Watch and read: Harry Triglone // Fun Boys 2
Several weeks back, NSW North Coast filmmaker, Harry Triglone, released the second installment of his light-hearted Fun Boys Entertainment Systems film series, opening the file up for download on his website for a small fee.
Fun Boys 2 has had a relatively soft and prolonged launch. There's been a local premiere or two and a gentle spray of social media promo, yet it’s remained an underground release compared with other films flaunting a cast of this calibre.
What calibre, I hear you ask.
Here’s the lineup: Creed McTaggart, Wade Goodall, Shaun Manners, Josh Sleep, Garrett Parkes, Jay Davies, Dion Agius, Beau Foster, Dakoda Walters, Ozzy Wright, Noa Deane, Jack Freestone, Ryan Callinan, Tyler Warren, Gareth Budge, Steven Sleep, Hayden Richards, and Duncan Macfarlane.
Oh, and Kelly Slater, though he only appears for the one cylindrical water shot.
So, there’s a few lesser-known identities in there, but that’s the magic of the Fun Boys enterprise. It’s basically a home movie starring a bunch of mates hanging out chasing waves, but it just so happens that some are world tour surfers and others are up-and-comers and underground hellmen. With that you can expect a few bong jokes, foamies, kneeboard rides, and incredible high performance moments.
“It’s extremely important to keep things light-hearted, it’s at the core of what it means to be a fun boy,” says Harry of Fun Boys and its place in the hyper-serious world of modern surf culture. “The whole sport element of surfing is pretty fucked.”
Overall it’s a thirty five minute effervescent documentation of good times, colourful music (from Gerry Rafferty to Pat Benatar, Geto Boys to Bruce Springsteen), and solid surfing. It’s a DIY production by one man, who merely asks for a tenner to help chip in for petrol.
Paying for digital content is a touchy subject nowadays. With so much free material available at the stroke of a key, we’ve been programmed to expect it should all be that way. Thank you Facebook and Instagram...
We jolt at the idea of plugging in sixteen digits for an intangible item. The dark side of this is that we’ve come to devalue longer form productions, some of which take monumental amounts of time and energy.
Personally, running a fledgling record label, I’m a big believer in communities supporting small business. I think there ought to be more effort put into direct financial support for micro biz owners, content creators, and talent - both performers and producers alike.
A small fee of $5 to $20 shouldn’t pull your legs out from under you, and if you don’t dig it, next time, spend elsewhere. Reap the seeds you sow.
I probed Harry on the issue.
“I put it up for sale because I needed to make some money to survive and pay for a trip I had planned. I feel like people are keen to support independent surfing films because it just helps make it possible for the filmmaker to make more stuff."
"So much time and effort has gone into it, and personally I really like having to wait for something that has taken a while to make.”
If you’re feeling it you can head to the Fun Boys website to buy the film, maybe even grab some clobber to support the cause.