Tracks Magazine: RE-MOTE The Lost Reels
The footage you have never seen, the digitally remastered re-release, and the collectible book to celebrate 50 years of 'Morning of the Earth'
Half a century ago ‘Morning of the Earth’ made surfers wild with delight as they watched it in cinemas. It’s not an overstatement to say it changed lives. Some saw the film and cast aside career plans to go travelling, while others embraced the whole country soul message and bailed up the coast. Even now the surfing in the film is rapturous, but MOTE director Albe Falzon was always just as interested in the film’s subliminal message about being more connected to the planet. “Morning of the Earth reflects in a simple way how we can endure and sustain and enjoy our life here and leave a small footprint and a better world in our passing,” explains Albe.
In the lead-up to the 50th anniversary of ‘Morning of The Earth’, Albe uncovered a treasure-trove of lost footage from the outtakes. “Well, it was like I knew it was somewhere but I’d given up,” recalls Albe. … “Then last year Jack Eden’s son, Adam, rang me up out of the blue … And when he was going through Jack’s estate after he passed away, Adam came across all that material, and there was 90 minutes of ‘Morning of the Earth’ footage and I nearly fell over when I heard that.”