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Wave Women UK

'Wave Women UK' is a short documentary that follows a group of young black women from inner city London as they embark on a transformative journey to learn how to surf. The film celebrates the determination of these women as they brave the often intimidating waters of the ocean to try something new and explore a world they had never known before. Their journey is a compelling story of strength and courage as they conquer their fears and challenge the notion that surfing is an exclusive sport. Through the lens of intimate interviews, stunning visuals, and gripping action sequences, 'Wave Women UK' captures the powerful journey of these amazing women as they courageously ride the wave of change.

  • Lolly Michaels
  • Bola Adeoshun
  • Annie Tagoe
    Key Cast
  • Gifty Dzenyo
    Key Cast
  • Lisa Ellis
    Key Cast
  • Maryam Oyedeji
    Key Cast
  • Alan Sim
    Executive Producer
  • Bola Adeoshun
  • Nick Grant
    Sound Recorder
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    20 minutes
  • Production Budget:
    15,000 GBP
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    United Kingdom
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital UHD
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
Director Biography - Lolly Michaels

Lolly is a London-based self-shooting director & DoP. She has ample experience in working with brands, influencers and other creatives to produce authentic, relatable and engaging content.

2022 saw her working with the likes of the Brits, Puma, Nike, Converse and Wray N Nephew, featuring talents such as Nella Rose, DTG and Nikita Parris to name a few.

Her DoP narrative work includes Motherland (Secured Best New Talent Documentary at BFI Future Film Fest in 2020) and gained official selections at three BAFTA-Qualifying film festivals: Underwire, London Short Film Festival (LSFF) & BFI Future Film.

Her next film where she collaborated with director Tobi Onabolu for Dear Black Child garnered success at a total of five film festivals in 2022 including both the New York and Cannes Indies Shorts film festivals and Aesthetica Film Festival.

She also expands herself creatively by working on various camera teams as a camera assistant (2nd AC) for commercial & film productions. Most recently she worked on ÓWÀMBÉ (developed and created as part of the Netflix Documentary Talent Fund) and The Ballad of Olive Morris which has just been shortlisted for Best British Short Film at this year’s BAFTAs.

Lolly continually aims to challenge the status quo by being a black female navigating within the film production industry. Being a strong advocate for women of colour who work in the industry, she built a platform to empower the community called #WomenCreateToo.

It launched in March 2020, and fast-forward a few months later was supported by Superdrug, after she won the 2020 "Faces of the Future" competition.

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Director Statement

Being approached with the opportunity to direct this documentary was one I could not say no to. The subject matter wasn’t only one I had never explored before but we were also opening the door for deeper exploration as to why this was yet to be done in the UK. Directing this project brought about inner joy as I witnessed a group of black women go forth into the journey of the unknown and tackle a challenge which isn’t common within our community. And every challenge requires inner strength and power, and you see this in the documentary as they share their stories. We are reminded that anything is possible when you put your heart and soul into something you love.

I am proud to present to you, Wave Women UK.