Postcards From The Island Of Nowhere – Director Tom Jennings
By Ben Whitmore | 13 October 2011
Mr Tom Jennings and his amazing black moving picture capturing machine.
Meet the man behind Galatctik Tracks to the Island of Nowhere, Tom Jennings.
23 year-old Tommy first picked up a camera whilst mucking around with his mates as a young fella and according to him; he “just didn’t stop.”
Originally from Perth, Tom’s obsession with filming the ocean has taken him on several different journeys; many of which, with fellow West Australian, Ry Craike.
Tom has spent the last few years documenting Ry’s travels for different projects and has also edited up innumerous clips for his website, rycraike.com. You may also remember his last effort for Tracks from last year’s December issue, Prime Zero.
I threw a few questions at Tommy to see what makes him tick.
Why surf films?
I think I make surf films because it’s the best way I can express my obsession with the ocean and waves.
What are your favourite surf flicks?
I would have to say Montaj. I've always looked up to Taj and that movie got me into surfing. Also the Tension series. Those movies got me and my mates into making films and I just haven’t wanted to stop since.
What did you enjoy about making Galactik Tracks?
I think the best part of the trip was finding that right-hander and swimming out there all day. We rocked up and it was pretty shitty and it took a while to work out what the wave was doing, but once the conditions cleaned up, it turned into one of those sessions I will never forget. I also think the cool thing about this trip is that we had seven completely different free surfers and they all got on so well.
What’s next for you mate?
I have a few projects in the pipeline but for the mean time, I will mainly just be continuing to work with Ry on his website.