Rusty Miller and Stephen Cooney in Morning of the Earth (1972) Albert Falzon / morningoftheearth.com
Rusty Miller and Stephen Cooney in Morning of the Earth (1972) Albert Falzon / morningoftheearth.com
Morning of the Earth (1972) Albert Falzon / morningoftheearth.com

ACMI presents

Morning of the Earth

4K restoration

Albert Falzon | Australia | | G
Film

Albert Falzon’s landmark counter-culture surf classic from 1972 screens in glorious remastered 4K.

A film that would ultimately inspire a generation... is an enchantment that ushers us towards a more harmonious relationship with nature.

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In February 1972, Albert Falzon premiered what has since become a classic of surf films at the Manly Silver Screen Theatre. In his own words, he “just wanted to make a beautiful film about surfing, the planet and the ocean”. Shooting on 16mm, Falzon captured the spectacle of the NSW North Coast but also travelled to Hawaii and Bali, where he shot pioneering footage of surfers Stephen Cooney and Rusty Miller – the first to surf the now world-famous point break, Uluwatu.

Curator's Note

To celebrate the film’s 50-year history and preserve its legacy, Morning of the Earth recently underwent a three-year remastering effort. The original 16mm rolls that had been stored at the National Film and Sound Archive as part of the NFSA’s 2005 Kodak/Atlab project were digitized in a lab in Los Angeles, where a painstaking frame-by-frame restoration process followed.

Falzon, now 77, still lives on the north coast and surfs most days. His film resonated deeply with Australian youth culture and helped mythologise (mostly) Australian surfers such as Michael Peterson, Steve Cooney, David ‘Baddy’ Treloar and Terry Fitzgerald, as well as Hawaii’s Gerry ‘Mr Pipeline’ Lopez, but Falzon also hoped the film would help “shift human consciousness towards a more symbiotic relationship with nature”. Morning of the Earth reflects “in a simple way how we can endure and sustain and enjoy our life here” but “leave a small footprint... in our passing”.

– Roberta Ciabarra; Curator, Film

Format: DCP
Language: English
Source: Albert Falzon / morningoftheearth.com
Courtesy: Albert Falzon / morningoftheearth.com
Duration: 79 min

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Duration

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Rating

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