When Martin was 15 years old he watched the film The Blue Lagoon starring Brooke Shields and Christopher Atkins. From then on he was determined to live as a castaway on an uninhabited Pacific island with a girl Friday.
When he realised his dream in 1989, he was just 18 years old. The adventure became a media sensation, with journalists flying halfway round the world to cover the story. Martin kept a video diary of his experience.
In 2001, he returned to the Pacific to make a critically acclaimed documentary. The Real Castaway reunites the two castaways on their desert island, 12 years after their experience. It’s a story about adventure, growing up and the pursuit of an impossible dream.
In The Times, Matthew Parris described The Real Castaway as “absorbing … visually very beautiful … an extraordinary tale”.
Time Out “very watchable …”
The Sunday Times described The Real Castaway as one of THE must-watch programmes over Christmas, saying it “has to be seen to be believed”.
To watch the documentary, click below.