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'Band on the Run'

Date: 1980s
Overall: 1025 x 690 mm, 1 mm, 0.1 kg
Sheet: 1025 x 690 mm
Image: 865 x 637 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Dick Hoole
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00029295
Place Manufactured:Australia

User Terms

    This promotional poster was produced for the movie 'Band on the Run'. It was manufactured by Ted Blackall and printed in the 1980s. It features an image of four male surfers heading into the ocean.
    SignificanceThis poster is an example of the types of promotional material produced for Australian surfing movies during the 1980s.
    History'Band on the Run' was a 1981 surf movie featuring the pro surfers Bruce Raymond, Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew, Paul Nielsen and Brian Cregan as they travelled around the world surfing. The film was produced by Australian photographer and director Harry Hodge as a 35mm travelogue. It was partly funded by the Australian Film Commission and Coca-Cola.

    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.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: 'Band on the Run'


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