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You Should Have Been Here Yesterday

Directed by Jolyon Hoff
81 minutes
All Ages
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A cinematic ode to Australia’s early surfing culture featuring evocative restored footage, a chilled-out soundtrack, and narration from surfing aficionados and heroes such as Tim Winton and Wayne Lynch.

In 1960s Australia, a generation travelled Australia’s coastline seeking waves – and a different kind of life. Their odyssey was captured on 16mm film, now lovingly restored by The Surf Film Archive. Director Jolyon Hoff (Watandar, My Countryman) combines this never-before-seen footage with stories from the original filmmakers, surfing gurus and more. One enthusiast likens surfing to being “kissed by God” – a sentiment in keeping with the blissed-out vibes that permeate this sun-filled, salt-infused movie. The original soundscape is from Australian music collective Headland (led by Murray Paterson, a Tex Perkins collaborator).

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This is a crucial project for Australian surfing history and culture. Our collective surf film archive is a precious treasure of our shared cultural memory. It’s brilliant, brave and slightly mad that someone is actually game to take this herculean task on. They deserve all of our gratitude and support
Tim Baker
The next best thing to a time machine. The scans are amazing, stoked our surf history is in caring and capable hands
Alan White

Special Guest

Jolyon Hoff
Director, Screenwriter, Producer
Jolyon Hoff is an Australian documentary filmmaker. His previous projects include The Staging Post – which won Highly Commended for Best Stand-Alone Documentary by the Australian Directors’ Guild – and Watandar, My Countryman , which premiered at Adelaide Film Festival in 2022. Hoff spent 15 years living and working across Nigeria, Indonesia, Nepal and Washington, with the commitment to bridging the developing and developed worlds together.


Sun 9 Jun
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 3
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Mon 10 Jun
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Sun 16 Jun
Ritz Randwick - Cinema 5
Assisted Listening
Past Event Cancel
Presented By
Program Strand
Documentary Australia Award
All Ages
In English
Jolyon Hoff
Craig Griffin, Hamish Gibbs Ludbrook, Jolyon Hoff
Jolyon Hoff
Ursula Woods
Ernest Hariyanto, Nick Meyers
NSW Premiere
Australian Films, Documentary, Sport
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Umbrella Entertainment
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