BIG VS SMALL REVIEWS

PBS NEWSHOUR

"The story is as much about surfing as it is about the mental strength and mind-set it takes to conquer these waves, particularly when you have a profound fear of drowning, as Andrade does." 

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DOCUMENTARY BUSINESS

Case study by Peter Hamilton


"I wanted to capture in a case study the journey of the indie, small-market filmmaker who is determined to risk much to develop a story, travel to a pitch session, finance, deliver, and then inspire COVID-restricted audiences with a unique creative vision."

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WOMEN-DIRECTED FILMS TO SEE THIS YEAR

"Joana Andrade is a Portuguese athlete and extreme competitor, one of the greatest in a sport traditionally dominated by men, big-wave surf. In the documentary she goes to train under revered free diver Johanna Nordblad as both women seek to empower themselves and be the greatest they can be."

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HELSINGIN SANOMAT

”Tämä on iso juttu dokumenttielokuvan ekosysteemille, koska se osoittaa, että halutaan tukea ja ymmärtää sitä, mitä me teemme”, Dufton sanoo. Hän haluaa toimia esimerkkinä siitä, että ensimmäisellä kerrallakin voi onnistua.

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UBIQUARIAN

"Big vs. Small serves its purpose perfectly. As a documentary about sports, it is breathtaking to look at, while its humane side is inspiring in a completely different way.” 

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CBS NEWS

DOC NYC Highlights by David Morgan

"The cinematography is sumptuous in this portrait of big wave surfer Joana Andrade, a petite Portuguese woman who takes on the massive, skyscraper-size waves at Nazaré."

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FILMS GONE WILD

Review by Daniel Pappas

"Andrade’s journey excites, unnerves, and terrifies in equal measures but witnessing every second of it convinces me that if she can overcome her greatest fears then perhaps I can too."

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LA ESTATUILLA

Review by Ricardo Gallegos

"BIG vs SMALL... is a powerful dissection of the sports mindset, as well as an inspiring tale of self-improvement."

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MAP MAGAZINE

Review by Rhian Williams

"From its opening scenes, fear takes centre stage: trembling, apprehension, terror. Careering into the unconscionable speed of monster waves, the roaring sound, the sheer frenetic force, is both stomach-lurching and exhilarating."

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EYE FOR FILM

Review by Amber Wilkinson

"In a world where many women still find themselves having to "buck the trend" in order to follow their dreams, watching Andrade and Nordblad, you're likely to be tempted to dive into something new yourself."

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THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Review by Kat Hughes

"BIG vs SMALL casts the incredibly interesting Andrade into the spotlight, a name that won’t be familiar to most, and yet her story will strike a chord with many. Dufton clearly respects her subject and has painted a brilliant profile of the commanding woman." 

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IN THEIR OWN LEAGUE

Review by Caz Armstrong 

"Dufton treats this very personal account with a sensitivity and skill that makes it very identifiable. She emphasises the feelings that come with reclaiming control, and what it’s like to work incredibly hard and finally achieve a goal."

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BACKSEAT MAFIA

Review by Rob Aldam

"BIG vs SMALL gains its power from this unflinching concentration on an extraordinary resolute warrior."

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MINNIS2SOCIETY

"The documentary was honest, raw, uplifting and inspiring, and we were left with the greatest of respect for both Joana herself and nature’s force in the form of the big waves."

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