As we look forward to Christmas to celebrate with loved ones , reflect on what we have achieved over the last 12 months and look forward to 2011, it has been bought to my attention that a film titled “Isolated “ has been released by film makers from the USA and is potentially very damaging to PNG not only for our growing surf tourism industry, but PNG as a whole.
Please log onto http://www.isolated.tv/
The principals of the movie wrote to me on 24th January, 2008 and to CEO Peter Vincent of the PNGTPA requesting funding of USD$425,000 to make this movie entirely in PNG. In their proposal they mention some high profile surfers and film crew . The proposal was so outrageos and reckless that SAPNG and PNGTPA rejected it outright.
It is now become evident that the film has been completed and out there for the world to view and claims to be shot in PNG and seems to portray Papua new Guinean communities as horrifying cannibals. I believe that it may have been shot in Solomon islands and West Papua as none of our ten affiliated surf clubs ,communities and registered land and sea based surf operators around PNG were aware of this film crew and SAPNG and or PNGTPA were notified including the PNG Institute for Film which has to give clearance.
SAPNG and the PNGTPA were never party to the production of this movie in any way whatsoever.
In light of this very damaging movie , the SAPNG are now seeking comments from those of you who may know something about this movie, so that the SAPNG can resolve how to best address this issue;
1. Contacting the producers of the movie to remove it from public viewing
2. Filing a complaint with the US Embassy in Port Moresby
3. Seeking legal advice to see what our options are
If you have time, please have a look at this movie and let me know your views, as I believe that this will be have a detrimental effect on the promotion and development of our surf tourism industry in PNG and PNG tourism industry as a whole, as it depicts an image contrary to the truth.
For all we know they could be shooting episode two in another one of our regional neighbours territorial waters without the consent of the relavant authorities.
On behalf of the Surfing Association of Papua new Guinea , I wish to extend to you all our best wishes for Christmas and a safe and prosperous New Year.