Film-makers Thomas Castets and Ian Thomson have just had a very big weekend.

Their groundbreaking surf film, Out In The Lineup, has just won both the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Sydney Mardi Gras Film Festival, and the Best Surf Film Award at the Byron Bay International Film Festival.

Out In the Lineup is a challenging examination of surfing’s attitudes to homosexuality – showing us both the pain and damage that are wrought by ignorance, and also the life-affirming solace to be found in the ocean. The interviews, and archival and water footage, are world class: and the issue could not be more important. As the surfers in this film remind us, the process of coming out – and the reactions of others – are literally a matter of life and death for many.

Check out a trailer: the DVD drops soon. And the film screens this weekend at the Queer Film Festival at ACMI in Melbourne: get along, enjoy a great film and learn something vital.

What: Out In the Lineup

When: Sunday 16 March at 3pm

Where: ACMI Theatre 2, Federation Square Melbourne.

Tickets: HERE