Tipping Barrels (Ben Gulliver, 2012) is one part surfing movie, one part wildlife documentary, one part guy flick and one part political commentary. It’s for parts two and four that I include it as this week’s Friday Film Pick. The short doc, running at 18 minutes, gazes in on British Columbia’s wild west coast and while it spends a little too much time on surfing maneuvers, it’s a gorgeous tribute to a pristine ecosystem threatened by an uncaring government.
Uncaring is probably too nice a word – the Conservative government of Canada is down right belligerent in their disregard for the environment, wildlife and humans that together, cry a green scream: hands off!! Determined to industrialize the area and equip it with the artifice needed for transporting dirty Tar Sands oil from Alberta to Asia, the Great Bear Rainforest and surrounding area is indeed under threat.
Tipping Barrels could use a little more commentary (spoken or otherwise), a little less surfing and beach-playing, and much less soundtrack, but it’s still worth a watch. Impeccably shot with a sensitivity to the wondrous world of BC rain forests and sparingly short, the film ultimately shows those who haven’t seen this part of the world exactly what is set to be lost if we don’t act against the government and corporate lobby machine. Having lived in the area, I can attest to its beauty and unique character, an aspect caught magnificently in this pretty little number. Grab your boards and campfire songs and enjoy! (and if you want to get involved, visit pacificwild.org)