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'Aagal' - an excerpt from ‘Slow Lane' - Laurie Towner

This clip is an excerpt from Slow Lane - a needessentials feature film that was released in July 2022. The song 'Aagal' was composed for this section of the film by Maanyung and Nick Bampton 

Maanyung explains that 'Aagal' meaning ocean / waves, is a story about his totem and it’s power. The song is written in Yaygiir language of the Yagel country which he is part of.

"When we connect with the ocean and waves it enters us on a cellular and spiritual way. This makes us feel fulfilled in many ways. My old people have stories of the ocean and waves that span since the dawn of time. We wanted to keep main traditional elements of song structure, space and of course Language. Working with was all time. Nick is a so talented and there was a true sense of a collaboration on this project."

'Slow Lane' is a surf film that was released in July 2022. It follows big wave surfer Laurie Towner and his family as they travel on a dream road trip exploring the vast Australian coastline in search of waves, good fishing and adventures.

This film produced by needessentials and edited by Ishka Folkwell not only showcases Laurie Towner's surfing but also gives you an in-depth understanding of Laurie as a surfer and father. The film explores the concept of passing on knowledge to the next generation through shared experiences and good times spent together as a family.

Cinematographer Nathan Henshaw's beautiful images capture the stunning landscape of the Australian continent and its wide variety of waves and wildlife as the family make their way from coast to coast. With an original soundtrack featuring Headland, Nick Bampton and Maanyung and additional music by Mick Turner and Musgrave Band, this film is a portrait of a young family on a simple adventure.

View full 'Slow Lane' feature film here.