LS/FF has just dropped the line up for the 12th Annual London Surf / Film Festival x Finisterre hosted 23 – 25 November 2023 at Riverside Studios, and it’s an epic celebration of the very best of surf culture.
Bringing to the UK the very best surf movies from across the globe including 4 World, 2 European and 8 UK Premieres taking in big waves, tall tales and toes on the nose, adventures to the coldest reaches, stories that stick a pin in ephemeral moments of perfection, documentaries that spark debate, surfing that blows the fins out and destinations that blow the mind – these films represent the pinnacle of contemporary surfing in the here and now.
“This year we’re stoked to feature a strong programme showcasing women on both sides of the lense,” says LS/FF Director Demi Taylor “The line up includes the World Premiere of ‘Granny Grommets’ Dir. Leah Rustomjee, and the London premiere of ‘Yama’ Dir. Lucy Small & Maddie Meddings – changing the narratives around representation, the UK Premiere of award winning documentary ‘Point of Change’ Dir. Rebecca Coley, as well as the Premiere of ‘Blood Type: Plastic’ shining a light on the work of Jo Royle, founder of NGO Common Seas, who commissioned a study into whether micro plastic particles had become small enough to cross membranes and travel into our blood. Though these films, we’re presenting new narratives and perspectives from leading female voices and are delighted to have the filmmakers joining us at the festival to present these essential films.”
UK PREMIERE: Point of Change // Dir. Becky Coley // With perfect waves, culture clashes, malaria, black magic and tragic consequences, this is a cautionary tale of cause and effect of blown secret spots and paradise lost.
Accompanied by Q+A’s and ‘Audiences with…’ some of the world’s most relevant exciting surf creatives including style-master and explorer Mike Lay, chargers Connor Maguire and Sandy Kerr plus a raft of game changing filmmakers including Chris McClean, Jon Aspuru, Rebecca Coley, Maddie Meddings, Clem Mcinerney and Spencer Frost plus a special session hosted by cultural commentator Looking Sideways’ Matt Barr, a very special gallery show and more … you’re not going to want to miss this!
Tickets are live priced from £12.50. Evening passes: £20 include entry to a whole night of films plus a free beer from the good folk at Sharp’s… and a few exclusive goodies! Evening passes are limited, always sell out and when they’re gone, they’re gone!
LS/FF WORLD PREMIERE: Granny Grommets // Dir. Leah Rustomjee // Every Friday morning, the Granny Grommets meet at Middleton Beach to catch a wave, turning the tide on what becomes expected of us as we age.
“We founded LS/FF in in 2011, dreamt up around our kitchen table in the deep mid-winter, after a few good waves,” says Festival Director Demi Taylor. “The aim was to gather together the UK surf community to share the stoke, the storytelling, the culture and it’s grown to be so much more than that. Over the past decade, we’ve had the privilege of making friends and films, bringing some 250 of the finest surf movie premieres to the UK, sharing them on the big screen as they were intended to be enjoyed – accompanied by a packed crowd of likeminded folk. It’s become an international must attend for purveyors of the glide and surf culture aficionados alike. See you there!”
WORLD PREMIERE: Blood Type: Plastic // Dir. Owen Tozer // Jo Royle is the founder of NGO Common Seas who commissioned a study into the effects of micro plastics on the human body.