WINNER: BEST FILM AND BEST SOUNDTRACK
EUROPEAN PREMIERE: HAIL MARY Dir. Ben Gulliver
From multi-award winning filmmaker Ben Gulliver comes this hotly anticipated, cinematically stunning biopic. ‘Hail Mary’ charts the humble beginnings of ground breaking surfer Balaram Stack from his boyhood in NY to his journey to become one of the world’s most respected chargers.
Featuring snowy Hurricane swells at home and cavernous Tahitian pits, this is a look at Balaram’s past, present and future – revealing how his cat-like reflexes and unflinching prowess in some of the world’s most intimidating line-ups have made this down to earth east coast local a true North Shore standout. With glorious cinematography, epic waves and an original soundtrack, this film is also an ode to Balaram’s mother, Mary, whose unending support has helped him realise his dream.
Ben Gulliver is a filmmaker whose catalogue inspires creatives across the globe. His films have an ever-evolving style and a driving creative energy – and this feels like his best so far.
Do not miss your chance to see this film on the big screen with Ben and Balaram present for a special Q&A.
SHORT: WORLD PREMIERE: AMYGDALA Dir. Clem McInerney
Crews often have a nucleus around which they revolve, an integral cog meshing the machine together. Sometimes these characters are quietly unassuming, unaware of their inspirational role. Amygdala is a salute to one such character – Connor Flannagan. This gloriously shot ode to friendship, features sumptuous cinematography, mind bending Irish waves and physics defying feats of water photography.
SHORTIES shortlisted film TURAS Dir. Lewis Arnold
Featuring Mark Boyd at home deep in Scottish barrels.
SHORTIES shortlisted film JAYCE ROBINSON Dir. Pontus Palsson
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