15/04/2011 | by Alex Dick-Read
Dora would puke! Dog Town and Z Boyz it aint. Black Shorts membership: denied! Oh well …
Here’s a hilarious, skin-crawling portrayal of a certain kind of surfer, familiar to many, loved by few.
Dominic Coleman’s character perfectly captures the English mid-life surfer-yuppie archetype in all his lack of glory. He’s shockingly real, and while you may or may not recognize someone you know, or even yourself, in this film, the deeply shallow surf philosophies that underpin this character are arguably universal.
And don’t worry … this genus – kookus weekendus maximus? – isn’t just endemic to the shores of Britannia. Locally adapted species have evolved independently on the fringes of surf communities the world over.
Look for him in a car park near you. Help him, guide him, share the brah-hood with him, for indeed, we are a global tribe, are we not? Only WE know the feeling, right? And besides, he might be able help you with your tax returns …
A comedian and actor by trade, Coleman explains that creating this cringe-making character, wasn’t actually that difficult for him:
“I started surfing about five years ago and as a landlocked, middle-aged weekend warrior I didn’t have to look too far for inspiration for the character of ‘Michael’.
My family all appear playing themselves, again they didn’t have to do too much acting! I also pulled in a few favours from friends like Adrian at Fluid Juice and a few Bantham (Sth Devon) locals who all gave up a bit of time to help out.
“The inspiration for the character did actually come from a guy I met at Bantham. His wife and young daughter were lugging his SUP across the car park as he was chatting boards with another sweeper. He had a brand new T5 that he’d converted. I just thought he was a very funny guy and one of the ‘new’ breed of mid-life escapists who’d been drawn to the sea. (Again much like myself I have to add.)
Since I had the opportunity, and some money from the film council, I thought I’d like to make a film about something I love. My background, work-wise, is predominantly tv comedy so I just set out trying to find a way to marry the two together.”