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DVD Review – Highwater

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I’ve been seeing a lot of documentaries over the past few months mostly in an effort to sharpen my skills as a documentary film maker. That’s not to say I don’t also watch them for the pure joy they bring, as I really do love a well told true story. Due to the nature of the documentary I’m currently making, I’ve been watching a lot of sports films and more specifically ones based on surfing. So much so that they have really made me want to take it up as a hobby even though I still have a deep rooted fear of deep water. This, of course, shows me the power of film, and documentary in particular, by being able to inspire people into action even if it goes against their very nature. So with this surfing documentary, ‘Highwater’, I saw another chance to research and also possibly continue my growing ambition to try out the waves.

“Real life drama, humour, death-defying waves, rivalries, parties, heart-break, romance, injuries, and humanity all collide during the nearly two month competition on Hawaii's 7 Mile Miracle. The film follows multiple story lines over the course of the entire competition, taking the real-life events to construct a moving story.”

This film was made by Dana Brown, the son of the famous surf documentarian, Bruce Brown, the man behind the classic ‘Endless Summer’ and ‘Endless Summer 2’ films. Dana had worked on the sequel with his dad but it was Dana’s first major solo film, ‘Step Into Liquid’, which got him noticed and it was also considered one of the best surf movies ever.  After watching ‘Highwater’, Dana has shown once again that when it comes to capturing the spirit of surfing he is continuing that great legacy left by his father’s films. This film has everything you could want in a film, let alone a documentary film about surfing. Funny, exciting and even moving, this has it all.

9 out of 10 from me.

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