You Can Listen to Jack McCoy Talk Story and Watch Dion Agius' Dark Hollow In The Same Night - Stab Mag

You Can Listen to Jack McCoy Talk Story and Watch Dion Agius’ Dark Hollow In The Same Night

When world’s collide; coming to a town near you.

news // Apr 7, 2021
Words by Alistair Klinkenberg
Reading Time: 3 minutes

This is a beautiful merging of worlds.

Jack McCoy is taking his legendary story night on the road again, this time with Dion Agius, who’s showing an advanced screening of his much-anticipated Dark Hollow film for the first time.

Expect remote slabs and cinematographic beauty in Dion Agius’ Dark Hollow.

They’re hitting Newy this Thursday, then Dee Why, Thirroul, Ulladulla, before wrapping it up in Lennox, and they’re being joined by Occy, TC, Hynd, Rasta, Pam Burridge and more from town to town, in what’s sure to be a hell road trip for all involved (good time of year for waves on the east coast, if all this rain clears).

Jack’s underwater handy work. Photo: Jack McCoy

Jack McCoy is a living don of the surf film world—a man who has long traversed the surfing coastlines of the world telling stories from a lifetime of chasing perfect surf with some of the world’s best surfers. He’s old skool: celluloid and camping out. However Dion Agius, perhaps more than any other surfer, epitomises surfing’s digitisation; blog pioneer, Modern Collectivist, general forward thinker etc. So on paper it might seem like an odd pairing. But when you look a little closer, you realise that them joining forces for a stint on the road makes perfect sense. 

If you wanna dance, you’ve gotta pay the band.

Despite his digital upbringing, Dion’s always had a keen eye on the more analog approach to making things. Whether it’s his building his DIY ranch in rural Tasmania, or making full length films (Smiling Bag) and emailing them to whoever wants them, he’s, maybe ironically considering his .TV beginnings, kind of a modern ambassador for not leaking everything instantly onto the internet. So it’ll be super interesting to hear him converse with Jack.

While we’re on the subject of Jack (it’s not like the man really needs any introduction), tapping this out after a morning of heavy beatings gave me the perfect excuse to leaf through his back catalog—truly one of the pleasures of the job. Dorian and Ross Williams at wet season Balian in Sons of Fun; MR’s surfing on a twin fin in Storm Surfers; Machado slinking through north west-tubes in Psychedelic Desert Groove; just everything Jack and Occy ever filmed, wow. Let’s make sure we don’t talk living icons like Jack for granted. Get down there.


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