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First Wave Morning of the Earth + Filmmaker Introduction

11 August 2024

In the Playhouse


Australia | 1972 | English | Documentary

Beautifully remastered in 4K, Albert Falzon and David Elfick’s 1972 classic Morning of the Earth is renowned as one of the greatest surf films of all time.

This special session will feature an in-person introduction from producer David Elfick and a filmed video introduction from director Albert Falzon.

The most influential of all Australian surf movies.

Senses of Cinema

An era-defining surf film, beautifully remastered in 4K

Morning of the Earth’s psychedelic imagery and audio-visual tour de force captured the spirit of a generation and became an instant benchmark of avant-garde cinema. A fantasy of surfers living in three unspoiled lands and playing in nature’s oceans, Morning of the Earth tells the story of a group of friends exploring the measures of all things beautiful: searching for virgin waves in Bali, Hawaii and Australia, shaping their own surfboards, building their own homes and living off the land in harmony with nature. With G. Wayne Thomas’ legendary soundtrack and surfing featuring some of the world’s best, Morning of the Earth is a prerequisite for surfers and cinephiles alike.

Presented by Sydney Opera House and Tracks


Watch the trailer

Cast and credits


Albert Falzon

David Elfick


Nat Young

Terry Fitzgerald

Michael Peterson

Gerry Lopez

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