The post-release life of Clive Neeson’s Last Paradise: Extreme Pioneers Explore Mystical Lands, to give the film its original hippy-friendly title, is proving almost as extended as its production period – sort of.
Clive Neeson spent 45 years making Last Paradise, although he happily admits he didn’t set out with a grand plan. Over four years on from its award-winning world premiere at X-Dance in Utah, Neeson and his film continue to traipse the world.
In the case of the Australian tour, which begins 2 May in Perth, there’s a bit of homecoming involved. Over the years, Neeson has surfed and filmed a fair number of big wave trips around Australia, using some intriguing devices of his own invention to get shots like the one below.
He’s also had the film at festival events there.
Shortly after X-Dance and Santa Barbara in 2010, Last Paradise was one of three NZ projects featured at the Australian International Documentary Conference’s (AIDC) MeetMarket, along with Only Me Generation and Briar March’s There Once was an Island.
The film’s made three festival appearances in NZ, first in 2010 at the NZIFF, winning the festival’s Most Popular NZ Film award. Later that year it also screened in the NZ Mountain Film Festival, leaving with a Special Jury Award. Last Paradise also won awards at the Banff and California Film Festivals, twice at the Indie Spirit Film Festival, and in Australia at the Cairns Adventure Film Festival.
Two years later, it popped up in Taranaki in the 2012 WOMAD festival’s film programme.
Neeson will present the film in a cross-country Australian tour starting in Perth on 2 May and then hitting at least 20 more centres.
Last Paradise trailer