Watch: Barons (trailer)

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Ben Matson (thermalben)
Swellnet Dispatch

Well, this will be interesting.

Coming up on the ABC sometime this year is the eight part series, Barons. Widely believed to be based on the trials and tribulations of the developing Quiksilver, Billabong and Rip Curl empires in the 70's, the series was filmed in Australia, the USA and Indonesia in 2021. 

Barons was created by Michael Lawrence (Bra Boys, Fighting Fear) and John Molloy (The Gloaming, Molly), and features water cinematography from Taylor Steele. Heading up the cast is Bussleton-born Sean Keenan, who played the main character in Lockie Leonard back in 2007, an award-winning kid's TV series adapted from books written by Tim Winton.

Here's how the ABC's pitching it:

"Set in the 1970’s, a surf-crazed group of hippy friends turn their backs on the world in search of their ideal patch of surfing paradise. Little do they know that their desire for ultimate freedom and the perfect wave, will take them from the beach to the boardroom, creating billion-dollar empires. But in selling their surfing dream to the world, these best friends will become fierce rivals and the question for this found family is – once you sell paradise can you ever get it back again?"

I'll be more interested to see how well they sourced their vintage quivers.

Broadcast dates are yet to be finalised.

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Blowin Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 6:03am

All roads lead to West Yamba estate.

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nextswell Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 7:39am

Looks bad

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dawnperiscope Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 7:53am

Drift 2?
Nothing new under the sun I guess.
I'm sure I'll watch it anyway!

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vbabin Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 8:13am

Yeah looks terrible, was excited about the plot of those pioneers of big surf brands and their history

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Craig Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 8:24am

ABC did an incredible job with Fires, and some of the actors are similar but this one looks a like it'll be a miss. Hope to be proved wrong.

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surfstarved Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 12:23pm

I'll have to disagree with you on Fires Craig, although there were moments through the series that rang very true. Having lived through the Black Summer fires here in the Adelaide Hills, I was very disappointed that all the focus was on the east coast, while SA was completely overlooked. Felt like the experiences of my community and that of Kangaroo Island were invalidated by the oversight. Perhaps that's a bit selfish, but two years on it's still a pretty raw subject for many in my neighbourhood.

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Craig Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 12:27pm

Well I guess your grievance isn't with the production/end result but with the focus on the events. Not including SA etc.

I guess they only have a limited budget and all of it was filmed down in Victoria and made out to be across the East Coast.

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stunet Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 9:08am

Looks like they're gonna mix a unique story about ambition and creativity with bog standard tropes about friendship and love.

Didn't work in Drift, doubt it'll work here.

Documentary is a better formula methinks - see 'Sea of Darkness'.

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wbat Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 10:46pm

Drift was really terrible. Made me grimace.
Surely it couldn't be that bad.

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memlasurf Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 4:05pm

Me too however non surfers thought it was good?*&^&?

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Thegrowingtrend.com Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 9:31am

100 foot wave on binge is good watching

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Mike H Cross Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 9:35am

Totally agree that Sea of Darkness is a much, much better template

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Gowsa Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 9:40am

It will be sickly woke and PC

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Surfalot67 Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 10:11am

Geez, give it a go you lot. We're so used to being fed American dribble and reality shit these days, get behind an Aussie production. Then shit-can it if it deserves it.

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NickT Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 3:35pm

I agree dude, give it a go I will

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Bungan33 Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022 at 11:53am

Yea - Im with you. Just have a crack at it. I think we surfers are too precious about how we are represented - afraid of the mainstream stealing the magic at the same time as being incensed at the show getting the details wrong. Be interesting to watch it from a non-surfers view. I thought some of Fires was brilliant - but there would be a whole load of CFA volunteers out there saying "Look how they're holding the bloody hose!! You'd NEVER do that...what a crap show!!!"

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zenagain Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 10:59am

I reckon it looks alright.

