Tim Bonython is an Australian surfer, filmmaker, and surf photographer. In 1999, he founded the Australian Surfing Photography Awards and in 2002, he started the Australian Surf Film Festival. He created a documentary Blackwater: The Story of a Place Called Teahupoo (2005) and a movie about the most dangerous waves on earth, Immersion (2012). Now, in 2017, Bonython is releasing The Big Wave Project. A Band of Brothers, a movie about big wave surfing. Here’s a look at the trailer.
It took the filmmaker 5 years to complete the movie that features some of the best and biggest wave surfers from around the globe. The Big Wave Project is a bold movie, as it documents the evolution of big wave surfing and tries to showcase the passion that drives big wave surfers to keep doing what they’re doing, against the dangers of the sport.
All the surfers who appear in the movie, from Andrew Cotton, to Greg Long, Andrea Moller, Mark Healy, Mark Healy, Aaron Gold, to Grant Baker, have one goal in mind: to ride the biggest wave in the world.
Aaron Gold, a big wave surfer who’s almost been killed by a big wave, reveals that “there’s a select group of people in the world that ride the waves we ride and that comradery that’s built from that tighter than you’ll ever find.” Mark Healy, another big wave legend, concludes that “Surfing’s a very individualistic sport, but big wave isn’t.”
Bonython shot the movie in some of the best big wave destinations, including Nazare, Portugal, Teahupoo, Tahiti, Peahi, Hawaii and The Right, Australia.
The Big Wave Project. A Band of Brothers by Tim Bonython premieres during the Australian Surf Movie Festival, in May 2017. We have to admit that the trailer looks very promising and we think that it’s safe to say the movie will surely mesmerize and captivate surfers and non-surfers alike.
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