The O'Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival

Surf (cinema's) up, dudes.
Stephen Heard
Published on March 03, 2015

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While you may think that Point Break and Blue Crush are the only surfing films worth seeing, there are actually a barrel load more.

The O'Neill Aotearoa Surf Film Festival showcases the best surf films shot between swells and breaks across the planet. The third annual wave of the festival takes place on Friday, March 6, with two sessions worth of movies about the water sport.

Showing at Session 1 from 6.30pm will be: The Cradle of Storms, which follows three surfers as they brave heavy weather, fly on rickety planes, and eat seal meat en route to the remote Aleutian Arc of Alaska, the birthplace of storm systems that send swell back to the rest of civilization. Prior to the film, short films: The Beaten Track (New Zealand), Winter (Brazil) and Gathering (Australia) will screen.

At 8:30pm, short films: Rail To Rail (El Salvador) and Saturday 6:27am (Australia) will be up on the big screen before Austrian adventure documentary, The Old, The Young & The Sea takes its turn. The movie frames Europe's post-modern coastal culture, which is significantly influenced by the hippie heritage of the 1960s, modern surfing pop industry and the vital relationship of coastal inhabitants with Mother Nature. It traverses the Atlantic Coast of France, Spain and Portugal.

A licensed bar will also be available in the cinema.


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