Slow Lane, Laurie Towner’s new film has just dropped. Loz takes a road trip of the Australian continent with his young family in tow, exploring, learning, and of course… surfing. A need essentials feature, edited by Ishka Folkwell, shot by Nathan Henshaw, with a soundtrack scored by Headland, Nick Bampton and Maanyung. Like Loy himself, it’s an understated Australian classic.
The story of the Towner’s lap of Australia was published back in SW415:
A guy like Laurie has seen most of Australia’s surfable coast, he just hasn’t seen the bits in between or hung around anywhere for longer than the duration of a swell. “It’s like you rock up to a place, surf your swell and you piss off,” he laughs of his old life. “I guess when you’re young and hungry it’s all you’ve got eyes on. A lot of my early surfing days were like that. This is just so different.”
“You just don’t realise how big Australia is. You can drive for hours and it’s still the same then you keep driving and it’s like a different planet. I guess one of the biggest things about the trip is that it’s made me appreciate not being so attached to home, you know. We’ve just cut ourselves free and there’s so much beauty out there, and to experience it with the family has been amazing. Most of the stuff we just stumble on by accident. To not know what you’re doing and just go with it feels so good.”