Making its’ world premiere at the Adelaide Film Festival, and winner of the best direction in a documentary at the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, All This Mayhem is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account of drugs and the dark side of professional skateboarding, brothers Tas and Ben Pappas' intense bond and charisma take them from the pinnacle of their sport into a spiraling world of self-destruction.
Brothers Tas and Ben Pappas, two boys from Melbourne who took the skateboarding world by storm, defeated Tony Hawk and crowned International World Champions within a year. Skateboarding came naturally to the Pappas brothers, but success was a different story. In this unflinching, never-before-seen account we witness the dark consequences of Tas and Ben's rapid success, their intense fraternal bond and their journey from the pinnacle of their sport into a downward spiral of self-destruction. This documentary features fascinating interviews, first person accounts and archival footage, and is a searing account of what happens when raw talent and extreme personalities collide and tells of a tragedy too incredible to believe.
‘A sad, involving story.’ The Guardian
‘Martin has bestowed cinematic order on mayhem-fuelled lives.’ Little White Lies
‘All This Mayhem captivates not only in its energetic style of storytelling, but also thanks to the charisma that exudes from the mouth of Tas as he honesty tells his side of this doomed Shakespearean tale.’ CineVue
‘Candid and clear-eyed, this doc will wow boarding fans but has something to offer to the unconverted too.’ Empire Magazine
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA) Awards, winner of the best direction in a documentary, best editing in a documentary, best original music score in a documentary.
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