New surf flick just po­etry in mo­tion

Calom­baris charged with as­sault

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

ni­cholas.mcel­roy@news.com.au MASTERCHEF judge Ge­orge Calom­baris has been charged with as­sault af­ter al­legedly shov­ing a young man af­ter the A-League soc­cer grand fi­nal in Syd­ney.

Calom­baris, 38, re­acted on Sun­day night when he was heck­led by Syd­ney fans as he film­maker who shot the ubiq­ui­tous “From where you’d rather be” Corona beer ads.

“It was just mag­i­cal. It was some­thing that should hap­pen more. The thing that made it amaz­ing for me was that they’re both of equal surf­ing abil­ity.

“But it was also male and fe­male, so it’s kind of got this qual­ity of be­ing this dance. Like this ball­room dance.

“Just think­ing about it you re­mem­ber the old Poly­ne­sians who used to de­scribe surf­ing as danc­ing but with a wave.”

Prox­im­ity is mar­keted as “a vis­ceral por­trait of mod­ern surf­ing” where Steele di­vided eight surfers into pairs and sent them to ex­otic breaks in South Amer­ica, the South Pa­cific, Mex­ico and the Bri­tish Isles. While three pairs each in­clude “a leg­end” and “a ris­ing star” Steele e saidd said hee he ma made walked on to the side­lines at Al­lianz Sta­dium.

Calom­baris, a Vic­tory sup­porter, as­saulted a 19-year-old man af­ter the match, NSW Po­lice said. He has been charged with com­mon as­sault and will face Down­ing Cen­tre Lo­cal Court on June 29. an ex­cep­tion for Gil­more and Ras­tovich.

“I was try­ing to find a per­fect fit for who (Gil­more) is and her surf­ing style and Dave popped into my head,” he said.

While Gil­more has dom­i­nated FILM­MAKER TAY­LOR STEELE her sport with six world ti­tles, Ras­tovich, a once promis­ing ju­nior surfer turned en­vi­ron­men­tal ac­tivist, got him­self spon­sored by surf com­pa­nies to al­most ex­clu­sively ap­pear in surf films.

“They may have taken dif­fer­ent

Footage of the in­ci­dent shows a group of Syd­ney fans heck­ling Calom­baris, with one yelling: “Pay your staff you dodgy bas­tard”.

Calom­baris was in hot water last month af­ter it was re­vealed his res­tau­rant em­pire MAdE Es­tab­lish­ment paths but they’re so sim­i­lar in the way they think about life,” Steele said. “Evolved is the way I like to de­scribe them.

“I’ve been a fan of (Gil­more) for­ever, she’s in­cred­i­ble, and she’s top five of any­one in the world, male or fe­male.”

It’s a compliment Gil­more reg­u­larly re­ceives, but the only woman in the film said be­ing told she surfs like a woman was just as good.

“You blend the gender,” she tells Ras­tovich in the film.

“I al­ways thought it was a funny compliment to say ‘you surf like a guy’, be­cause my favourite surfers to watch are Joel (Parkin­son), you (Ras­tovich) and Tom Cur­ren and hav­ing that splash of fem­i­nin­ity is what makes them so stylish. It just looks mag­i­cal. To me that’s what style is.” un­der­paid 162 staff a com­bined to­tal of $2.6 mil­lion. The work­ers were sub­se­quently back paid the money owed them.

The celebrity chef is­sued an apol­ogy on Mon­day, say­ing he was dis­ap­pointed he had let the heck­ling get to him.

The film pre­miered in a New York City pent­house last week af­ter a preview in a swanky art gallery.

“The Gagosian Gallery re­leased it with a sneak peak and the preview was in the top floor pent­house in New York City,” Steele said.

“It was so re­moved from the surf scene. (Rap­per and ac­tor) An­dre 3000 was there and all those sort of peo­ple. It was so nice be­cause af­ter they watched it they un­der­stood surfers even though they didn’t surf.”

The film was brought back to the surf scene in­side a fi­bro shack at the Brunswick Pic­ture House last night.

Tonight, Prox­im­ity will screen at Event Cin­e­mas Pa­cific Fair at 7pm.

Dave Ras­tovich and Stephanie Gil­more chas­ing waves in Mex­ico – the pair star in the new surf­ing film Pic­ture: TODD GLASER

Ge­orge Calom­baris.

direc­tor Tay­lor Steele with Kelly Slater while film­ing, Ras­tovich and Gil­more surf­ing in the film, andd th the pair out of the water in Mex­ico.

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