Surf flicks carv­ing it up

Event al­ready rid­ing wave of suc­cess

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE LOCAL LIFE -

THE swell is build­ing for the sec­ond Sun­shine Coast Surf Film Fes­ti­val af­ter it fea­tured a sell-out screen­ing of the new Si­mon Baker film,

Breath, last week. Based on the Tim Win­ton novel of the same name, the film hit the right note with fes­ti­val-go­ers who flocked to Caloun­dra Big Screen Cin­e­mas to see it.

“The re­sponse has been over­whelm­ing,” fes­ti­val di­rec­tor Mur­ray Power said.

“We sold out two screens very quickly and the so­cial me­dia on it has been phe­nom­e­nal.

“The na­ture of the story, with surf­ing at its core, set in a re­gional en­vi­ron­ment ob­vi­ously res­onates here.

“It has set the pace for the rest of the fes­ti­val, that’s for sure.”

The bulk of the fes­ti­val will play out from May 17-20.

Fes­ti­val high­lights will in­clude:

An out­door screen­ing of fam­ily friendly an­i­ma­tion

Surf’s Up at Birtinya

The screen­ing of award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary

Blue, with di­rec­tor and pro­ducer Ka­rina Holden in attendance

Multi-award-win­ning Church of the Open Sky

The Aus­tralian-first show­ing of Be­tween Land and Sea, an Ir­ish surf film The Be­yond an African surf doc­u­men­tary

The fes­ti­val has also com­mis­sioned an art­work, a painted surf­board by artist and an­i­ma­tor Josh Ruf­ford, and is on the look­out for artists and pho­tog­ra­phers to ex­hibit their work.

Since its launch last May, the fes­ti­val has kept up the mo­men­tum by hold­ing reg­u­lar screen­ings, all of which have been sell-outs.

Some of the films pre­sented were proven hits, but the suc­cess of oth­ers like French film, Odyssey, surprised Mr Power.

“I won’t buy into the be­lief that this re­gion is a cul­ture-free zone at all,” he said.

“Peo­ple are cu­ri­ous and want to be chal­lenged and the crowds we get are ev­i­dence of that.”

Fes­ti­val or­gan­is­ers are also plan­ning to screen films in Bris­bane to take some of the Coast’s surf cul­ture to the big city.

“We’ve got some­thing they don’t have and we have three venues al­ready want­ing to par­tic­i­pate, so the in­ter­est is there,” Mr Power said.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the fes­ti­val, visit


SELL-OUT: Si­mon Baker, Samson Coul­ter and Ben Spence in a scene from Breath.

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