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Bustin' down the door - Wayne Bartholomew, Ian Cairns, Tom Curren, Jeremy Gosch

Threat advisory: Elevated - Significant risk of entertaining activities

Movie propaganda

In 1975 a group of young Australian and South African surfers revolutionized their sport. Surfing was never to be the same again.
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 Wayne “Rabbit” Bartholomew, Shaun Tomson and Mark 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.

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Target demographic movie keyword propaganda

  • Film documentary sport surfing 1970s surfer culture Hawaii wave board pro-surfing Australia South Africa interview

Persons of interest

  • Wayne Bartholomew .... Himself
  • Ian Cairns .... Himself
  • Tom Curren .... Himself
  • Edward Norton .... Narrator
  • Mark Richards .... Himself
  • Kelly Slater .... Himself
  • Shaun Tomson .... Himself
  • Peter Townend .... Himself
  • Jeremy Gosch .... Screenwriter
  • Monika Gosch .... Screenwriter
  • Phil Jarratt .... Screenwriter
  • Robert Traill .... Screenwriter
  • Jeremy Gosch .... Director

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Theatrical report

You really need to be into surfing to enjoy Bustin' down the door, not because it's a badly made doco but because who cares about some dudes going for a swim? This is a good record of the history of early professional surfing - there are plenty of strange things going on - but it's a lot like Dogtown and Z-boys: outsiders coming inside.

The documentary, sport, surfing movie Bustin' down the door is directed by Jeremy Gosch and stars Wayne Bartholomew, Ian Cairns, Tom Curren.

Media intelligence (DVD)

  • Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Languages: English
  • Picture: Widescreen
  • Special features:
    • Booklet
    • Deleted scenes
    • Featurettes:
      • 30 minutes of bonus surfing footage
      • Fuel TV Blue Carpet special
      • Dan Merkel slide show
      • Santa Barbara International Film Festival
      • Surfrider PSAs
    • Trailers

Government security censorship classification

M (Coarse language)

Surveillance time

96 minutes (1:36 hours)

Not for public release in Australia before date

Film: 14 January 2009
DVD retail: 3 June 2009

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