The Daazo staff was saddened by tonight’s news about Adam Strange, winner of the Generation 14 Plus Competition at the 59. Berlinale, who was killed by a shark while swimming in the sea in New Zealand.

Rescue teams were fighting the sharks with high powers, but apparently there was nothing to do about it, 46-year old Adam Strange’s body was found half an hour later. The director left behind a wife and a daughter.

Adam Strange’s work was mostly focused on commercials for Asian markets. He made tv-spots for giant companies like Hyundai, Pepsi or Suzuki and was eager to experiment with new techniques and special effects. He was a perfectionist, like his job demanded.

According to his website, his Crystal Bear-winning short “Aphrodite’s Farm” is a “magical milk mystery” fairy tale, set on a dairy farm in the 1930s. The film has been in competition at numerous international film festivals, which led to a Generation 14 Plus selection, and eventually a Crystal Bear at the 59. Berlinale.

Amongst his hobbies, Adam Strange lists “surfing on the West Coast”. In some way, it was his love for nature that had taken him away.


Adam Strange and his Crystal Bear