Big River Man: DVD Review
Big River Man
Big River Man is the
endurance story you have to see to believe - because in places, it's simply
This doco is the story of the most insane
endurance swimmer I have ever seen - hard drinking, hard living Martin Strel, a
Slovenian man in his fifties who takes on the Amazon.
Despite advice to maybe tone down some of the excesses while on the
swim, Strel decides he knows best and tackles the 3274 mile swim in his own
The eventual results which are
filmed by his son, follows him as he basically descends into some kind of
madness - I actually didn't think a film like this would be as gripping as it is
- but Strel Jr manages to capture the sprial down in an at times hallucinogenic
way as both of them negotiate the Amazon.
I can't recommend this film enough - on the small screen, it really is
captivating and terrifying in equal amounts.
you ever thought the kind of people who take up endurance sports are a bit nuts,
this may make you reconsider your opinion. Big River Man is gripping and
surprising in many ways.
Extras: Q&A at Sydney 2009 film festival and trailer