A Deeper Shade of Blue
Tuesday, 7.50pm, Fuel TV For his 25th movie, A Deeper Shade of Blue, veteran surf cinematographer Jack McCoy spent more than five years researching and producing an investigation into the history of the surfboard. According to The Australian ’s surfing writer Fred Pawle, that’s not as prosaic as it sounds. ‘‘ To McCoy, surfboards are not pieces of utilitarian sporting equipment; rather, they are highly evolved, magical craft that, in all their myriad shapes and materials, still fill him with the same joy he got when he first stood up on one, aged eight, 55 years ago,’’ Pawle wrote last year. It seems there are surf movies — Endless Summer, Morning of the Earth, Stranger than Fiction — and then there’s A Deeper Shade of Blue. Check out what McCoy calls his ‘‘ backstage footage’’, views of what happens under the water behind a surfboard on a wave. It’s one of many innovative camera techniques used. this episode, House-Fire to Fortune, we meet the two on the site of a burned out house. These macho, middle-aged guys kill me. When they scream in unison they sound like Barney Gumble in The Simpsons: ‘‘ It’s his gold teeth — aaaargh!’’ They are as revolted as two schoolgirls at finding a living, writhing animal foetus in a wall partition, and, when he knocks a wall down with a single blow, Gurry yells: ‘‘ Let the sun shine in!’’ Curiously, Danley’s speaking voice is a dead ringer for the Boston area Kennedy-like clip of mayor Joe Quimby, also of The Simpsons. Do you think they watch too much TV?