FEATURE FILMS 

HEAVY WATER (AFRICAN PREMEIRE)
Hawaii, USA, 2017, 90min
Director: Michael Oblowitz
Bay of Plenty lawns, 7pm, Sunday 22 July

The Sea of Darkness director makes a film that speeds along like an action adventure, but is in reality a gritty feature documentary. This is the story of wild child Nathan Fletcher who lives life as close to the edge as inhumanly possible. A thumping yarn in terrifying big waves on the North Shore and Tahiti also investigates his relationships with colourful characters of California and Hawaii. Includes the crazy “acid drop” he successfully pulls off by jumping out of a helicopter with his board straight onto a giant wave.

CHURCH OF THE OPEN SKY
Director: Nathan Oldfield
Info: 52 min
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Mon 23 & Thurs 26 July

Independent Australian filmmaker Nathan Oldfield has made a beautifully shot visual love poem. Call it a sea-soaked celebration of the surfing experience. All participants are worthy and welcomed – to learn, play and grow together – in inclusive, sacred playgrounds beneath ‘The Church of the Open Sky’. Shot on location in Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka. It features Dave Rastovich, Lauren Lindsey Hill, Tom Wegener, Belinda Baggs, CJ Nelson, Alex Knost, Johnny Abegg, Neal Purchase Jr, Jasson Salisbury, Devon Howard and many others. Sweet.

SECRETS OF DESERT POINT (AFRICAN PREMIERE)
Indonesia, 2018, 44min
Director: Ira Opper
uShaka Marine World, 6pm, Wed 25 July

In the early 1980s, in leaky boats off a remote Indonesia island, young Californian Bill Heick and his friends stumbled across a perfect wave. They kept the treasure off the map for more than a decade. The plan was to surf uncrowded Desert Point at the highest level possible no matter the cost, and there were plenty. In the mould of Sea of Darkness and Riding Giants.

OF MEN AND MONSTERS
USA, Hawaii, 2018, 31min
Director: Josh Palmer
uShaka Marine World, 6pm, Thurs 26 July

The film of dreams and nightmares. You will be stunned at the giant waves ridden in the USA and Hawaii in their winter early this year. Includes insightful interviews with the legends of big wave riding, including Brock Little, Garrett Mcnamara and Peter Mel. A must see for anyone awed by the sea.

I AM AFRICAN
Director: Ismael Benlamlih
Info: 28 min
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Wed 25 July

A doccie about the Moroccan double of Dave Rastovich. With his gentle heart and scraggly surfer hair, Ismael has a happy attitude that is infectious as he travels eight countries in five months to bring clean water to people in need while surfing in his spare time. He crosses a continent with local transport, surviving malaria and hepatitis to surf – for him the best wave in the world – Skeleton Bay.

THE SEAWOLF
Director: Ben Gulliver
Info: 44 min
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Tues 24 & Fri 27 July

Follow eight surfers on a two-year journey as they travel to the furthest most remote corners of the globe in search of big fat gaping tubes. Shot on high def 4k Red Cameras this is what you could call cold water nonsense in its purest, most gritty sense, but what these ous do will earn your respect. Starring Balaram Stack, Pete Devries, Chippa Wilson, Noah Wegrich, Noah Cohen, Josh Mulcoy, Cam Richards and Oliver Kurtz. Brrrrrrr

MEDIUM LENGTH FILMS 

BEZERKE
Director: Andrew Kaineder
Info: 16 min
uShaka Marine, 6pm Tues 24 & Friday 27 July

O’Neill team rider, Russell Bierke is not your average 18-year-old Aussie kid. He is a big wave head case of the highest order. He’s a levelheaded young man who sees challenge where others see terror. Some insight from Russell’s father, and scenes from a special session in Southern Australia that Kelly Slater shares with Russell when he was 15. Check out Russell’s phenomenal Cape Fear event win and his thoughts on the future of big wave surfing.

A WEEK UP WEST
Director: Temple Rats / Dues
Info: 20min
uShaka Marine, 6pm Tues 24 and Friday 29 July

Noosa longboarder Harrison Roach keeps falling asleep while surfing. So he travels with his shaper Thomas Bexon to a faraway island to try to build a board that will cure his sleep surfing syndrome. But that’s just the beginning of their adventure. It’s part animated weirdness and part soulful surfing, and plenty of good old dinkum stoke.

