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 Sunday, 21st September 2008.
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 Helen 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.
Supported by Artists Project Earth, ‘On the Push’ will launch at Porthcawl
Pavilion on September 21st as part of the SurfCult Festival. The film will
be at the Mariners Pub, Nolton Haven, Pembrokeshire on 18th October,
Aberystwyth Arts Centre Cinema on 26th October and at the Waterfront
Museum in Swansea on 23rd November as part of the BeyondTV Festival. For
tickets and further information call Undercurrents on 01792 455900 or
Notes to Editors:
Film Agency for Wales
Established in July 2006, the Film Agency for Wales is the sole Agency for
film in Wales, with a remit to ensure that the economic, cultural and
educational aspects of film are effectively represented in Wales, the UK
and the world. As a strategic agency, the Film Agency aims to facilitate
the emergence of a viable and sustainable Welsh film industry and to
promote a vibrant and dynamic film culture.
The Film Agency for Wales is funded by the Arts Council of Wales, the UK
Film Council and the Welsh Assembly Government, via Creative Business
Wales, the latter of which was set up to support, encourage and increase
the range and number of films being produced in Wales and to foster the
abundance of creative talent in Wales.
The Agency's priority is to identify and nurture Welsh filmmaking talent –
particularly writers, directors, writer-directors and producers – by
supporting and encouraging the development of their work, accomplishments
and ambitions. We support a broad policy on film education to complement
our central priority of creating and maintaining a dynamic film culture
across Wales. We aim to enhance film literacy for all and stimulate an
appetite for specialised, cultural and non-mainstream films.
Further information is available at www.filmagencywales.com and www.onthepush.org