PADI Diving Society member John Boyle made his first film in 1990. A diver since 1971, he has produced, through his company Shark Bay Films, more than 20 underwater documentary films that have been aired worldwide, including on the BBC. Boyle has received around 100 international awards for his work, including a double Palme d'Or at Antibes. He also authored A Step by Step Guide to Underwater Video, which has been noted as a definitive book on the subject.
Not bad for a guy who started off as a lawyer. But Boyle's passion for diving eventually took over his life, and he gave up the posh office and periwigs for the sea. His documentaries have taken him throughout Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Seychelles, Ireland, Scotland and even into the chilly, shark-filled waters off west Cornwall, England, where he lives.
Working with fellow editor and cameraman Fionn Crow-Howieson, Boyle has spent the last two years collecting footage of a newly discovered freshwater blue hole (called a ples masalai, "haunted place," by the local villagers) deep in the remote jungle of New Britain Island, in Papua New Guinea. The DVD, called Jungle Blue, takes us into the thrilling world of edge-of-the-earth expeditionary diving. The film follows the exploits of a dive crew led by legendary cave explorer Jim Bowden on their path of discovery both on the river and in the blue hole.
With a future defined by water, Boyle's Shark Bay Films has him embarking on a brand-new series of films documenting every corner of our rapidly shrinking blue planet.
Boyle's new film, Jungle Blue, is available from Fourth Element, or by visiting