Swiss Bound Canvas Wrapped Hardback.
256 pages including 170 remastered stills from the film.
Self-published by Albert Falzon 2020. ISBN9781737681106
With contributions from Torren Martyn, David Elfick, Sean Doherty, Simon Jones and Jamie Brisick.
Includes Vimeo code to watch the newly remastered 4K film and a brand new 40 minute film cut from never before seen out-takes.
We don't often promote books as "coffee table books" but this is the ultimate table adornment for surf culture/history enthusiasts. Published by Falzon, printed in Italy and specially bound so it lays flat as you flick through the 8 x 12" pages, this celebration of Morning of the Earth's 50th Anniversary features classic and never before seen stills from the film, notations from Albe himself and written pieces on the film's cultural significance from the best minds in surfing today.
A must have for lovers of surfing's past and explorative hippy era... we could go on and on but basically this is a big, beautiful book celebrating the 50th birthday of one of surfing's most iconic moments!
ABOUT MORNING OF THE EARTH & ALBERT FALZON
A crucial cog in the history of Australian Surf Culture, Albe Falzon fell in love with riding waves after moving to the central coast of New South Wales at the age of 14. Surrounding by the crucially progressive surf scene of the late 60s, Falzon's love for travel to remote regions helped him to create some of surfing's most important cultural documents as the 1970s rolled around... a decade where boards got drastically shorter, hair got even longer and surfing increasingly more radical. In the 1970s surfing became solely concerned with riding up and down the faces of ever bigger waves, leaving the simple trimming along the face of previous decades behind. And Falzon was one of the celebrated few who documented the shift.
In 1972 Albe released Morning of the Earth, a film following a shifting crew of surfers as they adventure to far reaches in search for waves; living in make shift huts, sharing joints with the locals and generally epitomising the hippy ideal as they went. Featuring the trail blazers of the day, Rusty Miller, Nat Young, Gerry Lopez et al, surfing soon to be legendary spots like Uluwatu and Pipeline. Albe's film was the first to expose the epic conditions in Bali and married revolutionary surfing and far off locations with psychedelic sounds and imagery. The G. Wayne Thomas produced soundtrack featured many of the finest artists in the Australian scene and was the first Australian soundtrack to receive gold record status. In the 21st Century Morning of the Earth is still consider the complete document from a critical point in surfing's history.
Albert Falzon went on to make many more movies, not solely surf focused. His love for remote regions and cultures resulted in a series of films on traditional festivals and another on religious pilgrimage. However his influence on Australian surfing will be his lasting legacy, not only responsible for one of surfing's most iconic films but as founder of Tracks, Australia's legendary surf mag, alongside John Witzig and Dave Elfick.