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From Sky to Sea (ATOM Study Guide)

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Jaimen Hudson is embarking on the greatest challenge of his life, as he begins his quest to dive again and film underwater, twelve years after an accident left him with quadriplegia.

Struggling against the constraints of his disability and the concerns of those around him, Jaimen sets out to prove to himself and the world that nothing will keep him from achieving his dreams. This is his story.

We hear about his life before the accident, but we essentially follow his journey as he marries, has a child and keeps working in his family’s tourism business. He devises many ways of filming the place where he lives and the whales and dolphins that frequent the waters around his home town of Esperance in Western Australia.

The film is quite candid about the difficulties Jaimen faces to achieve his goals. Family and friends accept that he has an important ongoing contribution to make, bringing whales and dolphins into the public consciousness. He is able to do many things that people without any disabilities would not succeed at. His optimism and passion for life are shown throughout the documentary.

The drone photography gives a whole new dimension to what can be recorded by these unmanned camera devices in the hands of a skilled and patient observer like Jaimen.

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From Sky to Sea would be suitable for upper primary and secondary school students. It is a beautiful and inspirational story. The central figure in the documentary, Jaimen, has a spinal injury, the result of a motorbike accident when he was 17. He has quadriplegia and is confined to a wheelchair.

The documentary offers many opportunities for student learning across a number of study areas. Depending on the age and interests of students, they could undertake some research into different aspects of this story after watching the documentary.

These include:

  • Environmental Studies 
  • Personal Development
  • Disability
  • Photography, Videography and Visual Arts
  • Whales and Dolphins
  • Spinal Cord Injuries

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