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Though it doesn’t unseat Endless Summer as the king of beautiful surfing cinematography, Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill’s Drift has some beauty of its own matched up with a moderately strong story about the start of the 1970s surfing boom and two brothers who fought against the odds to create a brand for surfers and by surfers. The story is simple and straightforward with solid performances by Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel, and Sam Worthington that help to keep the film moving even as it starts to waver at parts. The end result is a film that’s entertaining if not a little predictable, and which makes you wish you lived on a coast with a beach year-round.
- Lex Walker
Surfing film “Drift” will be available on Blu-Ray Disc (plus Digital Ultraviolet), DVD and Digital Download (plus Digital Ultraviolet) Sept. 17. But, if you want to see a clip from the film before picking it up tomorrow, look below the post! We’ve got an exclusive clip called “A Challenging Day,” in which co-director Ben Nott discusses a particularly challenging day of shooting the film. “Drift,” inspired by real life events and distributed by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, stars Myles Pollard (“X-Men Origins: Wolverine”), Xavier Samuel (“The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) and Sam Worthington (“Avatar”). The film focuses on loyalty and friendship in the midst of adversity and corruption that changes the face [ Read More ]
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Few Australian films secure a wide cinema release in Italy so the local distributor had a lot riding on Drift which went out on 165 screens last weekend.
The film co-directed by Ben Nott and Morgan O.Neill grossed $US98,587 in three days for a scrawny per-screen average of $597, according to Box Office Mojo, which tracks 74% of the total box-office.
Admittedly the Italian summer season typically means weak business at cinemas. The Wolverine was the top title in its third weekend, earning $550,000.
The Italian edition of Vogue gave the film a warm reception, hailing it as an enthralling story that "mixes passion, love and adventure, without falling into nostalgia,. filled with water scenes that are . charming and breathless..
- Don Groves
Sam Worthington may be a big star in Hollywood action-adventures but Drift, the Australian surfing- set drama in which he co-stars with Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel, has had a limited release in the Us.
Wrekin Hill Entertainment, which bought North American rights last September, launched the film at 11 cinemas on August 2, a month after the title debuted on Video-on-Demand platforms.
The Us critics gave the film featuring Pollard and Samuel as brothers who build a surfboard/surfwear business in the 1970s, with Worthington as their hippie photographer mate, a cool reception.
As of today, the distributor had not reported any figures to Rentrak, Box Office Mojo, The Numbers or other web sites which track the Us box-office.
Australian films released in Us cinemas and on VoD platforms have not fared well this year. Mental earned just $18,000 in ticket sales and 100 Bloody Acres made $6,000, according to Box Office Mojo.
- Don Groves
As far as the sports genre is concerned, those featuring surfing are about as niche as you go. Only 12 films have ever grossed more than $1 million at the domestic box office let alone found any measure of breakout success. Those that did find some semblance of an audience, like Soul Surfer and Point Break, had the added aid of family appeal and incorporating a heist element respectively, but for the most part they land with a whisper – not anything like the thundering, mammoth waves these daredevils tackle.
But in spite of this subgenre’s lack of mainstream appeal there is one thing they – and Australian import Drift – prove, and that is surfing looks damn cool, especially when presented so slickly and in such a high energy fashion. So it’s a shame in the case of this period drama (which transports us back to the early years of the sport »
- Simon Brookfield
Origin stories, even non-fiction ones, often make good movies, showing us "How the West was Won" or how demonic possession entered pop culture, pre-"Exorcist" and Amityville ("The Conjuring").
"Drift" is about the birth of the Australian surfing scene and the industry it spawned. It's a fictional goulash of invented characters, arch situations and a predictable journey from enthusiastic hobby to business, with a detour into the drug trade in between.
But it's a lovely thing to look at and an entertaining ride through myth, a well-shot and acted film that stays just ahead of the curl and rarely wipes out.
A prologue introduces us to the Kelly brothers as their mom (Robyn Malcolm) sneaks them out of their abusive Sydney household and sets out for a new life without their brute of a father. The boys convince her to stop in remote Seacliff, in Western Australia. That's where they can surf, »
The story of the enterprising Kelly brothers and how they ignited an Australian surfing and surfwear revolution is such an irresistible underdog story that, if it weren’t true, someone would have to make it up. Which is effectively what the makers of “Drift” have done, cobbling together bits and pieces of the humble origins of surf brands like Quiksilver and Rip Curl into a mostly fictional narrative that manages to get a fair bit right about early 1970s surf culture when it isn’t trafficking in the hoariest of David-vs.-Goliath cliches. After wiping out at the Oz box office in May, the pic gets a token theatrical release Stateside Aug. 2, but looks to catch most of its waves on the VOD pipeline.
