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:: Spotlight :: 2006 Samsung Australian Surf Movie Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The Samsung Australian Surf Movie Festival – Take 5, presented by Quiksilver, is returning this spring, with the official premiere at Twin Towns in Coolangatta on September 28. Thenfestival covers the whole east coast for 28 shows, ending in Adelaide on October 29.

This time, tour director Tim Bonython has chosen two of the year's most highly anticipated films to showcase. First up is FLOW, the true story of a surfing revolution. A wonderful and fulfilling surf film, FLOW was awarded Best Documentary at the X-Dance Film Festival in the US. Director/Writer/Producer Josh Landan worked with Producer/Writer/Editor Scott Stankey to craft one of the most revealing and compelling surfing stories ever told, offering a feature documentary delivered in a truly unique cinematic style.

FLOW focuses on Channel Islands Surfboards founder and world-renowned surfboard craftsman Al Merrick. Looking closely at his unique relationships with world champion Channel Islands Team riders, and arguably the two best and most influential surfers ever; Kelly Slater (7 times world champion) and Tom Curren (3 times world champion).

Next up is FIRST CHAPTER, a film made by Jason Muir & co-directed by Dane Reynolds. FIRST CHAPTER shows off what futuristic surfing is all about. Dane Reynolds is a freak of nature, his surfing screams talent and cements him as one of the most exciting names in the modern era.

And one for the ladies, highlights from SHIMMER, the latest all-girls surf film by Roxy. SHIMMER stars Australian ASP World Womens Champion Chelsea Georgeson and former four-times world champion and women's surfing legend Lisa Andersen. Shimmer is already considered one of the best female surf flicks ever made. Directed by Jason Muir and Lowen Taylor.

There is also a retrospective segment package of surfing footage shot this year by Tim Bonython & friends, including footage from the biggest swell to hit the east coast in decades, shot last April, plus massive swells from Shipsterns in Tasmania and South Western WA.

NORTH BY NORTHWEST, a new short film by Jason Muir & Chris Bryan featuring epic desert barrels filmed this July/August with surfing by Ry Craike, Kerby Brown & crew.

Then, to end the night with a bang, footage hot out of the edit room comes in the form of AS GOOD AS IT GETS, in true Tim Bonython style all time.

Australian artist Josh Boots will be performing his acoustic tunes live in the intermission at designated venues. Add to that a mass of door prizes, some popcorn and possibly beer, and the Samsung Australian Surf Movie Festival – Take 5 is going to be a night not to be missed. See it at the venues below.

Samsung Australian Surf Movie Festival – Take 5

Thursday - 28 - Twin Towns - OFFICIAL PREMIERE Coolangatta, QLD, 7.00pm, Wharf Street, Tweed Heads

Friday - 29 - Caloundra Cultural Centre, Caloundra, QLD, 8.00pm, 20 Minchinton Street Caloundra

Saturday - 30 - Noosa Leisure Centre, Noosa, QLD, 7.00pm, Wallace Drive, Noosaville off Noosa - Eumundi Dr

Sunday - 1 - Southport RSL, Southport, QLD, 6.30pm, 36 Scarborough Street Southport
Monday - 2 - Dendy Cinemas,Byron Bay, NSW, 7.00pm, 108 Johnson Street Byron Bay
Tuesday - 3 - Great Northern Hotel, Byron Bay, NSW, 8.00pm, Johnson Street Byron Bay
Wednesday - 4 - Sawtell Cinema, Sawtell, NSW, 7.30pm, First Avenue Sawtell
Thursday - 5 - Newcastle Panthers, Newcastle, NSW, 8.00pm, Cnr King & Union Streets, Newcastle West
Friday - 6 - Entrance Cinema, The Entrance, NSW, 8.00pm, 54 Entrance Rd The Entrance
Saturday - 7 - Gerringong Town Hall, Gerringong, NSW, 7.00pm, Fern Street Gerringong
Sunday - 8 - Wollongong Town Hall, Wollongong, NSW, 7.00pm, Cnr Crown & Kembla Streets Wollongong
Monday - 9 - Sussex Inlet RSL, Sussex Inlet, NSW, 8.00pm, 200 Jacobs Drive Sussex Inlet
Tuesday - 10 - Milton Theatre, Milton/Ulladulla, NSW, 8.00pm, 358 Woodstock Rd, Milton
Wednesday - 11 - Batemans Bay Bowling Club, Batemans Bay, NSW, 8.00pm, Vesper Street Batemans Bay
Thursday - 12 - Merimbula RSL, Merimbula, NSW, 8.00pm, 52-54 Main Street Merimbula
Saturday - 14 - Sorrento Cinema, Sorrento, VIC, 8.00pm, Ocean Beach Rd Sorrento
Sunday - 15 - National Theatre, St.Kilda, VIC, 6.30pm, crn Barkley & Carlisle Street St Kilda
Tuesday - 17 - Quiksilver HQ Auditorium, Torquay, VIC, 8.00pm, Quiksilver Dr Torquay
Wednesday - 18 - The Esplanade Hotel, St Kilda, VIC, 8.00pm, 11 The Esplanade St Kilda
Friday, 20 - Harbord Diggers RSL, Harbord Diggers, NSW, 8.00pm, Evans Street Harbord
Saturday - 21 - Palm Beach RSL, Palm Beach, NSW, 8.00pm, 1087 Barrenjoey Rd. Palm Beach
Sunday - 22 - Cronulla Cinemas, Cronulla, NSW, 5.30pm, 2 - 6 Cronulla Street Cronulla
Wednesday - 25 - North Bondi RSL, North Bondi, NSW, 8.00pm, 112-120 Ramsgate Avenue North Bondi
Thursday - 26 - Chauvel Cinema, Paddington, NSW, Door open 8.15pm, Level 1, Paddington Town Hall, Oatley Road and Oxford Street
Friday - 27 - Randwick Ritz, Randwick, NSW, 7.15pm, 39-47 St. Paul's Street Randwick
Saturday - 28 - State Cinema, Hobart, TAS, 6.30pm, 375 Elizabeth Street Hobart
Sunday - 29 - Mercury Cinemas, Adelaide, SA, 6.30pm, 13 Morphett St Adelaide

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