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10 reasons why you need to see Nic Nix Nooley

“The most futuristic movie since Space Jam.”

news // Oct 5, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 4 minutes


Toby Cregan has set in motion the next step of surf movie evolution. He’s written and directed a feature length surf movie set in the future, complete with surfer acting. It feels only well, fitting, that the skit’s come full circle. What’s a garage pop resurgence without some beautifully awkward acting? It’s kinda like acting in porn – it’s that cringeworthy extra mile that sets it apart from the rest of the smut that floods the inter web. We need story, we need conviction!   


Here Mr Toby Cregan gives us 10 reasons to tear our eyes from our hand held telecommunications devices and watch his latest labour of love:




1.There’s acting. The movie started when Duncan McNicol and I were driving up to Caba in his panel van. We were talking about last years Oscar nominations, and he launched into a captivating monologue about what a great actor he thought he’d be. An hour later we had the skeleton of the story and knew that it needed to be set in the future.




2. Beau Foster in a dress. The Byron Bay Aldi will never be the same again.We got Beau in a dress and just ran with it. Took him to the supermarket and shit, he looked, well, beautiful.




3. Ellis Ericson’s up for a Logie for best supporting actor. He was a real natural in front of the camera, and he’s got great projection. He plays an extreme version of himself, super retro. He’s shaping a log out of a bit of wood in the movie, and’s just really pissed off at everyone.




4. The spirit of Doped Youth lives on. Doped Youth’s my favourite movie of all time, and Vaughn Dead, who made it, still says that it’s the thing he’s most proud of. If this movie’s my Doped Youth, then I’ll be happy.




5. The all-star cast Cast. Creedo, Dunc, Ellis, are the leads. And, it’s Thommy Pringle’s last ever section before he retires to Paris to be a filmmaker, so Vogue. Then Noa, Dion, Nate Tyler, Wade Goodall – poor dude just broke his leg again – Andrew Mooney. It’s a real cross section of surf, circa 2014.




6. The soundtrack may or may not have been paid for. We just weren’t thinking and chose the music that we felt was right as we went along. We’ve got Dinosaur Jr, and Beck. Apparently Beck doesn’t give anyone rights to his music. Maybe we’re tripping, ha. The premier’s tomorrow night. I don’t think the music’s going to be cleared in time. It’s beautifully last minute, it’s how we roll.




7. It’s indie. The movie’s completely self-funded. I didn’t get payed for any of the trips that I went on. The boys in the movie payed for my flights and everything was fully independently done.




8. Like Tolkien, the boys invented a new language. Nic Nix Nooley, it means lets go surfing in the universal language that everyone speaks in the future. The movie’s set in 2800, and pollutions destroyed all of the oceans, the only way to surf is to go back in time. Duh.




9. It’s fun, you’ll like it. I think people will like it. We’re just having fun and running with the things about the characters in the movie that people take the piss out of. I just read all the nasty things that people write and just think it’s funny. People are so unnecessarily unpleasant sometimes.




10. The Mid-North Coast’s a hell of a place to be a young beatnik surfer. The movie’s been made in our spare time wherever we are. I just scoop up whoever’s hanging around my house in Byron and we go surf. We did a few trips to the West and Bali, but mainly it’s just good old fashioned East coast road vibes.

If you live in the US and wanna see this cinematic masterpiece, then get yo ass to this screening on Friday:



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