From zero to one hundred within a human age. Anthony ‘Bunker’ Spreckels, legendary deceased surfer went from being the free spirited young man living on the Pillboxes to becoming an uncontrollable wave riding rockstar with the tragic death of overdosing to follow. Before he pioneered in the history of surfing and board shaping, he was living the fortuned life as the stepson of famous actor Clark Gable. But as he inherited loads of money from the Hollywood family, the 21-year old Bunker went on a bad-end rollercoaster of restlessness, insecurity and what some may call dumb decisions.
In Bunker 77 (2016) the life of the legend is depicted from beginning to end, revealing the unknown stories and details of the kid who just loved to ride the waves, but didn’t have much else figured out. The film is a well-assembled documentary directed by Takuji Masuda and premiered tonight at Dole Cannery Theaters. The 86 minutes long film is a part of Hawaiian Film Festival’s many surf cinema films, and it will without a doubt catch the eye of even the slightest surf enthusiast.
Told chronologically, Bunker 77 takes you on a journey from just before the birth of Anthony Spreckels till the end of the surfer’s short life. A touching story told from the perspective of his friends, family and other acquaintances, and partly told by his own statements.
The film is composited very similar to the wellknown E! True Hollywood Story series that saw it’s highrise in the late 90s. With a mix between archive video clips of earlier days, sound bites from one or more interviews with Bunker and video clips from nowadays interviews with the people who were familiar with him, the film creates a solid trustworthy foundation for the portrait. For those truly passionate about surfing Bunker 77 also features a bunch of famous and even legendary surfers such as Laird Hamilton and Rory Russel.
Bunker did not only live an extraordinary life worth sharing, but he was also part of changing the ways of surfing and the types of boards used in the risky sport, which of course makes him an even more interesting character.
Besides being visually comfortable to watch, referring to the beautiful locations where the vast majority of the footage were shot, and the laid-back surf vibe from the underlying music, the film seems not only to be a tribute to Bunker, but also a film that radiates grief and a lack of understanding and acceptance of the destiny that became Bunker’s.
Did you miss out on the incredible story of the surf legend, catch it on Friday, November 11th. 3:15pm. Dole Cannery. Don’t forget to buy tickets online here!