The ocean: celebrated in film

A short film about Gold Coast surf and skate star Quincy Symonds will feature as part of the Ocean Film Festival which takes place on the Gold Coast on Tuesday 10 March.

This Aussie homegrown film festival will feature two world premieres and a number of Australian cinematic premieres. But the film about Quincy promises something special. She’s a six year old who’s full of spunk.

The Tweed Heads lady only started surfing about two years ago but in that time has captured the attention of the surfing world and built a big social media following. She’s tipped as the future Layne Beachley.

Her story is captured in just one of the films to be screened during the Ocean Film Festival, which has the Gold Coast as one of 18 locations it’s stopping in across the country.

Audiences will be able to immerse themselves in the wonders of the ocean without getting their feet wet with seven of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films, fie Australian Cinematic Premieres and two World Premieres lighting up silver screens in places as diverse as Byron Bay, Darwin, Randwick, Christmas Island and Canberra.

Blank spoke with Festival Director Jemima Robinson from her home in the northern beaches of Sydney. She told us this is the second year the event has come to the Gold Coast, after selling out its first screening in 2014.

“This year we’ve gone for a much larger venue,” she said. “We have a local film and a local star (in Quincy), so we just feel it needed a grander venue.”

The grander venue of which she speaks is the 700-seat theatre at The Arts Centre Gold Coast. That’s more than double the capacity of last year’s venue but Jemima is confident, given the quality of footage being screened.

“What we do is we spend a year just watching ocean films from all over the world,” she said. Sounds like such a tough job. “And then we come up with what we think is the best selection for Australian audiences.”

“We have seven films in total and they take us all over the world doing different things: surfing the Arctic in Norway with icebergs, Hawaii for ocean archaeology. The guys there discovered the ship that Moby Dick was written about,” she said.

“And of course a bit of big-wave surfing which will appeal to the Gold Coast and Byron crew,” Jemima said.

The Ocean Film Festival sold out its Brisbane screening the day before Jemima and I spoke, so you can imagine her excitement at that.

“I’m feeling confident that we’re going to end up with a solid audience and a good crowd,” she said.

It is, quite literally, the best in film focused on the world’s oceans, so that wouldn’t surprise us at all.

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Ocean Film Festival
4 March | Brisbane, Eldorado Cinema
10 March | Gold Coast, Arts Centre
27 March | Byron Bay, The Palace Cinema


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