Wollongong showing for local surf film before New York screening

FILM SCREENING: Smile and Wave film-maker georgia Matts (centre) with her friends Sarah Baum and Skye Burgess. The film will screen at Towradgi Beach Hotel on June 25. Picture: Sylvia Liber

FILM SCREENING: Smile and Wave film-maker georgia Matts (centre) with her friends Sarah Baum and Skye Burgess. The film will screen at Towradgi Beach Hotel on June 25. Picture: Sylvia Liber

The crew behind Smile and Wave will screen the surfing road movie in their hometown of Wollongong before showing it in New York.

‘’We wanted to screen the film in our home town before we head overseas because it is mostly filmed in local breaks,’’ first-time film-maker Georgia Matts said.

‘’We are female surfers so it doesn't catch much traction in society, but it is a good way to come and support local surfers and local businesses that have supported us.’’

The film looks to highlight purely the ''tremendous'' surfing ability of female surfers. Matts tries to capture this by telling the surfing story of her two best friends, Skye Burgess and Sarah Baum.

For the past two and a half years the trio travelled up and down the coast of New South Wales surfing and filming their adventures. The 23-year-old film-maker from Fairy Meadow also joined the couple in Baum's home country of South Africa for two months.

‘’It's been a fantastic experience. I've had the chance to travel around the world with my two best friends.’’

Smile and Wave will show at Towradgi Beach Hotel on Sunday, June 25. Doors open at 5pm for a 6pm screening.

Tickets $15, $10 (children 10-17) and free for those under 10. Raflle prizes include two surfboards, sunglasses and signed Craig Anderson shirts. Smile and Wave will screen at Rockaway Beach Surf Club in New York City on August 11-12.

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