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April 24th, 2014

Within – An impressionistic exploration of the ocean

Within is a beautiful, experimental short ocean-art film by filmmaker Darius Devas, narrated by actor Guy Pearce. Inspired by the suicide of a childhood friend, Within is a remarkable exploration of human connection to the ocean and how this love of the natural environment can help us understand our place in the world, and deal with loss. Also, watch the ‘Creating Within‘ video below too, for a great insight into the project.

The film is shot entirely on a high-speed camera to explore the relationship between form and shape, immanence and the raw power of our most connecting element: water.

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Creating Within

Director’s statement

"I’ve been dreaming about making Within for over a decade now. I’ve always had a deep love for the ocean and wanted to explore the feeling of connection I get from being in it. Around the time of the initial inspiration for the film, one of my childhood surfing friends, Billy, took his life. This had a huge affect on my perspective of the world. Up to that point I’d had a relatively carefree existence. Now, suddenly I was asking myself much bigger questions about who I was and what I was doing with my life."

Fencepost Glory. Photo by Ben Lee

"In late 2012 I finally found a camera that was able to shoot high-speed HD video, and small enough to strap to my surfboard. 2013 marks a decade since Billy’s suicide; I knew that it was the time to bring this film to life. I was seeking a connection between Billy’s death, the ocean and my place in the world; something that would inspire, and allow people to experience that sense of unity I often experience in the ocean. I also wanted to remind people to appreciate life and make the most of it."

You can follow filmmaker Darius Devas on his website and like the Being Here Facebook Page.