Lagoon partners Escape to Nature
A Lagoon 55 sailing catamaran will host the Escape to Nature production as they film documentaries across Melanesia, starting in Papua New Guinea in 2022.
A Lagoon 55 will be home to the Escape to Nature crew in Melanesia
Lagoon has partnered with Escape to Nature as the latter embarks on a five-year schedule of documentary film production across Melanesia in the South Pacific. In late 2022, a Lagoon 55 will sail from Brisbane in Australia to Papua New Guinea for the first of five seasons of filming.
After staying in Papua New Guinea – which borders eastern Indonesia – to late 2023, the Lagoon 55 will host the production team in the Solomon Islands (2023-24), Vanuatu (2024-2025), New Caledonia (2025-26) and finally Fiji (2026-27).
Filming will begin in Papua New Guinea in late 2022
Lagoon stated: “The meeting with the Escape to Nature team became quickly more than a partnership, turning into a shared adventure. Lagoon and Escape to Nature have a common goal: to promote actions for a cleaner maritime world and more environmentally respectful nautical activities. Filming this human adventure and sharing scientific data with the public is a good way to raise awareness about the beauty of our planet and the areas threatened by climate change.
Lagoon Brand Director Thomas Gailly (far left) toasts with
“In total respect for the environment and local population, the Escape to Nature team will work to contribute to protecting the oceans, coral reefs and all underwater life through enlightening films: shots of wildlife, stories of their own, and in-depth interviews with people in the most remote parts of the earth.”
Lagoon is partnering Escape to Nature
The French catamaran builder, part of Groupe Beneteau, supported the choice of the Lagoon 55, a new model that only had its world premiere at the Cannes Yachting Festival in September.
“Escape to Nature has chosen the new Lagoon 55 as the platform for this project and the crew members will benefit from the total autonomy they need to spend long periods in the Pacific Ocean, with full independence from port moorings,” Lagoon stated.
Libor Spacek, founder of Escape to Nature, in Papua New Guinea
“The Lagoon 55 is the perfect boat to discover unexplored areas of the world, as the Escape to Nature team will be doing. The catamaran will be a comfortable home to its team for at least eight months per year in remote areas where the usual support from the ‘civilised’ mainland would be difficult.”
Three episodes will be filmed in each country for a total of 15 television and online documentaries in 4K resolution, while plans include a feature documentary for distribution to cinemas. The project will also include photographs, exhibitions and presentations through VR.
Petra Dolezalova of Escape to Nature
Escape to Nature, a production company led by Libor Spacek and Petra Dolezalova, stated: “We plan to work with conservation organisations, marine biologists and scientists to research and monitor these adverse effects on marine life and nature on the remote Melanesia archipelagos in the Pacific.
“We focus on monitoring the impacts of climate changes on marine life and ocean pollution. Currently the world is experiencing the most significant loss of biodiversity on our planet.”
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