The cast and crew of Deep End at the premiere screening.
Deep End, a film by award-winning Durban-based director, Eubulus Timothy, and produced by Arclight Productions, which premiered at the Durban International Film Festival last year, opened in cinemas across the country.
This coming of age romantic drama features an impressive line-up of South African talent which includes Carishma Basday (31 Million Reasons, Material) in the lead as Sunitha, Greg Kriek as Cory (Born to Win (Netflix) ‘n Man Soos My Pa, Last Ones Out, Tula Tula and The Recce) Suraya Rose-Santos as Nina (Free State, Last Broken Darkness) with a guest appearance of South African surfing legend Spider Murphy as himself.
Set on the intoxicating shorelines of Durban’s ‘Golden Mile’ beaches, Deep End brings one of the world’s most popular surfing sites to glorious life.
The film is inspired by Eubulus Timothy’s childhood in apartheid Durban. He had spent years developing the story and finally brings it to the screen with the support of the KwaZulu-Natal Film Commission, the Department of Trade and Industry, and an extraordinary cast and crew.
Starring Carishma Basday, as the young woman, best known for her role in the film material, and Greg Kriek, an experienced actor with more than 40 roles to his name, Deep End is the story of a young woman who overcomes family pressure and societal racism to pursue her passion that is not culturally acceptable.
She is helped along by an unlikely champion surfer (Kriek) who is trying to escape his drug addiction and his own family demons. Being the apple of her father’s eye, the conflict almost destroys the very foundation of their once strong bond, unmasking pain of his forgotten past.
Director, Eubulus Timothy, said, “I was born in Durban and am of Indian origin. My great grandfather came to South Africa as indenture labourer to work on sugar cane farms. The Indians of Durban had no real contact with India for decades, because of apartheid and so we have created a culture that is very unique. Our lives were a dichotomy of old east and an evolving west. Deep End is based on my experiences and that of my friends.”
According to Timothy, it’s a story of family tension, love, passion and friendship set around one young woman’s interest in the thrill of surfing.
“We are really thrilled that the film is being released in South Africa by Videovision Entertainment in 26 cinemas around the country on March 15. This is a local story, which has universal appeal, it is a warm romantic story, and one that cuts across the generations,” producer, Jacintha de Nobrega of Arclight Productions said.