71SSIFF - 22/30 September 2023
Savage Cinema: Adventure and Action Sports Films
Savage Cinema: Adventure and Action Sports Films
Albert Falzon
79 min.
Special screening with live performance by Odei after the premiere of Spirit of Akasha Featuring stunning surfing sequences from Bali, Angourie, Kirra, Oahu, Maui and elsewhere, the film has been universally acclaimed as perhaps the greatest surfing film ever made. But it is much more than that. Morning of the Earth was made to show the beauty of the ocean and surfing. To capture the spirit of surfers in nature. Falzon began to concentrate on the surfers themselves, travelling to their farms along the coastline, capturing aspects of their daily life, the harmony with nature that extends from those moments when they are riding the waves to the way they order their life on land.
Jason Baffa
85 min.
World premiere with the presence of Jason Baffa and surfer Chris del Moro  Preserved like a Roman ruin, the surf of the Italian coast carries surfer, artist, and environmentalist Chris Del Moro on a pilgrimage back to his ancestral homeland to explore a culture where old-world-convention and traditional craftsmanship have matured into a modern surf lifestyle destination. What Chris finds in the beauty of Italy and the unique connection the Italian people have with family and tradition reveals unexpected inner truths for pursuing La Bella Vita.
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Thomas Dirnhofer
100 min.
World premiere with the presence of David Lama and Thomas Dirnhofer Set against the backdrop of breathtaking Patagonia, David Lama, climbing’s wunderkind, sets out to climb the infamous south-east face of Cerro Torre, a mountain once said to be the most difficult in the world. No one has ever climbed this Needle of Granite in free-climbing style. But this is exactly what David and his partner Peter aim to do. After being confronted with natural and logistical challenges, David comes to understand the true nature of his project and realises what it will take to reach the summit. A documentary about mountaineering, friendship and transformation. It’s a coming of age story that also takes a close look at the state of rock climbing and alpinism, as well as their many philosophies and ethical approaches.
Lucy Walker
147 min.
An escalating rivalry between Kevin Pearce and Shaun White in the run-up to the 2010 Olympics leaves Shaun on top of the Olympic podium and Kevin in a coma following a training accident in Park City, Utah. Kevin's tight-knit Vermont family flies to his side and helps him rebuild his life as a brain injury survivor. But then he insists he wants to return to snowboarding. Doctors warn even a small blow to the head might kill him. Will Kevin defy them and insist on pursuing his passion? The dramatic story of one unforgettable athlete, Kevin Pearce; one eye-popping sport, snowboarding; and one explosive issue, traumatic brain injury.
Eric Crosland, Dave Mossop
74 min.
World premiere From the creators of the award winning film All.I.Can, Sherpas Cinema is proud to present their newest feature film, Into The Mind. With stunning cinematography and groundbreaking storytell- ing techniques, the film blur the lines between dream state and reality, and immerse you into the mind of a common skier as he attempts to climb and ski the ultimate mountain. Innovative athlete segments are actually a glimpse into his dreamscape, each one harboring messages that help inform our hero’s current, real-life choices. As you experience the majesty of Alaska, Bolivia, the Himalaya and beyond, Into the Mind paints a philosophical portrait of human kind. How do we balance risk versus reward? Why are we inspired to rise to the challenges in our lives and what do we learn on this journey to attain them?
Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff
110 min.
European premiere with the presence of Sherry McConkey and directors David Zieff and Muray Wais McConkey, a feature-length documentary, is a heartfelt examination of the legacy one athlete left to the progression of his sports, and the path he paved to conquer his dreams. Shane McConkey is revered as a pioneer of freeskiing and ski-BASE jumping, and through his talent and ability to use his trademark irreverent humor he inspired countless lives. In a new film from Red Bull Media House in association with Matchstick Productions, McConkey celebrates the life of one of the world's ultimate innovators in his sports.
Andrew Kidman
80 min.
World premiere with the presence of Andrew Kidman Spirit of Akasha - a film and soundtrack celebrating 40 years of Morning of the Earth. In 1971 Albert Falzon made Morning of the Earth, a film that would forever change the way the world thought about surfing. His portrayal of all things pure and simple influenced generations, and passed on an enduring sprit to our culture, our music, and our lifestyle. Spirit of Akasha is a brand new film that reaffirms Morning of the Earth’s ethos of soul and spirit in the present day context, proving all its values are still having an enduring impact on us all and on surfers as Tom Curren or Stephanie Gilmore. Produced by noted Australian film-maker Andrew Kidman and mentored by Albert Falzon, Spirit of Akasha sets a new benchmark with an amazing creative fusion blending the realms of surfing, music and film making. Andrew Kidman is one of the most transcendent creators of the modern surf culture. Through his films - Litmus (1996), Glass Love (2006), Last Hope (2009)and Lost in the Ether (2010) - he has fashioned new ways to explore the sport, with a look back in time to its past, traditions and historic characters. An aesthetic and different perspective focussed on drawing attention to the importance on surfing today of legacy, inter-general relations and evolution in shapes and materials.
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