Part surf film, part conservation film, "Never Town" takes a journey along some wild coastlines and talks with the people fighting to keep them wild. Filmed along the Southern Ocean coasts of Australia, it’s an exploration of what these places mean to surfers… and what surfers are willing to do to save them. As surfing elder Wayne Lynch says, “We mythologised these places. We lose them and we lose ourselves.”

"Never Town" spans Australia’s vibrant southern fringe from the dusty edge of South Australia to the deep forests of Victoria and Tasmania. It features the surfing of Dave Rastovich, Dan Ross, Belinda Baggs and Heath Joske, set alongside conversations with coastal activists who are standing up against deepwater oil drilling and industrial fish farms.

Director(s): Andrew Buckley
Production: Sean Doherty
Actors: Dave Rastovich, Heath Joske, Belinda Baggs, Wayne Lynch, Dan Ross
Year: 2018
Duration: 39 min
Our age recommendation: 12
Language (audio): English
Language (subtitles): English, Spanish
Country of origin: Australia
Shooting Locations: Australia
Screening rights: Patagonia ()
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Main topic(s): Human Potential
Secondary topics: politics tourism forest water cycle wilderness activism
Mentions: Patagonia surfing nature pristine ocean waves endangered forest environment fishing oil pipline native demonstration
Topic Page(s): Human Potential

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