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Facing Monsters is a feature length documentary that digs deep into the psyche of enigmatic West Australian ‘slab wave’ surfer Kerby Brown, a man whose connection with the ocean runs as deep as his love for his family. This film is far more than just a surfing story. It’s an unapologetic musing into the essence of Kerby and his family as we join them on his quest to ride a ferocious slab wave in the deep southern ocean that no one on the planet has surfed before. It’s a film about fear, addictions, and family bonds as we explore what drives Kerby, what anchors him and why he’s obsessed with pitting himself against one of nature’s most intimidating forces.

Photo credit © Beyond West Pty Ltd

Filmed and Post Produced in Western Australia

on the Traditional Country of the Nhanta, Pibulmun, Wudjari & Whadjuk Noongar peoples

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Production Information


Kerby Brown


Bentley Dean


Chris Veerhuis


Sonya Rifici

Executive Producers

Frank Chidiac

Susanne Morrison


Madman Entertainment (ANZ)


Beyond Rights (ROW)

Key Locations

Southern Ocean South Coast
Pink Lake – Port Gregory
Gnarloo Station


Bentley Dean

Geoffrey Smith

Director of Photography

Rick Rifici


Meredith Watson Jeffrey

Tania M Nehme


Tim Count

Sound Recordist

Jeremy Ashton

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Screenwest acknowledges and pays respect to all Traditional Owners of Country across the State of Western Australia and their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their cultural heritage, spiritual beliefs and relationship to land and waters and acknowledge that they are of continuing importance to the people living today. We extend this respect to all Indigenous language groups.