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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

The Surfer

Fortnight 1987, Feature film, 1h30


The Surfer… is not so much a person as a way life… I wanted the character Sam Barlow to come from the sub-culture that exists along the Australian beachfronts. In contrast, the mysterious Gina had to come from a foreign culture making the interaction between the twO characters, the crux of the film. The bush hotel and garage scenes are in effect « windows on Australia ». As for scenic background, I had no hesitation in choosing the magnificent country of South East Queensland. In the beginning, there was no conscious effort to make a film noir though it tended to develop along those lines. It was certainly always my intention to concentrate on narrative and performance rather than action… To make the film I wanted, with the ressources available, required nothing short of a miracle. I am always true to a script and I didn’t want this marvellous script by David Marsh to be an exception. Frank Shields


Frank Shields

He started direction with a team making reports during war in Rhodesia. In 1970, after a while traveling all over the world, he wrote the screenplay of The Breaker, a documentary he directed in 1973. He was an assistant director on a feature film, The Golden Cage. He then made a short film, The Crossing, nominated for an Oscar. He was a cameraman, an actor and directed his first full length film in 1983: Hostage was a great success in Australia. He produced a serie of documentaries and directed a drama in 1980. He wrote two books and made screenplays of Saturday’s Hero, The Breaker, The Outsider, The Wager, Jo, The Hostage, and Stocker’s Boys.

Chris MacQuade
Gary Day
Gérard MacGuire
Gosia Dobrowolska
Rod Mullimar
Stephen Leeder
Tony Barry

David March

Mike Edols

Max Bowring

Greg Bell

Davood Tabrizy

Production : The Producer’s Circle, Edgecliff, Australie Vente à l’étranger : Overview Films Ldt, Londres, Grande-Bretagne