LS/FF Presents: A Special Evening of Cult Surf Cinema

On Tuesday 22nd July we’re delighted to be hosting a very special evening of surf cinema that celebrates waveriding’s rich heritage and a shines a fresh light on some of its most compelling cultural icons.

LitmusRipple_Poster_BRDThe evening brings together a special big screen showing of Andrew Kidman’s groundbreaking ‘Litmus’, an era defining film that changed the way we thought about surfing forever and the world premiere of ‘The Ripple Effect’ directed by award-winning filmmaker Peter Hamblin. Combining deft story-telling with slick editing and visual wizardry ‘The Ripple Effect’ provides a wry and insightful look at four of surfing’s defining moments and the characters that shaped them, presented on the night by the director Peter Hamblin.

“We stoked about the programme we’ve curated for this exclusive night,” says LS/FF Director Chris Nelson. “Litmus encapsulates the power of the surf movie. It helped shape the way many of us developed as surfers, the boards we rode, the evolution of the surfing lifestyle. You can’t fail to see the Litmus-effect in modern surf movie making. Then the opportunity to screen Peter Hamblin’s new project was just too good to miss. We hosted the UK Premier of Peter’s award-winning The Wright Side of Wrong at LS/FF in 2012 and were hugely excited by his filmmaking. With The Ripple Effect he’s kicked it up to a whole new level and we’re amped to be able to showcase this world premiere.”

This special event takes place on Tuesday 22nd July at the iconic Riverside Studios in Hammersmith in association with Red Bull Media House and X-treme Video and pays homage to this legendary venue, which is closing its doors this autumn.

Tickets are £7.50 per screening available via The Riverside Box Office HERE with a limited number of evening passes also available for just £10 on T020 8237 1111.


RIPPLE_square19.15: The Ripple Effect, Dir. Peter Hamblin, 2014


World Premier.  Critically acclaimed filmmaker Peter Hamblin, pre-eminent surf writer Tim Baker and Commissioning Editors Tom Howell and Evan Fontaine  have collaborated on an insightful and wry series of short films that lift the veil on some of surfing’s most interesting and engaging characters.

Featuring media pioneers John and Paul Witzig, The Coolie Kids – from MP to Parko, Indo trailblazer Lance of Lance’s Right fame and Bob Hurley these characters have shaped the world of surfing as we know it.

Followed by a  Q+A with Director Peter Hamblin and Commissioning Editor Evan Fontaine


litmus_square20.45: Litmus, Dir. Andrew Kidman, 1996


A very special big screen outing for this era defining film, a work that set the template for modern surf movie making and changed the way we look at our cultural icons, the boards we ride and the way we ride them.

Featuring the sublime stylings of Tom Curren, Joel Fitzgerald, Derek Hynd, Wayne Lynch, Nat Young and more surf trippin’ Ireland, Australia, South Africa, Hawaii, California and beyond – this is a must see film.

What the press have said about Litmus: 

Anyone with half a brain or a taste for something different will enjoy.” Ben Marcus, Surfer Magazine 

Critically acclaimed… a cerebral, sepia-toned movie featuring brilliant performances by off-centre surfing luminaries such as Lynch, Hynd and Curren… built a cult following and sparked a ‘look-back-to-go-forward’ movement in surf movies. ” Matt Warshaw, Encyclopedia of Surfing

“The riders, the boards, the places, the ruminations…
easily the finest surf film of it’s decade.” Scott Hulet, The Surfer’s Journal