A film about power and strength on top of the water and facing the demons under it


“Unexpected and memorable”

“An instant classic, it’s impossible to not be inspired by this beautifully explored and captured journey of self-discovery”

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A Tull Stories Adventure Club release.
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Rent or buy BIG vs SMALL on Sky Store, Apple Store, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play or YouTube

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When filmmaker Minna Dufton started her documentary about elite big wave champion surfer, the “tiny fighter” Joana Andrade who rides the powerhouse waves at Nazaré, Portugal (home of the 100ft World Record Wave surfed by Garrett McNamara), little did she know Joana harboured a secret that could keep her from the waves. By way of explaining the safety equipment big wave surfers use, Joana revealed her fear of drowning, something many big wave surfers share. In that one extraordinary moment, remarkable cinematic serendipity would bring together the tiny Portuguese surfer with Finnish world champion freediver, Johanna Nordblad, for the most unusual of training sessions.

BIG vs SMALL, is a modern-day fairytale stretching from the raging monster waves in the south to the dark stillness of a far-north, frozen Finnish lake; it’s about power and strength on top of the water and facing demons under it. It’s about trust, it’s about letting go, and it’s about what happens when two elite female champions share their extraordinary talent with each other.

We are very happy to have received support from the Finnish Film Foundation for this release.

Released with the support of the BFI, awarding funds from the National Lottery

Released in the UK October 2022

  • Director: Minna Dufton
  • Year: 2020
  • Country: Finland
  • Duration: 76 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Production company: Raggari Films
  • Cert: 12A

Official website


We’re now at the end of our cinema run, but please do let us know if we’ve missed a cinema near you



