A 45-year quest for adventure in original footage, Last Paradise, comes to the big screen with a special premiere event at The Byron Theatre, Byron Bay on Sunday 8th June at 6.30pm. The premiere will feature a Q&A with filmmaker Clive Neeson and the event will be introduced by special guest, Australian surf filmmaking legend, Dick Hoole. There will also be a second screening on Saturday 14 June at 6.30pm.
An adventure film based on the evolution of extreme sports and the eternal quest for paradise, the film is the work of physicist-come-filmmaker Clive Neeson. Filmed over four decades by Neeson, and including remarkable footage of the local area, the original footage has been restored by Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings technical team who described it as “the most extraordinary footage we have ever seen.”
Watch the trailer: http://lastparadisefilm.com/
Through this unique original footage, a series of stories emerge with a relevance that connects to audiences, young and old. In and amongst the adrenaline and adventure, Last Paradise weaves issues of energy development, deforestation, species loss and urbanization as particular audience takeaways. But it’s all hidden under the bonnet of an exhilarating cinema experience.
“It is my life’s work. We captured on film the pioneering of extreme sports, that is, those which engage the wilderness and push the limits with the forces of nature. It began with my mother, who was raised in an orphanage and escaped it all to become a wildlife cinematographer in Africa during the 1950’s. My parents raised four boys remotely and we all became addicted to that daily brush with danger. I began filming at the age of 15 with a broken camera that I bought in a pawn shop because as a kid I was driven by the dream of what this film would be,” Clive said.
With a Master’s Degree in physics and a career in technology innovation, including the first digital movie camera and climate monitoring system, Clive skillfully incorporates scientific and educational elements into an eye-opening fun filled cinema experience for any age. He hopes “Last Paradise” will become an inspiration for the youth of today as well as a tool for education and social change.
“I wanted to use the world’s biggest adventure story to address the world’s biggest issues – in this sense the film is an open letter to a generation inheriting a world vastly different to the one I and my friends grew up in. We cannot see where we are going unless we see where we’ve been and only original footage can give us that experience” Clive said.
The winner of a string of international awards including Most Popular Film at the New Zealand Film Festival, Best of BANFF in Canada and The Ambassador of Green Award at XDance USA, Last Paradise will be screened nationally in through May and June.