Big vs Small

Dir: Minna Dufton
76mins   2020   Finland   12A   Portuguese | Finnish | English    Subtitled    F-Rated

Post-screening ZOOM Q&A with director Minna Dufton

When Filmmaker Minna Dufton started her documentary about elite big wave champion surfer, the "tiny fighter" Joana Andrade who rides the powerhouse waves at Nazaré, Portugal (home of the 100ft World Record Wave surfed by Garrett McNamara), little did she know Joana harbored a deep secret.

By way of explaining the safety equipment big wave surfers use, Joana shared her deep fear of drowning, something many big wave surfers share. In that one extraordinary moment, a remarkable cinematic serendipity would unfold and bring together the tiny Portuguese surfer with Finnish world champion free diver, Johanna Nordblad for the most unusual of training sessions.

'An unusually candid psychological portrait' - Phil Hoad, The Guardian