Startling cinematography — footage that rivals many a surf documentary’s best shots.



Australia, 1970s. The Kelly brothers, Andy (28) and Jimmy (22), have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world's most challenging and dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride. Free-spirited Jimmy is a gifted surfer and in novator but he starts to slip toward a life of crime to help the family out of debt. Andy makes a big decision. Quitting a stable job, he bets on Jimmy's surf inventions and his own business skills and launches a backyard surf gear business. They rethink board design, craft homemade wetsuits and sell their merchandise out of their van. Encouraged by their new friends, travelling bohemian surf photographer and filmmaker JB (Sam Worthington) and his gorgeous Hawaiian surfer companion, Lani, who stirs the two brothers' hearts, they start to seek ways to expand. After they get mixed up with a local drug dealer, it looks like everything they built up, will be ruined... Set in breathtaking locations and inspired by the true story of Australia's legendary surfwear moguls, the film chronicles the rise of surf brands and the expansion of the laidback surf attitude as a global lifestyle. A story of passion and corruption, friendship and loyalty, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, Drift tells a tale of courage and the will to survive against all odds.
Drama, Sport
Ben Nott
Morgan O'Neill
Sam Worthington, Xavier Samuel, Myles Pollard, Robyn Malcolm, Sean Keenan, Steve Bastoni
Simon Foster, sbs.com.au

Australian drama Drift’s tangible affinity with the culture and history of surfing is its strongest (but far from only) asset. Co-directors Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott have captured the landscape and personalities of a time, 40-odd years ago, when a sleepy town on the west coast of the continent ...

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