FILM SCHEDULE

21 JULY – BAY OF PLENTY – FILMS: Water II, Stephanie Gilmore in SA, Can’t Steal Our Vibe, & Satori

22 JULY – uSHAKA – FILMS: Instant Surf, Generations, Nordurland & Emocean

23 JULY – uSHAKA – FILMS: Salt of the Earth, Paddling for Happiness, How to Learn How to Surf & White Rhino

24 JULY – MUSGRAVE – FILMS: African Surfing Life, The Bull & Transcending Waves

25 JULY – MUSGRAVE – FILMS: Springboard, Thankyou Mother & Trouble: The Lisa Anderson Story

26 JULY – MUSGRAVE –  FILMS: Andy Irons: Kissed by God

When booking please say “Wavescape screening”  films play one after the other in the same cinema as some are short films.


FEATURES 

ANDY IRONS: KISSED BY GOD 
World, 2018, 115min 
Directors: Todd Jones, Steve Jones
Showing: 26 July – Musgrave

The untold story of Andy Irons, this film tackles bipolar disorder and opioid addiction. Despite winning the world surfing title three times, Irons struggled with the same demons that millions of people worldwide battle with daily. As the pride of Hawaii and revered around the world for his blue collar rise to fame and success, few new of his inner turmoil until he died.

CAN’T STEAL OUR VIBE – AFRICAN PREMIERE
USA, South Africa, 2018, 29min
Director: Vans
Showing: 21 July – Bay of Plenty

Pro surfers Patrick, Dane and Tanner Gudauskas join Mikey February to host a surfboard drive to benefit Waves For Change in Cape Town. Tag along on an adventure from San Clemente, California to Cape Town as the G-Boys and Mikey immerse themselves in the vibrant culture of South Africa to spark the next generation of young surfers.

SATORI FILM 
South Africa, 2018, 54min
Director: Rick Wall
Showing: 21 July – Bay of Plenty

Satori is Japanese for “a glimpse of truth” or “awakening” – an apt title for a film that documents the relationship Cape Town big wave surfers have with the ocean off the Cape Peninsula. This is a unique deviation from cliches – the perfect antidote to the sycophantic obsession with big wave drama and death as determined by the surf “industry”. This is a fine celebration of our proudly South African big wave crew, and the amazing waves that are their muse.

THANK YOU MOTHER  – AFRICAN PREMIERE
South Africa, Indo, Australia  2019, 42min
Director: Ishka Folkwell
Showing: 25 July – Musgrave

With original soundtrack by Nick Bampton, this free-flowing film is narrated by Australian filmmaker Albert Falzon, who made the 1970 surf film ‘Morning of the Earth’. Shot in South Africa, Indonesia and Australia, this artful film captures surfing’s essence, while the music weaves an aural rhythm to Torren Martyn’s stylish carving across the walls of waves.

EMOCEAN – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Australia, California, Hawaii, 2018, 61min
Director: Tony Harrington
Showing: 22 July – uShaka

This three-year project evolved from surf flick into a cinematic exploration of our complex relationships with the ocean through the eyes of well known characters such as conservationist Sacha Guggenheimer, Pipe legend Jamie O’Brien, big wave pioneer Jeff Clark, iconic surf filmmaker Paul Witzig, and Pipe photographer Brent Bielmann, as well as others like Dave Kalama, Jamie Mitchell and the MacAulays brus. A love letter to the ocean.

HOW TO LEARN HOW TO SURF – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Bali, 2019, 31min
Director: Van Niestat
Showing: 23 July – uShaka

Fresh off its world premiere in the US, this hilarious short documentary shot in Bali is the story of the Ten Bullets Surf Team — a group of bad surfers — on the long, painful road to becoming OK surfers, some of them with many hours of  experience but little to show for it. They seek the guidance of two seasoned professionals, Punker Pat Towserey and Rizal Tandjung

WHITE RHINO – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Hawaii, Tahiti, Fiji, 2019, 64min 
Director: Brent Storm
Showing: 23 July – uShaka

The story of big wave surfers as seen through some of the photographers who witnessed the largest surf ever seen. This story is based on one photographer’s journey to capture the wave of a lifetime. In pursuit, three epic swells hit the South Pacific shorelines, providing conditions only madmen could dream of. 

TROUBLE: THE LISA ANDERSON STORY – AFRICAN PREMIERE
World, 2018, 49min
Director: Chas Smith
Showing: 25 July – Musgrave

Lisa Andersen was always in trouble. Once, when sent to juvenile detention, her father smashed her surfboard. When she ran away from home, the note read, “Going to California to become world surfing champion.” Abused and homeless for years, she conceived a child, and life changed. She became world surfing champion four times and is an inductee into the Surfer Hall of Fame.

