New SA surf-flick, ‘Deep End’, wraps filming in Durbs

Director of Photography, Ebrahim Najee, Director Eubulus Timothy with leads Carishma Basday and Greg Kriek on location on Durban’s beachfront filming Deep End, produced by Arclight.

AFTER 29 days of filming in Durban, production company Arclight, is set to begin the next stage of their journey with post-production on their surf-flick Deep End.

Filmed in Durban on a budget of R4 million, with a completely local crew, Deep End is funded by the DTI and KZN Film Commission with production house investment as well.

The film is directed by award-winning director, Eubulus Timothy, chairperson of the Durban Filmmakers Guild and vice chairperson of Writer’s Guild Of South Africa, and a recipient of the prestigious Harley-Merrill Screenwriting Award (Hollywood).

Speaking about the film, Jacintha Timothy of Arclight Distributors, said: “Deep End is essentially a coming of age, surf love story. It’s a warm, exciting, family movie that will resonate across the board with audiences.”

The film centres around a beautiful 20-year-old Indian girl, Sunitha, who comes from a traditional Durban family but defies her father, to become a competitive surfer.

On the beaches she discovers a whole new world of inter-racial love, ethnic diversity, arranged marriages, conflict and friendship.

Her father’s heart is eventually softened by her skill for the sport and near death experience. And in the end she wins her struggle for self-expression and self-fulfilment and gains her father’s approval and the man of her dreams.

The film stars Cape Town-based actor Greg Kriek as Cory, and Durban-born, Cape-Town-based Carishma Basday as Sunitha.

Kriek will soon be seen in the next instalment of Universal Studios’ Tremors as Dutch, in 20th Century Fox’s Maze Runner: The Death Cure, and Pureflix’s Samson as one of the leads, Caleb. He also stars as Tony Sinclair in the upcoming biopic Serengeti Rules from Oscar-winning production company Passion Pictures.

Basday, a presenter on the popular Mela magazine show on SABC3, is equally at home on stage and screen. She has appeared in 31 Million Reasons (directed by John Barker) and sopposite comedian Riaad Moosa in Material.

“We are thrilled that Arclight managed to secure significant funding to be able to film this delightful uniquely Durban story,” said Toni Monty, head of the Durban Film Office.

“As the City’s industry development unit, we are constantly looking at ways in which we can encourage production houses to make use of the City as we offer such a wealth of locations and a myriad settings. Arclight has taken advantage of these, and we look forward to seeing the fruits of their love and labour on the big screen.”

Timothy added: “We have enough local talent to be able to make films in Durban, but we need to give people a chance to gain the experience. So it has been fantastic to be able to do this in our home town.”

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