Surfing movies are often about overcoming an obstacle or a tragedy, set to beautiful scenescapes and some inspired sporting scenes. Ben Nott and Morgan O’Neill’s recent movie, Drift, is a little different in the surfing movie canon. It’s not about winning a competition or overcoming the death of a friend, although both of those themes do pop up. Instead, it’s about building a business in the changing surfing world in the early seventies, all with the help of a few friends. Lionsgate Home Entertainment has graciously extended us an exclusive behind-the-scenes bonus clip from Drift, which takes a look at Lesley-Ann Brandt’s character, Lani, and her role as a friend, fellow surfer, and business dreamer in the film.
Drift is about the Andy and Jimmy Kelly (Myles Pollard and Xavier Samuel), two brothers who live along the coast in Australia and who have put together a new and shorter type of surfboard. The guys decide to give business a go, but just when things seem to be taking off, a rogue biker gang and a young lady named Lani may come in the way of the partnership.
Lani’s a free spirit from Hawaii, who shows up with a man named JB (Sam Worthington) to surf some waves and ends up in a sort-of love triangle with the two brothers. In the clip, we get to see her big arrival on the scene, as well as a few moments where the brothers jab at one another as they compete for her affections. It’s amusing stuff, and it works even better within the context of the film as a whole, providing lighthearted moments amidst scenes that are shot in black and white for affect or feature no music to tell us how to feel as a large wave comes crashing down.
If you’re a sucker for surfing related movies, Lionsgate Home Entertainment is bringing Drift on to Blu-ray and DVD on September 17. The set doesn’t come with a ton of bonus features, but the bulk of the features are a set of behind-the-scenes interviews like the one we included above. If you are simply wanting to give the R-rated flick a shot, it’s currently available to rent via outlets including Amazon.
You can check out the official trailer for Drift and see more of how the characters interact, below.