Mikey Mallalieu: Young, Free, Alright!

16 Oct 2013 0 Share

The Rad and Creative Youth of Australian Surfing
Presented by Arnette

Interview by Dan Caban

Noa Deane’s clips have have been at the forefront of young progressive surfing over the past 12 months and could be seen as a benchmark for short freesurfing films today. The young man behind the lens of a lot of these has been Mikey Mallalieu, a South African turned New Zealander turned Australian who has found a love of his new home on the Gold Coast, and for our eyes sake, we hope he stays and keeps pumping out clips.

CW: What’s it like hailing from the Goldy?

MM: Well I was originally from South Africa, that’s where I was born but I grew up in New Plymouth, New Zealand and it was good. But there wasn’t too much opportunity over there so I came over here for a bit of a change after I finished school and haven’t looked back really. 

And you are loving the lifestyle and filming side of things?

The Gold Coast is so good in terms of talent to shoot, as there are just so many good surfers around here. But everything has been shot before really and nothing is really new. It’s a good place to obviously surf and learn things but it’s difficult to shoot new stuff so I try to find new places. The most action probably goes down at D-Bah though I guess.

Whereabouts are some of the other spots you shoot? And what was your experiences travelling and shooting overseas like?

I’ve done few trips around with Noa; the best was when we went to Japan last year in October. Around September through to October. That place was just phenomenal; there is so much going on over there. We scored some really fun waves as well, which was a bonus I guess.

Run us through the surfer/filmer connection between Noa and yourself.

We are kinda just really good mates and throw ideas back and forth to each other and it works out really well. We both know what we want to get out of it so it definitely works well. He is really good to work with. The last few months he has basically just blown up. Its kinda gotten to the stage now though that everyone wants a piece of him, which is sick, but hopefully we will be able to work on some more stuff in the future for sure.

Do you think it’s a positive having your name as a filmer alongside Noa’s as he blows up to gain more publicity as he does?

Yeah definitely, I love working with other guys as well, but it would be sick to just work with Noa. But I have done some stuff with Jack Freestone and Mitch Crews as well. I guess Noa is kinda having a lot going on right now with a few things that are happening. But we are really good mates which is an added bonus, but down the track I really want to hopefully get some more stuff done with him. It’s totally right though that as he does keep on getting better and becomes more known that it will be good for me.

What about working with those other guys that you mentioned like Jack and Mitch?

Obviously it so good for my profile, but everyone kinda bounces off each other and it makes them look a lot better and it definitely helps me out as well. It so sick to work with them because you are always going to get banging clips no matter what the conditions. I guess its pretty much a dream to shoot those guys.

When did you start filming initially?

I got into it a lot when I was around 12. When dad got me a little HandiCam kinda thing and made my first little movie by just joking around with my friends back home in New Zealand just down the beach and that. Just surfing and that, I wouldn’t really put them anywhere, but I guess that was what I got stoked off and it just grew from there. But when I initially moved to the Gold Coast I got a full time job so I had to kinda put it on the backburner there for a little bit, but that did allow me to save a bit of money and get some better equipment and that. I got pretty fed up with a 9-5 gig and thought that I could definitely make a living out of filming, so I just yeah went for it and so far its been working out alright.

What are some of the cameras you have been though over the years and what are you working with now?

I do a lot of stuff right now which I just use my 7D set up for and a whole range of lenses. That’s the main camera I have and I have some 60mm film cameras as well and hopefully I save some more money and get onto the RED program I guess. I guess that’s where I want to go next.

Have you got any projects coming up in the future that you are anticipating?

Yeah a few things in the pipeline that sorta aren’t really 100% confirmed just in case people have to pull out at the last minute for different reasons. I’m just working on some things with Crewsy at the moment and want to do a few more personal projects with a few other guys around here and yeah hopefully I aim to get some stuff that people like. I really hope that that just works towards getting some jobs and shooting more. 

Young, Free, Alright! is a fortnightly editorial series presented by Coastalwatch and Arnette showcasing and profiling young and up-and-coming photographers, filmmakers, bloggers, artists, musicians, shapers, surfers or whatevers that we've been digging. The rad and creative groms of Australian surfing. Alright!

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