Living alongside the ocean we can all relate to growing increase in pollution, debris and garbage washing up on our shores worldwide. Paradise Won’t Protect Itself, especially if things continue on the same trajectory. As we have seen over the past few decades, pollution, heavy industry, garbage dumping, commercial shipping and distribution of goods and resources have taken their toll on the waters that surround us. In this film, director/producer Jam Hassan puts a direct spotlight and a call to action to preserve, protect and respect our oceans. Picking up your own trash is only one small display of responsibility we can all do to become an activist. Spending a few minutes of selfless clean-up on your own travels to the beach can make a massive positive impact on our oceans worldwide. For today and for generations to come.

The Great Barrier Reef is one of the most spectacular living networks on our planet. Seeing it for yourself will leave you speechless. So be curious. Look beneath the surface. Marvel at the intricate details of our natural world.

Now more than ever, the simplicity of getting outside and experiencing nature is important to us all. It’s these freedoms and connections that help us realise what it truly means to be alive. And it forces us to comprehend the impact we, as humans, are having on the world around us. Learning and understanding of its connectedness to us is the number one driver for innovative and creative change.

Early in 2020, we spent a week with marine biologist, Johnny Gaskell, who leads a team pioneering a reef restoration program in the Whitsunday Region – a mountainous archipelago made up of 74, mostly uninhabited, islands inside the Great Barrier Reef.

Alongside him, Australian marine biologist, Laura Wells, and South African surfer, Frank Solomon, explored the mind-blowing beauty of the Whitsundays and learned of the environmental challenges this region faces. Johnny is a big advocate for people learning firsthand and encourages everyone to jump in the water; he believes curiosity gets people invested and motivates them to be a part of reef protection. Seeing the restoration of the reef firsthand juxtaposed with the impact that plastics and pollution have on what seems a paradise, might just be the catalyst for change.

Director / Producer: Jam Hassan
DP: Andy Gough
AC / Drone Op / Human Weight Belt: Charlie Slessar
Sound Recordist / Sound Mix / Design: Brendan Muller
Project Director: Kieran Burke
Editor: Braden Trotter
Project Director: Kieran Burke
Creative Director: Matt Pike
Project Manager: Cory Roberts
Colourist: Fergus Rotherham
Production Coordinator: Tom Cole
Designer: Jye Kwong
Boat: Ocean Rafting, Airlie Beach
Special thanks to Steph the team at Hamilton Island for making everything run super smooth.