Winter Dreaming film
Winter Dreaming: an Australian Alps freeheel filmWinter Dreaming: an Australian Alps freeheel film DVD teaser
Take me to the deepest pockets of winter where I can melt away…
Graham Hammond trips through a self-induced fantasy. Stephen Curtain collection
On the flattest and driest-inhabited continent on Earth, the unimaginable materialises each southern hemisphere winter. Powerful, low pressure systems spiral in from Antarctica, unleashing blizzards across a modest but beautiful arc of mountains: the Australian Alps. They slowly accrue an ever-deepening blanket of snowy, blustery white. On a continent known more for its scorching temperatures and deserts, winter snow in the Australian Alps may be fleeting but its beauty is unforgettable.
Site Map Winter Dreaming captures the essence and characters of telemark or freeheel skiing—fluid, boundless and enticing—as these magical snow-storms grace a timeless, snowy canvas. Winter Dreaming unveils stories and an ephemeral beauty told through freeheel skiing of a landscape rarely seen or understood by the international audience—let alone by most Australians. Just as spring thaws winter’s mantle, Winter Dreaming will leave you with a series of beautiful, graceful moments gently imbued on one’s mind, long after the winter snow has disappeared.
Some of Australia’s best freeheel or telemark skiers lay powerful arcs, back-flips and 360s down pristine, powder-laden chutes and bowls. Skiers include Sam Dunlop, Graham Hammond, Ross Walker, Dale Cunningham, Sam Foster, Faye Xintaropoulos, Jean-Loic Mafayon, Jake Barnes, Jarrod Paine, Amanda Clarke, Matt O’Rourke, Steve Leeder.
A cool, groovin’ soundtrack will accompany fantastic winter-action imagery with the likes of Something for Kate and Sam Roberts Band among other artists.
Pre-production began in February 2005. Post production through early 2008 with a release in southern hemisphere winter 2008. Filmed on HD. Length: approx. 40 minutes.
Winter Dreaming: an Australian Alps freeheel film is available for purchase on DVD.
As an educational resource, Winter Dreaming on DVD can promote:
- Natural values of the Australian Alps
- Telemark/freeheel skiing
- Keep Winter Cool
- Global warming awareness
- Snowcamping and snow survival
- Alpine Ecology
- Minimal Impact principles
- Connection to wildness - staying active
- Care for the Alps: Leave No Trace
As an educational resource, Winter Dreaming on DVD is specifically suitable for use by:
- Primary and Secondary school students, especially Outdoor and Environmental Studies.
- Australian Alps National Park agencies and relevant Government departments
- Tertiary students studying Outdoor Education, Outdoor Recreation, Parks & Heritage, Adventure Ecotourism, Sport & Recreation
- Alpine ski resorts supporting sustainability
- Backcountry and resort ski enthusiasts
Winter 2008 screenings
Where and when?
- Falls Creek: Glo Cinema at Frueauf Village 25 July 2008. 8.30pm +calendar
- Falls Creek Freeheel Festival: The Man Hotel 2 August 2008. 7.30pm +calendar
- Mt Beauty: Mt Beauty Country Club 14 August 2008. 8pm
- Wodonga: Wodonga TAFE, Building B, Room B019 15 August 2008. 7.30pm
- Bright: Bright Information Centre Cinema 16 August 2008. 7.30pm
- Charlotte Pass: Kosciuszko Chalet, 21 August 2008. 8pm
- Thredbo: Keller Bar, Thredbo Alpine Hotel 23 August 2008. 6pm
- Melbourne: RMIT Capitol Theatre, opposite Town Hall
4 September 2008. 7pm+calendar
- Jindabyne: Jindabyne Cinema 6 September 2008. 7pm
- CANCELLED unfortunately. Mt Baw Baw: Conference centre 12 September 2008. 5.30pm and 8.30pm
- Dinner Plain: Rundell’s Alpine Lodge 14 September 2008. 8pm
- Sydney: Trek & Travel, 447 Kent St, 1 October 2008. 6.30pm
$10 ticket person or $40 includes a DVD copy of Winter Dreaming (RRP $49.95). Save $19.95. Purchase at the door of each respective screening.
Correction/Amplification: The skier featured in the poster is Mick Wieland not Matt O’Rourke as stated. Eucalypt Productions apologises. Clarification was not sought at the time of publication.
25 September 2007, Alpine National Park, Victoria. After three winters’ filming for this feature film, I’m tired! But it’s all been worth it. One of the 2007 winter’s last storms graced Charlottes Pass (1760 metres, NSW) two weeks ago leaving 15-20cm of dry fresh. Beautiful to film. The editing stage is slated for December with a release some time soon it is hoped after that. A massive thanks to all that have helped this slightly weary camera-person / producer along the way. Cheers, Stephen.
Winter Dreaming supports Keep Winter Cool.
Winter Dreaming has a fleeting mention in The Official Victorian Snow Report.