Watch: A Portrait of Laurie Towner

Stu Nettle
Swellnet Dispatch

In A Portrait of Laurie Towner filmmaker Gary Parker wanted to make a film that matched the subject. A simple enough premise but one that's often overlooked by young auteurs looking to make a celluloid statement.

So if you think the film is relaxed and understated....well, that's exactly the way it's supposed to be.

The surfing scenes are, of course, where the boldest statements are made, and that's always been the case with Laurie Towner.

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50young commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 1:14pm

That was a great watch, thoroughly enjoyed

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Aft3rd4rk commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 2:04pm

WOW hows the rock avoidance at 2:27 mark. A well accomplished all round water man, great watch.

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freeride76 commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 2:06pm

Likewise.

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derra83 commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 2:15pm

A lot of people in the other article, the preview to this film, said it was a travesty LT wasn't sponsored but I reckon that's partly missing the point. Laurie is equally respected for being a good surfer and a good guy, and here he is dealing with setbacks in an admirable way - providing for his family, getting on with life. For sure, it's not as captivating as 15ft Chopes but it's way more meaningful.

Long may he run.

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spencie commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 3:00pm

Great film. One of Aussie's best ever watermen!

easterly

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Island Bay commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 3:01pm

Great to watch. His surfing is very easy on the eye, isn't it? And the waves!

Top effort all around.

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Tim Bonython commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 5:18pm

Nice & a nice bloke too.

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wbat commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 5:29pm

That was fabulous. Great to see some working man lines. Loved the old school guitar at the end. Great guy and attitude but mate those waves were the stars in my eyes.

Don't mean to blow the trumpet but I grew up from 1975 in a house on the hill that looked straight at that slab. Like right on, front on. Only shut the door permanently on that house 18 months ago.

Surfed most of those waves from 13 to 53 years old. Less as time moved on particularly when distance became the enemy. Watching that got the heart singing. Huge thanks.

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toosha commented Monday, 9 Apr 2018 at 6:12pm

Awesome, thanks for making!

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afbock commented Tuesday, 10 Apr 2018 at 6:43pm

I had a shit day. Found out I'd blown my car's head gasket over Easter. Then I watched this video and time slowed down and the day turned around. A profile of a surfer and yet it recalled all the great road trips and surfs I'd had in that car. And something about the eternal time-out that surfing has always and will always give us. Short and yet captured all the timeless soul and beauty of surfing and the ocean. None of the hype. A perspective needed all the more in this mad day and age.

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Island Bay commented Thursday, 12 Apr 2018 at 10:57am

Music starting around 3:19 - song and band, anyone?

Thanks