Tim Bonython's association with surfing films began in 1978, when armed with a Super-8 camera, he set off to Hawaii's infamous North Shore to capture the big waves and their riders. From that moment he became totally besotted with the sport, its participants, and turning it into captivating, breath-taking, and inspiring films.
Tim filmed the renowned Rip Curl Pro event at Bells Beach in 1981 where competitors surfed waves in excess of twenty feet. With a projector & PA in the back of his car and and a 4' x 3' screen on the roof, Tim presented, hot off the press, some of the most amazing surfing footage ever shot in Australia. He set off to pubs and clubs around Australia's East Coast and the Australian Surf Movie Festival was born.
In 1998, on the advice of internationally renowned surf photographer Dan Merkel, Tim went off to document one of the biggest swells ever surfed at Jaws Maui, one of the world's greatest big wave locations. The film called Biggest Wednesday, created from the hours of footage collected became one of the most respected surf documentaries ever. After touring this film throughout the country and overseas, it was sold on to VHS then to DVD. With over 130,000 units sold, it remains one of the biggest surf video sales of all time in Australia.
During that time Tim worked for Quiksilver International and also produced music videos for the Screaming Jets, Midnight Oil, The Angels & Frenzal Romb.
Over the last 12 years, Tim has made a home-away-from-home in Tahiti shooting at one of the world's most notorious, big wave surfing locations - Teahupo'o. From footage shot there, Tim created the award -winning documentary Blackwater-The Story of a Place Called Teahupo'o. In May 2006 it won Best Surf Documentary in the International Surf Festival in St Jean De luz, France. He followed this with May Dayz showing the jaw-dropping feats of the big waves and the riders over two incredible days at the same location.
In just a few short years, Tim has grown the Australian Surf Movie Festival from its humble beginnings of out of the back of his car to having his films screen as part of the Big Day Out, to sell-out crowds at large pub and club venues and in selected independent cinemas throughout Australia and international locations. The Australian Surf Movie Festival, into its 10th tour, combines film with live music by presenting young-up-and-coming musicians as part of the ASMF experience.