Every now and then the launch of an international skate or surf film brings together the surf and skate community in Cape Town to witness the first screening of world-class footage documenting our sports.
If I remember correctly, the most recent of these was Kai Neville’s somewhat eccentric Cluster, an account of the movements of surfing’s most talented hipsters (also, so much more than that – I don’t mean to take away from his creative accomplishment). Next up is the movie by surfing’s young superstar – View from a Blue Moon starring John John Florence. Based purely on this guy’s aquatic abilities, this was always going to be an incredible film. Having seen the trailer, it’s certain that this movie is bound to be a mind-blowing masterpiece cinematically as much as in the quality of the surfing. Boasting a song written specifically for the film by Jack Johnson, narration by acclaimed actor John C. Reilly and production by the world-renowned production company Brain Farm, not to mention the lead – one of the best surfers in the world – and an undoubtedly healthy budget, this film is the product of masters in their respective fields coming together.
The trailer alone gave me goosebumps and made me feel excited not just about surfing, but also about beautiful imagery and story-telling. John John’s life is an incredible story that is worth telling and his skills are most certainly worth viewing and if this trailer is anything to go by, then this is definitely a must-see. View from a Blue Moon premieres at The Labia on the 11th of November, 8pm. Entrance is R45.