Date: 26th May 2021
Filmmaker Niki Caro and Charlize Theron are teaming up to develop a feature film about women’s fight for equality in big wave surfing for Netflix.
The feature film in development is based on the New York Times magazine article by Daniel Duane, The Fight For Gender Equality In One of the Most Dangerous Sports on Earth, about Bianca Valenti, Andrea Moller, Paige Alms and Keala Kennelly fighting for the right to compete in big-wave contests.
Caro will helm the feature about the four women forming a powerful bond as they surf in the world’s most dangerous waters based an adapted screenplay by Becky Johnston. Theron, AJ Dix and Beth Kono of Denver & Delilah will produce alongside Caro.
The project will be produced by Charlize Theron's Denver & Delilah production company.
In 2016, Valenti, one of the best female surfers in the world, helped found an activist group called the Committee for Equity in Women’s Surfing, which had a massive impact on the sport and helped usher in a new era of women being invited to big wave contests. A sexist boy’s club mentality had gripped the sport for years, with men using the towering waves as a way to prove their machismo to their fellow male surfers and earn their status as big wave riders. Facing considerable obstacles, these women shouldered their way into competitions that were once only populated by men and proved that they could ride those giant 50-80 foot waves as well as anyone.
Source: Press Release