Kerby Brown’s Facing Monsters documentary returns to SW for mental health book launch fundraiser

Taylar AmoniniBusselton Dunsborough Times
Kerby Brown's epic water actions will be featured in the World Premier of Facing Monsters at CinefestOZ this year.
Camera IconKerby Brown's epic water actions will be featured in the World Premier of Facing Monsters at CinefestOZ this year.

CinefestOZ’s premier documentary Facing Monsters will return to the South West this weekend in collaboration with Vasse Photographer to launch a behind the scenes book and raise money for mental health.

This Sunday, following a Busselton screening of the award winning documentary, the Facing Monsters photography book by Andrew Semark will be launched at Shelter Brewery where proceeds will go towards LifeLine WA.

The stunning limited release book will show a behind the scenes look at the films lead charter Kerby Brown for over 10 years, digging deep into the psyche of the ‘slab wave’ surfer.

With strong connections to Lifeline in both Brown and Semark, 100 per cent of the exclusive advance screening of the documentary tickets will go towards the not-for-profit, as well as 10 per cent of the book’s profits.

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Directed by Bentley Dean and produced by Chris Veerhuis of Red Dog: True Blue, the suspenseful, action-packed drama unravels Brown's inner demons whilst confronting the real-world consequences that his death-defying passion could have on his family.

Facing Monsters will be screened at Cinefest.
Camera IconFacing Monsters will be screened at Cinefest.

Brown said the film focused on two important things in his life — family and surfing.

“It’s surreal to have a film made about your life,” he said.

“It’s a bit different to your average surf film and has a few layers to it. The film shows how important family and friends are, the struggles I’ve gone through, and how much the ocean has helped me through those struggles.

“You don’t have to be a surfer to appreciate what is in this film.”

The advanced screening will star at 1pm at Orana Cinema followed directly by the Facing Monsters book launch at Shelter Brewing Co at 3pm.

To secure tickets visit https://www.madmanfilms.com.au/facing-monsters/.

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