Morning of the Earth

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Morning of the Earth
Directed byAlby Falzon, David Elfick
Produced byDavid Elfick
StarringTerry Fitzgerald
Michael Peterson
Stephen Cooney
Nat Young
Rusty Miller
David Treloar
CinematographyAlby Falzon
Edited byAlby Falzon, Albie Thoms
Music byG. Wayne Thomas
Release date
25 February 1972[1]
Running time
79 minutes
BudgetA$40,000 (est.)[1]

Morning of the Earth is a 1971 classic surf film by Alby Falzon and David Elfick.

The film's soundtrack was produced by G. Wayne Thomas and included music and songs by noted Australian music acts Tamam Shud, John J. Francis, Brian Cadd, Mike Rudd and G. Wayne Thomas. The record became the first Australian Gold soundtrack album. In October 2010, the soundtrack for Morning of the Earth (1971) was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[2]

The film portrays surfers living in spiritual harmony with nature, making their own boards (and homes) as they travelled in search of the perfect wave across Australia's north-east coast, Bali and Hawaii. The movie is regarded as one of the finest of its genre and noted as recording the first surfers to ride the waves at Uluwatu on the very southern tip of Bali and so bringing Bali to the attention of surfers around the world and so the beginnings of Bali as a major tourist destination.


Tamam Shud were recording tracks for the surf film Morning of the Earth including their song "First Things First".[3] Their main lead singer, Lindsay Bjerre was having voice problems so they recorded the song using lead guitarist Tim Gaze; music producer G. Wayne Thomas was unhappy with Gaze's vocals and asked Broderick Smith (Carson) to fill in. According to Bjerre, Tamam Shud were not informed and only found out about the switch at the film's premiere; according to Smith, he had Tamam Shud's knowledge and permission.[3][4]

Locations featured[edit]




Surfers featured[edit]

(In alphabetical order, incomplete.)


  1. "Morning of the Earth" – G. Wayne Thomas
  2. "I'll Be Alright" – Terry Hannagan
  3. "First Things First" – Tamam Shud
  4. "Sure Feels Good" – Brian Cadd
  5. "Open Up Your Heart" – G. Wayne Thomas
  6. "Simple Ben" – John J. Francis
  7. "Bali Waters" – Tamam Shud
  8. "Making It on Your Own" – Brian Cadd
  9. "Day Comes" – G. Wayne Thomas
  10. "Sea the Swells" – Tamam Shud
  11. "I'm Alive" – Peter Howe
  12. "Come with Me" – Brian Cadd


  1. ^ a b "It's our most ambitious surfing movie". The Sydney Morning Herald. 27 February 1972. p. 85.
  2. ^ O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9.
  3. ^ a b "Carson". Milesago. Retrieved 16 April 2008.
  4. ^ "Tamam Shud". Milesago. Retrieved 20 April 2008.

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