RIDING THE WAVE IS A STORY ABOUT BOYHOOD AND ADVENTURE.
Having travelled the world participating in competition surfing, 12 year old Scottish champion Ben decides to put his life on the line to ride one of the biggest waves in the world.
If he gets it right, he joins an elite group.
If he gets it wrong, the consequences are unthinkable.
Riding the Wave has been developed over a three-year period so far, filmed in Scotland, Japan, Portugal, Lanzarote and Ireland.
Set against the large-scale spectacle of big wave surfing, the film is an observational feature length documentary following Ben and his family.
The project has gathered momentum to date, including support from Scottish Documentary Institute, Screen Scotland and an Edinburgh International Film Festival Works in Progress Award last year.
Image courtesy of Mike Guest.
MARTYN ROBERTSON, PRODUCER / DIRECTOR
Martyn trained in theatre at Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and founded Urbancroft Films in 2007. Since then he has produced and directed a vast range of commercial and creative films across the twelve-year span of the company. This includes regular content for BBC Scotland Learning, The Travel Channel, and a recent documentary for Panasonic Japan showcasing the capabilities of their forthcoming 8K cameras.
Successes include his first feature documentary, Marty Goes to Hollywood which won a New Talent BAFTA for Best Factual in 2015. The film enjoyed a festival run, a broadcast premiere on BBC Scotland and was acquired by Amazon Prime and American Airlines VOD.
Other producing credits include A Cuillin Rising, premiering at BFI Film Festival in 2011 and screening in Nashville, London Short Film Festival and Glasgow Short Film Festival, and Howls, with Third Films, which premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2017 and screened at Encounters, Aesthetica and London Short Film Festival that year. Martyn has been a mentor on the Scottish Film Industry training scheme Jump Cut and was a juror on the RTS Cinematography Awards last year.
Martyn has assembled an exciting team for the film including Executive Producers, Al Morrow (MetFilm) and John Archer (Hopscotch Films) along with experienced documentary editor David Arthur (Where You’re Meant to Be 2016) and composer Scott Twynholm. Screen Scotland are also now on board as development funders of the project.