In the modern day, even at times of adventure and exploration we're rarely disconnected from the rest of the world. Realms of information are always circulating at the ends of our fingertips and it's not always easy to step away from it. The Sound of Silence is a short that aims to capture the very essence of being lost in adventure on a road trip hunting waves.
"When Lee-Ann Curren and Bianca Buitendag approached me to make a short surf film for them I wanted to do something different, something with meaning," recalls director, Dan Mace.
I took away their mobile devices and any other connections to the outside world.''We decided to fly Lee-Ann down to South Africa to join Bianca on a road trip through the Eastern Cape’s treacherous Wild Coast, the 'Transkei’ in search of something different; the feeling of being truly lost and of course, searching for uncrowded waves and secret spots.''
''I took away their mobile devices and any other connections to the outside world, gave them a map and the mission to make it through the Transkei connecting with the earth beneath their feet and locals around them in search of the feeling of raw adventure. The girls travelled throughout the Transkei for 10 days and filming only took place there."
Hailing from South Africa, Bianca's her knowledge meant she knew the Transkei was the ideal place to experience the escapism they craved.
What stuck with me most is the diversity, difference and depth of the people we could see, meet and display in the film.Bianca, Why did you choose to create the film in South Africa and specifically the Transkei?
I was looking for silence, a sort of escape from the constant connectivity and expectations you have on yourself. The Transkei gives you just that. The freedom to be still, the freedom to create something that is very true to yourself without any other influence.
What stuck with you the most after doing a trip like this?
Although the place is obviously beautiful, the most intriguing part of creation to me is people. So what stuck with me most is the diversity, difference and depth of the people we could see, meet and display in the film.
What was it like travelling through the Transkei? We have heard rumours of sharky waters as well as crime on land.
Being South African, there is a sense if familiarity as risk is part of our daily lives whether in or out of the water but it is what we thrive off. Safety is something we sacrifice in order to live here now, you can only imagine Africa's beauty and power.
Is there any advice you would like to give anyone wanting to go on a surf adventure off the grid.
I would choose not to give advice, since advice would only rob them of a lesson learnt.
How many waves are in the area? Tell us about the spots.
I am afraid no words do it justice. It only takes one flight over for you to see it with your own eyes.
Post trip, Lee-Ann shared her thoughts about travelling the Transkei from waves to the people and wildlife.
What were your expectations when traveling to South Africa? Had you heard about the Transkei before you arrived?
I had never been to the Transkei but it was my fourth time to South Africa. I didn't really have time to think about the trip too much before hand and had no idea what the Transkei was, I just learned about it when I landed in Cape Town and asked my friend about it.
We heard a lot of shark stories that were always in the back of my mind when we were surfing. Being mainly a free surfer, you obviously get to travel a lot. What was unique about this specific trip?
It was crazy how every single person we saw on this trip waved as we were driving around in the car. In other places I've been people are so used to tourists that they don't really notice them anymore. I liked talking to the locals and learning about their ceremonies and beliefs. The wildlife of South Africa was pretty special too. We saw whales and dolphins, and heard a lot of shark stories that were always in the back of my mind when we were surfing.
Did you guys get caught in any dodgy situations at all or was it a smooth ride?
I would say it was a pretty smooth ride, everyone was so friendly giving us directions and the weather was pretty nice the whole time which helped a lot with camping.
What was the funniest moment on the trip?
When our little blue car that we called Winnie Blue got stuck on the edge of a cliff and local kids who were there playing soccer helped us pushing the car back onto the road.