Stab Magazine | Last Night We Premiered Let's Be Frank

Last Night We Premiered Let’s Be Frank

And it was a party to say the least. 

news // Sep 4, 2016
Words by stab
Reading Time: 2 minutes

Frankly, the premiere of Let’s be Frank was a success. Was that lead in too obvious? Well, whatever there was an open bar, it’s early in the evening in California, and my head still hurts.

We’ve been hyping the film for some time now. We’ve written a few stories, posted the trailers and the teasers and did our best keep the fact that John John Florence is the film’s narrator a secret. We didn’t hide the fact that LBF is unlike any surf film you’ve ever seen. We’re not even sure if you could call it a surf film. There is a full storyline and director Peter Hamblin took what Joe G did in Strange Rumblings, upped the production value (roughly $400K) and wrote a story about the double life of Frank Solomon. It’s worth noting, however, that the surfing from Mullaghmore to the North Shore to Dungeons in South Africa and beyond was excellent viewing.

“I thought the premiere was amazing,” Mr Florence told Stab after the show. “Peter (Hamblin) wouldn’t let me watch the movie before the day of the premiere. So this was the first time that I’ve seen. I’m super stoked the way it went and that I got to wait and watch it on the big screen. It was an amazing movie. I’m super grateful to be a part of it.”

Frank James Solomon is a South African big wave charger (the man you can see in the above gallery looking dashing in his shiny shoes and navy blue suit), who before film took the mic and ensured us he does not do a single air in the film. But, Mr Florence has a quick section and does a few (for you high-performance hungry fans). Pat O’Connell and Josh Redman also have starring roles, along with a quick cameo by Donovan Frankenreiter.



“The boys and girls from Muti are King and their crazy skills captured our film in one glance!” says Mr Hamblin.

 Last night, at the Port Theatre in Corona del Mar, was one hell of a good time. Any enjoyable party requires two things: Good company and open floodgates of liquor. Which we, along with Hamblin Productions, Red Bull Media House, and Clapham Road Studios were sure to provide, then added the enchantment of good entertainment. And, to top it off, the film was a hit. The picture’s attention to detail trickled all the way down to the posters. They were hand painted visions of glory. A throwback to the golden days of cinema provided by Studio Muti under the guidance of the film’s creative director Andrew Mackay

“Man it went good,” Peter (the film’s director) told Stab after the end credits. “We got a couple laughs, a couple cries and all in all it was pretty fucking solid! It feels good, when you have ideas, edit, and piece them together and finally put them out to the world and it works, and there’s a good response. Man, that’s the best feeling ever.”

Upcoming premieres: 

Sep 9, 2016

Sep 11, 2016

Sep 15, 2016

It will be for online to view at September 19th. 


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