The Free Man

The Free Man - Cinema Paradiso Methven

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5:00pm Thursday 21st September

8:30pm Friday 22nd September

12:45pm Saturday 23rd September

7:30pm Sunday 24th September

Next Week

8:30pm Wednesday 27th September

3:00pm Thursday 28th September

1:45pm Friday 29th September

8:45pm Saturday 30th September

4:00pm Sunday 1st October

Movie Information

After his adrenalised te reo chase thriller The Dead Lands, New Zealand director Toa Fraser brings audiences a riveting examination of adrenaline itself with his new sports documentary, The Free Man. At once a white-knuckle adventure film and ruminating spiritual inquiry, Fraser’s doco follows Kiwi world-champion freestyle skier Jossi Wells as he travels and trains with The Flying Frenchies, a troupe of extreme-sport eccentrics who specialise in an array of breathtaking vertiginous stunts. With no experience whatsoever, Wells learns to cross a rope suspended between two trees and works his way up to traversing the perilous peaks of the French Alps. Supplying the rest of the thrills is a surfeit of heart-stopping footage from the Flying Frenchies back-catalogue: human catapulting, base-jumping from moving vehicles, and in one thrilling sequence, a slack-rope walk sans harness. Like a Red Bull sports movie by way of Werner Herzog, Fraser’s film laces the action with rich existential contemplation: for his daredevil heroes, toying with the void is not just recreation but a philosophical position. Not since Man on Wire has the psyche of the adrenaline-junkie been plumbed so grippingly.

Exempt from rating

  • Film Festival

84 minutes

  • Jossi Wells
  • The Flying Frenchies
+ Storyline

After his adrenalised te reo chase thriller The Dead Lands, New Zealand director Toa Fraser brings audiences a riveting examination of adrenaline itself with his new sports documentary, The Free Man. At once a white-knuckle adventure film and ruminating spiritual inquiry, Fraser’s doco follows Kiwi world-champion freestyle skier Jossi Wells as he travels and trains with The Flying Frenchies, a troupe of extreme-sport eccentrics who specialise in an array of breathtaking vertiginous stunts. With no experience whatsoever, Wells learns to cross a rope suspended between two trees and works his way up to traversing the perilous peaks of the French Alps. Supplying the rest of the thrills is a surfeit of heart-stopping footage from the Flying Frenchies back-catalogue: human catapulting, base-jumping from moving vehicles, and in one thrilling sequence, a slack-rope walk sans harness. Like a Red Bull sports movie by way of Werner Herzog, Fraser’s film laces the action with rich existential contemplation: for his daredevil heroes, toying with the void is not just recreation but a philosophical position. Not since Man on Wire has the psyche of the adrenaline-junkie been plumbed so grippingly.

+ Rating

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+ Genre
  • Film Festival
+ Consumer Advice
+ Length

84 minutes

+ Cast
  • Jossi Wells
  • The Flying Frenchies

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