A Deeper Shade of Blue

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television -

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?

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