Director: Eddie Martin
Starring: Tas Pappas, Ben Pappas
All This Mayhem is an enthralling and gritty documentary which highlights the adverse effects success can have, if sporting celebrities allow themselves to be transported into the dark and seedy world of drugs, alcohol and crime.
Tas and Ben Pappas were raised in the western suburbs of Melbourne and adored skateboarding as children. They defied all odds and ultimately became the No#1 and No#2 world skateboard champions, often competing against themselves for top spot.
Fame & fortune followed & was the catalyst to their destructive downfall. They became addicted to hard drugs & eventually lost their iconic status. Incredibly drug trafficking, murder & suicide followed, families were broken & lives shattered.
Professional skateboarders who knew the Pappas brothers tell their stories and together with homemade videos and archival footage paint a negative picture of these men, who seemed more intent on creating mayhem than skateboarding.
All This Mayhem is a rags-to-riches & eventual riches-to-rags narrative which highlights the importance of level-headed-ness & discipline involved if success is to be achieved and maintained.
This is a tragic and honest account of two men's 'success', of being plucked from the masses and placed on a pedestal for the world to observe - and the inevitable aftermath. JAKE