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The Last Descent

With climate change threatening the future of snow. Are we on track to a future where the next descent could be our last


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  • DIRECTOR Lucas Wilkinson

  • PRODUCER Lucas Wilkinson



The Last Descent is a feature documentary film that looks at the future sustainability of snow and snow sports. Exploring the impact of climate change on mountain regions around the world. Whilst, highlighting the positive action that is being undertaken to plan for a more sustainable future in the mountains. And, covering the relationship between people and snow. Starting the journey in Australia, then traveling to North America and Europe. We look at how communities and industry are preparing for an emissions free future. Moving onto the tropical glaciers of Ecuador. That are disappearing faster than any on earth. Looking at how these glaciers are a glimpse at a future where we could be making our last descent. The film shows local people around the world using positive action and ideas to plan for a more sustainable future in the mountains. Featuring breathtaking natural imagery and emotive storytelling. Paired with amazing snow action from some of the world’s best athletes.

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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

For over 200 years people have been enjoying sliding down mountains covered in snow. From humble beginnings, snow sports have evolved into a global phenomenon. That has spawned a multi billion dollar industry. But, the global climate is changing. Weather is becoming more unpredictable and glaciers receding at their fast rate in recorded history. The sustainability of snow sports is coming into question. With the issue of climate change coming to the fore in recent years. Major ski resorts and industry have acknowledged the threat to their business. They are now looking at how they can plan for and achieve an emissions free future. This film juxtaposes the threats and current effects of climate change with the positive actions being taken by large businesses and communities in the snow sports world.


What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

Outlining the problems facing the future of snow is easy. But that isn’t the goal of The Last Descent. The takeaway message from the film is that the wheels are in motion for positive change.Together, individuals become a movement. Movements change how we think and how we see the world. In a world where apathy rules a small movement can have a large effect. So start the conversation, help climate causes, use less, drive less, recycle and encourage others to do the same.


What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Short-term outcomes -
Increased awareness of the issues presented in the film. Knowledge of the positive solutions presented in the film. General good feeling.

Medium-term outcomes -
Lifestyle changes to reduce individual carbon footprint. Mobilisation of wider snow community to start a movement and demand more green practices be implemented in the snow community. Community involvement in environmental issues.

Long-term outcomes -
Broader societal change with regards to the environment. Action by local, state and federal governments, both in Australia and around the world. Education at schools, using the ideas presented in the film. Industry taking note of leading practices presented in the film.


How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

The film will achieve its outcomes primarily through viewership within the target audience communities. Organising screenings in snow sport communities around Australia. And, pending success doing the same in North America.

There is potential for a schools snowsport based education program. Using the film maker’s relationship with Interschools snowsports. The largest snow sport participation organisation in Australia.


How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

With over 20 years in the snow sports industry the film maker has developed a large network of business leaders, athletes and experts. The film maker will use these to gain “behind the scenes” access to large resort businesses and the communities that surround them. These relationships will greatly affect the development of the film. This exclusive access will see the film capture the most accurate information and greatly reduce the costs involved with doing so. Particularly with access to world-class athletes and prominent figures in the snow sports industry.

Audience Engagement and Social Impact

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Start the conversation, contact your local government. Help worthy climate causes, use less, drive less, recycle and encourage others to do the same. We want to be skiing/boarding well into the future.

Audiences can help directly by supporting KEEP it COOL. And will be encouraged to help similar organisations closer to home, for international audiences.

A dedicated website will host all information viewers will need to be active after watching the film. Including helping climate causes, informative facts to share with friends and options to host a film screening of their own.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

The main indicator of success for the film is viewership and conversation on the issues. The more eyes that see the film, the more chance there will be of a movement starting within the snow sports community. Starting conversations is paramount to getting the issues and potential solutions into the public eye.
The film maker will encourage Q and A sessions at screenings to encourage conversation.