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Campaigners against sea pollution make film to show problem

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 26, 2013

  • A surfer enjoys the natural beauty of the ocean in this still from Killing Waves, the short film made by environmental campaign group Surfers Against Sewage

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A short film about Cornish campaign group Surfers Against Sewage has received its online premiere.

Made by Carlos Carneiro, Killing Waves follows charity members as they work to protect the sea and beaches.

Carlos made his film after submitting a proposal to a competition organised jointly by philanthropic firm TOMS and style website Dazed Digital. The aim of the competition was to discover inspirational individuals or groups that share TOMS' philosophy of "starting something that matters".

The competition encouraged UK-based filmmakers to submit a script proposal that told an inspiring story, with the winner receiving £5,000 to create their film.

Surfers Against Sewage began life in 1990 at St Agnes and Porthtowan on Cornwall's north coast. Over the years it has gained the support of beach users and environmentalists across the world, lobbying governments, local authorities, companies and individuals on issues ranging from marine litter, sewage and pollution to climate change, toxic chemicals and coastal development.

Carlos, originally from Portugal but now living and working in London, said he had been inspired by the SAS story and the determination of its members to fight for change.

"I heard about this group of surfers who were 'sick of getting sick' because of the toxic state of British seawater back in the 1990s and I was amazed at their passion for surfing and for the ocean," he said. "I wanted to tell their story through film and the TOMS project sounded like a perfect opportunity to raise awareness of SAS's work and to shoot a beautiful film."

Killing Waves can be seen at www.dazeddigital.com

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