A passion project for producer-star Myles Pollard and co-star Sam Worthington (who was key in securing the pic’s $9.9 million budget), “Drift” opens with a black-and-white prologue set in 1960 Sydney, »
- Scott Foundas
Not so much drifting as veering between storylines, Ben Nott and Morgan O'Neill's Drift often feels like a film with narrative Add. With likable leads (Xavier Samuel and Myles Pollard as brothers Jimmy and Andy Kelly, plus Sam Worthington supporting as a surf-hippie) and gorgeous scenery, it wouldn't have been difficult to make a charmer about a group of guys building a surfboard manufacturing business. Unfortunately, that's the film Drift might have been, not the film it is. The Kelly brothers are surf enthusiasts in 1970s Australia, when the sport hadn't yet caught on. Jimmy could go pro, while Andy is the thinker who wants to build a business. But the narrative keeps fracturing: Is Drift a sports film about winning the big competition? A gangster movie about smu »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 17, 2013
Price: DVD $19.98, Blu-ray $24.99
The Kelly Brothers spent their youth searching for the perfect wave in Australia. Out of necessity the family launched a backyard surf business, re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van. Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, the brothers give rise to a global brand—which could prove to be their undoing.
Directed by Morgan O’Neill and Ben Nott and starring Myles Pollard (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Sam Worthington (Man on a Ledge), Drift took home Best Narrative Feature and Best Film of the Festival awards from the Rincon International Film Festival, as well as the Outstanding Achievement in Filmmaking award from the Newport Beach Film Festival. »
Inspired by actual events, this story of friendship and loyalty in the face of corruption and adversity that forever changed the face of today's surf industry, Drift arrives on Blu-ray Disc (plus Digital UltraViolet), DVD (plus Digital UltraViolet) and Digital Download September 17 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Drift is currently available on Video on Demand. Starring Myles Pollard (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) and Sam Worthington (Avatar), Drift follows two brothers in Australia in the 1970s who battle killer waves, uptight society and ruthless bikers to kick-start the modern surf industry.
The Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave in Australia. Out of necessity the family launches a backyard surf business - re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van. Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, the brothers give rise to a global brand. A story of passion, »
The surf drama Drift tells the story of the Kelly brothers (played by Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel), who spent their youth, in the 1970's, searching for the perfect wave. In order to save their home and family, they launched a backyard surf business, crafting homemade wetsuits and custom made boards that become a global brand. At the film’s press day, actor Sam Worthington (who plays hippy drifter and surf photographer Jb) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about the good and bad about working with friends, researching what it’s like to be a surf photographer, taking inspiration for the character from his uncle, known as Rainbow, what it’s like to surf for a movie, the most challenging sequences to shoot, and his first time surfing at the age of seven. Check out what he had to say after the jump. Collider: When this role came up, »
- Christina Radish
Arrriving On Demand today, Morgan O'Neill and Ben Nott's Drift brings to the screen a story inspired by the early years of the modern surfing scene in 1970's Australia. Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel star as Andy and Jimmy Kelly, two brothers who risk it all to follow their dreams of manufacturing and selling custom-made surf boards and homemade wetsuits, all the while following their passion to catch the perfect wave. Sam Worthington ( Avatar ), who stars as surf filmmaker Jb, joined Pollard and Samuel for a conversation with ComingSoon.net about the importance of the tale, how much it borrows from actual events and the relation between the pursuit of dreams and how it translates to filmmaking. Also starring Lesley-Ann Brandt, Robyn Malcolm, Steve Bastoni and Aaron »
We’ve been provided with some exclusive images from directors Ben Nott and Morgan O'Neill's upcoming surfing film Drift to share with our readers. The Australian-set pic takes place in the 1970s and centers on two brothers (played by Xavier Samuel and Myles Pollard) who start building a business selling surfboards and wetsuits, but then get mixed up with a local drug dealer. Sam Worthington co-stars as a travelling bohemian surf photographer and filmmaker who becomes involved in the brothers’ lives. Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Lesley-Ann Brandt. Drift will be available on demand on July 2nd and hits theaters on August 2nd. Here’s the official synopsis for Drift: After their mother escapes from Sydney to Margaret River in the 1970’s, the two Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launches a »
- Adam Chitwood
Sam Worthington, Xavier Samuel, and Myles Pollard are featured in our exclusive photos from the surfing drama Drift. Written and directed by Morgan O'Neill, and based on a true story, this drama takes us to the Australian coast in the 1970s, where the Kelly brothers built an innovative surf business out of their van. Take a look at these photos before Drift debuts on VOD formats July 2, and in theaters August 2.
