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A Lunar Cycle - Winner: Best Short at Irish Surf Film Fest 2018 (Shore Shots)

10 Sep 2018

Fusing cold water surfing, dance & poetry, Easkey Britton explores a synodic month from a female perspective. Take an emotive journey through the places in-between, where instability reigns supreme. Embracing the imperfections as we connect with ourselves and the environment around us.

Easkey’s Message

Our connection to the sea and natural cycles is at the heart of A Lunar Cycle.

A short film directed by Andrew Kaineder that explores themes not yet visited in surf films - fusing coldwater surfing, dance, poetry, prose and natural cycles of the body and nature, capturing my sea connection in winter in Ireland.

In a society that rewards 'busyness' I think understanding the influence of cycles becomes even more important. We all have them, men and women. We’re living beings influenced by our environment and are affected by the cycles of night and day, the moon, the seasons, the tides… As women, we are gifted with an internal cycle, our menstrual cycle – if we’d only been taught how to better listen to our bodies. Our body tells us when it’s time to act and when it’s time to rest.

I’m beginning to develop a greater awareness of my cycle, and this is what I explore & creatively give expression in A Lunar Cycle. This awareness helps me reconnect with my body in nature, understand my own inner ebb and flow, the high cost of being always ‘on’ in a society that fosters a toxic relationship with time, and the equally important need for stillness and reflection. 

Watch the video here...

A Lunar Cycle - Easkey Britton from Finisterre on Vimeo.

Behind the scenes

As part of the film-making process, charting my menstrual cycle alongside my experience of surfing this last winter was profoundly powerful. I began to notice when and how the outer seascape might mirror my inner cycle. In making the film, I discovered how to give this creative expression combining surfing, body movement and poetry. A Lunar Cycle allowed me to explore what it would be like to let the energy of the different phases of my cycle express itself through how I surf. - Easkey Britton

Quotes from reviewers

Lunar Cycle is STUNNING! Really powerful, creative, compelling. Beautiful.

- Ruairi McKiernan, Founder SpunOut youth org, Host Love and Courage podcast, Presidential appointee to Ireland's Council of State

This piece of work speaks to my soul. It's utterly delicious, real, visceral, raw, strong, wild, equal in its masculine and feminine energies and captures the waves of the lunar cycle with great power. Stunning work.

- Susie Q - Irish indie musician, co-founder A Lust for Life

I had shivers down my spine watching it. It's stunning and I took so much from it. We are all on a journey and I personally am trying to tap into my own natural rhythms and the rhythms of nature around me after ignoring them both for many years.

I love what you say about letting go. The ebb and flow of life are necessary and it's important to acknowledge both.

- Kathy Donaghy, journalist

This film is amazing! It's unlike anything I've ever seen.

- Margaret Seelie, editor/ publisher Other Side of Surfing Press

Photo credit to  ANDREW KAINEDER