LAST PARADISE | A Global Quest For Adventure and The Road Less Traveled



In the remote wilderness, when necessity was the mother of invention, a maverick bunch of kids began experimenting with something that would change the world of adventure travel. These kids would become the pioneers “extreme sports”. Innovating new ways of tapping nature’s forces for adrenalin, they set off in the 1960’s and 1970’s on a global quest to find adventure paradise, armed with home-made movie equipment.

Among the characters are the likes of AJ Hackett and Al Byrne who take us on the journey of a lifetime to discover virgin paradise in Noosa, Gold Coast, Bali, Mexico, Europe, New Zealand, and Africa during the 60’s and 70’s. The 45 years of golden unseen footage was restored by Peter Jackson’s team who discovered it during a technical test when making “Lord of the Rings” and were so amazed by it they suggested it be made into a film with great musicians like Cat Stevens contributing to a classic soundtrack for the film.

The story connects to audiences, young and old, and the takeaway is personal INSPIRATION. Amongst the adrenaline and adventure, we witness the enormous changes in our planet over one lifetime and the solutions to the major issues which affect our future and civilization, such as climate, future energy, economic growth, and personal lifestyle. But it’s all hidden under the bonnet of an exhilarating cinema experience.

“LAST PARADISE” is the creation of physicist Clive Neeson whose childhood passion in the 60’s was inventing adventures and new electronic technology. “It is my life’s work. Capturing on film the pioneering of those wilderness sports which push the limits with the forces of nature and what is possible for humanity. It began with my mother, who was raised in an orphanage and escaped it all to become a wildlife cinematographer in Africa after the war. 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 and what life could be for a bunch of mates that shared the same childhood dream,” Clive said.

With a Master’s Degree in physics Clive converted a Silicon Valley career into an adventure lifestyle with like-minded friends who all found a way to turn their life’s passions into rewarding careers and fulfilling adventurous lives. “LAST PARADISE” weaves scientific and educational elements into an eye-opening and inspiring cinema experience for any age, showing both kids and adults what is really possible in life if we believe in our own dream.

As for an insight into the future of where our world is headed, “LAST PARADISE” arms us with a vision: “We cannot see where we are going unless we plainly see where we’ve been and only such original footage can clearly give us that vision on a global scale” Clive said.

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 and with National Geographic as international distributor, the “Last Paradise” is becoming an inspiration for the youth of today as well as a tool for education and social change.

Last Paradise | Trailer Film

Last Paradise | Tribute to Allan Byrne
This is a short extract from the film “Last Paradise” which was about to release before Allan’s tragic passing. The original adventure pioneers tell the story of a 45 year global quest for adventure and paradise in stunning original footage.

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Growing up in New Jersey, Shawn discovered and quickly immersed himself in the sub-culture of surfing and skateboarding in the mid 80’s. With a diverse and eclectic background, Shawn has walked the path of a competitive surfer, Hare Krsna monk, action sports industry player in NYC, DIY theology and religions major, and a touring punk rock musician. Now a father and self-proclaimed seeker of the “soul” of surfing, Shawn enjoys sessions with friends at uncrowded peaks along his home state’s shoreline and writing about his surf related experiences.

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