Deep End, a film set on the panoramic shorelines of Durban’s “Golden Mile” beaches, brings Durban’s world-renowned surf spots and the complexity of Indian life in Durban into the limelight.
Deep End is the story of a young woman who overcomes family pressure and societal racism to pursue her passion that is not culturally acceptable. She is helped along by an unlikely champion surfer (Kriek) who is trying to escape his own demons. Being the apple of her father’s eye, the conflict almost destroys the very foundation of their once strong bond, unmasking pain of his forgotten past.
This coming of age romantic drama features an impressive lineup of South African talent which includes Carishma Basday (31 Million Reasons, Material) in the lead as Sunitha, Greg Kriek as Cory (Born to Win (Netflix) ‘n Man Soos My Pa, Last Ones Out, Tula Tula and The Recce) Suraya Rose-Santos as Nina (Free State, Last Broken Darkness) with a guest appearance of South African surfing legend Spider Murphy as himself.
The film premiered last year at the Durban International Film Festival and was featured as part of DUrbanTV’s coverage of local films, opens in cinemas across the country on 15 March.
Director Eubulus Timothy, who is known for the feature film Othello as well as television shows such as Bridging The Gap and Cape Night Live explains, “Deep End is based on my experiences and those of my friends. It’s a story of family tension, love, passion and friendship set around one young Indian woman’s interest in the thrill of surfing.”
Timothy spent years developing the story and finally brings it to the screen with the support of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, and an extraordinary cast and crew.
“We are really thrilled that the film is being released in South Africa by Videovision Entertainment in 26 cinemas around the country on March 15,” says producer Jacintha de Nobrega of Arclight Productions. “This is a local story, which has universal appeal, it’s a warm romantic story and one that cuts across the generations.”