Girt by Sea

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Girt by Sea
Directed byShane McNeil
Produced by
  • Heather Croall
  • Kate Separovich
Music byThe Panics
Release date
9 February 2014
Running time
58 mins

Girt by Sea is a documentary film about the Australian coast which combines archive and crowd-sourced footage with an original soundtrack by The Panics.

The film was made using footage from the National Film and Sound Archive and ABC Archives along with crowd-sourced home movies contributed through social media. Its content spans 100 years of moving images.

The film[edit]

Girt by Sea follows the format of From the Sea to the Land Beyond, also produced by Heather Croall. It explores the role the coast has played in Australia's national identity. It depicts surf lifesavers on Bondi Beach, shipbuilding in Whyalla, the Great Ocean Road, coral reefs off Queensland, the indigenous fishermen of Groote Eylandt, and Tasmania's sentinel lighthouses. It also shows darker moments such as whaling, the impact of colonisation, and changing views on immigration.

The film was commissioned by ABC TV Arts, Perth International Arts Festival, ScreenWest, Screen Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive.[1]


The sold-out world premiere was at Perth International Arts Festival on 9 February 2014, with live accompaniment by The Panics.[2]

It was broadcast on ABC 1 on 16 February 2014.[3]

It was also screened as part of the Great Southern Festival and the Adelaide Guitar Festival.


  1. ^ Q&A: Director of ‘Girt by Sea’, Shane McNeil,, 13 January 2014, retrieved 13 October 2016
  2. ^ THE PANICS PERFORM GIRT BY SEA AT ADELAIDE GUITAR FESTIVAL 2016,, 16 August 2016, retrieved 13 October 2016
  3. ^ Girt by Sea, An Archival History of the Australian Coast.,, retrieved 13 October 2016

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