Just Beneath The Surface

On a fishing trip, a man struggles with a strange and menacing ocean. Will he fight against nature's forces, or submit to its power?

Jimmy John Thaiday discusses how his culture, living on Erub directly informs the themes of the film:

The ocean is always changing, shifting, and moving.
Like all creatures, we are affected by the forces that shape the ocean. The tides, waves, wind, and currents of the ocean bring us food and shape our culture.

The earth's power gives new life to sustain us all, but we must show more care. The ocean is mysterious - many secrets lay just beneath the surface. We must respect the ocean's power; it can provide for us, but also take life away.

I am exploring the way the ocean creates cycles of life, death, and rebirth. Important moments in our lives push and pull us like the water If we resist these forces, life can be tough, and we can suffer. When we let go, and accept that life is like nature; it is constantly changing both for good and bad.

If we understand this, then we can let nature take its course, and things will be in balance.

  • Jimmy John Thaiday
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  • Jimmy John Thaiday
  • Keiran James
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  • Keiran James
    Director of Photography
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  • Keiran James
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  • Keiran James
    Sound Production
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  • Jimmy John Thaiday
    Key Cast
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short, Other
  • Genres:
    Environmental, Indigenous, Nature
  • Runtime:
    5 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 20, 2023
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 AUD
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  • Shooting Format:
    Digital. HD 1920/1080
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Telstra NATSIAA (National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Art Awards)
    August 11, 2023
    Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory / exhibition
    Multimedia Category - Winner
Director - Jimmy John Thaiday