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WAVESCAPES SURF FILM FESTIVAL (article first published : 2006-06-11)

Following the successful collaboration of 2005, the Wavescapes Surf Film Festival - the first of its kind in South Africa - again teams up with the longest running film festival in the country, the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), to present a six day feast of the latest and hottest surfing movies.

The legendary surfing city of Durban will play host to a genre of film-making that highlights surfing not just as an adventure sport, but as an art form, a philosophy and a way of life.

Wavescapes will premierPure LineDrive Thru South Africa and Horrorscopes: Cape of Storms which is a film about a team of crack tow-in surfers who attempt to ride the massive waves of a mystery reef off Cape Point.

Other films in the include Second Thoughts, A Broke Down Melody, Zen & Zero and Blackwater: The Story Of Teahupo'o.

Supported by FNB, Wavescapes will launch on the evening of June 17 with a unique outdoor event at the Bay of Plenty Lawns.

The famous Wavescapes “Fat Screen”, which is 2.5 storeys high, will be erected on the lawns beneath the stars. A set of powerful projectors and advanced stereophonic sound will provide the ultimate cinematic showcase of surfing. The scheduled film is Second Thoughts, about surf ferals who subsist on an Indonesian island, surfing the deepest, most dangerous tubes.

An added attraction at the outdoor event is a performance by Farryl Purkiss, a North Coast local who has collaborated with Jack Johnson and toured with Donovan Frankenreiter. The films will show at Ster-Kinekor Musgrave from June19 to 22.

For synopses of the films and the screening schedule visit www.wavescapes.co.za and www.cca.ukzn.ac.za

The Durban International Film Festival runs from June 14 to 25 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 for further information.




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