We have two pairs of tickets to give away to the final screening of Ross Whitaker’s extraordinary documentary Between Land and Sea, in the IFI on May 16th at 6.30pm  with a special Q&A with the director which will be hosted by Scannain‘s Managing Editor Niall Murphy. The film will also play at the Mermaid in Bray on May 15th and the glor in Ennis on June 1st.

Already acclaimed as “Brilliant” (The Irish Times), “Dramatic and thrilling” (TheJournal.ie) and “Stunning” (Balls.ie), independent film Between Land and Sea has been a surprise hits, playing to huge audiences in around the country, including in Dublin, Waterford, Cork, Ennis, Galway, Kilkenny, Naas, Limerick, Westport, and Sligo.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Ross Whitaker (When Ali Came to Ireland, Saviours, Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story), Between Land and Sea is a year in the life of an Irish surf town at the mercy of the Atlantic Ocean.

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.

Between Land and Sea

Between Land and Sea –
Courtesy of Kevin Smith

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-fueled 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.

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