When Jack Coleman says he has new project, the automatic response is ‘Can I see it?’ Even if he says “It’s kind of based around here with not any real big names it…” my interest is immediately peaked. Because if Jack Coleman tells you he has just finished a 5 year passion project about an underground ripper, you can’t not be itching to see it – because everything Coleman makes is overflowing with passion.

POLYSUN centres around Jack’s friend Joey Bookout, a surf shop employee with a unique style and extensive quiver. “I really love watching him surf,” explains Jack. “He rides anything and everything – often repurposing boards that he finds something he likes in.” One minute Joey is getting barrelled on a Kneelo, the next he’s ripping up a point break on a twinnie, then he’s speeding through the line-up on a surfmat – all with style for miles.

Another distinctive Coleman signature is a killer soundtrack – and POLYSUN is no different. Set to Relatively Clean Rivers’s self-titled 1975 album – the cords and vocals propelling the film along, overflowing with soulful harmonies. “Overall, the album almost gives the impression of documenting the dying embers of a band of hippies who’ve found refuge in one of the last safe places for souls of such a mindset, clinging to their credo as their species awaits oncoming extinction,” says Coleman. “The band never cracked the mainstream but yeah, I thought it had a great feel to it as the driving force of sound for POLYSUN.”

As legendary surf scribe Jamie Brisick says “POLYSUN follows Joey’s unique lines—in the water and out. Joey works at a surf shop, and shapes here and there, and seems to always have a bit of resin on his hands as he rides all manner of surf craft in all manner of conditions. You never quite know what he’s going to do next —and, it seems, neither does Joey. It’s all improv. As the surfing world becomes increasingly homogenized, Joey flies the flag for individuality. POLYSUN carries no message—in fact it kicks against the very notion of messages—but if it did it’d go something like: ‘Dance like no one’s around.’”

10th Annual London Surf / Film Festival x VANS is hosted 2nd to 4th December at the iconic Genesis Cinema, presenting a carefully curated line up of the very best films from across the globe that represent the pinnacle of contemporary surfing right now! Accompanied by Q+A’s and ‘Audiences with…’ some of the world’s most exciting surfers and creatives it’s a celebration of the cream of cinematic surf culture

Check out the full line up for 2021 >> HERE.

Tickets are on sale now via the Genesis Cinema >> HERE

London Surf / Film Festival

London Surf / Film Festival

London Surf / Film Festival has just dropped the line-up for LS/FF10 x VANS. Hosted 2-4 December 2021 at the iconic Genesis Cinema, it’s set to be a stellar celebration!

For the 10th Anniversary, LS/FF have assembled a handpicked line-up of the very best films from across the globe. With the latest and greatest film premieres, documentaries to inspire, travelogues to stir the wanderlust and of course jaw-dropping surfing, this year is set to blow minds! Accompanied by Q+A’s and ‘Audiences with…’ some of the world’s most exciting surfers and creatives, plus live music from special guests, good times, and more, LS/FF is the essential celebration of the cream of surf culture. Full line up and ticket info: londonsurffilmfestival.com

“I’m super excited about this year’s line-up,” says LS/FF Director Demi Taylor. “From multi-award winning documentaries like the boundary breaking, big wave tales Big vs Small and Undone to Water Get No Enemy, the thought provoking tale of Liberia’s child soldiers turned surfers, these really are must-see stories. Sweet Adventure from multi-award winning Dir. Peter Hamblin journeys to the intersection of good vibes, good rides, good friends and good times. Featuring a ‘who’s who’ cast – Matt Meola, Albee Layer, Salema Masekela, Pat O’Connell, Wignut plus skate legend Nora Vasconcellos and more… it’s going to be a very special world premiere! We have a directorial debut from Lee-Ann Curren, fresh cuts from style master Jack Coleman as well the very best of British surf cinema. In an evening celebrating seminal surf filmmaking we’re honoured to play host to the UK premiere of the remastered Morning of The Earth Dir. Albert Falzon. Considered by many the greatest surf movie ever made, this audio-visual tour de force celebrates the most iconic surfers in mind-blowing waves of Indonesia, Hawaii and Australia. This one-off opportunity to see MOTE on the big screen for the first time in 50 years is not to be missed…We can’t wait to see you there!”

For many of the movies premiered, the festival will be the only chance to watch them as they were intended to be enjoyed – on the big screen, accompanied by a crew of like-minded folk – the original “social media” experience. You’re not going to want to miss this!
Tickets are on sale now via the Genesis Cinema >> HERE. Evening passes are limited, serving up a whole night of surf cinema plus a free Sharp’s beer (over 18’s) and exclusive goodies. They’re always popular and always sell out. And when they’re gone, they’re gone.

