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'Bustin Down the Door' launch coincides with the US Open

Surfersvillage Global Surf News, 9 July, 2008 : - - Huntington Beach -- Against the backdrop of Surf City USA and the world’s largest professional surfing competition, BUSTIN’ DOWN THE DOOR launches its national platform release with a “premiere” screening on Wed., July 23 at Bella Terra in Huntington Beach coinciding with the Honda U.S. Open of Surfing. 

Cast members set to make special appearances include Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards, Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Peter “PT” Townend and Ian Cairns. Bustin Down the Door chronicles a tumultuous two-year period of competitive and cultural clashes in the mid-Seventies in surfing's Mecca - Hawaii's North Shore of Oahu - as a small crew of Australians and South Africans set out with attitude and determination to change the world of surfing. 

Framed around the emerging careers of World Champions-to-be Bartholomew, Tomson and Richards, Bustin’ documents how these young men risked everything to become the best surfers in the world, and how their courage and vision began a cultural revolution that led to the birth of professional surfing and ultimately what has become today's billion-dollar surf industry.


The award-winning documentary, narrated by Academy Award nominee Edward Norton, is a dramatic story of a pivotal time in surfing. During the winter of 1975 in Hawaii, surfing was shaken to its core. 


A group of young surfers from Australia and South Africa sacrificed everything and put it all on the line to create a sport, a culture and an industry that is today worth billions of dollars and has captured the imagination of the world.  With a radical new approach and a brash colonial attitude, these surfers crashed headlong into culture that was not ready for revolution.

The film was directed by Jeremy Gosch, and was produced by Monika Gosch, Robert Traill and Shaun Tomson; this is Gosch’s first documentary film.  Bustin’ was filmed on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii and features iconic surf footage from 1970’s films including Free Ride and Many Classic Moments and a period soundtrack that includes Iggy Pop, David Bowie, and Leonard Cohen. 


Among the many notable surfers and pros interviewed were Cairns, Townend, Michael Tomson, Tom Curren, Kelly Slater, Rob Machado, Barry Kanaiaupuni and “Fast Eddie” Rothman.  The film is distributed by Screen Media Films.


Bustin’ Down The Door launches its national platform release on July 25 in Huntington Beach (Bella Terra), Newport Beach (Lido), Los Angeles (Laemmle Monica), New York (Village East), Mission Valley (Landmark) and La Jolla (Landmark).  The rollout continues on August 1st in 15 cities.  Check your local listings or for more information.