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mikehunt207 Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 11:14am

I wonder why they think people are / would be so interested in the start of the Australian surfing industry that a second same themed movie was needed , especially when Drift was such a shocker.
So cool to dress up in retro clothes / hair do,s and cool coloured surfing boards I guess....
Mainstream media / movies yet to get surfing right - ever
Is that Locky lennard all grown up??

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Surfalot67 Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 11:08am

I guess you never saw Breath?

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Craig Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 11:17am

Breath was great!

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Surfalot67 Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 11:23am

Agree mate, brilliant film

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Roker Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 3:11pm

Ditto. But anything with Elizabeth Debicki in it is by definition 'great'. Still waiting for the Jordan Baker flapper girl golfer Great Gatsby spin off. Sigh...

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OHV500 Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 4:06pm

Actually just watched Drift again - Didnt think it was that bad - the surf scenes were shot okay I thought. Breath was okay, although the book was way better - and I thought the surf scenes weren't that well shot - first time director maybe. Anyways i'll of course watch this one - sucker for anything just mildly surf.

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icandig Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 10:23am

"Mainstream media / movies yet to get surfing right - ever"

Big Wednesday?

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stunet Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 10:50am

Not even close.

Tim Bonython's 'The Biggest Wednesday' was better, and it had more believable acting too - take a bow RCJ, tell us again how your jet ski wasn't fast enough so you and Tony Ray got mowed down.

TBW was rightfully panned when it came out; surfers saw through the flimsy plot, revolted against the one-dimensional view of themselves, and were perplexed by things such as 'the fall swell', and it was only years later when it became a cult film, largely enjoyed by hodads and squidlips that surfers began ever so slowly, to see parts of themselves in there, and tolerate the cardboard version of surfing presented in TBW.

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Blowin Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 11:12am

I reckon you could overlay Big Wednesday onto the surfing community I know pretty well.

Crew being loose in their youth, slowly evolving into adults and the associated responsibilities. Some more willingly than others, some more successfully than others. Some rejecting the idea to th3 best of their ability.

Surfing remaining a constant thread which joins otherwise disparate individuals even when they’ve moved beyond the physical act of surfing.
Jack Barlow : “ You still surfing Matt ?”

Matt Johnson “ When I have to.”

Nailed it.

The scene where Matt, Jack and Leroy meet up to farewell a deceased Waxer , after a long period apart , is as accurate a portrayal of surfers as you’ll find.

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stunet Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 11:24am

Still waiting for my Hollywood, day of days redemption swell at the point.

Anyone know when it's coming? Bear, you out there..?

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Blowin Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 11:35am

Redemption only comes when most you need it, particularly in Hollywood.

You’ve got no call for redemption beyond missing a few waves. You need your character to be seriously called into question thru misdeed.

Perhaps get out on the ledge and start calling the heavy hitters off six foot sets before pulling back yourself? That’ll have you in need of redemption.

Even Bear, for all the histrionic lines, is well represented in real life.

I know crew who no longer surf due to their lifestyle choices but who in their day could just look at a wave and have those on their inside give it up (semi ) voluntarily, such was their ability and ownership of certain breaks.

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icandig Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 5:09pm

"Surfing remaining a constant thread which joins otherwise disparate individuals even when they’ve moved beyond the physical act of surfing"

I think that's the crux of it. Representing a "surfing lifestyle" in a hollywood movie is folly - as there is probably no such thing beyond being a professional and the best way to represent it is possibly as a doco.

Once you step off the beach - most people will go about the normal business of living.

Ok.... forget Hollywood, hows about Sarge's Scrapbooks??

Edit...Proud card carrying Hodad here. Not sure about my lips.

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memlasurf Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 4:09pm

I thought the part when boofhead tries to ram himself in the oven was interesting.

