Undertow – The Film
by Director, Peter Spann
Undertow is a deeply personal project for me as it is based on the real-life story of a best friend who feel in love with the wrong boy at the wrong time ending in tragedy.
Byron Bay is a paradise – stunning beaches, fabulous weather, great restaurants, a surf and hippy culture that leads to a laid back, casual lifestyle.
But, it has a dark underbelly.
Her drug addictions tore her apart but the real story was her addiction to a boy called Jonny.
No matter how bad, how dark, how soul destroying it was for her she came back for more, over and over again.
Anyone familiar with Byron will recognise The Lighthouse, The Pass, Tallows, The Balcony, the drive to Federal, and other landmarks of the district.
I wanted the film to be as beautiful as the town. Shimmering in all its glory.
This is the juxtaposition. In one way, so glorious and in another so destructive. Nature is always in balance. Anything this beautiful has to have an ugly side.