Admittedly I've been a skeptic about Drift for a while. Sam Worthington in a mullet didn't exactly inspire confidence. But after this epic trailer, featuring Myles Pollard finally in the leading role he deserves, consider me sold. This has the vibe of Lords of Dogtown, which is a very good thing.
Here's the official synopsis:
Australia, 1970s. The Kelly brothers, Andy and Jimmy, have one great passion: riding big waves. As kids, their mother escaped from Sydney to Margaret River, a sleepy coastal town with some of the world's most challenging and dangerous waves. For the next 12 years, the boys perfected their surfing skills, always searching for the perfect ride.
Free-spirited Jimmy is a gifted surfer and innovator but he starts to slip toward a life of crime to help the family out of debt. Andy makes a big decision. Quitting a stable job, he bets on Jimmy's surf inventions and his own business skills and launches a backyard surf gear business. They rethink board design, craft homemade wetsuits and sell their merchandise out of their van.
Encouraged by their new friends, travelling bohemian surf photographer and filmmaker JB (Sam Worthington) and his gorgeous Hawaiian surfer companion, Lani, who stirs the two brothers' hearts, they start to seek ways to expand. After they get mixed up with a local drug dealer, it looks like everything they built up, will be ruined...
Set in breathtaking locations and inspired by the true story of Australia's legendary surfwear moguls, the film chronicles the rise of surf brands and the expansion of the laidback surf attitude as a global lifestyle. A story of passion and corruption, friendship and loyalty, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, DRIFT tells a tale of courage and the will to survive against all odds.
With Storm Surfers 3D already *cough* making waves at festivals and due for a US release next year, it looks like we're about to hit a high water mark *ahem* with surfing movies.
Check out the first trailer below. Hopscotch will release the film in Australia in 2013, and Wrekin Hill has already slated Drift for an early 2013 theatrical release in the US.