Director: Claire Gorman
Co-Producer: Clare Plueckhahn
First Love - a girls surfing documentary - was Fran's very first foray into film. She wrote and produced this 60 minute film which received 27 cinemas through an output deal with Village Roadshow and Garage Entertainment and won Best Documentary at X-Dance - the action sports film festival that runs alongside Sundance.
First Love is about love, friendship and following your dreams.
This feature length film follows the lives of three passionate young girls from Phillip Island and documents their trip to Hawaii – the first step on their journey to making a career out of surfing.
17-year-old Jess Laing has grown up surfing with, and competing against, her two friends Nikki van Dijk and India Payne. They’re all sponsored, surf the same breaks and live within 10 minutes of each other. The girls are all different in their own ways, but one thing’s for sure, they all love the same thing.
But when Jess is injured everything changes. Her trip to Hawaii is replaced with surgery, recovery and rehab. It’s only her love of surfing that pulls her through.
Discover the trials and tribulations of training, competitions and injury whilst gaining an insight into life on the tour through the eyes of three girls. With magic footage and stellar photography, First Love will surprise, entertain and inspire a generation of female surfers.