Brunswick Picture House

30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483

BBIFF: The Tony Alva Story

Please note: The film “She Is the Ocean” originally programmed for Brunswick Picture House on Tuesday, 22 October has now been replaced by the original documentary “The Tony Alva Story.”

Skateboarding did not start out as a rebellious, anti-authority lifestyle activity. One of the key figures in the early evolution of skateboarding from a wholesome, contest based “sport” into the freewheeling art form that it is today was Tony Alva.

At 61-years-old, Alva, the oldest professional skateboarder in the world, is considered by many to be the godfather of modern day skateboarding. Alva’s brand of aggression and bravado in the ’70s set the stage for the way skateboarding would be forever defined.

The Tony Alva Story chronicles his humble beginnings on the streets of Santa Monica to his rise to superstardom as part of the legendary Z-Boys, his inevitable drug-induced implosion and his ultimate rise from the ashes to accept his rightful place as a beacon of hope and inspiration for generations of skateboarders the world over.

Australian Premiere
USA | 54 minutes | Directed by Rick Charnoski & Coan “Buddy” Nichols

Screens with “An Act of Love” (short film) | 11m | Directed by Lucy Knox | Byron Premiere

All $15