By Will Espero

Allan Wilson and Mickey Smith from the United Kingdom are the creators of the aquatic film Hunros Jorna competing in the Experimental category. This film highlights the power and beauty of mother nature as viewers become mesmerized by the spectacular footage of high swells, crashing waves, and incredible explosions where waves meet protruding rocks, solid cliff-sides, and rugged coastlines. Poetic descriptions create a visual painting as dramatic words and phrases compliment the breathtaking video. A world of bodyboarders and surfers is revealed and shared as comrades and warriors challenge the strength, might, and speed of the ocean. Outstanding wave rides and epic wipe-outs add an element of risk and reward. A big shout out to the courageous camera operators who braved the treacherous conditions and surf.

Directors Allan Wilson and Mickey Smith

Hunros Jorna is a short film from renowned surf photographer Mickey Smith. Smith worked with Allan Wilson from the Astray Collective to present a side to surfing that few of us, as observers or surfers, will glimpse: the photographer’s life.

Twelve years ago, Mickey Smith and Allan Wilson made a short film called Dark Side Of The Lens, a philosophical reflection on riding and documenting heavy waves in Ireland with a small crew of adventurous waveriders. 

The film has become one of the most watched surf movies in history and is still considered to be a benchmark for surf documentation.

Our film is a love letter to the sea and to the people and places we call home.

Allan Wilson and Mickey Smith

It’s been a strange and layered journey for us getting to this point pard. You couldn’t really script any of the stories we’ve been lucky enough to live through and it all comes back to the sparks of alchemy that exist in Kernow and Ireland for me. We have a stunning ancient culture and a genuine wild spirit here in Kernow that is vivid, tangible and has given so much. I lived in Ireland for a long time where the traditions, language and culture are revered and celebrated. The Cornish language is ancient and truly beautiful, something to treasure that is unique and for everyone. Currently across the world we lose a language every 40 days and with that we lose culture and connection to locality. We wanted to pay tribute to the heartbeats, land and seascapes that have inspired and given our lives so much meaning. Try and do justice to their spirit by opening up the magic of Kernewek through our stories. A space that maybe kids like we were might connect to and think, ‘well if these freaks can go and do things like this, maybe I can to.’

Mickey Smith

Hunros Jorna is an Official Selection at the 2022 edition of the Global Nonviolent Film Festival, and it can be watched from September 29 to October 10 on globalnonviolentfilmfestival.comD!

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