Welsh Eco-Surf Movie
Award-winning Welsh Filmmaker Helen Iles will be joined by the surfing community at the premier of her latest film On The Push at Porthcawl’s SurfCult Festival this coming Sun 21 Sept.
Funded by the Film Agency For Wales, On The Push is produced by Swansea-based Undercurrents Productions and tells the story of Anne, an ordinary surfer girl from Wales, who becomes an eco-activist. The film follow Anne's journey from Porthcawl to Cornwall, Spain and Switzerland as she learns about the serious threat of climate change, and how a surfer can help protect the marine environment.
Filmed on the Welsh coast, Cornwall and Spain, the eco-surf film highlights the hundreds of bathing beaches that have been contaminated with increased levels of sewage as the wet summer increases pressure on water treatment systems and forces millions of extra litres of toxic waste to be pumped into the sea.
The aim of Director Iles and her team was to raise the profile of the problems faced by surfers in Wales due to increased water pollution following summer floods. She said: "Increased rainfall has a massive impact on sewage systems. This year, Environment Agency tests have identified an increase in coliform bacteria-which are abundant in human and animal faeces at 310 testing sites. This bacteria leaves surfers exposed to gastroenteritis and vomiting."
In On The Push Chris Hines, founder of Surfers Against Sewage and recent MBE, agrees that climate change is an issue that everyone should be engaging with: "Climate change is a huge challenge for us all, but we’re an incredibly resourceful species. We can solve it, we just need to get together and do it."
"With stunning surf photography, funky music and beautiful locations, On The Push offers an approach to global warming which is enjoyable and accessible, but also inspiring," added Pauline Burt, Chief Executive of the Film Agency for Wales.
The film will also be at the Mariners Pub, Nolton Haven, Pembrokeshire on 18 Oct, Aberystwyth Arts Centre Cinema on 26 Oct and at the Waterfront Museum in Swansea on 23 Nov as part of the BeyondTV Festival. For tickets and further information call Undercurrents on 01792 455900 or visit www.onthepush.org.
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