RareCollections: Australian Surf Soundtracks
By Jordie Kilby and David Kilby
In the late 1960's and early 1970's Australian surf culture was a hot bed of creativity. Board riders were tackling waves in new ways, film makers like Paul Witzig and Alby Falzon were experimenting with techniques for presenting the action on film and Aussie bands like Tamam Shud and Tully were crafting sublime soundtracks to it all. This episode of RareCollections features interviews with Paul Witzig, Sven Libaek, Richard Lockwood and G. Wayne Thomas.
Hot Generation - The Sunsets - Festival - 1967
The Sunsets were a Newcastle based band featuring future Tamam Shud member Lindsay Bjerre. They met filmmaker Paul Witzig via a mutual friend who ran surf film screenings in the city. The band initially provided a theme song for Witzig's 1966 film "A Life In The Sun" which met with some minor success around Sydney and was modelled around the Sandals theme for the Bruce Browne film Endless Summer. Hot Generation was the theme for his next film and saw a more exciting original sound.