionate portrait of one man's
deep sea diving career, told through his extraordinary collection
of marine artefacts.
"I would be a very good pirate and a scrannyer," he
admits, "but to me the little pieces are just as good as the
big pieces. And being underwater, well, it's just like being on the
As a parable for our times, Ray is also the story of the
original recycler: nothing he uses in his life is new - it's all
found and reused.
Shot beautifully by Bluglass entirely on location in and around
Plymouth Sound, the film reveals the secret treasures littering the
seabed, as Ray reflects on his pioneering years of deep sea
In his own words, "After all, everyone wants to find gold …
and a mermaid."
Watch the film Ray: A Life Underwater from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.
Limited edition DVD or Bluray Compatible version is
available for sale at £12 including p&p from Yacht Haven Quay
on 01752 481190 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit Yacht Haven Quay,
* Photo: Neil Hope