Capturing The Lonergans

From NY Times

In “Open Water,” a vacationing couple surfaces from a scuba dive to find their tour boat has vanished. Left for hours amid circling sharks, one of the divers finally vents his rage at having been abandoned. “Unbelievable!” he screams.

Actually, it’s not. The movie is loosely based on a real event: the 1998 stranding of two Americans off Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The filmmakers, both New Yorkers, are divers themselves and learned of the incident from a scuba newsletter. They borrowed the premise of an abandoned couple, but fictionalized the rest, in part because the true story had too many twists to seem credible on screen

Read the full article. Fascinating.