Friendship inspires touching bodyboard documentary

March 27, 2014 | Bodyboarding
Within: inspired by friendship

"Within" is the latest bodyboarding documentary by filmmaker Darius Devas.

The award winning movie follows two lifelong friends, on a surfing pilgrimage to remote parts of the Australian coastline.

Their quest is to film epic waves in memory of their other friend who took his life. It captures their journey of filming in the elements, as the film "Within" is brought to life.

Darius reflects on how Billy's death sparked the beginning of his inward journey, shifting his perspective about what matters in life and expanding his connection to the ocean, into new forms of visual expression.

"Two things happened that seeded the foundations for 'Within'. The first was Billy, my childhood next-door neighbour and surfing friend, took his life very unexpectedly when he was sixteen," explains Devas.

"The second thing that happened was that I saw a surf film called 'Echoes' by George Greenough, made in 1973. After seeing 'Echoes', I knew that one day I would like to make a film exploring similar terrain - but only when the HD technology reached a level that made a camera capable of shooting at a super slow motion speed, while being small enough to strap to the front of my board".

To mark the 10-year anniversary of Billy's passing, Darius Devas filmed "Within", a bodyboarding movie narrated by Guy Pearce.

To shoot the film Darius Devas traveled with Luke Wrangler, his remaining childhood surfing friend, to a remote coastline of Australia to capture the film's footage.

The images are accompanied by a spoken word narration that the director wrote, inspired by his favourite poets, including Henry David Thoreau, Hafiz, Rumi, Goethe, Rilke, Saul Williams and David Forster Wallace.

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