David Schurmann graduated from the South Seas Film and Television production course in 1993. After completing the course David went back on board his parent’s yacht and started shooting their amazing adventures while the family sailed back to Brazil. When they arrived back home they became famous as the first Brazilians to have circumnavigated the world and the doco series they made became a TV hit.
Since then David has gone on to develop an outstanding film career in Brazil shooting and directing documentaries for National Geographic and Brazilian Television including a second circumnavigation to film the international TV doco series ‘Magellan Global Adventure’, retracing the voyage of Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. In 2007 David released his first motion picture film ‘The World Twice Around’, a feature length award winning documentary, in 2011 ‘Missing’, a suspense/horror mockumentary film and in 2012 he produced and directed the documentary film and TV series ‘U-513 Lonely Wolf,’ Now David has just completed shooting his first dramatic feature film ‘Little Secret’.
This film project ‘Little Secret’ is a very special and personal film about David’s sister Kat (a little kiwi girl) that his parents adopted. The film focuses on three stories, Jeanne (Brazilian biological mother) and Robert (Kiwi biological father) friends of his parents, mother Heloisa, father Vilfredo and Barbara (Kats biological grandmother). The film is very much in the line of “Babel” where we have three stories coming together. It is a dramatic and intimate story about love and family.
The film has been mainly shot in Brazil but last week David was in New Zealand with some of his Brazilian crew including Isabelle Gasparini and producer João Roni while shooting the opening of the film and some evocative NZ scenic footage. Kiwi producer and friend Emma Slade organized the NZ shooting and to help her she used two 2016 South Seas students Amie Gellert and Jared James. Also on board the shoot were Tony Monk from Heletranz who shot the aerial footage and Andy Roeland from Metro Films who supplied all the camera gear.
While in Auckland David also managed to visit South Seas Film & Television School and meet up with school director Gerben Cath who fondly remembers David and his family as some of the most positive and dynamic people he has had the pleasure to get to know. The whole family will soon be arriving back in NZ on board their latest yacht as they yet again circumnavigate the world for a third time while filming another wonderful natural history documentary adventure series ‘Orient Expedition’ a 11 part documentary series for National Geographic Channel.