footage courtesy of Peter Clyne and Kev L. Smith
Big Screen Adventures
We've travelled the world to find you the latest surf and adventure movies to inspire and thrill. Big-screen highlights over the two days are set to include Red Chargers, It Ain't Pretty, Dirty Old Wedge, The Accord, the Irish Edits competition and many more.
With a full schedule of movies each day, your weekend pass also includes access to all talks and presentations in the Discovery Room over two days.
There'll be live music both nights as well as DJs on Saturday night while All City Records and singer David Kitt closing out the festival on Sunday.
A full programme of events and day-by-day breakdown will be released closer to the festival.
Featuring a Q&A with big wave surfer Andrew Cotton
Directed by Rocky Romano & Miranda Winters (1h 2min) 2017 (USA)
Red Chargers tells the story of the North Canyon of Nazáre, the swells seen there during the 2015/2016 El Niño season and the extraordinary individuals, or "red chargers," who set out to ride them. The film focuses on the unique lives of big wave surfers, their dedication, the teamwork involved in riding the world's largest waves and the unique wave that brought them to Portugal. (1hr)
IT AIN'T PRETTY
Presented by Easkey Britton
A documentary about the challenges and triumphs of female big wave surfers fighting sexism in the water, in competition, in the media and in the surf industry.
Probing, incendiary and thought-provoking, this film takes you inside a growing movement of women that are shattering the shallow and sexualised images of female surfers in the media.
Featuring awe-inspiring big wave surf footage filmed in the icy waters of Ocean Beach, San Francisco and Mavericks - one of the biggest waves on the planet - this film is meant to empower a new generation of girls to overcome the challenges they face along the way. (1hr 7mins)
BETWEEN LAND AND SEA
A year in the life of an Irish surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean. This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in the Big Wave surf community to present a thoroughly engaging and visually stunning portrait of the ever-changing life at land’s end.
Against the backdrop of Ireland’s stunning west coast, this film digs deep into the day to day lives of the surf community, taking the audience beyond the bluster of the typical adrenaline fueled film to create a very real portrait of those who choose the surf lifestyle.
Left in Lagos
Nigeria is not where you go for a surf trip. In the oil business? Sure. Military? Absolutely. Black market entrepreneur? You've come to the right place. But if you're looking for waves, there is literally a few thousand miles of West African coastline that is far more welcoming. Or so you’d think.
Join William Aliotti and Luke Davis as they make the journey to find spitting wedges along with a homegrown surf scene that defies the stereotypes around Africa's most rapidly developing city.
From the multi award winning filmmakers, Gauchos del Mar comes this stunning travelogue. Undertaking a 2 month journey on foot to the uncharted South American Tierra del Fuego Province, the two brothers Joaquin and Julian Azulay set out in search of a mysto, world-class wave that has never before been surfed. They must overcome unforgiving terrain, serious injury and a harsh climate but will they find what they are looking for. A true tale of exploration capturing the spirit of surf adventure. An inspirational tale to stir the wanderlust. (1hr 26mins, Spanish with English subtitles)
Just Eat It: A food waste movie
Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences. (1hr 13mins)
South African big-wave enigma Matt Bromley and his #1 filmer Guy Macindoe have been traveling to the ends of the Earth and back -- Iceland, Maui, Namibia, Indonesia, Portugal, Ireland, you name it -- on a shoestring budget over the past year and some change to bring you this incredible short film. They got robbed, they went into debt, they suffered massive saltwater beatings. And they'd do it all over again in a heartbeat. "It was worth every moment of risk," says Bromley, "and made the journey and experience that much more unforgettable." (25mins)
Las Olas, a surf documentary from Central America exploring what it means to be a surfer. Through the telling of six stories from local surfers, we journey through Central America and discover the joy of surfing. For such a simple act of sliding over a wave, whole lives and landscapes change. Is surfing more than just a sport? (43mins)
Dirty Old Wedge
The Wedge, located at the end of the Balboa Peninsula in Newport Beach, California, is a world famous, man-made beast of a wave. Since its creation, people have flocked from all over to see it in its mythical form. A unique assemblage of body surfers which has come to be known as the "Wedge Crew" will be one of the focal points of this film, highlighting their relationships with the wave and with one another. (1hr 7mins)
A festival highlight for many. This is where the best surfers from Ireland and further afield come together under one roof to showcase their best waves and wipeouts from the last 12 months in an action packed edit competition. It's fun, rowdy and definitely not to be missed. (timeless)
THE PERSISTENCE OF HOPE
Frenchman Nelson Cloarec, Australia’s Micah Lester and Basque chap Adrian Fernandez de Valderrama from team O’Neill spent ten hopeful days somewhere in the colder reaches of Northern Europe hunting for perfection. This is their story.
“Every surf trip is about hope. Hoping to score and hoping to have some good times. Some trips make you hope for better days more than others…” Team O'Neill surfer Micah Lester
Far Nørth is a 40 minute film which took Ben Player five years to make, and the end result is Cinematic experience unlike any other. Filmed in 4k with an original music score by the very talented Mickey Smith.
The movie takes the viewer on an epic journey that juxtaposes between the vast natural beauty of Winter in the North, and Ben’s drive to push the limitations of his body, mind and sport, offering a dramatic insight into how far an athlete is willing to go to try and be the best.
Given is the simple yet powerfully contemplative story of a unique family legacy come full circle. Told through the visceral experience of a 6 yr. old, Given follows legendary surfers Aamion and Daize Goodwin from their island home of Kauai through 15 different countries in the quest for surf and to fulfill a calling handed down through generations.