London Surf / Film Festival 2021 Feature Line-Up

BIG VS SMALL Dir. Minna Dufton // 2nd DEC
ENGLISH PREMIERE: Multi-award winning documentary. Ground breaking female big wave charger Joana Andrade has dedicated her life to pushing boundaries and riding huge waves including those detonating off the shores of Nazare, close to her home. This awe-inspiring film follows Joana as she attempts to overcome physical and emotional hurdles on a journey that takes her beneath freezing ice-bound waters and over the ledge of some death defying drops. Presented with a special Q&A

WATER GET NO ENEMY Dir. Arthur Bourbon & Damien Castera // 2nd DEC
LONDON PREMIERE: Fifteen years after the civil war ravaged the whole country, Liberia is rising from the ashes and growing towards a bold new future. Surf adventurers and filmmakers Damien Castera and Arthur Bourbon journey to meet the war children who have swapped their assault rifle for surfboards. Multi award winning and critically acclaimed tale that reminds us of surfing’s ability to build bridges and heal communities.

SWEET ADVENTURE Dir. Peter Hamblin // 3rd DEC
WORLD PREMIERE: Sumptuously filmed epic tale of surf adventure. Follow ground-breaking surfers Albee Layer and Matt Meola plus skate megastar Nora Vasconcellos from the thumping waves of Maui to the jungle point breaks and empty beaches of El Salvador in search of sweet waves and sweeter times. With epic cameos, this must-see travelogue stirs the wanderlust and reignites the stoke in a true tale of exploration for our times!
Presented with a special Q&A

POLYSUN Dir. Jack Coleman // 3rd DEC
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: Jack Coleman’s celebrated style always pushes beyond the norm, shooting genre-breaking wave-riding primarily on hued celluloid set to killer sound track. “Shot over the course of five years at hallowed breaks in So Cal and Baja, POLYSUN follows the unique lines of Joey Bookout —in the water and out,” explains celebrated surf scribe Jamie Brisick. “He rides all manner of surf craft in all manner of conditions. You never quite know what he’s going to do next —and, it seems, neither does Joey. It’s all improv.” 

CADAVRE EXQUIS Dir: Lee-Ann Curren // 3rd DEC
UK PREMIERE: Directorial feature debut for multi-talented surfer / musician Lee-Ann Curren. This beautiful film, ‘beautiful corpse’, is a celebration of the art of connection and collaboration. Featuring a who’s who of female surfers ripping, styling and imagining their way in all four corners of the planet including Margaux Arramont-Tucoo, Ainara Aymat, Leila Hurst, Karina Rozunko, Hanna Scott & more, presented in person by Lee-Ann, it’s stoke in its purest form. Presented with a very special Q&A

UNDONE Dir. Steve Wall // 4th DEC
UK PREMIERE: UNDONE is the story of personal endeavour following professional surfer Laura Enever, as she leaves behind a comfortable place on the World Championship Tour, and heads into the unpredictable, male-dominated world of big-wave surfing, throwing herself over the ledge at some of the world’s most remote and dangerous breaks, with some very real consequences, smashing expectations and boundaries along the way.

UK PREMIERE: Considered by many the greatest surf movie ever made, this audio-visual tour de force has been crafted around some of the most iconic surfers of all time – names that redefined waveriding – Nat Young, Terry Fitzgerald, Michael Peterson et al. Filmed around now-legendary breaks of Australia, the North shore and charting the discovery of Uluwatu. Its avant-garde imagery and stunning soundtrack has inspired legions of creatives and waveriders alike, now stunningly restored. Do not miss this one-off opportunity to see MOTE on the big screen for the first time in 50 years! Plus a very special introduction.

UK PREMIERE: 70’s SINGLE Dir: Greg Dennis

The Shorties x Surfdome
Forest to Ocean // Dir. Jack Flynn & Dan Langton
Grateful // Dir. Rory Sutherland
Here, You Are Welcome // Dir. Jem Talbot
SeeSaw // Dir. Joao Tudella
Single Fin Shootout // Dir. Lucy Jane
Step into the Black // Dir. Daniel Satchell
The Moments In Between // Dir. Mike Guest
Translate // Dir. Rebecca Smith
Window // Dir. Seth Hughes

Return To Yellow

Return To Yellow

The UK county of Lincolnshire is where I first started surfing and if I’m honest the one place I would truly consider my homeland. I left there when I was 19 (mainly in the pursuit of better waves!) but as fate would have it in 2016 after 27 years away I found myself living back in the area for an extended period.

‘Return to Yellow’ not only visually chronicles the surfing I experienced during this period and but also aims to give a feeling of what it’s like to live in this forgotten little corner of England. It’s a journey into the county where the locals are called ‘Yellowbellies’, vast swathes of land are at sea level and sediment from one of the UK’s largest rivers means the water only comes in various shades of brown. A place that with the wisdom of age I came to realise might not exactly be a surf mecca but is still a beautiful little place to call home.

