Thursday, June 25, 2015

Interview with Eddie Edwards - Director and Producer of Durban Beach Rescue

This week I was invited to the Media Launch of the new show 'Durban Beach Rescue' a new reality type documentary set along the Durban shoreline.

An image from 'Durban Beach Rescue'

The show is a 10 part series set in Durban and follows Durban lifeguards and  their daily routines. From saving distressed bathers to dealing with verbal abuse, each day is an adventure.

I sat down with the Director of the show, Eddie Edwards and asked him about what it takes to shoot a documentary:

How big was your crew?

25 people.  We had 5 teams of crew members going out spread along the coastline following the lifeguards.

Talk about the KZN Film Commission, Durban Film Office and The City of Durban?

The KZN Film Commission were great, they helped us out with some funding, they also helped us out with all of the procedures of working on this project in Durban.
The Durban Film Office helped us out with dealing with the City.
The City of Durban were great in allowing us access all over and helping us film on the beaches.

Advice for aspiring filmmakers?

It's not the end of the world when you are turned down.  A project has a life.

How long did this show take to develop?

This took two and a half years to develop.

Durban Beach Rescue Premieres Saturday July 4th at 8pm Travel Channel DStv Channnel 179

The executive producer of the show is Bronwyn Berry from Ruby Rocket Media.
For more info visit their website:

Article by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton

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