Part surf film, part conservation film, Never Town takes a journey along some wild coastlines and talks with the people fighting to keep them wild. Filmed along the Southern Ocean coasts of Australia, it’s an exploration of what these places mean to surfers… and what surfers are willing to do to save them. As surfing elder Wayne Lynch says: “We mythologised these places. We lose them and we lose ourselves.”
Never Town spans Australia’s vibrant southern fringe from the dusty edge of South Australia to the deep forests of Victoria and Tasmania. It features the surfing of Dave Rastovich, Dan Ross, Belinda Baggs and Heath Joske, set alongside conversations with coastal activists who are standing up against deep-water oil drilling and industrial fish farms.
Midnight Oil, Yirrnga Yunupingu, Ziggy Alberts and Bad Dreems provide a distinctly Australian soundtrack. With coastlines around the world under pressure like never before from growing populations, rampant development and exploitation from resource companies, Never Town is a rallying call for surfers and local communities to stand together to protect the wild spaces around them.
Patagonia Commissioned Film
Dir: Andrew Buckley
Mara the Seal Wife
HIFF Film Premiere
A magic realism tale from the award winning filmmaker Uisdean Murray.
After giving birth to their child on a beach during the dead of night, Sine runs
into the darkness leaving her husband Magnus in a state of anguish. Journeying into the past we discover the reasons behind Sine’s behaviour and witness the harrowing events that brought her into the realm of the Selkie.
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