Last Paradise doco has green message for surfers

Clive Neeson’s film Last Paradise contains original footage of pioneers of modern extreme sports charging monster waves and bungee jumping.

Some footage in the film dates back 45 years, shot in pristine natural settings that are no longer pristine.

Amongst the adrenaline and adventure, Last Paradise weaves issues of energy development, deforestation, species loss and urbanization.

“You don’t think it’s an environmental film until you reflect on it afterwards,” Neeson says.

“It takes you on a journey of extreme sports pioneering but it’s subliminal environmentalism.”

He says a lot of environmental journalism in the media preaches to the converted, but he hopes more minds will turn on to be environmentally aware after watching Last Paradise.

It pays tribute to surfer Alan Byrne who stars in the film and was tragically killed in Bali last year.

Alan Byrne was an environmentalist, Neeson says.

“Last Paradise employs the world’s biggest adventure story to address the world’s biggest issues,” he says.

“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.”

“They are the protectors of tomorrow’s wilderness.”

Last Paradise has been touring and will have its Gold Coast screening Thursday June 12 at Twin Towns with an introduction by Rabbit Bartholomew.

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  • Reply June 17, 2014

    Mic Smith

    Last Paradise features a thread of interviews with local surfing’s the late Alan Byrne that ties together a narrative made from old footage.

    Film maker Clive Neeson said Byrne’s interviews were the perfect thread to build the story around because of his connection with Raglan in NZ where a lot of surfing and extreme sports innovation took place and because of AB’s innovative spirit and environmentalism.

    Last Paradise is a great tribute to Alan Byrne who was able to see the movie in at least its early editing phase before he was killed in a motorbike accident in Bali last year.

    About 200 attended the screening at Twin Towns.

    Clive showed the old movie camera in the homemade waterproof case that made some of the “Go Pro” footage possible back in the day.

    I was blown out by some of the footage of skurfing, surfing and snowboarding, and it was great to meet Clive and Rabbit and learn more about the history of my favourite sport.

    The terrible irony is, however, that the paradises these guys visited in the early days of surfing have been so badly exploited or industrialised.

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