The Devil’s Toy Redux

Skateboarding fans are in for a treat with this latest project from NFB Canada and Arte. Inspired by the 1960s film The Devil’s Toy, one of the first skate films ever made, The Devil’s Toy Redux offers a portrait of skateboarding today, through 11 short films shot in different cities around the world…

Skateboarding fans are in for a treat with this latest project from NFB Canada and Arte. Inspired by the 1960s film The Devil’s Toy, one of the first skate films ever made, The Devil’s Toy Redux offers a portrait of skateboarding today, through 11 short films shot in different cities around the world…

The original Devil’s Toy film was shot in 1966, in Montreal, by Claude Jutra. Filmed on a shoulder-mounted camera, it captures the essence of skateboarding – the rebellion, and fear of conformity – that still endures in the sport today, almost 50 years on. The 11 contemporary films are shown alongside The Devil’s Toy on the website: all are very different in style, some humorous, some more serious, but all reveal a love for skateboarding, expressed across the world.

Stills from the films are shown below, visit the site at thedevilstoy.com.

The National Film Board of Canada is our Client of the Year in the Creative Review Annual 2014. There is an article on the organisation, and specifically its Interactive arm, in the May issue of the mag. More info here.

thedevilstoy.com

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