PERILOUS SEA
Scotland, 2018, 27min
Director: Mike Bromley
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Mon 23 July

A transcontinental cold water surfing odyssey that captures the raw spirit, landscapes and pure perfection that arises when conditions align to create cold water nirvana. Inspired by the storytelling style of classic ocean-fairing novels, Perilous Sea follows surfers as they explore the North Atlantic fringes, from the Canadian Maritimes, to Iceland and Ireland.

ZION’S GATE
South Africa, 2018, 15min
Director: Dougal Paterson
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Tues 24 July

A story about friendship in the places where the proximity of death affirms the life within us, places we visit in the envelope between this life and the next. After a year of preparation two friends from different parts of the world journey to Dungeons where they hope to compete in big wave event.  When the event does finally run, it’s in horrifying conditions.

SHORT FILMS

A MILLION WAVES
Director: Daniel Alli and Louise Leeson
Info: 7min
Ushaka Marine, 6pm, Mon 23 July

Heart-warming and heart-wrenching portrait of Kadiatu Kamara, or KK, the only female surfer in Sierra Leone at just 19-years-old. When her father died, KK was left to face the Ebola epidemic alone but she found escape, and hope, in the surfing community of Bureh Beach, a coastal village just south of the country’s capital of Freetown.

MASA
Director: Dominic de Salis.
Info: 4 min
Ushaka Marine, 6pm, Mon 23 July

A short film based on the personal journey of Byron Bay-based Japanese shaper Masami Yaguchi. It follows the narrative of Masa who became infatuated with a culture in a time and place where surfing was seen as uncouth, and explores what drove him to move to a foreign country with an alien culture in pursuit of his passion. Soulful and cool.

THE EDGE OF NORTH
Director:  8 Seconds
Info: 6min
Ushaka Marine, 6pm, Mon 23 July

In the winter of 2016, we took a group of top British surfers on a trip to northern Scotland. This is a story of discovering new adventure in your own backyard and reconnecting with old friends. We are currently in post production on the film.

SEA LONE
Director: Luca Merli
Info: 14 min
Bay of Plenty lawns, 7pm, Sun 22 July

A story of a dream mixed with reality in Sri Lanka with Lola Mignot, Karina Rozunko, Sierra Lerback and photographer Luki O’Keefe. As amazing creatures from the sea, we lived boundless and free, open hearted and open minded to the new world.

AWEN
Director: Anders Melchior
Info: 6min
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Wed 25 July

More and more young Chinese pursue their own dreams and seek a higher degree personal freedom. Their mindset stands in stark contrast to the Chinese society’s cherishing of permanent jobs and predictable futures. Awen’s mom wants him to become a fisherman like his ancestors. Awen, on the other hand, just wants to surf.

BLACK RAIN 
Director: Andy Gough
Info: 6 min
Ushaka Marine, 6pm, Fri 27 July

The black rain squall rolled overhead. Its downpour came in sideways sheets, turning the clean ocean surface to chatter. The drops falling heavy pushing deep below the water’s surface, joined by the welcome taste of rainwater. In minutes the squall had passed and the light offshore returned to groom the empty lineup.

FINDING PURPOSE
South Africa, 2018, 7min
Director: Gareth Kaatze
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Wed 25 July

This is a short story of love, loss and life through the eyes of Durban-based big wave surfer, Tammy-Lee Smith. It’s a poetic flashback of the hardships and triumphs that we all go through in life, reminding us to trust our hearts and let go and embrace the things we have no control over. And she charges Dungeons.

VISIT 
Director: surfnotstreets.org
Info: 4 min
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Fri 27 July

A shy visitor from the streets of South Africa arrives in the UK to visit the land of the funders who saved him from disappearing down the dark rabbit hole of the Durban streets. Not only that, but he is also a talented surfer with an endearing and honest approach to life.

ADAM
South Africa, 2018, 5min
Director: William Armstrong
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Thurs 26 July

This award-winning short film is a masterful account of Cape Town surfer Adam Vogt, who has a chronic form of leukemia.

NIGHT ROSE
United Kingdom, 2017, 4min
Director: Harry Anscombe
uShaka Marine, 6pm, Wed 25 July

An elderly lady called Rose who who lives a simple life by the sea. Until one afternoon, at home alone as normal, Rose shares a powerful and heavenly vision that sucks her out into the ocean for a hypnotic and dramatic night surf.

SHAPE QUI RIT
France, 2017, 2min
Director: Steve Fleury & Steven Blatter
Bay of Plenty lawn, 7pm, Sun 22 July

A beautifully made short film about a two year old girl shaping her dream surfboard with soulful French shaper Jeremy Ferrara making her dream come true.

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