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'Five Summer Stories'

Date: 1972
Dimensions:
Overall: 532 x 310 mm, 0.017 kg
Display Dimensions: 531 x 310 mm
Medium: Ink on paper
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Purchased with USA Bicentennial Gift funds
Classification:Posters and postcards
Object Name: Poster
Object No: 00017310
Place Manufactured:California

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    Description
    This promotional poster was produced for the surf movie 'Five Summer Stories' in 1972. It features a spray-artwork design by Californian artist Rick Griffin. The movie was shown in Australia in several editions from 1972 - 1975.
    SignificanceThis poster is a good example of material used to promote surfing movies during the 1970s.
    History'Five Summer Stories' was a classic surfing film produced in 1972 by Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman. The film starred Eddie Aikau, Gerry Lopez, David Nuuhiwa and Sam Hawk. The movie featured a number of long surfing shots. Greg MacGillivray and Jim Freeman founded MacGillivray Freeman Films in the mid 1960s in California and produced a number of surfing documentaries and films. From 1974 onwards the company became well known for the production and distribution of IMAX films, two of which 'Dolphins' and 'The Living Sea', were nominated for Academy Awards.

    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

    Primary title: PROMOTIONAL MOVIE POSTER OF A FILM BY GREG MAcGILLIVRAY AND JIM FREEMAN TITLED `FIVE SUMMER STORIES', AN ILLUSTRATIVE IMAGE AT THE TOP DEPICTS THE NUMBER `5' AND A MALE AND FEMALE, PROBABLY MADE IN CALIFORNIA, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

    Web title: 'Five Summer Stories'

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