'Distracted by realities of our own invention, the natural world becomes invisible, technology is our king. As the cracks in society spread, two surfers seek refuge in the vastness of the ocean, away from the deafening clamour of humankind. Unchained and dangerously close to freedom.'
After a run of premieres across the globe and two 'Best Cinematography' awards to its name, we are proud to announce that Beyond The Noise is available for public consumption - links to purchase below. Finisterre Ambassador Noah Lane caught up with Director Andrew Kaineder for a few more insights and learnings from beyond the beyond.
NL: So you spent 6 months through last winter in Ireland. Tell me about Beyond The Noise?
AK: I was already in Ireland at the end of 2017 for a long stint. We got skunked that trip, barely a days surf the whole time. Onshore and flat mostly. About two weeks before I was set to go back to Australia, I got the green light for Beyond the Noise and realised I had to come back for the end of the season. So after a very short few weeks in the Australian summer I was back again in the Northern Hemisphere, freezing.
NL: This is your first feature project right?
AK: Yeh it’s my first long form project and first project that hasn’t been a traditional documentary. I had the idea for a while that I really wanted to go back to the Atlantic after filming Far North with Ben Player so I tried to get this film funded through a few avenues and it didn't really work out. Canon were running this competition and I just threw it in there on a whim, on the day of the deadline and crossed the fingers.
NL: You've poured in a bit of passion.
AK: Yep a fair bit of passion, that’s for sure. If I’m going to do something I want to give it my best shot, so I definitely poured a lot of energy and a lot of myself into the project. It was exciting to have worked on something that’s different to anything I’d done before.
NL: How was it working in the North Atlantic?
AK: Normally when working with the natural environment you've got a lot of variables to take into consideration; but in the Atlantic Ocean, the storms are a lot stronger, the ocean feels denser and there’s a lot more energy. You definitely don't feel in control. With any kind of filming in this natural adventure type work, you're chasing those crazy scenes and although it's harsh and volatile and there’s a lot going on; if you can put yourself in the right place for an extended period of time, something will come of it.
NL: There’s more room for spontaneous incredibleness.
AK: It’s one of those places where you can only have a slight plan and then you just have to go with the flow and adapt. Hope for the best, but also just be ready for a lot of different situations.
NL: Can you tell me in around about way what the film is about?
AK: It's an abstract film about our disconnection and connection with nature, using surfing to simplify the idea. I alway want to do something bigger and better each film I make and this definitely challenged me.. The deeper meaning goes beyond surfing and I feel everyone will be able to relate to it in some way. Probably with a big thanks from Dan Crockett for his writing skills.
NL: You obviously love being out there in the surf?
AK: I love being present. I get so distracted everyday as I’m sure we all do and get quite disheartened with how the world is moving forward a lot of the time, that surfing is one of the few thing’s that really immerses you into present moment and you actually feel like you’re living.
NL: And is that what you're trying to put across a bit through this new film?
AK: Yeah, it's almost my own journey in a way. Using surfing as a catalyst for a bigger picture. Cities are growing, humans are multiplying and so we're kind of being drawn away from nature, from the natural environment and truly caring about it.
NL: It's about reconnecting but also about escapism as well?
AK: Yep definitely. I guess as well everything in the world is contradictory. There's scientists claiming the world is dying and then politicians don't give a shit and so there’s this constant influx of information struggle. Mentally, it’s a whirlwind, if you actually care. I call it the caring curse, haha.
NL: Where you feel small? Where a human is just another cog in the environment rather than the master of the environment?
AK: Yeah, totally. We just want to master everything, we want our lives sheltered in a way and it’s great to be in these environments we have no control over and just get out of that. Get some bloody real experiences.
NL: Who's involved in the film?
AK: There are the two protagonists, Harrison and yourself. I shot most of the film with Todd Barnes who I worked with on Far North. I’ve always watched his movies since I was young, he's a talented film-maker. Dan Crockett wrote the script and Joe Franklin was the sound engineer and composed the score in which 10 musicians played on. Tim Wreyford was the colourist- a pretty small, tight crew.
NL: Still sounds like quite a crew for a surf film?
AK: It’s still an undertaking. Trying to pay everyone, make sure everyone’s happy. Being a producer, production manager and also being creative. Its really difficult trying to switch from figures and deadlines to being in a creative zone.
NL: You did an Irish and UK tour in October and it’s been played in a few film festivals now. How has it been received?
AK: The film has been received so well. It’s picked up two cinematography awards thus far and I’ve had countless positive messages and emails. It makes me fuzzy and energy to maybe have another crack at something else. Haha.
NL: Do you have a release date?
AK: The film is out now, worldwide on all the platforms. iTunes, Vimeo, Google Play and Fetch. It will be on Garage Entertainment in a couple of months.
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