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All This Mayhem review

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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Kevin Harley is a freelance journalist with bylines at Total Film, Radio Times, The List, and others, specializing in film and music coverage. He can most commonly be found writing movie reviews and previews at GamesRadar+.