Latest production - 7 years in the making - 40 + screenings around the world -
Director and cameraman: Tim Bonython
Executive Producer: Sandrine Iratchet-Bonython
Editing: Matt Johnston
Location: Hawaii, Australia, Fiji, Tahiti
Behind The Movie
-From WHAT IS SURFING to IMMERSION the movie-
Immersion started life as WHAT IS SURFING, a 13 part documentary series devised by Tim Bonython. It was to be constructed out of the vast amount of stock footage that Tim had collated over a number of years. Originally intended to cover surfing’s history, the present day form of surfing and the future direction of the sport, Tim soon realised that there were far too many different elements of surfing to focus on just one. And so, 7 years, 16TB of footage and over 150 interviews later, what started as an audacious documentary series morphed into a celebration of the complete sport of surfing and became a feature length film; Immersion the Movie.
Over the past seven years, surfing enthusiast and filmmaker Tim Bonython has spent every available moment doing what he loves: filming images of breath-taking wave riding in all corners of the globe and conducting interviews with the biggest figureheads of the surfing industry. Over 16 TB of footage and 150 interviews later, Tim Bonython started bringing his greatest project yet to life.
Until now, it was a theatrical experience. It was a two part show that was intended to anchor the annual independently promoted event, the Australian Surf Movie Festival. Now, this incredible collation of footage is an amazing feature length film called IMMERSION.
IMMERSION the movie looks at every aspect of surfing; from its early history, through the evolution of surfboards, the science of surfing, the growth of the sport and development of competition, how surfing is portrayed in the media, to the business of surfing through interviews with its athletes, cameramen and film editors.
IMMERSION features some of surfing’s greatest talents and personalities, and takesyou to some of the world’s most isolated, notorious and picturesque surfing locations. It’s not all big waves and boards! The film covers all aspects of the sport – from body surfing and body boarding, surf ski, long boarding and even the new stand up paddle boarding.
IMMERSION is an intense sight and sound experience, a “must see” for surfing enthusiasts of all tastes, generations and walks of life!
This movie is now available on dvd and blurry surfingvisions.com