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Surf’s Up!

The 7th annual London Surf / Film Festival comes to the Regent Street Cinema from 19th-21st October.

A celebration of the cream of contemporary surf culture, this year’s line up showcases the multi-layered world of waveriding – exploring the 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 the world’s most exciting surfers and icons: from big wave riders Albee Layer and Andrew Cotton to style masters LeeAnn Curren, Kepa Acero and Mike Lay plus talks from award winning filmmakers, live music, art and more the London Surf / Film Festival is a must attend for dreamers, doers, adventurers, hard chargers and anyone of a salty disposition.

“This year’s programme showcases 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, 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!”

19th-21st October 2017, the iconic Regent Street Cinema plays host to the London Surf / Film Festival, with a series pop up events across the capital 22 – 26 October.

Tickets are on sale now priced from £10.  For details head to: londonsurffilmfestival.com

LONDON SURF / FILM FESTIVAL 2017 FEATURE PREMIERES

BUNKER by Takuji Masuda, 9th 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.
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.

INTERNATIONAL SHORTS

POINT OF CHANGE Rebecca Coley
BEZERKE Andrew Kaineder
COLD LINES Claudia Lederer
THE BROTHERHOOD 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
THE OCEAN DOESN’T CARE Mikey DeTemple

For full listings, please check out: https://www.regentstreetcinema.com/

PHOTO: STILL FROM A NERVOUS LAUGHTER

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email: writerpaula@icloud.com

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