Simon Saffigna and Matt Gye at one of their film locations.
Simon Saffigna and Matt Gye at one of their film locations. Scott Powick

Morrison rides high in film

FILMMAKERS Matt Gye and Simon Saffigna have unleashed their latest cinematic offering to the Tweed and Gold Coast with the premiere of A Dingo's Tale.

The documentary feature follows the thrills and spills of home-grown surf star Dean Morrison, who came to prominence alongside Mick Fanning and Joel Parkinson.

Mr Gye and Mr Saffigna are cofounders of the production company A Surfers Paradise and have already received international recognition for their body of work.

“It's Dean's life story from when he was a kid. He has been through a lot in his life and we wanted to capture that,” Mr Gye said.

“The film tracks his rise from surfing prodigy to surfing star and all the wins and losses along the way. We opened the film at Kirra last week and it had an amazing reception.

“There were more than 540 people standing in the rain to watch the movie at the outdoor showing.”

Mr Gye and Mr Saffigna are multi-skilled movie- makers who have a very hands-on approach to their films.

“We shoot, direct, edit and produce and we have really been able to hone our skills over the years,” Mr Gye said.

“In a multimedia climate you really need to have a complete set of skills.”

A Surfers Paradise is based in Rainbow Bay and many of the movie's scenes were filmed throughout the Gold Coast and Tweed.

“Our eyes are set on film and a TV series,” Mr Saffigna said.

“We have been filming a music video for A Dingo's Tale with the band Unwritten Law, which is also part of their album release.

“We think this film will appeal to a lot of different people.”

The filmmakers are already looking over the horizon to their next project – a 13-part documentary series also entitled A Surfers Paradise.

A Dingo's Tale is now available on DVD.



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