Saturday 21st October
UK PREMIERE: Nervous Laughter Dir: Dan Norkunas, 2017 (66mins)
Albee Layer is one of the most relevant and exciting surfers on the planet. This mind-blowing documentary lifts the curtain on Albee and friends – the tight-knit group of surfers who are redefining not only the big wave genre but the very bounds of surfing possibilities.
Childhood friends Albee Layer, Matt Meola, Dege O’Connell, Billy Kemper, Kai Lenny and Torrey Meister followed each other into the daunting line-up of Jaws on Maui as teenagers. Through peer pressure and rivalries, they have pushed each other to unprecedented performances, challenging the very limits of paddle-in big wave surfing.
Follow the crew for an inside look at a season rife with nerves, injury, triumph, pain and friendship.
Combining fearless surfing and breathtaking cinematography this truly inspiring documentary explores the heart and soul of big wave charging.
Staring: Albee Layer, Kai Lenny, Billy Kemper, Dege O’Connell, Torrey Meister, Shane Dorian
Accompanied by Q&A with director Dan Norkunas plus Albee Layer
“A humanising documentary about a special time when a levy exploded open and created a wave that’ll surge into the future of big-wave surfing.” Stab
Showing with: SHORTIES Shortlisted film: Seeking Shelter Dir: Harry Bower (5mins)
Ben Skinner searches out waves along the UK and Ireland’s vast and diverse coastlines.
UK Premiere: THE BROTHERHOOD Dir: Chris Case
From the award winning director comes an inspiring look at the big wave crew that shape their world’s around Ireland’s most terrifying waves.
UK PREMIERE: Perilous Sea Dir: Ryan Meichtry / Mike Bromley, 2017 (30mins)
A trans continental cold water surfing odyssey capturing the raw spirit, glorious landscapes and pure perfection that arises when conditions conspire creating moments of cold water nirvana that rival any across the globe.
Inspired by the storytelling style of classic ocean-faring novels, Perilous Sea follows a group of surfers as they explore the landscapes and waves of the North Atlantic fringes, from the Canadian Maritimes, across to Iceland and beyond the wave rich coast of Ireland. A beautiful travelogue to stir the wanderlust.
Starring: Noah Wegrich, Noah Cohen, Noah Lane, Will Skudin, Kevin Schulz, Sam Hammer, Wilem Banks, Dane Anderson, Heidar Eliasson, Logan Landry
“Set to light the cold water surf exploration bug deep in your stomach, Perilous Sea chronicles a trans-continental odyssey to document the waves that lash these coastlines.” Backwash Surf Anthology
UK Premiere: CHANGING POINT Dir: Rebecca Coley (17mins)
An inspirational story of a young woman who blazed her own trail and threw off the constraints of society and the traditional role assigned to her to become an Indonesian Women’s Surfing Champion and inspire a new generation of female surfers.
Showing with: SHORTIES Shortlisted film: Sri Lanka Dir: Jimmy Pinfield and Dom Salunke (5mins)
After a ram packed bus drops them off at the central station in the middle of town, Dom Salunke & Jimmy Pinfield manage to tuk tuk their way out of the confusion and straight into a ridiculously fun left.
UK Premiere: I KNEW JACK O’NEILL Dir: Peter Hamblin
Surfer Poll winning director of Let’s Be Frank returns with this ode to the late great Jack O’Neill, pioneer of the wetsuit and a man who single handedly changed surfing forever.
Accompanied by Q&A with director Peter Hamblin
UK Premiere: AWEN Dir: Anders Melchior
More and more young Chinese pursue their own dreams and seek a higher degree of personal freedom. Awen’s mom wants him to become a fisherman like his ancestors. Awen just wants to surf…