We were already pretty excited about the first ever London Surf Film Festival rolling into town 13-15 October 2011. And now we’ve seen the kickass line up of films that will be premiering we’re even more excited, in fact we may have even drooled a little on our keyboards, but that’s ok we wiped it up.
So now drum solo please, here’s the latest list of runners and riders which will be showing at the London Surf Film Festival and the days when each will be playing. All are UK premieres, and Fighting Fear and Come Hell or High Water, are Euro premieres.
First Love. Directed by Claire Gorman. SHOWING SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER
Following three competitive female surfers from the male dominated waters of Phillip Island as they prepare for their first trip to Hawaii, this is an inspiring documentary about friendship, dedication and following your dreams. How will they cope with the strains of competition, the challenge of big waves, career threatening injury and meeting their idols?
Finn Surf. Directed by Aleksi Raij SHOWING SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER
Finnsurf peels back the fleecy layers on the lives of a handful of surfers from one of the world’s most inhospitable surf locations and discovers just what drives them to paddle out into the Baltic Sea in water that is life threateningly frigid. This film is both touching and inspiring and will make you re-evaluate just what it means to be a hardcore surfer.
Splinters. Directed by Adam Pesce. SHOWING THURSDAY 13th OCTOBER
Only seen the trailer for this and it looks darker than dark. Official blurb and trailer:
In the 80s a pilot left behind a surfboard in a remote ocean side village in the developing nation of Papua New Guinea. This compelling story unfolds 20 years later in the months leading up to the first National Surf Championships and explores the effect that surfing has had on human relationships, inter-club tensions and the competitive spirit within this tight knit, passionate community.
And here’s the official blurb and trailers for the rest:
Stoked and Broke. Directed by Cyrus Sutton SHOWING FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER
Making their own boards, bamboo rickshaws, solar cookers, and hobo stoves, surfers Ryan Burch and Cyrus Sutton set off on a thirty mile, eight day walk through San Diego, CA. But what begins as a guide to taking a minimalist surfing journey, quickly becomes an examination of freedom vs alienation.
Dark Fall. Directed by Alex DePhillipo SHOWING FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER
Alex DePhillipo lifts the veil and offers a fascinating insight into a year in the lives of some of New Jersey’s finest surfers. It follows them through waist deep snowdrifts to charge gaping brown barrels, sees them battle the crowds and stifling regulations of the summer season and watches them embrace the joys of an autumn that arrives with the promise of groomed hurricane swells shared with your mates. Set to an anthemic sound track of East Coast USA.
Come Hell or High Water. Directed by Keith Malloy SHOWING SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER
The hotly anticipated new release from Keith Malloy and Woodshed Films. In it, Malloy takes surfing back to its source, bringing us those most dedicated proponents of the glide, those watermen and women who inhabit a world close to the curl – a world of handplanes, bodysurfing and pure stoke.
Lost Atlas. Directed by Kai Neville SHOWING FRIDAY 14TH OCTOBER
Lost Atlas is one of this year’s hottest releases and picks up where Neville’s iconic Modern Collective (2009) left off. This unfiltered view of some of the world’s most progressive surfers presents a paradigm shift in performance surfing cut with candid clips and set to an epic soundtrack.
Sight | Sound. Directed by Mikey DeTemple SHOWING SATURDAY 15th OCTOBER
One of this year’s most anticipated releases, this lovingly crafted ode to waveriding follows a band of surfers from the crystalline Tropics to the snow-fringed waters of Nova Scotia. Breathtaking cinematography and an eclectic soundtrack combine to make this a modern classic.
The Still Point. Directed by Taki Bibelas SHOWING THURSDAY 13th OCTOBER
T.S. Eliot Poem inspires a film about water and the ocean. This is a thought provoking documentary about the essence of surfing as seen through the eyes and thoughts of some of the worlds most renown “water-men”.
For full details on the event, which takes place 13-15 October at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, head to www.londonsurffilmfestival.com