A FILM featuring world champion surfers Mick Fanning, Stephanie Gilmore, Tom Curren, Kelly Slater, Beau Young and many more will shortly be screening at local cinemas.
After the phenomenal success of the sold-out worldwide premiere at the Sydney Opera House in January, additional Spirit of Akasha cinema screenings have been announced, including at the Picture Show Man in Merimbula and the Narooma Kinema.
In 1972, Albert Falzon made a film that would forever change the way the world thought about surfing.
The film was Morning of the Earth.
For many people it was the very first time they came to recognise surfing as a complete lifestyle.
This recognition, coupled with mind-blowing, innovative surfing made the film a classic that has remained vital for over 40 years.
Falzon’s portrayal of all things pure and simple influenced generations, and passed on an enduring spirit of surfing culture, music and lifestyle.
Spirit of Akasha is a brand new Australian film that reaffirms Morning of the Earth’s ethos of soul and spirit in the present day context, proving its values still have an enduring impact.
Produced by noted Australian film-maker Andrew Kidman (Litmus, Glass Love, Last Hope) and mentored by Falzon himself, Spirit of Akasha sets a new benchmark with a creative fusion blending the realms of surfing, music and film making.
World champion surfers such as Fanning, Gilmore, Curren, Slater and Young have joined the new guard of Heath Joske, Harrison Roach, Ellis Ericson, Ace Buchan and Jon Jon Florence, alongside “soul surfers” Fergal Smith, Joel and Kye Fitzgerald among many more.
Here’s what the critics are saying about Spirit of Akasha:
“…it captures the beauty and simplicity of the surfing lifestyle, and the mesmerising formula of surfers in unity with the ocean and natural world.” Jennifer Blau – The Review.
“Spirit of Akasha is a beautiful film.” Doug Lees – Surfing World.
“It’s a surf movie that makes you think, and that is a very rare bird indeed.” Ben Mondy – Tracks.
Spirit of Akasha will screen at the Narooma Kinema tomorrow at 7pm and at the Picture Show Man on May 4 and a time to be confirmed.
It also has screenings on the South Coast at the Batemans Bay City Cinema and Arcadia Twin in Ulladulla.
* Keep an eye out for the BDN’s interview with Spirit of Akasha film maker and musician Andrew Kidman in an upcoming issue.