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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