Surf flicks carving it up
Event already riding wave of success
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 www.scsff.com.au.
SELL-OUT: Simon Baker, Samson Coulter and Ben Spence in a scene from Breath.