Pye Production’s Charging the Barrel serves as a glimpse into the relationship between the unpredictable Cornish surf and the “neoprene clad warriors” that strive to tame it.
Finian Pye, director, found his inspiration in the surf films that he was brought up with. The power of the sea, the clean cut waves and the steady sets inspired him to create several surf films of his own. His projects present a scene that contrasts starkly with those of traditional surf films. Charging the Barrel consists of jagged cliff faces rather than clear waters, cloudy skies rather than unspoilt sun, men in head to toe wetsuits rather than beautiful young women in stringy bikinis. But this is where the joy of the film is.
Rather than celebrating perfection this film celebrates raw enthusiasm.