‘Searching for Michael Peterson’ (accompanied by director Jolyon Hoff) kicks off its UK tour tonight with a screening in London, followed by dates in Brighton, Poole, St Davids, Bristol, Bude & Newquay. (Photo by Peter Crawford)
‘Searching for Michael Peterson’ by Jolyon Hoff is a documentary telling the moving story of one of Australia’s greatest surfers, whose career was cut short by mental illness.
For five glorious years MP led the Coolangatta Kids and won virtually every event he contested, including three Bells Beach Pros back-to-back. His brilliant, aggressive surfing provided the centrepiece for Alby Falzon’s ‘Morning of the Earth’ in 1972, and MP never looked back. His final tour victory, at the inaugural Stubbies Pro at Burleigh Heads in 1977, is regarded as the high point of the early professional era. Sadly, a year later, triumph turned to tragedy and Michael’s demons claimed him.??In 1983 he was locked up after a 15-car police chase across Queensland and finally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He never surfed again.
‘Searching for Michael Peterseon’ screened to sell-out audiences across Australia. Don’t miss the opportunity to catch it in the UK. Screening dates include:
* Tues 4 August: Roxy Bar & Screen, Borough High Street, London (SE1). Doors open 7pm, screening at 8pm, £3 on the door.
* Wed 5 August: The Sallis Benney Theatre, Grand Parade, Brighton. Doors open 7.30pm, screening at 8pm, £5 on the door or in advance through Brighton Dome Box office: 01273 709 709.
* Fri 7 August: The Lighthouse, Poole. Call 0844 406 8666 for details.
* Sat 8 August: Solva Memorial Hall, Solva, Nr St Davids, Wales. Screening at 8pm, £5 on the door.
* Sun 9 August: The Cube Cinema, 4 Princess Row, Bristol. Screening at 8pm, £5 on the door.
* Tues 11 August: Bude Community Cinema, The Parkhouse Centre, Bude. Screening at 8pm, £5 on the door.
* Wed 12 August: Carnmarth Hotel, Headland Road, Newquay. Doors and bar open at 7.30pm, screening at 8pm, £5 on the door.
* See www.thesurfscreen.com for details and updates.
“I loved it” Scott Hulet, The Surfer’s Journal
“Brought a tear to my eye” Alby Falzon, director of ‘Morning of the Earth’
“At last! A surf movie that gets in your face and personal!” Bob McTavish, legendary Australian surfer & shaper