NORDURLAND – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Artic Circle, 2019, 32min 
Director: Ishka Folkwell
Showing: 22 July – uShaka

Nordurland follows three friends from the subtropics of NSW Australia – Torren Martyn, Laurie Towner and Ryan Scanlon – who search for remote waves near isolated snowy peaks. Folkwell beautifully captures these vast and stunning landscapes, while Torren Martyn’s narration offers a personal reflection that is as rewarding as it is interesting.

TRANSCENDING WAVES
Falkland Islands, 2019, 74min
Directors: Julian and Joaquin Azulay
Showing: 24 July – Musgrave

The Argentine brothers – remember their film Tierra de Patagones? – explore the Falkland Islands, a 700 hundred island archipelago to mend the scars created by the 1982 War between Britain and Argentina, which remains a sore subject, even after 35 years. During an expedition over 50 days, they search for waves on foot, 4×4 truck, inter-island plane and a sailboat.  

SHORT FILMS

GENERATIONS
All over, 2018, 15min
Director: Carla Borella
Showing: 22 July – uShaka

Labia Cinema, Sun 9 Dec, 20h15
This celebration of women plays with the notions of overcoming fear, and of passing the legacy from mother to daughter. We see how the sea is the constant companion to a group of women who live their dreams despite the challenges of womanhood. Includes Leah Dawson, and Leleo Winter Peach Hi’ilaweanuenue’ewekau’iamealoha Blomfield Kane. Yes really. That is her clan name.

PADDLING TO HAPPINESS
UK, 2019, 5min
Directors: Michael Durban
Showing: 23 July – uShaka

Just like war, an ocean storm can be harsh and unforgiving ; blazing a trail of devastation in it’s wake. But when the tide turns the ocean can calm the most turbulent of them all. For many of the soldiers returning from the war in Afghanistan, 30 seconds in was the difference between life and death. Now for Martin Pollock, 30 seconds is the pursuit of the perfect wave. 

SALT OF THE EARTH – AFRICAN PREMIERE
Australia, 2018, 5min
Director: Dean Saffron
Showing: 23 July – uShaka

This is the journey from making ancient alaia finless and other styles of surfboard using wood to cruising the perfect points at Noosa Australia. It’s the – albeit short – story of Noosa icon Tom Wegener and the philosophies of life he has accumulated around surfing and shaping.

STEPHANIE GILMORE IN SOUTH AFRICA
South Africa, 2018, 6min
Director: Morgan Maasen
Showing:21 July – Bay of Plenty

The sublime wave riding genius of Stephanie Gilmore shot in South Africa while she was here for the WSL Billabong Pro JBay in July 2018.

THE SPRINGBOARD – SA PREMIERE
South Africa, 2018, 7min
Director:
Bryan Little
Showing: 25 July – Musgrave

This film comes from a beautiful idea to get disadvantaged youth to hand-make three wooden surfboards under the mentorship of Patrick Burnett. When finished, they raffled, auctioned and sold them so youth development programme 9 Miles Project could buy a mini-van.

INSTANT SURF  
UK, 2018, 5min
Director: Adam Bell

Showing: 22 July – uShaka

This film documents British surfer and polaroid photographer Matt Smith, who has been shooting instant photographs for more than a decade, capturing surfing and beach life that surrounds and inspires him. He breathes life into a near-extinct medium, specialising in expired film and using an armoury of vintage cameras he has collected and repaired over the years.

WATER II  
Maldives, Mexio, Indonesia, 2017, 5min
Director: Morgan Maassen

Showing: 21 July – Bay of Plenty

This sumptious ode to the sea is mostly shot underwater in exotic locations on top quality underwater gear, and it shows. Set to the beautiful Flicker by Son Lux, we go on a crystal voyage into the curling blue tubes of Hawaii, Tahiti, Maldives, Barbados, Indonesia, Mexico and California. Maassen used a Red Weapon, Scarlet-W and Red Dragon ultra HD cameras.

AN AFRICAN SURFING LIFE 
Afrika, 2018, 6min
Director: Alan Van Gysen

Showing: 24 July – Musgrave

Exploring Africa in pursuit of undiscovered waves sounds like a dream, let alone a job. But this is the niche of excellence that Alan van Gysen, simply known as AVG, has carved for himself. Shot in Equatorial Guinea, this cool film profiles AVG and his mission to find unspoiled places where natural wonder abides. 

THE BULL   
USA, 2018, 13min
Director: Eric Ebner

Showing: 24 July – Musgrave

Among the rocks at a remote surf break in Baja California, a 67-year-old ballie lives in an old milk van converted into the perfect surfing mobile. The award-winning story of San Diego surfing legend Glen Horn looks into his unconventional lifestyle and his plan to live until he is 120. 

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