25 Aug 2014

Swains Island doco in festival final

10:45 am on 25 August 2014

A film about Swains Island is a finalist in the largest ocean film festival in the world, the Blue Ocean Film Festival.

Called "Swains Island, One of the last Jewels of the Planet", the 90-minute documentary showcases the unique ecological and cultural aspects

of Swains Island which is administered by American Samoa.

The film-maker Jim Knowlton says Swains' remoteness has protected it from many negative pressures facing other parts of the world.

"As an environmentalist I realise that when we see these areas that are unique and beautiful and rich with life then we have to protect it as fast as we can because we can't take it for granted that they'll be there tomorrow."

Film-maker Jim Knowlton