Jaimen Hudson: From Sky to Sea
Jaimen Hudson: From Sky to Sea
CHALLENGING STEREOTYPES, THIS INSPIRING FILM COMBINES A PROFOUNDLY MOVING HUMAN INTEREST STORY WITH ADVENTURE AND STUNNING WILDLIFE
Jaimen Hudson’s aerial whale and dolphin imagery is absolutely stunning. His spectacular photographs and videos reach online audiences in excess two hundred and fifty million people and counting. His popularity is soaring and media outlets around the world are clamouring to use his breathtaking images. Unknown to the tens of millions who revel in his striking images, Jaimen has a remarkable story. He is a quadriplegic.
Twelve years after the accident that confined him to a wheelchair, Jaimen embarks on the greatest challenges of his life – to film Humpback whales up close and personal with his drone and to scuba dive again. With the added pressures of having a new-born and running his family’s business, Jaimen connects with renowned wildlife cinematographer, diver, mentor and family friend Leighton De Barros, to enlist his support.
The first of Jaimen’s filming expeditions is to the stunning oceanic waters off Rottnest Island, twenty kilometres off the coast of Western Australia, to film the Humpback whale migration from a small boat. The challenges for Jaimen are extreme, and he has a catastrophic failure with his filming equipment. Yet, with dogged determination he rises to the occasion and overcomes this setback to capture stunning whale footage.
Jaimen’s next challenge is to enter the water for the first time in twelve years to start dive training. As a quadriplegic Jaimen has severely reduced lung capacity, if he accidentally inhales water diving, he could die. Much to Leighton’s safety concerns Jaimen wants to start diving as soon as possible. Despite his apprehension, Leighton agrees to help Jaimen and they embark on a rigorous fitness regime and dive-training program to prepare Jaimen for his return to scuba diving in the ocean. The dive team is led by Jaimen’s parents and professional dive instructors, Lesley and Peter Hudson, who are united in supporting their son to live his life to the fullest. Jaimen is exuberant and well on the road to fulfil his dream – when he receives devastating news. But Leighton won’t give up and does everything in his power to help Jaimen accomplish his ambition.
They embark on a two-thousand-kilometre trip to the stunning Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia, aiming to snorkel and film Humpback whales face to face. Jaimen revels in the possibilities of bringing his tens of millions of on-line viewers the stunning beauty of the underwater world. The dangers are real and ever present in the rough and turbulent waters outside Ningaloo reef – will Jaimen be able to fulfil his own personal call of the wild to dive and film one of the giants of the ocean?
A film by Jodie and Leighton De Barros
Available in neutral Spanish and French
Awards / Reviews
WA Made Film Festival 2021: Closing Night Film
Wildlife Conservation Film Festival 2021: Official Selection