OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE – Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 12 June, 2008 – It was announced June 12 that Screen Media Films has acquired “Bustin’ Down the Door” for theatrical release. 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 Wayne "Rabbit" Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson 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 Monika Gosch, Robert Traill and Shaun Tomson; this is Gosch's first documentary film. “Bustin'” was filmed on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and features iconic surf footage from 1970's films including Free Ride and Many Classic Moments and a period soundtrack that includes Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Leonard Cohen.
Among the many notable surfers and pros interviewed were Ian Cairns, Peter Townend, Michael Tomson, Tom Curren, Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Barry Kanaiaupuni and "Fast Eddie" Rothman. “Bustin’ Down the Door” will have a platform release starting with the below dates and cities. Check your local listings or bustindownthedoor.com for more information.
The film is part of Screen Media & The Creative Coalition's Spotlight Initiative. The Spotlight Initiative is a joint venture between the two companies to support films with messages that support the common good. The Creative Coalition is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy arm of the arts and entertainment industry.