Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Australian Surf Movie Festival Premiers Tonight at North Bondi RSL

Fructis Style Surf Hair Australian Surf Movie Festival presented by Tooheys Extra Dry

The Fructis Style Surf Hair Australian Surf Movie Festival presented by Tooheys Extra Dry premieres at the North Bondi RSL on October 31, 2007 at 8pm and will tour nationally for three weeks, traveling to 22 venues until November 25.

Film and Event Director Tim Bonython says, “the number one objective of the Fructis Style Surf Hair Australian Surf Movie Festival is to have surf movies on the big screen come seriously alive! There’s no better place than sitting with friends in an auditorium hooting surfers riding giant waves and being part of the surf stoke that surf flicks on a big screen create.”


The Fructis Style Australian Surf Movie Festival presented by Tooheys Extra Dry has now secured access to the most incredible action from Tasmania's hell wave, Shipsterns Bluff. On 22 October 2007, Shipsterns Bluff erupted with some of the nastiest waves ever surfed there, around 15 to 20 feet, with offshore winds and clear sunny skies.

“The surfing that went down on this day was mind numbing. One mistake and death was a real possibility,” says event director Tim Bonython.

“To add this footage to the festival is the absolute icing on the cake,” says Bonython. With Brook Sylvester's Cyclop's film, 'The One Eyed Monster' and Tim Bonython’s 'Three Days at OURS', the action will be pretty crazy when watching it all on the big screen.

In its sixth year, the Fructis Style Surf Hair Australian Surf Movie Festival has an impressive line-up of surf movies, music and $15,000 in prizes.


WILD AUSTRALIA by Tim Bonython
Wild Australia, produced by Tim Bonython takes the viewer on a 30 year journey of surfing including the legendary Bells 81 big waves right through to the most perfect waves ever surfed this year on the Gold Coast’s Superbank at Coolangatta.
Bonthyon says “I have shot thousands of hours of surfing over the last 30 years and Wild Australia is my pick of the best surfing I have seen in this time”. To bring back the 80’s vibe, Tim is planning to narrate Wild Australia live as he did back in the day when he toured pubs and clubs showing the latest footage with his Super 8 – keeping the punters up to date before the video era.

THREE DAYS at OURS by Tim Bonython
Sydney’s fearless big wave surfer Mark Mathews is the star of this year’s Australian Surf Movie Festival. Mark’s objective is to surf the biggest and heaviest waves on the planet. OURS, located at Sydney’s Cape Solander (outside Botany Bay) in April 2007 was surfed as big and mean as it gets.

Surfing Ours with Mark Mathews includes the Bra Boy crew of Ritchie Vaculk, Evan Faulks, Koby Abberton and Bronte surfers Kobi Graham and John Dwyer. These fearless surfers tackle some of the nastiest barrels ever surfed in Sydney and for that matter Australia or anywhere else on the planet.

Bonython says “I promise you that when viewing this footage which is our finale you will be blown away by the intensity of the action. This is one serious wave, where really only the gustiest surfers on the planet could take it on. ”

DOWN THE BARREL by Steve Lawrence
Down the Barrel won The Best Cinematography in this years Surfer Poll and Video Awards in the US run last month. This feature film documents the lives of four unique and talented surfers: Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Kalani Robb and Australia’s Joel Parkinson.
Lawrence and world renowned surf water cameraman Mike Prickett capture surfing from so many unique angles. The entire project is filmed in 16 mm, super 16 mm, and high definition. Amazing underwater barrel shots and masterful jet-ski angles from exotic surf destinations such as Teahupo’o, Tahiti make this movie stand out from the crowd. Bonython enthuses, ‘this film is a really cool flick and fits perfectly to what our film festival represents’.

CYCLOPS, WA 2007 By Brook Sylvester
Mark Mathews catches the heaviest wave ever surfed in Australia at the most feared break, Cyclops.“Surfing this wave is really is dicing with death,” says Bonython. Watching this wave on tape will make you squirm, Bonython believes.

April 07 – Probably the most perfect wave on the planet – In this short this man made wave is the star – Never ever has the Superbank looked so flawless. No surfing super stars – just endless perfection.

This is the real deal, Australia, Bali, Africa and more! The sights and sounds of remote locations and near death experiences. The movie features Yadin blowing up waves all over the world while his closest peers lend insight into what makes this million dollar maniac tick. From the water to the local watering hole, Yadin is loud and impossible to ignore.

