Film review by John Campbell
Returning to Pighouse Flicks for an eagerly anticipated encore screening is El Mar, Mi Alma (‘the sea, my soul’).
Let’s be honest, it’s only your terminally certified waxheads who can sit through the average surf flick watching Groundhog Day on waves, but local filmmaker Stephen Jones’s little gem is not just another surfing movie. Appropriately described as a ‘visual tone poem’, the doco explores the inextricable connection between the ocean and the people and culture of Chile.
Following the journey of Byron Bay pro Dave Rastovich (and also including current World Champ Joel Parkinson), the camerawork of Hawaiian Dave Homcy is exceptional and, highlighted by an exquisite adaptation of poet Pablo Neruda’s Farewell, the accompanying soundtrack is original and intoxicating.
This is a rare treat for anybody who has ever set foot in the great Pacific. Catch it on Thursday at 7pm.