Phenomenality | Short film

Published on October 29, 2023

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This is the story of a big wave pioneer who “died more times than Jesus”, a man who constantly risked his life to find life, to find the edge or reason and overcome it. His name is Ric Friar and this is a story of ‘Phenomenality’. And like all good movies there was sex, death, bar brawls, and a heap of shit. Friar literally became the “King of Poo” and made a fortune in the process. It’s a life that sequences more like a feature length dream: a truly wild concoction of adventures constantly intersecting with equal measures of insanity and bravado, an unbridled grabbing of life by tha balls.

• WORLD PREMIERE | 16th San Francisco Documentary Festival, California, USA (2017)
• WINNER | Audience Award – DOC LA. – Los Angeles, USA (2017)
• WINNER | 2nd place Jury Award – Audience Awards, Los Angeles, USA (2017)
• WINNER | Best Directing – International Film Competition of Bali (2017)
• WINNER | Rising Star – International Film Competition of Bali (2017)
• SEMI-FINALIST | Near Nazareth Festival, Israel (2017)
– Flickerfest International Short Film Festival, Australia (Academy Award® and BAFTA Accredited, 2018)
– Melbourne Documentary Film Festival, Australia (2018)
– Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, China (2017)
– Sofia Independent Film Festival, Bulgaria (2017)
– Utah Film Festival, USA (2018)
– San Diego Surf Film Festival, USA (2018)
– San Pedro International Film Festival, California, USA (2017)
– Honolulu Surf Film Festival, Hawaii (2018)
– Ocean Coast Film Festival, Portugal (2018)
– Noosa Surf Film Festival, Australia (2017)
– Barcelona Planet Film Festival, Spain (2017)


Written & Directed by
Lucas Jatobá

Executive Producers
Ric Friar
Wendy Harper
[email protected]

Lucas Jatobá
Ric Friar
Wendy Harper

Toby Heslop

Lee Kelly

Underwater Cinematography
Jon Shaw

Rick Rifici

Music Composer
Zino Zeinero

Marie Larrive & Lucas Malbrun


Cento Lodigiani

Tânia Falcão & Avelar Lucas

Brian Neong San

Paul Ducco

Title Design
Pragun Agarwal

Lucas Jatobá
Toby Heslop

Online & Grading
Toby Heslop

Sound Recordist
Paul Smith

Sound Mix & Design
Nigel Crowley

Production Designer
Cyma Hibri

Production Assistant
Luisa Daltro

First AD
Hugo Wilde

Mark Kennedy

Hair & Make Up
Desiree Wise

Pam Daniel
Dempsey Rai
Elizabeth Pozoglau

Script Supervisors
Ric Friar
Wendy Harper

Honey Soul Friar
Ryan Garner

Production Design Assistants
Mairi Armour
Kevin Oyarbide
Jurden Urunuela
Nadia Grijalba
Jamal Hibri
Amy Holland
Brendan Donnellan
Maira Widholzer

Phoebe Pike
Burcu Tekin

Jyden Chancellor

Wendy Harper

BTS Camera Operator
Justin De Knock

Michael Golding

Special thanks to:
Rick Marks
Brett Saunders
Evan Sturrock
Jason Bowman

Fraser Shiers

Wendy Harper
Ric Friar
Lucas Jatobá
Honey Soul Friar
Ryan Garner
Marie Kennedy
Garry Birdsell
Josephine Roberte
Nadia Jones
Zazi Timar
Jyden Chancellor
Rusty Harris
Gitte Mariussen
Terry Matthews
Tony Mathers
Tony Flook
Kevin Oyarbide
Jurden Urunuela
Chiara Emerson
Giselle Emerson
Ana M. Lombardi
Ron Wade
Zino Zeniero
Luisa Daltro
Cyma Hibri
Hawanatu Bangura
May Zin

Footage from “Ride a White Horse” Dir. Bob Evans, 1968

“Follow Me”
Written by Zino Zeinero, Ric Friar & Wendy Harper
Composed by Zino Zeinero

Phenomenality Produced by
1 Giant Wave

Phenomenality Produced by
Living Library Films

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