Ok - last time I posted we didn't have enough funding to return to Takuu to shoot the final part of the documentary, but thanks to Pacific Islanders in Communications we're cashed up and actually about to leave (Monday next week!). And when I say we I mean the drew - myself (Lyn Collie), Briar March and Jeffrey Holdaway, technician, boatee and sound-guy extraordinaire.
Sponsors Panasonic, Sony and Rocket Rentals have come to the party again, as has the Airways Hotel, Port Moresby.
This time we're also taking an oceanographer John Hunter with us, and geomorphologist Scott Smithers is coming along for the ride.
While on Takuu we're going to catch up with our main characters Satty, Telo and Endar and find out what's happened in the two years since we last saw them. The John and Scott will explore the island and attempt an explanation of what's happening and a prognosis for Takuu's future. They will share this with the people on the island. We'll follow this process with our cameras and also observe the personal journeys of our island characters as they decide whether to leave Takuu or stay with the island and fight to keep their culture alive.
We'll update the blog via a slow satellite link while we're away so stop in to follow our progress.
For more about the project please visit our website: thereoncewasanisland.com.
If you want to donate to the island they're currently running a fundraising drive. Please email takuu(at)yahoogroups.com, introduce yourself and say that you would like to make a contribution. Someone will get back to you with details on how to do so.
If you would like to make a contribution to the film please email us at takuufilm and we'll send you through details of where to deposit the money.