Riding the Wave
Riding the Wave
Riding the Wave is a new feature length observational documentary from Scottish Producer & Director Martyn Robertson.
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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 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.
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I trained in Directing at The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. After working freelance across the UK I became more and more interested in capturing real stories on film and founded Urbancroft Films in 2007. Since then I have produced and directed a vast range of commercial and creative films across the twelve-year span of the company.

Notable successes include my first Feature Documentary, Marty Goes to Hollywood which won a New Talent BAFTA for Best Factual in 2015. The film was a no-budget feature and enjoyed a cinema tour in Scotland and a TV premiere on BBC Scotland. It was subsequently available on Amazon Prime and American Airlines VOD.
My 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.
In 2016, I produced Howls, with Third Films. Howls premiered at Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2017 and screened at Encounters, Aesthetica and London Short Film Festival that year. I’ve 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.



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