The late great Australian surf star Michael Peterson, won every major contest in Australia between 1972 and ’77, then abruptly dropped out of the scene.
“MP” was rarely seen until 1983 when he was arrested after a wild 15-car police chase from Coolangatta to Brisbane. He never surfed again. And after years in Boggo Road Gaol, he was finally diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia.
Jolyon Hoff’s documentary follows 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 entered. His brilliant, aggressive surfing provided the centrepiece for Albert Falzon’s Morning of the Earth in 1972, and MP never looked back.
Call of the Surf pays tribute to the Queensland surfer who was widely regarded as the best in the world before proper world titles were introduced.
Screening time: 11am
D Jolyon Hoff, P Jolyon Hoff, Matt Barber, Mike Vanderfield | 2009 | Australia | 55mins | Rated M
Dogs Run Free
Searching for Michael Peterson screens with Gil Scrine’s first film, the Super 8 short Dogs Run Free (28mins). Once thought lost, the film contains irreplaceable footage of the late Michael Peterson. Featuring local surfing at Kirra, Burleigh and Snapper and a 19-year-old Peterson in his 70s glory.
D Gil Scrine, P Gil Scrine, Dist Antidote Films | 1973 | Australia | 28mins