'Last Paradise' an adventure in surf

A scene from sports movie Last Paradise. Picture: Rick Jackovich

The director of an extreme sports film, soon to be screened at Margaret River, says it features some of the best footage of WA adventure surfing ever captured.

Last Paradise director Clive Neeson will be at the Margaret River Cultural Centre for the final January 17 screening of the adventure travel film's WA tour.

The screening will feature a question and answer session with Neeson and local stars Rick Jacovich and the Paterson brothers, whose surfing feats appear in the film.

The New Zealand-based director said he collected 45 years worth of footage to show a journey of extreme sports and adventure travel, footage that Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings production team later restored.

"They were aghast at what they saw," Neeson said.

"When they saw the quality of the footage, that's when they said we should make a feature film."

He said WA was the last paradise left of the places he filmed.

"Everywhere else that was an adventure paradise in the 1960s and 1970s has been lost," Neeson said.

He said the film's big-wave surfing footage was "the best of the Margaret River region that has ever been captured".

Tickets are available for the 4pm and 8pm screenings through the Arts Margaret River website.

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