A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

festivals
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

WAVESCAPES (article first published : 2007-06-17)

Thousands of surfers enjoying the winter surf season are expected to converge on Durban just after the solstice to check out the hottest new surf movies at the Wavescapes Surf Film Festival, the only event of its kind in South Africa.

Wavescapes again teams up with the Durban International Film Festival which runs from June 20 to July 1 to present a five-day feast of films that climax with a unique outdoor event at the Bay of Plenty lawns on June 29. The outdoor event, part of the opening of the Durban Beach Festival, features surfing films on a giant screen, prize giveaways and music by Farryl Purkiss, Oreka TX from Spain, and a demonstration of chinlone, the national sport of Myanmar.

Wavescapes 2007 will show wave riding in its myriad forms, from haunting visual eulogies about waves to gritty documentaries about suburban surf gangs; from surf exploration in exquisite lands to fascinating profiles of the world's best surf spots. Movies making the festival a visual "Endless Winter" will be Bra Boys, Pipeline Masters, Sipping Jetstreams, Chasing Dora, Glass Love, Absolute Mexico, My Eyes Won't Dry and Shades of Bali.

Directed and narrated by Russell Crowe, Bra Boys documents the gritty side of surfing, and tells the tale of a surf gang from the south side of Sydney in Australia. The tightly-made feature documentary Pipeline Masters stars South African Shaun Tomson and the tube-riding skills that made him an indelible part of the event's illustrious history. Pipeline Masters was directed by Stacy Peralta, who made the smash hits Riding Giants and Dog Town and Z-Boys.

Chasing Dora follows a trip to Jeffreys Bay in search of the psyche of the legendary and controversial Mickey Dora, while Sipping Jetstreams - a stunning visual travelogue made by Taylor Steele - is bound to make waves.

Wavescapes festival director Steve Pike said Sipping Jetstreams was one of his favourite new films. "It is the quintessential surf exploration movie made with razor-edged direction, stunning visuals and excellent editing."

"Another must-see is Absolute Mexico,” Steve adds. “Never mind the beautiful scenery, luxurious foliage, barren cliffs and airbrushed blue corduroy. Watching the raw power of these barrels, including one dredging monster that lasts a ridiculous 30 seconds, must be like downing a shot of 80 proof Mezcal!"

The Wavescapes Surf Film Festival (www.wavescapes.co.za) will run from June 25 to 28 at the Kwasuka Theatre, with the Durban Beach Festival finale at the Bay of Plenty Lawns on the evening of June 29.

The Durban International Film Festival runs from June 20 to July 1 at a variety of theatres and venues across Durban. The full programme is available on www.cca.ukzn.ac.za or contact Centre for Creative Arts on 031 260 2506 or 031 260 1704 for further information.




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart