Codie Klein works on a scene with producer Fran Derham.
Codie Klein works on a scene with producer Fran Derham.

From surfing stars to film stars

IT was lights, camera, action on Cabarita beach yesterday with the shoot for Australia's latest surf action film Lunchbreak.

The brains behind the film are Fran Derham and Clare Plueckhahn, who are best known for their award winning and internationally acclaimed surfing documentary First Love.

The Tweed coast has played host to the film shoot which features Gold Coast and Tweed surfing stars Laura Enever, Ellie Jean Coffey, Nikki Van Dijk, Felicity Palmateer, Codie Klein, Alyssa Lock and Serena Brooke.

Melbourne-based TV producer Fran Derham said First Love threw the duo into the film industry.

“It's an idea we have had for quite a long time and we were approached by Vegemite to be part of the campaign Toast of a Nation.

“We are using the money from the campaign to make the film, the movie is about the surfing hierarchy and the idea that everybody's time in the spotlight comes to an end.

“First Love gave us the idea to make a more drama-based film. It's a four-minute short film, normally in surfing films you don't get many story lines. It's just music video after music video.”

Ms Derham said the film will hopefully appeal to a mainstream audience and not just to the surfing elite.

“We have been shooting here for fours days and we've been up at 4am every morning catching the sunrise before we finish shooting at last light.

“We had a four-day shoot with four crew and 16 cast members.

“In terms of filming it doesn't get better then the Gold Coast.”

Ms Plueckhahn said the Tweed coast made the perfect backdrop for the dramatic film.

“We shot Cahill Bell Warren, Andrew Mooney and Kai Hing yesterday and we didn't expect it to pan out so well,” Ms Plueckhahn said.

“They were really natural and they didn't mind being in a film that has women kicking ass.”

Tweed surfing star Codie Klein said she enjoyed her turn in front of the camera.

“I've done a few TV series but nothing like this that has a really different feel to it. It's an interesting industry and definitely something I'll look into,” Codie said.

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