Irish surf and lifestyle documentary BETWEEN LAND AND SEA
Having toured coastal areas throughout the summer, this brilliantly humanist documentary is now squeezing itself into a full-length wetsuit and gearing up for the winter leg of its Australian tour, landing in capital cities, as well as a few extra choice coastal spots throughout June 2018.
Far from your standard surfing film, BETWEEN LAND AND SEA paints a warm and entertaining portrait of the lifestyles and motivations of County Clare’s vibrant surf community.
BETWEEN LAND AND SEA spends a year in Lahinch, a small town on Ireland’s west coast, and the unlikely home to five surf schools and of one of Europe’s best big-wave breaks.
This observational documentary – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself within Lahinch’s surfing community to present an engaging and exhilarating portrait of life by the sea. Digging deep into the lives of this diehard group of surfers, who want their local wave to be known around the world, Between Land and Sea provides the most exhilarating of big-wave surf footage, as well as an insightful, moving and humorous portrait of the ocean-going natives of County Clare.
Features Ollie O’Flaherty, the current poster-boy of Irish surfing, former-pro Fergal Smith, Hawaiian big-wave legend Shane Dorian and Aussie surf journalist Ben Mondy.
While it’s a must-see for surfers, the film is a rewarding and endearing experience for non-surfers too – among the residents of Lahinch featured, we meet Fergal Smith, who has turned to organic farming to feed his young family now that his surf sponsorships have come to an end; John McCarthey, owner of Lahinch Surf School who speaks about how his faith has influenced his surfing; and Pat “The Whale” Conway, a long-distance ocean swimmer in his sixties who just can’t seem to give the game away, despite saying every year will be his last.
During the summer Lahinch is alive with beach goers and the town’s surf schools do a roaring trade. But during winter the schools close down, meaning many of the teachers have no income to rely on during the colder months.
Nonetheless, this charming community of surfers wouldn’t chose to be anywhere else, enduring difficult lifestyles in the hope of sharing their local waves with the world.
It’s hard not to think of John Milius’s immortal Big Wednesday”
– The Irish Times
“Awash with phenomenal footage.
Captures the brutal beauty of the landscape and…waves so powerful
they look as if they could snap a person in half”
– The Guardian
“Mingles the epic and the intimate.
A stunning exploration of what’s great about Irish people”
“A must-watch for all surfers in Ireland and beyond”
Playing capital cities and coastal areas throughout June
SUNSHINE COAST SURF FILM FESTIVAL, CALOUNDRA QLD (Sun 20th May)
RITZ CINEMA, RANDWICK NSW (Fri 1st – Sun 3rd June)
CLASSIC CINEMA, ELSTERNWICK VIC (Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd June)
LIDO CINEMA, HAWTHORN VIC (Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd June)
PENINSULA CINEMA, SORRENTO VIC (Sat 2nd – Sun 3rd June)
YAMBA CINEMA, YAMBA NSW (Fri 22nd June)
MERCURY CINEMA, ADELAIDE SA (Fri 22nd – Sun 24th June)
BRUNSWICK PICTURE HOUSE, BRUNSWICK HEADS NSW (date TBC)
FILM HARVEST BUSSELTON, ALBANY, GERALDTON & KALGOORLIE (date TBC)
STATE CINEMA HOBART (date TBC)