First, let us say how grateful we are for your support on the Westerly film. Without you we would not have been able to move forward with the project. It's great to know that there's so much interest in Westerly's story.
The project has been moving along excellently. In December, Westerly traveled to Bangkok for her surgery. As most things go in "Westerly World," it was not without great drama. We would love to tell you about it in detail, but it's probably best that you wait for the film. Peter trained as an actor and had an intuitive feel for set up and pay off, bait and switch, keeping the audience on the edge of their seat. Westerly has inherited this gift. Enough said.
In February, Westerly attended the Surfing Australia 50 Year Awards, a red carpet gala full of that country's greatest surfers from the last half century. Westerly was the star of the evening. She absolutely radiated. It was fascinating to see her interact with Peter's surfing rivals from the '60s and '70s. Three-time women's world champ Stephanie Gimore might have fallen in love with her.
We documented both of these events. We think you'll like what you see.
We are presently deep in the edit with Victor Livingston. You might know Victor's work. He edited Crumb, Bukowski: Born Into This, The Queen of Versailles, and many more. He is a monster, and we are thrilled to be working with him.
When will we be finished? Hopefully in the late fall. We promise to keep you posted.
Again, thanks for all your support.
The Westerly Filmmakers
- Westerly with her best mate Mal Chamers on the Gold Coast
- Derek Hynd & Jamie, post interview nosh in Byron Bay
- Jamie, Alan and Victor burning the mid morning oil in the editing room back in Los Angeles