"Bustin' Down the Door", the smash hit of the Santa Barbara Film Festival comes to Ocean City, MD at the Fox Sun and Surf Theater, 14301 Coastal Highway, Ocean City, MD 21842 on the 8th August 2008.
Introduction, free signed posters and question and answer session by producer/ surf legend Shaun Tomson on Monday 11th August at 7.00pm.
The ground breaking action packed story takes a look at a dramatic moment in history when a group of young South African and Australian surfers put their lives on the line for a dream and changed their sport forever - for more information and the trailer - www.bustindownthedoor.com
“Amazing wall- to-wall footage” Nathan Lee – New York Times
"A breakout film. Bustin' Down the Door shows what happens when ego and historical problems clash during the most critical period in our sports history."
– Kelly Slater, 8 X World Surfing Champion
“Sizzling from start to finish” – Robert Koehler, VARIETY
“Fascinating” – Filmweek, NPR
“A powerhouse spellbinder”- Jim Kempton, SURFLINE
“An eye opener” - Ben Marcus, Surfer Magazine
“Delivered on all sorts of levels – a great movie” - Santa Barbara Independent
"The most valuable entertainment by a documentary film in years."
- Bill Sharp, former editor, Surfing Magazine
"The most profound film ever made about surfing."
-Jim Moriarty, Executive Director, Surfrider Foundation
"The best surf documentary ever made.” Chris Cote – Transworld Surf
The award-winning documentary, narrated by Edward Norton is a dramatic story of a pivotal time in surfing. During the winter of 1975 in Hawaii, surfing was shaken to its core. A group of young surfers from Australia and South Africa sacrificed everything and put it all on the line to create a sport, a culture and an industry that is today worth billions of dollars and has captured the imagination of the world. With a radical new approach and a brash colonial attitude, these surfers crashed headlong into culture that was not ready for revolution.
BUSTIN’ DOWN THE DOOR chronicles a tumultuous two-year period of competitive and cultural clashes in the mid-Seventies in surfing's Mecca - Hawaii's North Shore of Oahu - as a small crew of Australians and South Africans set out with attitude and determination to change the world of surfing. Framed around the emerging careers of World Champions-to-be Shaun Tomson, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew and Mark Richards, Bustin’ documents how these young men risked everything to become the best surfers in the world, and how their courage and vision began a cultural revolution that led to the birth of professional surfing and ultimately what has become today's billion-dollar surf industry.
The film was directed by Jeremy Gosch, and was produced by Shaun Tomson, Monika Gosch and Robert Traill; this is Gosch’s first documentary film. Bustin’ was filmed on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and features iconic surf footage from the best of the mid1970’s films and a period soundtrack that includes Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Leonard Cohen. Among the many notable surfers and pros interviewed for the film were Ian Cairns, Peter Townend, Michael Tomson, Tom Curren, Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Barry Kanaiaupuni and “Fast Eddie” Rothman.
About the Cast
As a competitor, Tomson's consistency and longevity marked one of the most prolific careers in professional surfing. He became South Africa’s most successful surfer, winning the country’s largest event, the Gunston 500, six times in succession and winning the World title in 1977. His popularity was immense, garnering him top honors at the 1978 Surfer Poll and successful business ventures with Instinct Apparel and Solitude Clothing. He has been called the greatest tube rider of all time, was listed as one of the 25 most influential surfers of the century (Surfer 1999) and one of the 16 greatest surfers of all time (Surfing, 2004). Tomson is currently chairman of the Surfrider Foundation’s Advisory Board and received the Environmentalist of the Year Award (SIMA 2003). He is the recent author of the best selling surfing and inspirational book “Surfer’s Code – 12 Simple lessons for riding through life”.
In the groundbreaking winter of 1975, Australian Mark Richards redefined the limits of performance surfing on the North Shore of Hawaii. The rise of pro surfing coincided with that of Richards’ career. In 1976, he won the richest event on the fledgling IPS professional tour, the Coke Surfabout in Sydney. Building on the influences of shaping legends Reno Abellira, **** Brewer and Spider Murphy, Richards began shaping his own boards in 1976. He developed a revolutionary, short, winged swallow twin-fin design perfectly suited to his loose, angular style. At 6’0", his swooping turns earned him the nickname “The Wounded Gull.” By 1979, with the twin-fin perfected, Richards won the World Title and for four consecutive years dominated the world tour, winning in every type of surf. Today, Richards lives in Newcastle with his wife and three children. He runs his family’s surf shop and is considered one of the world’s best and most innovative surfboard shapers.
Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew
Australian Wayne ‘Rabbit’ Bartholomew burst onto the international scene in the winter of 1975. Professional surfing was still a dream back then, but Bartholomew had the vision and the attitude to make it a reality. His tactics, confidence and flair made him a top-rate competitor for professionalism's first decade and his article “Bustin’ Down the Door” published in Surfer Magazine in 1976 is the inspiration for the film. He was crowned world champion in 1978, remained in the top five for seven consecutive years and came within a whisker of regaining the title in 1983. In 1999, Rabbit took over the reins of the Association of Surfing Professionals, surfing’s governing body and moved the corporate offices to Australia, to the beach where he first dreamed of becoming a pro surfer. He remains an avid tube rider and still surfs with a youthful enthusiasm. He travels the world ensuring that his dream of pro surfing remains alive and well for an entire new generation of young surfers.