The Church of the Open Sky

By Mai
January 2023
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1 min read
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"The Church of the Open Sky" is a surf film by award-winning Australian director Nathan Oldfield. Not only does the film showcase the beauty of nature, it also explores the connection between nature, surfing and spirituality. 

Inspired by an expression Tom Blake used to compare surfing to worship — “‘the blessed church of the open sky”, Nathan Oldfield´s film refers surfing as the feeling of transcendence and connection to something greater than just riding a wave. It is a  feeling of  "a spiritual experience" and "a connection to nature and the ocean” — a form of meditation and self-discovery.  

The film's stunning cinematography captured locations in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, and Sri Lanka — highlighting the diversity of the ocean and its ecosystems. It also touches on the importance of protecting the ocean and preserving it for future generations to enjoy.

Overall, "The Church of the Open Sky" showcases the beauty of nature, and encourages viewers to appreciate and preserve these wonders of the earth. It is a must-watch for surfers and nature enthusiasts alike.

The film premiered in 2018 and has since won several awards at surf film festivals around the world. We discover this gem just shortly after its release being on a surf trip in Sri Lanka.

Watch the movie on Vimeo