This epic sports doco captures the remarkable and unconventional life of legendary big-wave surfer Laird Hamilton. Sweeping cinematography puts us in the lineup with a master playing the sea.
Screened as part of NZIFF 2017
The life and exploits of surf legend Laird Hamilton are rewardingly covered in this exemplary sports documentary, weaving footage familiar and new around a frank interview with the unfailingly forthright man himself.
“The pioneering big-wave surfer gets the full legacy treatment in Rory Kennedy’s rip-roaring account of a life spent conquering untameable walls of water.
Taking a breather from the social-issues docs that have been her main sphere, prolific nonfiction filmmaker Rory Kennedy steers the audience on an exhilarating ride in Take Every Wave: The Life of Laird Hamilton. An extreme-sports film that’s also a laser-focused biographical study of a crazy man lacking a functioning fear mechanism, this portrait of the charismatic big-wave surfer catalogues almost four decades of Hamilton’s achievements while offering an admiring assessment of his unstoppable drive. Tapping into a wealth of breathtaking action footage, the film naturally is at its most exciting when it puts us right there in the surging waters.” — David Rooney, Hollywood Reporter