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'Tubular Swells'

Date: 1980s
Image: 536 x 410 mm
Sheet: 715 x 487 mm
Overall: 715 x 487 mm, 1 mm, 0.025 kg
Display Dimensions: 719 x 485 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dick Hoole
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00029292
Place Manufactured:Australia

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    This promotional poster was printed for the surfing movie 'Tubular Swells'. The poster features an image of a surfer riding inside the tube of a wave.
    SignificanceThis poster is an example of the types of material used to promote surfing movies during the 1970s.
    History'Tubular Swells' was a late 1970s surf movie filmed in Indonesia, Hawaii and Australia. It highlighted performance surfing and pro surfers such as Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson and Mark Richards. The film was produced by Dick Hoole and Jack McCoy and edited by David Lourie.

    Hollywood began producing surf films in the late 1950s as the first generation of post-World War II War baby boomers reached adolescence. Surfing and the beach symbolised the idealism of carefree fun and freedom. Surfing films have been a critical ingredient in the popularity of surfing culture and have helped to popularised surfing and beach fashion. In the 1960s surf art moved off the covers of surfing magazines and onto film poster promoting movies featuring surfers riding large waves in exotic locations. By the 1970s surfing films had shifted from 1960s Hollywood beach party musicals produced for the broader community, to the 'soul-surfing' exploration of counterculture lifestyles. During this era films were either created in a documentary style, which targeted the surfing enthusiast, or as a fictional feature film with the focus on the reality of surfing.

    Surfing films provides an insight into the surfing lifestyle and have become part of surfing popular culture. They reflect the internationalism of surfing in their content an appeal. Surfing films provide the opportunity to watch talented and often high profile surfers catching waves that every surfer dream about riding.
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    Web title: 'Tubular Swells'

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