Film shows family, adventure, connection drive Geraldton surfer Kerby Brown to ride deadly slabs

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An unseen photo of the production of Facing Monsters shows the effects of a massive wave breaking.
Camera IconAn unseen photo of the production of Facing Monsters shows the effects of a massive wave breaking. Credit: Supplied

Going where no one else has been before is a major theme of an action-packed documentary featuring Mid West surfer Kerby Brown.

Another one is family.

Brown, a Geraldton local and “slab hunter” who chases steep, thick waves in the Southern Ocean, is driven by both.

Surfers Kerby and Cortney Brown, originally from Geraldton.
Camera IconSurfers Kerby and Cortney Brown, originally from Geraldton. Credit: Supplied

He is driven by a need to connect with the ocean, and his younger brother, Cortney, is a major reason why he pushes so hard and why he is able to. “It’s not a solo thing,” Kerby said. “I couldn’t have done it without my brother. That was a major driving force.”

Cinematographer Rick Rifici and producer Chris Veerhuis have serious surf filmmaking chops, both working on the screen version of Tim Winton’s Breath.

Director Bentley Dean was behind the films Contact, about the last Aboriginal group to make contact with white settlers in 1960s Australia, and Tanna, featuring Ni-Vanuatu people on an island.

They are backed up by Frank Chidiac, Susanne Morrison and co-producer Sonya Rifici.

Facing Monsters will be showing at Geraldton’s Orana Cinemas on November 28 at 1pm and 6.15pm.

Glenn Brown and his band The Mullets will play a special gig at The Geraldton Hotel from 3pm-6pm on the day.

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