The Filthy West

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

Thurs­day, 8.30pm, Nat Geo Ad­ven­ture No of­fence is in­tended to the peo­ple of West­ern Aus­tralia in the ti­tle of this film about kite surf­ing. The ‘‘ filthy west’’ is to be taken in the same con­text as the ‘‘ fully sick’’ waves that roll into the beaches there. It’s sur­fie lingo for ex­cel­lent, man. I sus­pect di­rec­tor Ben Wil­son takes his in­tended au­di­ence a lit­tle too much for granted. Who are th­ese Amer­i­cans we meet at the be­gin­ning of the film? Why do they come to WA? And who de­cided that roughshod edit­ing was cool? If you love the idea of really beau­ti­fully shot kite surf­ing footage then you won’t care about any of this, and there is a tonne of it here. But if you’re af­ter even the slight sort of nar­ra­tive that went along with the rides in The End­less Sum­mer and even Morn­ing of the Earth, you will be dis­ap­pointed. I doubt Mr Wil­son will care. One for mus­tard-keen sur­fie dudes ev­ery­where.

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