Southern Surf Festival film screening: The Big Wave Project

The Big Wave Project will be screened from 6:15pm at Pioneer Hall, Middleton on Friday 26 April as an opening for the Southern Surf Festival.
The Big Wave Project will be screened from 6:15pm at Pioneer Hall, Middleton on Friday 26 April as an opening for the Southern Surf Festival.

As part of the upcoming Southern Surf Festival, Middleton Town and Foreshore Association is presenting a screening of The Big Wave Project, the latest film by Tim Bonython.

The film charts the development of surfing's newest, most radical and least accessible performance frontier, documenting a new age of exploration, as surfers face down the threat of annihilation, seeking the sublime ride.

Watching these crazed individuals live out their collective death wish and riding for their lives makes for compelling viewing. All the "name" surf breaks are featured, along with some fresh horrors.

Tim Bonython, is a South Australian who has been filming surfing for the past 40 years, and will travel down from Sydney to introduce the film and answer questions from the floor.

He will also showcase brand new footage from a recent overseas trip, which has not previously been exhibited. Drawn towards big waves from the beginning, Tim's films explore humans in contest with the ocean and surfing as a survival sport.

The evening will also commence with a short vintage film of the 1975 national surf titles held at Middleton, narrated by participant, artist and local legend Gerry Wedd.

Equally well known in the water in the southern Fleurieu and as a gifted and award-winning ceramic artist and jeweler on Australia's art circuit, Gerry won the under 18 division of the South Australian state titles in 1974 and 1975, before going on to win the open division in 1976, 1977, 1979, 1980 and 1981. In 1981 he was inducted into the Australian Surfing Hall of Fame.

Doors for the event open 6:15pm at Pioneer Hall, Middleton, Friday 26 April, with screenings set to commence from 7 pm. Food and drinks will be available for purchase

Book early, as venue capacity and tickets are limited. Tickets are available online for $12 plus booking fee via www.trybooking.com/BBOIN

The event is supported by Alexandrina Council, Sparkke Brewing Company, and Surfing SA.