A multi-layered eco-thriller!
Hours ago, the notable American magazine Vanity Fair published an epic tale sure to excite surfers the world over. Oh you must read but, in a word or two, it features two Australian surfers who fell in love with Fiji’s Cloudbreak, bought some property on a nearby island in order to build small eco huts only to run smack dab into the middle of a nasty development that did not heed sound environmental practices, a scientist with dreams of shaving reefs in order to create Surf Ranches in the ocean, a frustratingly unconcerned Fijian government, China’s Belt and Road initiative with cameo appearances by the world’s greatest surfer Kelly Slater and Gawker destroyer Peter Thiel.
Making things even better, the business is set to become a must-see documentary.
Helen Estabrook, Global Head of Film & Television, Condé Nast Entertainment, said, “On its surface, this is a thrilling David vs. Goliath tale centered on a five-acre patch of coastline in Fiji. Thanks to (writer) David Kushner’s cinematic storytelling, we’re introduced to those whose livelihoods depend on that slice of shoreline and suddenly the stakes become much higher. It’s a classic Vanity Fair examination of power, and what’s possible when people have the courage to challenge it.”
Ethan Goldman, Founder and CEO, Anchor Entertainment, added, “Kushner’s investigative reporting presents a pressing urgency as it pertains to the complicated nature of global tourism. With this complex story we aim to present a multi-layered eco-thriller, all set within the visually stunning backdrop of Fiji’s pristine yet fragile natural beauty.”
Multi-layered eco-thrillers seem like a new genre ripe for further development and I am excited for my phone to ring, Hollywood studio on other end, about a story I wrote last year following professional surfer Kanoa Igarashi as he plants a bush in Western Australia in order to help the World Surf League save the earth from collapse.
Cannes here I come.