LAST PARADISE” uses the world’s most exciting adventure to address the world’s most crucial issues. Through the untold story of extreme sport pioneering and 45 years of stunning original footage, we are alerted to what was once “normal” for our planet,  how dramatically it has changed in one lifetime, and how the spirit of innovation can save it …read full synopsis

Starring;  A.J. Hackett, Allan Byrne, Ton Deken, Kristin Boese, Sky Solbach, Dave Smithers, Jeff Campbell. Featuring (50s, 60s & 70s)  East Africa, New Zealand, Ozzy outback, Bali, Hawaii, Mexico, Portugal, Spain.

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Extreme sport has become big business for athletes, clothing brands, sports brands, even energy drinks – but for the fathers of extreme sport it was a different world. Literally.

Forty years ago, Clive Neeson and his mates started exploring the adventure playgrounds of New Zealand and the world. Their motivation was to get amongst it and with the danger came a certain familiarity. And along with their adventures came the realisation that these Paradises were not always going to remain untouched. There were indeed going to be global issues to come. Last Paradise is the journey of a group of Maverick adventurers who, whilst the rest of the world were worried about the cold war and the atomic age, opted to drop out of the mainstream and explore a road less traveled.  They invented equipment and pioneered new sports. A concept that is disappearing from our culture…  Read more: Fathers of Extreme article (pdf)

CRITIC REVIEW  by Hugh Barnard
Clive Neeson: Film Maker, Physicist, Pioneer.

Last Paradise is a film with perhaps the longest gestation period in New Zealand cinema: filmmaker Clive Neeson spent forty years recording images of New Zealand’s outdoors and virgin paradises from across the world. He began filming at age 15 with home made equipment and by age 17 had devised the theme for “Last Paradise” which was to become a lifetime project. Neeson’s palate is broad.  – the action includes surf, snow-boarding, wind-surfing, kite-surfing, and skiing – and his tools range from the improvised hand-wound cameras of his youth, through 16mm to digital HD.

The Neeson journey started with a childhood in east Africa with his wildlife cinematographer parents..Read more… Link to article

Clive filming big wave scene in outback

Inventing Snowboarding UTAH 1970’s.
A.J. Hackett: Invention of Bungi