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Mon, 10 July 2017

Wavescape comes to Durban from Sunday 16 July to Friday 21st with six days of 19 epic surf films, including a bumper crop of homegrown African movies. See you at the Bay of Plenty on Sunday!


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GIVE AND TAKE: The movie Given is an epic story of a family's journey together. Photo supplied


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Full Synopses, trailers and more information here

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We open the selection with an adventure-filled lineup of four short and medium length films at the Bay of Plenty lawns next Sunday 16 July at 7pm. Bring a blanket and a picnic and a low chair, and enjoy the shorts Whale Fantasia (trippy swim with humpback whale), Bruce Gold: Last of the Great Surfing Hippies (hilarious look at a South African icon), Sea Change (a telling reason to green our world) followed by the main feature Distance between Dreams.

This high-voltage documentary from Red Bull Media House is an all-African premiere that depicts the extraordinary lengths that surfers have gone to conquer gigantic Jaws, and other spots. Follow the Walsh brothers as they push paddle surfing beyond the realm of sanity during the biggest big wave season in surfing history. The film, which is shot in ultra High Definition, includes first person perspectives, state-of-the-art cinematography, and captivating sound. See you there.

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2017 SCHEDULE: The shows are at Bay of Plenty and Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka


Wavescape then moves to a new venue this year: the outdoor ampitheatre at Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine for five days from Monday 17 to Friday 21 July. Screenings take place once a day at 7.30pm, which gives people time to finish work or get off the beach, have supper, and enjoy the latest films from around the world, including Iceland, Brazil, South Africa, Hawaii, US, Australia, Indonesia, Madagascar, Mauritius, Fiji and more.

Director of Wavescape Steve Pike said that Durban audiences were in for a treat this year. “Of the 19 films we’re screening, no less than 10 are from South Africa, our highest ratio yet and testimony to the skills and talents of local filmmakers.”

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BRUCE GOLD: The last great surfing hippie hails from Jeffrey's Bay. Photo supplied


“We just want to remind everyone about our venue change at the Village Walk. Come through and enjoy the vibe and the films. We’re also giving away thousands of rands worth of surf clothing and accessories, so it’ll will be worth your while.”

For a look at the schedule, trailers and synopses of the films, please visit www.wavescapefestival.com or find us on Facebook www.facebook.com/wavescapefestival

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