“The Devil’s Toy Redux” Is an Interactive Look into Skateboarding Culture Worldwide
In 1966, director Claude Jutra made The Devil’s Toy, one of the first films that explored skateboarding culture. Now, in celebration of Jutra’s groundbreaking film, The National Film Board of Canada presents The Devil’s Toy Redux, an interactive homage to the original film that also sheds light on today’s modern skateboarding culture worldwide. The site is fully immersive with film clips, audio clips, biographies, and even maps of skateboard parks.
Produced by 14 different directors, the site lets you jump around from city to city, from Los Angeles to Johannesburg, as you explore each culture. But don’t expect a bunch of video clips of “trick shots.” Each city takes an in-depth look at skateboarding as a culture. From France’s hilarious ode to skateboarding injuries (and annoying skateboarders who “wear expensive clothes and fail at basic tricks”) to Serbia’s black & white look at how skateboarding is still treated there like a crime, the Redux project is a powerful display of youth culture, rebellion, and expression.