Free screenings of local and international beach-culture films.
Please note that times are subject to change, please check our facebook page for updates on the night.
Weather and Venue Update
Kirra Hill Community & Cultural Centre is dry and cozy, has seating and you can bring your nibbles and cushions to get comfy for Saturday nights (2 Mar) screening of our Soul Surf Night Film Program!
- WED 27 Feb
- THU 28 Feb
- FRI 1 Mar - Seaside Classics
- SAT 2 Mar - Soul Surf Night
- SUN 3 Mar - Local Stories
WED 27 FEB
MINDS IN THE WATER 7.40pm - 9.15pm
Five years in the making, Minds In The Water is the story of one surfer’s international journey to help protect dolphins, whales and their ocean environment. Pro surfer Dave Rastovich went from observer to activist when he embarked on a personal mission to help stop the worldwide commercial slaughter of dolphins and whales. While unsure at first, Rasta quickly found his activist sea legs and helped build a core team of filmmakers, journalists, musicians, eco-pirates and celebrity surfers to help spread the message.
A stellar line up of locally produced short films including ABC Open projects will also be screened.
THUR 28 FEB
7.00pm - 7.45pm - Shorts and trailers
EL MAR, MI ALMA - 7.45pm - 8.45pm
‘El Mar, Mi Alma’ (The Sea, My Soul) is a stunning surf film experience, exploring the diverse coastline of Chile and the special place the sea occupies in Chilean culture. Shot in 16 mm film and with a rich and evocative soundtrack, El Mar Mi Alma is a beautiful exploration of a beguiling coastal culture and the threats it faces. Featuring Dave Rastovich, Joel Parkinson, Ramon Navarro and Chris Del Moro.
“One of the most unique and beautiful films I have ever seen” - Michael Albright - Santa Barbara International Film Festival.
FRI 1 MAR - SEASIDE CLASSICS
STORM BOY - 7.00pm - 8.30pm
The films will be screened at Kirra Hill Community & Cultural Centre Garrick St Coolangatta
A night of classic Australian coastal films from an era past. A chance to share with the new generation some of the films and stories from your own childhood.
Storm Boy tells the touching story of a boy who likes to wander alone along the deserted coast of South Australia’s Coorong. Storm Boy lives a reclusive life with his father among the dunes. When he rescues three pelican chicks after their mother is shot, he forms a special bond with the birds.
8.30pm - 8.40pm Shorts and trailers
PUBERTY BLUES 8.45pm - 10.15pm
This 1981 Australian film, directed by Bruce Beresford, is based on the novel of the same name by Gabrielle Carey and Kathy Lette. It tells the story of two teenage girls from the Sutherland Shire in Sydney, desperate to break into the ‘in’ crowd at their local beach. Soon though, the girls tire of lying on the beach and seeking approval and break down gender barriers by paddling out into the surf themselves.
SAT 2 MAR - SOUL SURF NIGHT
Shorts & Trailers 7.00pm - 7.30pm
THE FRUITS OF DYSTOPIA 7.30pm - 7.40pm
A short film by Cyrus Sutton about having fun in a less than perfect world. Cyrus explores an escape from modern trappings through excerpts from classic dystopian novels ‘1984,’ ‘A Brave New World,’ and ‘Fahrenheit 451.’
THE HEART AND THE SEA Time 7.40pm - 9.05pm
Over three years in the making, ‘The Heart & The Sea’ explores the joy that lies at the very centre of a surfing life: family, friends and a shared intimacy with the sea. Filmed in Australia, New Zealand, France and Spain, this is a gently refreshing and quietly enchanting contribution to the surf film genre. Beautifully captured and sensitively crafted, ‘The Heart & The Sea’ features Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lindsey Hill, Alex Knost, Tom Wegener, Sage Joske, Brett Caller, Johnny Abegg, Kassia Meador, Clovis Donizetti, Belinda Baggs, Paul Joske, Ryan Burch, Chris Del Moro, Matt Chojnacki, Jared Mell, Dane Peterson, Harrison Roach and many more.
GROUNDSWELL Time 9.10pm - 9.30pm
Set sail with Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Patagonia and Woodshed Films for an exploratory surf trip along British Columbia’s unspoiled west coast. While searching for waves, the crew documents what would be threatened if the Northern Gateway tar sands oil pipeline is built. Fresh off the boat from a Canada and US tour, Groundswell will make it’s debut on Australian screens at Bleach* 2013.
More info at raincoast.org.
Sun 3 MAR
Shorts & Trailers 7.00pm - 7.25pm
CASTLES IN THE SAND 7.25pm - 7.55pm
A history of Gold Coast beach culture, focusing on the built environment, lifestyle and business of the beach. Rare archival footage and photographs together with interviews of key historical figures tell the rich and colourful story of how the Gold Coast’s beach culture evolved. Produced by Foto Media with the support of the Queensland Heritage Trails Network.
4224 8.00pm - 8.30pm
The Southern Gold Coast is a haven for those escaping the busy world. Its relaxed feel, physical spaces and community are vastly different from the northern Gold Coast. Of all the villages on the coast, Tugun has retained this old world atmosphere beautifully. 4224 celebrates the places and spaces that make Tugun special.
By Jeff Licence.
KICKING OFF THE WHITE SHOES 8.30pm - 9.30pm
Kicking off the White Shoes presents a series of stories about inspiring people working in art, culture, and sustainability on the Gold Coast. These stories reveal the underground, not the underbelly, of a changing city.
By Jeff Licence.
Film curation assisted by Keith Davis from Patagonia.