uk-premiere
Screenings
Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Tue 26th Sep 21:00
Q&A with Raphael Carassic, Nathan Curren, Pierre Denoyel, Clementine Gayet

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Vue West End (Leicester Square)
Thu 28th Sep 13:30

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Biarritz, the early 1980s: surfing isn’t so much a sport as it is an anti-social and borderline criminal activity, the passion of a few long-haired local oiks. Then it all changed: like with most extreme sports, counter-culture passed into regular culture, which catalysed surfing’s development into a high-level sport. For the local surf gang, the days of unspoilt coastlines and isolated surf spots were over – now it was media, crowds and pushy tourists. Tensions simmered, but the party lifestyle went on: drugs, booze, sex, and the unstoppable, overarching adrenalin rush of riding some of the world’s best waves. Directors Nathan Curren and Pierre Denoyel know what they’re talking about: Biarritz natives themselves, they were part of the gang thirty years ago and now tell their side of the story with impressive ability and style for first-time filmmakers (neither of them has even made a short film before). At 64 minutes long, Biarritz Surf Gang is the perfect shot in the arm for all you surf fans out there pining for a hint of sea spray – and a fascinating and entertaining romp through the wild lifestyles of pro surfers in the good old days for the rest of us. Orestes Kouzof
Runtime
64
Cast
Laird Hamilton
Tom Curren
Jeff Hakman
La bande de la Grande Plage
Country
France
Director(s)
Nathan Curren
Pierre Denoyel
Writer(s)
Nathan Curren
Pierre Denoyel
Producer(s)
Raphael Carassic for Cassidy
Gilles Galud for Studio+
Executive Producer(s)
Raphael Carassic for Cassidy
Screening Status
UK Premiere