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'Surfers - The Movie'

Date: 1980s
Image: 512 x 366 mm
Sheet: 660 x 386 mm
Overall: 660 x 386 mm, 1 mm, 0.05 kg
Display Dimensions: 660 x 385 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dick Hoole
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00029293
Place Manufactured:Hawaii

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    This promotional poster was printed for the film 'Surfers - The Movie' during the 1980s. It features a number of different surfing images. The poster includes film sessions times at a number of places across the Hawaiian Islands.
    SignificanceThis poster is an example of the types of material used to promote surfing movies during the 1980s.
    History'Surfers - The Movie' was a late 1980s surfing film produced by Bill Delaney. It featured surfing footage and interviews with four generations of pro surfers including Tom Curren, Shaun Tomson, Micky Dora, Cheyne Horan and Kelly Slater at age 14. The style of the film was based on the Rolling Stone documentary '20 Years of Rock and Roll' produced in 1987.

    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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