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hackonayak Saturday, 15 Jan 2022 at 8:00am

Oh you must have missed "Blue Crush"...lol

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icandig Saturday, 15 Jan 2022 at 10:09am

I've changed my mind. I think maybe Puberty Blues nailed it - the book and movie written by non surfers Salami sisters captures the "lifestyle" and feelings of the time pretty well. Who can forget the classic line "Go get me a Chiko Roll and DON’T TAKE A BITE OUT OF IT ON THE WAY OR YOU’RE DROPPED."
I identified with the portrayal of the cool surfer guys in that movie. No wonder most of my formative years were spent celibate and ostracised from the fairer sex.

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Tim Fisher Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 11:06am

There's an amazing series to be made about QuikRipaBong, isn't there.
This... might not be it.

Still, always interesting to see what parts of the surf industry capture the imagination of mainstream media.

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Elliedog Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 11:46am

CRINGE!!!!!!!.... stick a pen in me eye instead. I tried Drift recently as i have been at home relaxing....15 mins in i was done. Like most of these films this one will be unwatchable.

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freeride76 Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 1:22pm

seconded for Sea of Darkness treatment

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velocityjohnno Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 2:23pm

Did anyone else notice the end of the trailer

"When did all this stop being fun?"

Then it flashes up '2022'.

ha

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velocityjohnno Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 2:23pm

love those old $2 notes with the sheep on them

lovin the green

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ringmaster Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 3:00pm

Just go and buy a copy of 'Salts & Suits' by Phil Jarrett.

The real story as told by the people it's about and no doubt way more entertaining than this flick is.

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hamishbro Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 11:12pm

Agree, was a good read.

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tango Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 8:56am

Halfway through it atm and have to second that, ringmaster.

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wallpaper Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 3:47pm

that's done it. I'm definitely watching it now.

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nickca Monday, 10 Jan 2022 at 5:24pm

Think we should all support it where we can. The industry has been decimated in recent times. I know many of us have tried to support hospitality, music and local business etc with patronage to help rejuvenate things. As an observation it can be problematic to satisfy subject matter experts (this readership) the same as cops ,firies, medicos etc when watching content which has a focus on things we know a lot about. If it’s not presenting itself as an actual account then like the penguins just smile and wave …

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McQuartzie Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 8:56am

Sure bet one character gets caught smuggling drugs into/outof indo.

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tango Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 9:05am

Good on them for having a go, but I'm going after the sad irony.

I'm always struck by the need for Oz productions to have some form of American influence - in this case the actual trailer intro. One day we'll be OK with being Australian and have a little faith in being able to sell things o/s because they're authentic. And then at the end they decry the pursuit of the dollar. Really?

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wax-on-danielson Tuesday, 11 Jan 2022 at 7:38pm

ABC made a funny series adaption of Les Norton books. Not as good as the books but as good as any of the other shit on TV.

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groundswell Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022 at 8:04am

Im keen to watch it but i hate riding single fins even though i started off with them they are just crappy imo compared to quads or twins.Took me a long time to work out how to get speed on old school pieces of shit single fins that i found under friends houses etc.

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Vince Neil Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022 at 9:17am

drift had its moments, just fast forward the dull bits, which was a lot of it. Cringeworthy yes, a bit like looking into a mirror

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Cockee Wednesday, 12 Jan 2022 at 9:43am

Point Break was, imo, the closest the industry has got...J Utah, Bohdi, Gary Busey, Chilli Pepper bad dudes, Bells...it had it all!

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memlasurf Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 4:13pm

Gary Busey the man who skid marked his brain. That's what you get for no wearing a helmet!

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groundswell Thursday, 13 Jan 2022 at 10:48pm

Breath was pretty good but the suffocation sex scenes were a bit weird.

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Spuddups Tuesday, 18 Jan 2022 at 7:45pm

The first half of Breath when they're learning to surf pretty much nailed it.

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nickca Thursday, 20 Jan 2022 at 5:38pm

No one using Strawberry Fields!