PREVIEW: Phoenix, Exeter Thursday 23rd June
PREVIEW: Phoenix Cinema, Oban From Friday 23rd September
PREVIEW: Sea Change Festival at Screen Argyll Sunday 25th September
PREVIEW: Mareel, Shetland  |  Friday 14th, Saturday 15th & Sunday 23rd October
Picturehouse Hackney, London  |  From Friday 21st October (Q&A with Minna Dufton Friday 21st October)
Plymouth Arts Cinema  |  From Saturday 22nd October (Q&A with Minna Dufton)
Lighthouse, Newquay  |  Saturday 22nd & Wednesday 26th October
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  Sunday 23rd October (Q&A with Minna Dufton)
Lexi Cinema, Kensal Rise, London  |  Monday 24th October (Q&A with Minna Dufton)
Showcase Cinema de Lux, Bristol  |  Tuesday 25th October (Q&A with Minna Dufton)
Aberystwyth Arts Centre  |  Tuesday 25th & Thursday 27th October
Buxton Opera House  |  Thursday 27th October
Dundee Contemporary Arts  |  Friday 28th October – Thursday 3rd November
QUAD, Derby  |  Tuesday 1st – Thursday 3rd November
Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay  |  From Friday 4th November
Highland Cinema, Fort William  |  From Friday 4th November
The Ealing Project, Ealing  | From Friday 4th November
Scott Cinemas, Barnstaple  |  Sunday 6th & Thursday 10th November
Ilkley Cinema  |  Sunday 6th & Monday 21st November
Glasgow Film Theatre  |  Monday 7th – Thursday 10th November
Kinoculture, Oswestry  |  Wednesday 9th November
The Poly, Falmouth  | Thursday 10th November
King Street Cinema, Ipswich  |  From Friday 11th November
Dunoon Film Festival  |  Saturday 12th November
Tyneside Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne  |  Saturday 12th & Monday 14th November
Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn  |  Sunday 13th November
Highland Cinema, Fort William  |  Tuesday 15th November
Jam Jar Cinema, Whitley Bay  |  Thursday 17th November
Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth  |  Thursday 17th November
National Science And Media Museum, Bradford  | Saturday 19th & Thursday 24th November
Electric Palace Cinema, Hastings  |  Saturday 19th November
Square Chapel Arts Centre, Halifax  |  Saturday 19th, Monday 21st – Thursday 24th November
Catford Mews, London  |  Sunday 20th & Wednesday 23rd November
Northern Light Cinema, Wirksworth  |  Sunday 20th November
New Picture House, St. Andrews  |  Sunday 20th November
Highland Cinema, Fort William  |  Sunday 20th November
Genesis Cinema, London  | Monday 21st November
Ilkley Cinema  |  Monday 21st November
Brewery Arts, Kendal  |  Thursday 24th November (Zoom Q&A with Minna Dufton)
Savoy Cinema, Penzance  |  Thursday 24th November
Embassy Cinema, Ilfracombe  |  Thursday 24th November
Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth  |  Thursday 24th November
Merlin Thurso Cinema, Thurso  |  Thursday 24th November
Royal St. Ives Cinema, St. Ives  |  Thursday 24th November
Chapter, Cardiff  |  From Friday 18th November
Flavel Arts Centre, Dartmouth  |  Saturday 26th November
Kino-Teatr, St. Leonard’s-on-Sea  |  Sunday 27th November
Barn Cinema, Dartington  |  Sunday 27th & Monday 28th November
Depot, Lewes  |  Tuesday 29th November (Zoom Q&A with Minna Dufton)
The Poly, Falmouth  |  Tuesday 29th November ** NEW DATE ADDED**
Strode Theatre, Strode  |  Friday 2nd December (Zoom Q&A with Minna Dufton)
Magic Lantern Cinema, Tywyn  |  Sunday 4th December
Lonsdale Alhambra Cinema, Penrith  |  Sunday 4th December
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling  |  Sunday 4th – Wednesday 7th December
Oban Phoenix Cinema  |  From Friday 9th December
Alnwick Playhouse, Alnwick  |  Friday 9th & Saturday 10th December
Savoy Cinema, Penzance  |  Wednesday 14th December
Embassy Cinema, Ilfracombe  |  Wednesday 14th December
Phoenix Cinema, Falmouth  |  Wednesday 14th December
Merlin Thurso Cinema, Thurso  |  Wednesday 14th December
Royal St. Ives Cinema, St. Ives  |  Wednesday 14th December
Watershed, Bristol  |  Friday 16th – Sunday 18th December
Phoenix, Exeter  |  Saturday 17th & Thursday 22nd December
Phoenix Cinema and Arts Centre , Leicester  |  Tuesday 27th – Thursday 29th December
Eden Court, Inverness  |  Saturday 7th – Monday 9th January
The Dukes, Lancaster  |  Saturday 7th & Saturday 14th January
Forum Cinema, Hexham  |  Tuesday 10th January
SpArC Theatre, Bishops Castle  |  Thursday 12th January
Mull Film Club, Tobermory  |  Saturday 14th January
Bridport Arts Centre, Bridport  |  Thursday 26th January
Gloucester Guildhall  |  Tuesday 31st January – Thursday 2nd February
Lighthouse, Poole  |  Tuesday 7th February
Chichester Cinema at New Park  |  Saturday 11th – Thursday 16th February
Lighthouse, Poole  |  Friday 10th March
Taliesin Arts Centre, Swansea  |  Wednesday 15th March
Towner, Eastbourne  |  From Saturday 18th March
Foxlowe Arts Centre, Leek  |  Tuesday 21st March
Plough Arts Centre, Torrington  |  Friday 31st March
Regal Cinema, Wadebridge  | Thursday 27th April
The Poly, Falmouth  |  Friday 28th April **BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND**
Lighthouse, Newquay  |  Wednesday 26th & Sunday 30th April **BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND**
The Poly, Falmouth  |  Friday 5th May **EXTRA SHOW BY POPULAR DEMAND**
Lighthouse, Newquay  |  Sunday 30th July **BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND**
The Poly, Falmouth  |  Friday 18th August **BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND**
Curzon Cinema and Arts, Clevedon  |  Sunday 3rd September (+ cold water swimming Q&A)
Zeffirellis, Ambleside  |  Monday 4th September




“An unusually candid psychological portrait”

Phil Hoad
The Guardian

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