Release date26 December 1986 (1986-12-26) (Australia) WriterEverett De Roche, Bonnie Harris
TaglineThe ride of a lifetime.
Windrider trailer 1986
Windrider (alternatively worded as Wind Rider and also known as Making Waves) is a 1986 Australian romantic comedy film directed by Vincent Monton and starring Tom Burlinson. Filmed in Perth, Western Australia, Australia, it features Nicole Kidman in her first 'adult' role and includes a few nude scenes.
Stewart 'P.C.' Simpson (Burlinson) lives in a magnificent beachfront home, and is an enthusiastic windsurfer, indulging his passion for windsurfing on a daily basis. His wealthy father, (Tingwell) may fault his inconsistency in working within his father's company, but can appreciate his son's remarkable abilities on the waves. With the help of his father's company's engineer Howard (Chilvers), he develops a high tech sailboard for the coming world windsurfing championship. Jade (Kidman) is a rock singer, who starts a romance with P.C., but as their romance blooms, sport, friends and the upcoming championship become secondary.
Tom Burlinson as Stewart P.C Simpson
Nicole Kidman as Jade
Bud Tingwell as Stewart Simpson Senior
Jill Perryman as Miss Dodge
Simon Chilvers as Howard
Kim Bullad as Coyote
Stig Wemyss as Ratso
Mark Williams as Mangles
Alastair Cummings as Rabbit
Robin Miller as Wally
Matt Parkinson as Lurch
Lorraine Webster as Mud
John Ryan as McBride
Lance Karapetcoff as King
Ric Whittle as Ross
Penny Brown as Kate
Alistair Browning as Cram
The movie was the first film directed by experienced cinematographer Vince Monton. Monton later said he felt the film was too adult (it received an M rating) when it should have been aimed at 13 year olds.
In an interview, Kidman stated was attracted to the role of Jade because the character was older.
It’s inevitable that I’ll grow up. People do still remember me as being 15, but it’s slowly changing. It’s hard for a casting director to know where I fit in – I can play 22, 23, 24, if not physically then mentally.
Filming started 16 September 1985.
Windrider was released on DVD by Umbrella Entertainment in March 2010. The DVD is compatible with all region codes and includes special features such as the theatrical trailer, Umbrella Entertainment trailers, a stills gallery, wind surfing promo, Young Thing music promo, Nicole Kidman music promo, an extended bedroom scene, script, press kit, press clippings and cast biographies.