PREMIERE OF JULIAN WILSON'S SCRATCHING THE SURFACE
EVENT | Last night Red Bull, Quiksilver and VAS Entertainment hosted the Australian premiere of Julian Wilson’s long awaited profile movie, Scratching the Surface.
Held in Sydney’s Sun Studios, the premiere, from an event point of view, was nothing short of epic; Red carpet, DJ’s, attractive women, celebrities, plus a constant flow of nibblies, Coopers and Red Bull fused booze….. oh yeah.. and one heck of a surf movie too.
Scratching The Surface will certainly not disappoint – it kind of reminded me of Montaj only slicker, flashier and with performance perched a level higher. It’s essentially all amp – big moves coated in a fusion of dirty beats, remixes and late-90’s punk. Outside this there’s also great scenes documenting Julian’s family and upbringing, which are pretty fascinating and answer a lot of questions regarding his unbelievable ability. Julian pretty much took his first baby-steps on the front of his dad’s board, and then spent his early childhood keeping up with (and eventually surpassing) the boarding exploits of his two older brothers.
The movie serves up all the ingredients necessary for a great action-sports film – high-performance surfing, innovative camera angles, cool upbeat soundtrack, numerous locations (Hawaii, Indo, South Africa, Australia) and credible cameos (Dane, Taj, Mick, Dusty).
Scratching the Surface has been made with the kind of budget relatively unseen in the surf film world. Until now it could be said surf movies have lagged a little production-wise in comparison to their big-budget skate and snowboard counterparts. The obvious time and money that's gone into making Scratching the Surface has done wonders in addressing this and I'm guessing the film may now be the standard by which other surf movies are measured.
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