Updated: Aug 2
'Morning of the Earth has stood the test of time and perhaps is more important today in view of the increased number of people on the planet and the demands they are having on its resources and ecosystems.' Alby Falzon
Morning of the Earth, widely recognised as one of the greatest surf films of all time, with only one other film able to comfortably make that claim; The Endless Summer. Alby Falzon's seminal 1972 Morning of the Earth perfectly blended the psychedelic fallout from the late 60s with the progressive surfing of the 70s. Much like Bruce Brown's The Endless Summer, Falzon's Morning of the Earth serves to remind us yet again that we were born too early to explore the stars, yet too late to surf untouched Uluwatu.
Portraying a simple life of chasing all things beautiful; virgin waves, living off the land, and shaping surfboards. Australia, Bali and Hawaii sets the scenes and the majestic surfing of the world's best; Nat Young, Michael Peterson, Terry Fitzgerald, Stephen Cooney, Chris Brock, Rusty Miller and David Treloar. Many of the waves were untouched and never before surfed. The only downside to the film's huge success was opening Pandora's Box on unassuming and peaceful Uluwatu and opening up the rest of Bali to the madness it has now become.
The 50th anniversary has been incredibly restored in 4K using the original AB rolls of 16mm and Falzon himself claims it to be looking even better than it did 50 years ago. If you also want to drop £100, you can also get your hands on a limited edition book. If not, head here to watch the avant-garde psychedelic beauty in all its glory, and lament how good life used to be.
'We need more than ever to be reminded of this fragile system we have inherited and to a certain extent Morning of the Earth is a reminder that we are all truly responsible for our decisions and actions. It reflects in a simple way how we can endure and sustain and enjoy our life here and leave a small footprint and a better world in our passing.' Alby Falzon