Nervous Laughter, Bunker 77, Church of the Open Sky, Endless Winter make the cut
Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 27 September, 2017 - This year’s programme of premieres award winning features and underground projects from the world’s best showcases the multi-layered world of waveriding, exploring our salt water realm and the diverse characters that inhabit it with documentaries to inspire, travelogues to stir up the wanderlust and surfing to blow minds.
Accompanied by Q+A’s with some of the world’s most exciting surfers: charger Albee Layer, Kepa Acero (who broke his neck surfing earlier this year and lived to tell the tale), surfer/ musician LeeAnn Curren, British Mike Lay, Andrew Cotton and award winning filmmakers including Dan Norkunas, Peter Hamblin, Takuji Masuda, Chris McClean, Matt Crocker, James Dean plus live music, art, pop up events and more the London Surf / Film Festival is a must attend for dreamers, doers, adventurers, hard chargers and anyone of a salty disposition.
“I’m really stoked on this year’s line of stunning cinematography, stories, and surfing,” says LS/FF Director Demi Taylor of the independent film festival she founded in 2011 with fellow surf writer Chris Nelson. “For many of the movies we’re screening, the festival will be the only chance you’ll get to watch them in the UK as they were intended to be enjoyed – on the big screen, accompanied by a packed crowd of likeminded folk – the original “social media” experience!”
19 – 21 October 2017, Regent Street Cinema plays host to the London Surf / Film Festival.
22 – 26 October 2017, a series of events are popping up across the capital
LONDON SURF / FILM FESTIVAL 2017 FEATURE PREMIERES
Bunker77 by Takuji Masuda // 19th October
UK PREMIERE: Hotly anticipated documentary charting the wild and true story of the controversial 1970's surf star, libertine and self styled international playboy Bunker Spreckles. Heir to a fortune and step-son to Hollywood royalty, Bunker threw it away for a surf life on the edge. With CR Stecyk, Art Brewer et al.
PLUS Director Q+A
Church of the Open Sky by Nathan Oldfield // 19th October
UK PREMIERE: The imagery is dreamy, the surfing from Dave Rastovich, Lauren Hill, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, Alex Knost et al is loose, the locations from Australia and New Zealand to Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka are lush and the sentiments true. A cinematic masterpiece.
Endless Winter 2: Surfing Europe by Matt Crocker, James Dean // 20th October
UK PREMIERE: Mark Harris traces the classic European surf trail from Cornwall to Morocco. Combining pioneering stories from the likes of Kevin Naughton to Kepa Acero, archive footage and perfect surf from Europe’s most iconic surf spots this beautiful doco is must see for surfers and explorers alike. PLUS Director Q+A
The Sea Wolf by Ben Gulliver // 20th October
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: A two-year journey exploring the furthest corners of the globe in search of untapped cold-water waves. The surfing is cutting edge, the back-drops are jaw dropping and the cinematography is crisp. Featuring Chippa Wilson, Noah Cohen, Pete Devries et al. One of the year’s most anticipated films.
Nervous Laughter by Dan Norkunas // 21st October
UK PREMIERE: Lifting the curtain on Albee Layer and his tight-knit crew of friends redefining big wave surfing during a season rife with nerves, injury, triumph and losses. Combining breathtaking cinematography & fearless surfing this truly inspiring documentary explores the heart and soul of big wave riding. PLUS Q+A with Albee Layer and Director Dan Norkunas
Perilous Sea by Ryan Meichtry / Mike Bromley // 21st October
UK PREMIERE: A trans continental cold water surfing odyssey capturing the raw spirit, glorious landscapes & pure perfection of the North Atlantic fringes –Canada, Iceland, Ireland and beyond with Noah Cohen, Noah Lane, Sam Hammer, Heidar Eliasson & friends. Guaranteed to stir the wanderlust in the explorers.
Island Earth by Cyrus Sutton // 24th October
UK PREMIERE: To feed all the humans on the planet, we’re going to have to grow as much food in the next 35 years as we’ve grown since the beginning of time. From the Emmy award winner, a rich and complex exploration of the effect of GMO crops on the island of Hawaii, featuring surfer Dustin Barca & Cliff Kapono.
Scramble Gamble by Nathan Myers // 26th October
UK PREMIERE: Four friends set off on an Indonesian road trip without checking the swell, booking reservations or any of that organisational crap. On their bikes, they have everything from a 5’2″ fish to a 9’6″ longboard. The best gamble is the one you take… surfing, scrambling, exploring, whatever.
Point of Change Rebecca Coley
Bezerke Andrew Kaineder
Cold Lines Claudia Lederer
The Brotherhood Chris Case
The Man & The Sea Andrew Kaineder
Awen Anders Melchior
Maurice Cole: The First Wave Peter Baker
I Knew Jack O'Neill Peter Hamblin
Dispatch From Mexico Eugenio Barcelloni
Headwind Haters Chris McClean
The Ocean Doesn’t Care Mikey DeTemple