DAVE NOT COMING BACK

A world record dive leads to a world record body recovery. No plan survives contact with reality.

In October 2004, two cave divers and long-time friends, Don and Dave, dive in Boesmansgat, a mythical cave in South Africa. Dave was breaking a world record for depth. It would take them 15 minutes to reach the bottom, but 12 hours to surface. Once he touched bottom, against all odds, Dave finds a body.

The two friends decide to come back and retrieve it. They call the parents, enroll eight support divers and hire a cameraman to document the historic dive in its entirety - from the preparation on the surface to the operation at the bottom of the cave.

Little did they know that, from that dive, Dave would not be coming back.

In a time of over-performance driven by self-promotion and self-filming, Dave Not Coming Back is a story of loss and mourning where ego and altruism, hubris and self-control, risk-taking and spirituality all go hand in hand. A chain of paradoxical choices that lead to a tragedy long foreseen, yet impossible to prevent.

"A fascinating documentary... watch it." WATCH OR PASS
"A poignant look at loss and risk." THE SPOOL
"Hard-hitting, thought-provoking documentary." SCUBA DIVER MAGAZINE
"The real-life stakes serve to send the blood pressure sky-high and, despite knowing how the tale ends, you’ll find yourself on the edge of your seat." THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS
"Superb." THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE
100% rating ROTTEN TOMATOES

DURATION

1 x 93-minutes

YEAR OF PRODUCTION

2020

PRODUCED BY

Nemesis Films

COUNTRY OF PRODUCTION

Canada

Director

Jonah Malak

Producers

Audrey-Ann Dupuis-Pierre, Jonah Malak

Executive Producers

Bob Moore, Marwan Haroun

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