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“Satisfaction is the death of desire,” they say. And that especially rings true for surf photographer Russel Ord.

One morning, he wakes up in his home in Margaret River, looks over the photos he’s spent a large part of his life capturing and is filled with an overpowering sense of dissatisfaction. The shots are good and have graced the covers of surfing magazines worldwide, but deep down Ord knows he didn’t walk away from a secure career as a firefighter to just take “good” shots. He wants to go to bed at night knowing he’s taken that “one” shot, the one he’ll remember not because of the surfer’s name or reputation, but for the position he had to be in to capture it. Just down the coast is a thick, evil, brute of a wave he knows will deliver the opportunity to capture just that. But as a loving husband with three kids it’s not lost on him that the end goal, and that drive to have his moment, isn’t going to come without sacrifice.


One Shot from Garage Entertainment is a multi-award winning documentary that follows Russel Ord in his search for a single photo that will define his career – a shot he’ll get or die trying. The hellman is one of Western Australia’s most prolific lensman, and has built a reputation for diving into the jowls of some of the world’s most terrifying mutant slabs all for the sake of the photo.

One Shot is now available to buy or rent on iTunes, Vimeo, and Garage Entertainment.

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