Gnarly: The Ben Pappas Story has been funded by Film Victoria.
Australian Ben Pappas was once the world #2 skateboarder touring the international circuit and earning (a reportedly) sum of $15,000 a month.
In 1999 he was convicted of smuggling 103 grams of cocaine into Australia, but, to weigh any legacy he had left, was blamed for his girlfriend’s murder by her family in 2007.
Eight days after the murder of his girlfriend, 27, was found floating in a Melbourne suburban river, Pappas, 29, was found dead near the Melbourne’s Docklands precinct floating in the Yarra River.
It’s unconfirmed, though he’s believed to have scrawled “Love u LL”, “Mum” and “Nan” in the harbor concrete near where his body was found.
His girlfriend’s initials were L.P. and police at the time were searching for the connection to “LL”.
Funding for the true crime documentary was announced today by Film Victoria, no release date has been set.
“Ben Pappas, a self-proclaimed ‘bogan’ from Melbourne who rose to become one of the world’s best skateboarders, but whose downward spiral ended in tragedy,” the media release reads.
Ben and his brother Tas had at one time been ranked #1 and #2 skateboarders in the world.
Any documentary made will only speculate Ben Pappas’ final couple of weeks before his death as he was never convicted of his girlfriend’s murder.