P.S. This short would have never happened without the support of my incredibly creative partner Jeanne-Marie Persaud who got behind the camera on the days when most people would choose to be at home behind nothing more than a mug of tea.

Movie currently on the Longlist for the 2021 London Surf Film Festival Shorties section, check out the other entries and Go vote for it here.

London Surf Film Festival

London Surf Film Festival

Swell is on the horizon, the wind is threatening to go offshore, Autumn is here. To coincide with this, the most glorious time of year, London Surf / Film Festival x Vans has just dropped the longlist for the 10th Edition of The Shorties short film contest presented by Surfdome. Settle in for some 60 minutes of surf movie magic over on the LS/FF site. This is just what lunch breaks were made for!

London Surf / Film Festival needs your help in selecting The Shorties to be premiered on the big screen at this year’s festival. They are asking you – the esteemed surfing community – to support your favourite films by watching and voting for them. And this year, marking the 10th anniversary LS/FF has announced that a £1000 filmmaking fund will be awarded to the winning short.

The hotly contested ‘homegrown filmmaking’ category at the heart of the international festival has longlisted 13 outstanding films from some of the best British & Irish creatives.

“LS/FF is a reliable gold mine of surf culture and talent and The Shorties is one of its richest veins, always packed with unexpected nuggets,” says Surfdome. “It’s a fantastic space for new and established filmmakers to express themselves in shorter form, and we’re stoked to be supporting it – we can’t wait to see what this edition has in store.”

Voting is open now and will run until midday 6th November. Check out the longlisted entries at londonsurffilmfestival.com and support your favourites.

The shortlist is decided by a combination of votes cast by the surf community and the screening panel. The selected films will be shown on the big screen as part of the 10th Annual London Surf / Film Festival x Vans hosted 2-4 December at the iconic Genesis Cinema in East London.

London Surf / Film Festival presented by Vans is a celebration of the cream of international surf culture. Bringing to the UK the best surf films from around the globe – documentaries to inspire, travelogues to stir up the wanderlust and cutting edge action to blow minds, all accompanied by talks, live music, good times and more it is a must attend for saltwater aficionados.

Head to londonsurffilmfestival.com to vote.

You can watch, enjoy, share, support and stoke out on all The Shorties here: 

10th Edition London Surf / Film Festival

10th Edition London Surf / Film Festival

Hosted 7 – 9th October 2021 this 10th anniversary edition of London Surf / Film Festival x Vans is bringing to the UK the very best surf films from across the globe – a hand picked line up of hotly anticipated premieres and underground projects to stoke the fires and draw us together. Accompanied by talks, art, icons, music, good times and more, London Surf / Film Festival is a must-attend for anyone of a salty persuasion, a true celebration of the cream of international surf culture and our homegrown surf community.

“Over the last decade, we’re delighted to have worked with the most exciting surf filmmaking talents to bring to the UK those films that represent the pinnacle of our culture,” says LS/FF Director Chris Nelson. “The pleasure has been in showcasing those films as they’re meant to be enjoyed – on the big screen, in a stoke filled cinema of like minded crew! For our 10th Edition, we’ve been blown away with epic entries from all corners, realms and niches from inspiring documentaries and travelogues to stir the wanderlust to jaw dropping surf performance.”

For international filmmakers there’s just a week left to enter your movies. Submissions to The Shorties short film strand are open until 10th September. Filmmakers from or based in UK and Ireland are invited to enter shorts of up to 5 minutes in length that explore all aspects and angles of surfing and surf culture through documentary, comedy, action, arthouse, animation or anything in between. Details: HERE 

“Short films are a pillar of modern surf culture, a creative outlet for sharing stories and inspiring stoke,” says London Surf / Film Festival Director Demi Taylor. “We established The Shorties in 2011 to provide a platform for the homegrown talents here on our shores and it’s become one of the most prestigious short film competitions for surf filmmakers in the world. We champion those projects that bring fresh perspectives to our culture, through exceptional cinematography, story telling or surfing – filmmaking is not about big cameras, it’s about big ideas.”

About London Surf / Film Festival

London Surf / Film Festival was founded a decade ago by surfers and writers Chris Nelson and Demi Taylor. It began, where all the best ideas start life, around the kitchen table, in the deep mid winter, after a few good waves. The aim was to bring together the UK surfing tribes to share the stoke, the storytelling and the cream of surf culture; after 9 editions, some 225 film premiers, with art shows, live music, talks and a whole heap of good times, it has grown to become a must attend gathering for the global waveriding collective. LS/FF 10 x VANS 7-9 October 2021 londonsurffilmfestival.com