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Surf The Line
For pure, unadulterated joy and video montages to die for, ‘Surf The Line’ is your film. Anicet Leone and Tancrede Melete, who are part of the Flying Frenchies group, decide that it would be a great idea to surf on a zip wire between two cliff edges, 500 metres apart and 500 metres off the ground. The film is touched with tragedy however, as Melete is killed in a training accident. Understandably the project is put on hold as the group come to deal with their grief, but with the blessing of Melete’s wife, they continue to work on the adventure.
Leone speaks of his raw emotions following his friend’s passing, but also of how he could feel Melete’s influence on the project right up to its execution. Many films such as this one only show the million dollar clips, but the real beauty here is when Leone speaks of the risks involved and of how they are managed.
He says: “Fear is there to protect us by indicating the presence of danger.” But it is once all the risks are controlled or minimised where the Flying Frenchies really have their fun. Surfing down the zipwire at 80km/h in clown outfits, they leave a trail of feathers and base jump off for the grand finale. Aesthetically-speaking, there really is no better film in this Summer Edition.