The aim of Happen Films is to showcase and demonstrate inspiring solutions to the multiple global crises we’re facing today. We’re currently living through an exceptional time in human history, where what we’ve known as normal is breaking down due to environmental, cultural, and social limits being reached. This overlap of climate change, peak oil, financial instability, environmental destruction, and inequality have created the conditions for a massive global shift in the way we relate to the world and each other.

We need to transition to not just living ‘sustainably’, but in a way that heals and regenerates the damage that’s been done. So how do we go about doing this? Exploring this question is what Happen Films was founded upon and is what drives us to do what we do. The solutions are out there and people are pioneering this transition. We want to find these people and share their stories in order to inspire others to make change in their own lives and in their communities.

Jordan Osmond

Jordan Osmond

Jordan grew up in Ballarat, Australia. A budding photographer, in his mid-teens he was struck by how documentary films were having an impact on how he saw the world and how he lived his life. Impressed by what an effective medium for change they were, he wanted to get behind the camera and have a positive impact on the lives of others. His first feature film, A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, co-directed with Samuel Alexander, has received over a million views on YouTube and continues to be shown at community events and festivals around the world. In 2016, Jordan joined up with Antoinette to make short films exploring similar themes, leading to the pair travelling and living in New Zealand for two and a half years to make Living the Change. Now back in Australia, he is currently retrofitting a van to live in, editing new short films for release on YouTube and, with Antoinette, quietly planning the next feature film project. Jordan is director, writer, cinematographer and editor.

Antoinette Wilson

Born in Tasmania, Australia, raised in Christchurch, New Zealand, Antoinette spent her teens volunteering at her local Environment and Peace Information Centre before entering a career in book publishing in her 20s. Not one to be tied to a desk she took her desk job with her to Buenos Aires in 2004, where she spent six years dancing tango and working as a freelance book editor. A journey of exploration into personal and global health led her to transition to work in an organic market garden and eventually to participating in the documentary film A Simpler Way: Crisis as Opportunity, during which she saw the extraordinary capacity of film to educate, and teamed up with Jordan in Happen Films. Now based in beautiful Little River, New Zealand, she brings her story-editing and production management skills to Happen Films, working long distance with Jordan researching, writing and producing their films.

Contributors

We’re so lucky to have amazing contributions from friends and supporters, some of whom have come on board in a voluntary or pay-per-job capacity whenever we can make that happen. This is our wonderful, growing team.

Jason Hosking

Jason is an award-winning New Zealand photographer who has had a lifelong love affair with nature. For the last two decades he’s immersed himself in travel and the environment, attempting to capture all the wonder of the world’s animals, people and places. The journeys, encounters and conversations he’s had along the way have led him to think and care more deeply about the world around him, fundamentally influencing how he lives and eats and motivating him to create work that inspires positive change. Jason brings his drone flying skills to Happen Films, filming stunning aerial footage, as well operating second camera whenever he can accompany us on shoots.

Nick Tucker

Born and raised into traditional farming practices in southern England, Nick’s love for the outdoors – and the plants and creatures that live there – began early. A childhood spent helping out on the farm was followed by the study of agriculture at college, then a career that morphed from practical farming to farm business consultancy to marketing support within the UK agricultural sector. Transplanting to New Zealand in 2005 set in motion events that eventually led Nick to re-evaluate society’s reliance on intensive farming practices, and his role within that sector. It’s an evolution that continues to this day, with recent years seeing a growing interest in lower impact living, reduced consumption and the need for truly regenerative alternatives to the habits and practices we currently call ‘normal’. Already a fan of Happen Films’ work, Nick now gets to use his skills in communication, positioning and strategy to directly support the production and promotion of Happen Films content, working remotely from his home in Palmerston North.

Ray Milidoni

Ray has been a business entrepreneur since the age of fifteen and continues to develop his knowledge and skills in digital marketing, team leadership, podcast hosting and business development. He’s also more recently taken a side-step into weekend lifestyle farming, after a period of questioning why he had subscribed to a lifestyle in which being busy and stressed was normal. That change has seen him develop an interest in minimalism, regenerative farming, the beauty of Mother Nature and, with great success, the Keto diet, which has given him even more energy and enthusiasm for his many and diverse projects. Ray brings to Happen Films his wealth of knowledge about the world of digital marketing, as well as great energy and many brilliant ideas. He is based in Melbourne when not weekending at his nearby farm.