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Morning of the Earth (1972)

The film portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards (and homes) as they traveled in search of the perfect wave across Australia's north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii.


Albert Falzon


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The film portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards (and homes) as they traveled in search of the perfect wave across Australia's north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii. The movie is regarded as one of the finest of its genre and noted as recording the first surfers to ride the waves at Uluwatu on the very southern tip of Bali and so bringing Bali to the attention of surfers around the world and so the beginnings of Bali as a major tourist destination. Written by Paul Gerard Kennedy

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A fantasy of surfers living in three unspoiled lands and playing in nature's ocean See more »



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1972 (Australia) See more »


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AUD20,000 (estimated)
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This picture was one of fifty Australian films selected for preservation as part of the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia's Kodak / Atlab Cinema Collection Restoration Project. See more »

Alternate Versions

Remastered edition released December 2002. See more »


Referenced in Highway One (1977) See more »

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"Seeing everything as nothing but the soul..."
29 June 2005 | by johnfosSee all my reviews

I was surprised to see that one Australian online DVD store had this movie categorised under 'Sport'. Certainly 'Morning of the Earth' is a surfing movie, showing footage of many famous 70s surfers going through their paces, but it is also much more than that...

'Morning of the Earth' is a beautiful and artistic movie about the counter-culture of the late 60s and early 70s, which took the form of an alternate lifestyle of simplicity and self-sufficiency in the warm tropics of Australia, Bali, and Hawaii... 'a fantasy of surfers living in three unspoilt lands and playing in nature's oceans', the booklet enclosed with the DVD says... and it goes on to say... 'see everything as nothing but the soul and the soul in everything you see'.

"Morning of the Earth' has no dialogue and there is an excellent soundtrack of Australian music from the early 70s, featuring artists such as Brian Cadd, G. Wayne Thomas, and Taman Shud. One of the classic songs is 'Open up your Heart'... which says... 'It's a start, when you open up your heart, give your love to others, they become your brothers, when you open up your heart'.

The surfing footage in 'Morning of the Earth' is stunning, full of mesmerizing blues, greens, yellows, and reds; including sunsets and sunrises. But as I say this is a movie that is about much more than surfing. Get the picture?

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