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Last Hope is a series of sixteen original short films compiled by Andrew Kidman (Glass Love/ Litmus) and Spunk Records. Andrew Kidman chose six of his favourite surfing film makers to create short films that were inspired by the sea. The film makers include Albert Falzon (Morning Of The Earth), Jon Frank (Litmus), Monty Webber, Michelle Lockwood (Kids) and American underground surf film makers Patrick Trefz (Thread) and Richard Kenvin (Hydrodynamica). Kidman also provides four special cuts of his own.
The film makers created their short films to music by some of the greatest independent artists in the world right now. Some of the artists include Smog, Sufjan Stevens, Mogwai, My Morning Jacket, Dirty Three, Holly Throsby, Vetiver, Bonnie Prince Billy and The Brown Birds From Windy Hill.
The quality of songs by these recording artists combined with the infinite beauty of the sea is something breathtaking to say the least. Add to this the unique style of each film maker, bringing to life with these wonderful songs what they are trying to articulate. The result is at times emotional, sometimes harrowing, thoughtful, funny and heartfelt. The viewer is left stunned by the vastness of the ocean and the depth of emotion in the music.
"One of the most enjoyable aspects of being a film maker is the process of bringing scenes, emotions and stories to life with music. It's kind of a film makers dream to have access to great music and the freedom to make whatever you want without the constraints of trying to make a full length feature or editors wreaking havoc with your work. This is what I was thinking about when Aaron Curnow (Spunk records) and I first had a conversation about this project. I thought something special could come from just letting the film makers make what ever they wanted. I hope the project has kept a pure line and that these original thoughts transcend in the viewing." Says Kidman
Last Hope is a film for anyone with a love for the ocean. With the film's collage approach, mixed with the quiet musical stylings, it presents a side of the life that is often forgotten in these modern times. Initially the Last Hope DVD is being released with a bonus CD of the films soundtrack. Plus a 24 page booklet with thoughts, interviews and images from the film makers in some damn fancy one off packaging.
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Another beautiful film from A Kidman! Really really beautiful images and music. Work of art!
Some really nice old surf footage but alot of arty sections which drag on a bit more surfing please Mr Kidman!
Except of maybe one chapter, I loved it, the soundtract, the camera, and.. lovely longboarding sessions..
A bit boring, not enough surfing.
Some real gems here, various moods expressed in different ways... definately something for everyone
Really grows on you
Alternative as ever; Andrew Kidman knows where the soul of surfing is.
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