After their mother escapes from Sydney to Margaret River in the 1970's, the two Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launches a backyard surf business - re‐thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van. Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, the brothers give rise to a global brand. A story of passion, corruption, friendship and loyalty, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, Drift »
Lionsgate will be releasing it into theatres this August, after an early July release on VOD. And with both release dates on the horizon (no ocean wordplay intended), they’ve released the first Us trailer over on Apple.
After their mother escapes from Sydney to Margaret River in the 1970′s, the two Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launch a backyard surf business – re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van. Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, the brothers give rise to a global brand. A story of passion, corruption, friendship and loyalty, deadly addictions and fractured relationships, Drift tells a tale of courage and the »
- Kenji Lloyd
Sam Worthington and Xavier Samuel hit the Australian waves in the second trailer for Drift, debuting on VOD formats July 2 and hitting theaters August 2. Set along the Margaret River in the 1970s, and inspired by a true story, this drama follows the Kelly brothers, who create their own surf shop that grows in popularity. When they get mixed up in the drug trade, they stand risk of losing everything they have built. Take a look at the latest footage, also starring Myles Pollard, Lesley-Ann Brandt, and Robyn Malcolm, along with the latest one-sheet.
Drift - Trailer 2
After their mother escapes from Sydney to Margaret River in the 1970's, the two Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launches a backyard surf business ‐ re‐thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van.
Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, »
I'm always on the lookout for a good surfing film, and we've got a new trailer for Sam Worthington's new film, Drift. The story is set in Australia in the '70s, and follows two brothers who are working towards surfing glory, but slip into a life of crime when they try to get their family out of debt. It looks like it could be good flick.
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. »
- Joey Paur
Sneak Peek the new domestic trailer for the Australian 'surf' drama "Drift, directed by Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill, starring Xavier Samuel, Myles Pollard, Sam Worthington, Robyn Malcolm, Lesley- Ann Brandt, Aaron Glenane, Steve Bastoni, and Maurie Ogden:
"...after their mother escapes from Sydney to Margaret River in the 1970′s, the two 'Kelly' brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave.
"Out of necessity the family launch a backyard surf business – re-thinking board design, crafting homemade wetsuits and selling merchandise out of their van.
"Battling big waves, small town conservatism and criminals, the brothers give rise to a global brand..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Drift"....
- Michael Stevens
Lionsgate Films are distributing the fact-based Aussie surfing drama Drift, which is directed by Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill, and have released the first Us trailer and poster. The film is set during 1970s Australia and is led by hunky trio Xavier Samuel, Myles Pollard and Avatar’s Sam Worthington, the latter of whom seems to get a fair amount of criticism some some of the Thn staff (although I feel he often gets a rough ride).
The film rolls into Us cinemas from the 2nd August, however, there is no word on a UK date. It’s already received mixed reviews in its homeland having been release in May.
After their mother escapes from Sydney to Margaret River in the 1970?s, the two Kelly brothers spend their youth searching for the perfect wave. Out of necessity the family launch a backyard surf business – re-thinking board design, crafting homemade »
- Craig Hunter
"Go for it man, get into it. That's the whole point, right?" Lionsgate & Wrekin Hill has debuted another new trailer for the Australian film Drift, starring Myles Pollard, Xavier Samuel and Sam Worthington as surfing legends from the 1970s. We ran a much longer original trailer back in December, but this one is a tighter cut focusing on the drug drama that could "end it all." It looks a bit better than Chasing Mavericks, and I am curious to check it out sometime, but not before I watch Soul Surfer or Lords of Dogtown or the doc Riding Giants first. The trailer ends on a fairly odd note, but if you dig surfing or Australia give it a look. Here's the brand new trailer for Morgan O'Neill & Ben Nott's Drift, in high def from Apple: In the 70s, two brothers Andy & Jimmy (Myles Pollard & Xavier Samuel) battle killer waves, »
- Alex Billington
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