The Fantastic Plastic Machine
Filmfest 2004

Interesting to see how places like Fiji have changed over the last 30 or so years. Where there were once open fields and little villages there are probably a McDonald's and a couple of high-risers. But the pretext of this film wasn't to show how idyllic places have changed, but rather to follow a group of "yanks" who come down-under to give the "aussies" a surfing lesson. This might be an American film but that doesn't stop the aussies from stomping some Yankee butt. The rest of the film is taken up with some good free surfing. But without a doubt, the best??? bit is listening to Nat Young philosophise over his surfing. (‘Let your mind run, your body and surfboard will follow.’) All very peace, love and beads man. Interesting to see that some 25 years later, Nat Young is still making a fool of himself (but unfortunately, making aussie surfers look like egg-heads) as can be seen in his memorable performance in "Endless Summer II“.

tags: Documentary


Director: Eric Blum, Lowell Blum