Carnet de Voyage
The day after we left Bouvet Island, as I was giving an interview for Quebec television, we witnessed some kind of lightning bolt about a kilometer away from the ship. There was another strike, slightly closer, then a final one that seemed to fall directly onto the ship. This was followed by some awful weather that hasn’t let up until now. After visiting the bridge for some information from Alan and Ali, both on watch, we found Cindy knocked out on deck. She didn’t remember what happened to her, not even going out on deck. Our best assumption is that she was hit by the lightning. The poor girl was stunned by the strange event, and while she suffered absolutely no injuries, her state of mind was certainly affected. Originally planning to shoot Cindy in a fictitious part of the film where she would be visiting us from the future, reality appeared stranger than fiction so I simply turned the camera towards her, and have since lent her a sound recorder for her to document her thoughts on a daily basis. Is it possible that we have been witness to another Vela Incident some 35 years later? You know I’d like to think so.