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All This Mayhem

4

Skating against the establishment

The time-honoured tale of youthful ambition screwed by success, big business and shitloads of drugs gets a full-blooded workout in Eddie Martin’s tragi-doc about Aussie skateboard kings Ben and Tas Pappas. The Melbourne brothers got a golden ticket when they hit America as teens, became ’boarding heroes and partied like nuts.

But the party died hard as coke and commerce gatecrashed. Martin turns a cautionary tale into rollercoaster material: with extraordinary home-video footage capturing the Pappas’ rise and fall with an immediacy that leaves you stirred, shaken and moved.

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