THE MAP TO PARADISE
Feature documentary approx. 93 mins.
Filmed in Antarctica, Europe, USA, Australia, Philippines and Palau.
(Coming soon, 2018)
If a 'Map to Paradise' existed, what would this map look like?
We will take you on a journey to discover what ‘underwater paradise’ might look like, and to show you that dreams do come true. We will tell you a tale about the global birth of the movement to protect the world's oceans, and will aspire to convince viewers to feel and believe that it is possible to save our planet. Travel from the underwater lands of ice and corals to the headquarters of the United Nations to engage with a character-driven collection of stories about how we can help to save the sea from today’s greatest perils, which threaten life itself. Through the eyes of the likes of a prince, a president, a pirate and an island chief, discover the magic of what a bountiful underwater paradise means for humankind.
On the way, we will visit the old wealthy fishing ports of Europe and some remote islands in Asia where an old chief sets sail to spread the knowledge of what a new world might look like. A president shares a telling tale about a mermaid legend, and you’ll meet a fisherman from a sleepy fishing village of Greece, who laments that he is the last generation of fishermen – as he says there are no fish left to fish. Meanwhile, in his neighbouring country of Italy, lives a scientist, who dreams big and beyond his time. He meets a prince, who helps him on his quest to save the ocean, while a marine biologist studying whales in Antarctica learns how to step outside of the world of science to do everything in his power to change the fate of our dying underwater world, to turn it back into a brilliant underwater paradise like it once was.
The quest to protect the sea is both arduous and long. It rests upon the dreams of individuals and nations to find paradise. Saving our ancient oceans and rediscovering the paradise humans once enjoyed is possible, but we must move quickly to enshrine the world’s big blue map.
THE MESSAGE IS IN THE SONG
Short documentary (2018) 6 mins 30 secs.
Filmed in the Solomon Islands.
This short film is a companion to The Map to Paradise feature documentary, highlighting a theme raised in The Map to Paradise: gender inequality, a huge barrier for participation in the quest to protect the sea.
According to the UN Environment, women are amongst the most vulnerable to environmental degradation.
Mother Moira grew up believing she was destined to behave and do as every other woman. On her island, women belong in the house and the kitchen. However, when her position in society is elevated to the status of a 'chief', she surprises herself in terms of the good things she is capable of doing. She travels up the mountains and down the rivers talking to her community, on a quest to save lives and to ultimately save Mother Earth, something her grandfather once did long ago. Mother Moira's struggle as a woman is representative of women across the globe in both developing and developed countries, as women are far less likely to have a say over how their natural resources are managed.