Mark Matthews is a known Big Wave Surfer. He has dreams of being the best. Richie Vaculik, Mark's best mate, also has a love of the big waves, but he also has his own ambitions. Although a carpet layer by day, Richie has aspirations of becoming a MMA Cage-Fighting Champion. Both are fearless, living life to the full and on the edge, daring each other to surf bigger waves, party harder, take greater risks. But when their adrenalin-seeking antics & hardened partying turns sour, it sets in motion a dramatic and life-changing series of events that threatens to derail everything they have worked so hard for.
In the blink of an eye, Mark's surfing career is in tatters & Richie is facing a jail term. But for these two friends, giving up is not an option. It's not the mistakes you make but how you overcome them. Their unwavering friendship gives them the courage to battle their demons, rise up from their troubled past & conquer their fears.
This film is a feature-length docu-drama, told through the eyes of the two friends, Pro-surfer Mark Mathews and MMA fighter Richie Vaculik & filmed over three years. It provides a unique & candid insight into the tumultuous life of two world-class athletes facing against-all-odds personal challenges. This is the second feature film by exciting new Australian talent, Macario De Souza, co-director of BRA BOYS, the highest grossing Australian documentary (non-imax) of all time. Aged just 27, Macario not only wrote, directed, edited, shot & produced FIGHTING FEAR but as Kid Mac wrote & performed 5 songs on the soundtrack.
An amazing soundtrack & featuring entertaining & insightful interviews from some of the world's most influential action sports athletes, including eleven time World Surfing Champion Kelly Slater, two- time World Surfing Champion Mick Fanning, three-time Women's World Surfing Champion Steph Gilmore, Big Wave Surfer Bruce Irons, & two-time UFC World Champion BJ Penn, FIGHTING FEAR is a jaw-dropping action-packed documentary that is surprisingly emotional, powerfully uplifting & utterly compelling.