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Beneath the Waves

Two brothers embark on a surfing trip together, attempting to bury past grievances in the process. As their surfing adventure unravels, so do the delicate and fragile bonds of brotherhood.

  • James Cunningham
    Director
    Dane, Fernando's Ride
  • Vanessa Abbott
    Writer
  • James Cunningham
    Writer
    Dane, Fernando's Ride
  • Slade Phillips
    Writer
  • Higin Prazmo
    Key Cast
    "Lachlan"
  • Kris Felix
    Key Cast
    "Liam"
  • James Cunningham
    Producer
  • Matt Loucas
    Cinematography
  • Vivek Asri
    Editing
  • Sebastian Benegas
    Music
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama
  • Runtime:
    8 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 1, 2018
  • Production Budget:
    2,500 AUD
  • Country of Origin:
    Australia
  • Country of Filming:
    Australia
  • Language:
    English
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital Acquisition
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Sicily International Film Festival
    Sicily
    Italy
    March 31, 2018
    International Premier
    Official Selection
Distribution Information
  • Presidential Productions
    Country: Australia
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - James Cunningham

Writer and director of plays and short films in Australia including THE SHEDS, GOUGH, DANE, ROPE, THE WAR ROOM, BENEATH THE WAVES and FERNANDO'S RIDE.

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Director Statement

My film BENEATH THE WAVES is a passion project for me. I wanted to tell the story with heightened reality so decided to work with non-actors; Higin and Felix are real Australian surfers. Entirely dialogue free, the film forces the audience to focus on performance, and what the characters are feeling. The story, about the brothers' relationship, is a study on masculinity.