SHORT STORIES – TIM CURRAN profileBy Jason Haynes
Short Stories profiles Californian Pro surfer and musician Timmy Curren. Timmy Curren was the world’s first surfer to pull a full back flip on a surfboard, has competed at the highest level on the WCT and when he is not surfing for the latest Talyor Steele film or competing in an Airshow he is playing music. In a very short time Tim has gone from playing music in his bathroom to playing with the Foo Fighters at the Sydney Opera house. How did this happen? Find out in Short Stories.

Sydney band, Tokenview will perform live acoustic tunes in the intermission at most shows. Tokenview is a chilled out pop/rock band with a great vibe. Check the web site for details of venues Tokenview will be playing. Have a listen -

Slide Show Intermission – Photography montage by Tracks photographers showcasing some of the world’s best still surfing images.

Win a Surf Trip of a lifetime!
The Surf Travel Company are giving one lucky surfer the opportunity to win a surf trip of a lifetime to the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia aboard Arimbi valued at $5,000. The prize includes flights to Padang, return airport/hotel/boat transfers, 11 nights of luxury on Arimbi with all meals and drinks provided and use of all fishing and snorkeling gear. Plus you will receive one naturalfooted medical kit and 2 weeks insurance with Suresave Global Travel Insurance.
Win Surfboards 1 of 10 surfboards!

Firewire Surfboards in conjuction with Fructis Style Surf Hair, we will be giving away 4 Firewire Surfboards.

Tooheys Extra Dry will be giving away 5 MR Surfboards.

STC in conjunction with Simon Anderson will be giving away a custom surfboard with a AUD $100 international gift voucher for use on an international holiday.

Win Sanyo Video Waterproof and dust proof video camera valued at $799.

Everyone who attends the Fructis Style Surf Hair Australian Movie Festival presented by Tooheys Extra Dry will be given a sample bag loaded with samples and goodies from our sponsors.




• PREMIERE Wed 31 Oct Nth Bondi RSL Nth Bondi 8pm• Thurs 1 Nov Paddington RSL Paddington 8.15pm• Fri 2 Nov Randwick Ritz Randwick 6.45 pm• Sat 3 Nov Cronulla Dunningham Park Live music from 7.30pm- films from 8pm• Mon 5 Nov Manning Bar Sydney Uni Sydney 8pm• Wed 7 Nov Nth Bondi RSL Nth Bondi 8pm• Thurs 8 Nov Dee Why RSL Dee Why 8pm• Fri 9 Nov Collaroy Cinema Collaroy 7pm• Sat 10 Nov Avalon Cinema Avalon 4pm• Sat 10 Nov Palm Beach RSL Palm Beach 8pm• Sun 11 Nov Towradgi Beach Hotel Wollongong 7pm ( over 18’s yrs)

• Tues 13 Nov The Astor Melbourne 7.30pm• Thurs 15 Nov The Esplanade Hotel 8pm ( over 18’s yrs)

SOUTH AUSTRALIA• Sat 17 Nov Mercury Cinema Adelaide 5pm• Sat 17 Nov Mercury Cinema Adelaide 8pm

• Tues 20 Nov Noosa Bowling Club Noosa 8pm
NSW COAST• Sun 4 Nov Avoca Beach Picture Theatre Avoca Beach 5pm• Wed 21 Nov Byron Bay Community Centre Byron Bay 8.15pm• Thurs 22 Nov Twin Towns Star Room Twin Towns 8pm• Fri 23 Nov First Avenue Cinema Sawtell /Coffs Harbour 8 pm• Sat 24 Nov Tuncurry Memorial Hall Tuncurry /Forster 8pm• Sun 25 Nov Newcastle Showcase City Cinema Newcastle 6pm

Adult: $17.50 Pre-booked $20.00 at the door
Children (under 12) $ 12.50 pre-booked $15.00 at the door
Group tickets ( 5 adults) : $75.00 pre-booked only
Family pass ( 2 children + 2 parents) = total of 4 people = $50.00

Contacts• Film Director: Tim Bonython call 0412500050 or office 02 9973 3842
• Event and Ticketing Director: Sandrine Bonython office 02 9918 5300
• Sales and pr: Phil Osborn 0403091515
• Media & Press Relations: Suzy Anderson 0402 734 173

Photo Press:
Photo : Bill Morris Surfer: Koby Abberton Location: Ours To download click here.
Photo: Shorty Surfer: Mark Matthews Location: Ours To download click here.
Photo: Nathan Smith Location: Kirra To download click here.