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Additional Screenings for Irish Surf Film ‘Between Land and Sea’
30 Mar 2017 : Laura Brennan
Additional screenings to take place in the IFI Dublin, Naas, Kilkenny, Limerick, Sligo, Bray & Westport
Due to demand, ‘Between Land and Sea’ the latest documentary project from award-winning Irish filmmaker Ross Whitaker (When Ali Came to Ireland, Saviours, Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story), adds additional screenings in the IFI Dublin, Naas, Kilkenny, Limerick, Sligo, Bray and Westport

‘Between Land and Sea’ is a year in the life of an Irish surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean.

Giving an insight into the lives of those of those who live in Lahinch, County Clare on the west coast of Ireland.  

Having already played to huge audiences in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Ennis and Galway so far the film is being received so well that the extra demand has called for the more screenings to be organised.

Commenting on the extra screenings Director, Ross Whitaker said: "I'm delighted to be bringing Lahinch and its folk to screens around Ireland as I found it to be a surprisingly special place. I set out to make a different kind of surf film, one that went beyond the hype of some surf films to find the quiet truth of what it means to choose to be a surfer, how it impacts your entire life in myriad different ways. Living at the edge of the Atlantic in Ireland's wild west is hard - rain is heavy, winds are strong and waves are monstrous. But for the right person it's a cold paradise living along that incredible coastline."

This observational feature – at times intimate, at times epic – embeds itself in the Big Wave surf community to present a thoroughly engaging and visually stunning portrait of the ever-changing life at land’s end.

The decisions we make early in life can have consequences more far-reaching than we imagine when we make them. Young surfers dedicate their lives to the ocean, consumed by the excitement and beauty on offer but how can they balance that with the inevitabilities of later life – money to earn, mouths to feed?

Against the backdrop of Ireland’s stunning west coast, this film digs deep into the day to day lives of the surf community, taking the audience beyond the bluster of the typical adrenaline fuelled film to create a very real portrait of those who choose the surf lifestyle.

Featuring some of the biggest waves and best surfers in Ireland – as well as a thrilling cameo by Hawaiian legend Shane Dorian –‘Between Land and Sea’ succeeds in being exhilarating while giving a moving, humourous and thought-provoking account of the ocean-going natives of West Clare.

Extra Screenings

Dublin: UCD Cinema March 30th: at 20:30

Dublin: Irish Film Institute (with Q&A): April 2nd at 18:45

Kilkenny: Set Theatre (with Q&A): April 12th at 20:00

Naas: Moat Theatre (with Q&A): April 20th at 20:00

Sligo: Shore Shots Festival: April 23rd

Limerick: University Concert Hall (with Q&A): April 24th at 19:30

Westport: Town Hall Theatre: May 3rd at 20:00

Mermaid Wicklow Arts Centre, Bray (with Q&A): May 15th at 20:00

For more information on tickets and venues please visit the Between Land and Sea website.

Ross Whitaker is an Irish filmmaker who has directed several award-winning documentaries as well as numerous IFTA-nominated television shows. These include the features Saviours (2008), acclaimed as Best Irish Film of the Year (Sunday Tribune) and Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story (2014). His award-winning shorts include Home Turf, Bye Bye Now (winner at the acclaimed AFI Silverdocs Festival and two Oscar-qualifying festivals) and the Shark-winning Toughest Road Back. His television documentaries include IFTA-winner When Ali Came To Ireland, The Gambler and The Bailout.


IFTA Award-winning Motive has a strong track record when it comes to independent television and documentary film production. We specialise in producing returning factual entertainment formats and series, landmark documentaries and live sports coverage. Among our work is The Notorious (Conor McGregor), Micheál: The Sound of Sunday, Prison Families, Darndale: Edge of Town. Jamie D’Alton and Anne McLoughlin are the joint MDs of Motive and the producers of Between Land and Sea. 

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