Round one of the “Noosa Woody’s Movie Nights” kicked off last week at the Village Bicycle in the junction with familiar faces from the line up packed into the backyard beer garden. The feel of a 1950’s drive-in cinema flooded the room and looking around, it’s as if you are on the casting set of BIG WEDNESDAY. A 70’s single fin mounts the roof of the infamous old woody wagon that roams the streets of Noosa, owned by local “DAMO”, who helped create this big hit event.
Under the fairy lights, we sat patiently to watch films which featured our fellow friends, international surfers, memorable moments and deep-sea thrill. Grommets lined the bottom of the big screen with heads held high in order to get a good view.
From the opening scene, the antique black and white cinematography captivated the audience. Eyes were glued to the screen and the crowd cheered heroically as they saw familiar faces on film, nose riding, getting barreled or stacking it hard. Locals Renee and Husni shared the ultimate party wave from a film which took place in Indo, the crowds cheered and laughed as the pair reminisced about those good old days.
Winding down on this Wednesday evening from our different and busy lives, it is relaxing to look around and see everyone gathered to connect on this one level. Once again Noosa provides us with a sense of belonging and community.
A short film, “The Shine”, documented on the 5th of June 2016, in Sunshine Beach had the crowd going nuts with chatter as they reminisced on the few times the Sunshine Coast received the blessing of a big swell. Barrel Masters like Brad Homan, Dean Brady, Harry Bryant and the legend “Chicken” braved the 8-10ft swell to produce some eye candy of waves for us to drool at.
The audio was low, which allowed people to chat amongst themselves, which made the venue quite loud. Then, there was a moment, a single moment amongst the lot where complete silence fell over us as we sat, watched and enjoyed the stylish display of surfing from the young smile filled locals in Batu Karus, pure awe.
A series of short films ranging from Noosa to Norway, concluded with a round of applause from everyone in the room. Not a single dull face sat there as everyone was filled with contentment and joy. So, keep your eyes peeled for round two of the Noosa Woody’s Movie Nights, it’s one you won’t want to miss.