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 reaching environmental, cultural, and social limits. 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.

We’re a small team at the moment – although we have lots of beautiful, skilled and generous friends helping us along the way. Our dream is to stay small but build on our success so far by working alongside others who are equally passionate about these subjects. We’re searching for people to join our team in the future, but for now this is us:

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 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. Her journey of exploration into personal and global health led her to participate 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 Waihi Beach, New Zealand, she works long distance with Jordan, researching, writing and producing their films.