It has taken a lifetime to create the film “Last Paradise” and now its underlying messages have become extremely relevant in these times of pandemic and enforced isolation.

The film dips in to a 45-year story of adventure and innovation to reveal the big picture of our world today.

In these times of global lockdown people are being challenged to evaluate and rethink their lives and the true meaning of “wealth”. Our lifestyle and even our investments are suddenly facing the ultimate acid test.

Whilst some that have focused on wealth creation are seeing their castles crumble, others who have focussed more on lifestyle are seeing their investments pay off like never before.

Some people are trapped in concrete caves in the city like battery hens whilst others are stranded in paradise, with tranquillity, no crowds or petrol fumes. Walking from home to a forest, surfing a secret beach break or hiking up a virgin powder slope.

For some, these lifestyle choices were made during the oil crisis of the 1970s when surfers and skiers were grounded and vowed never to gamble on a utopic world. They shunned the city life and moved to the coast and mountains, planted trees on wasteland and created little paradises where the unspoken rule was that nature must dominated over concrete.

Richard Neeson Grass skiing in Taranaki farm 1970’s

They built their own homes and grew their own food and innovated new vocations which defied the established norm. The villages they created from wasteland are now, ironically, the most coveted real estate.

What defined these young adults teenagers was that they all played outside as kids and formed an early relationship with the wild. They became the first adventure travellers, discovering paradise in Bali, Mexico, Europe, Australia and New Zealand years before tourism. They inventing new sports including bungy, snowboarding, big wave riding and modern adventure tourism itself. They were the original pioneers and amazingly, their journey was actually filmed.

Last Paradise is actually a parable. It captures that 45 year journey in rare original footage, beautifully restored by the “Lord of the Rings” technology and team.

This film defines what many of us live for, how we can foster what we love about the world and shape our lives based on solid principles that could endure future change.

The film has garnered top awards including “Best of Banff” film festival. The Cinema tours echoed the audience voice “everyone needs to see it, not just adventurers” But Covid-19 has halted cinema tours.

Here’s an extract from “LAST PARADISE”:  The Innovation of Snowboarding, 1970s.

This pandemic occurs at a time when global urbanisation has created complex lives, high housing costs, rampant consumerism and an enduring pandemic of obesity and depression. Now is a time to review how we got here and how we go forward. Last Paradise gives us that vision and the hope that good things always come from these times.

To give adventurers the benefit of some uplifting inspiration in these times of lockdown, Last Paradise can be watched online at a special discount of 50% ($2/£1.60) at this link.

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Clive Neeson filming in Canada Photo by John Neeson