Documentary trailer about the 86-year-old man who lives alone on an island

[Video Link] Judging from the trailer here, A Grain of Sand looks like a good documentary. You can watch it here for $3.

On a whim in 1962, British newspaper editor Brendon Grimshaw bought the tiny deserted Moyenne Island in the Seychelles for £8,000. In 1972 he moved to the island and has remained its caretaker ever since. Now 86 years old (and yet remarkably spry and fit), Grimshaw has planted 16,000 trees and reintroduced giant tortoises to the island (see this BBC clip on Grimshaw). Developers have reportedly offered him $50 million dollars or more for the island, but he has always refused to sell. The island is now a national park.

(Via Laughing Squid) Previously: 86-year-old lives alone on island he bought in 1962


  1. I was going to say vodo too, as you can then donate the same $3, which will go straight to the creator of the film

  2. I will have to watch.  I don’t really have a gut reaction as to how to answer the question.  The island environment is essentially man made.  Is that really a bad place for a Hotel?   I grew up in the woods and love those natural places, but I also know the woods will be sold and maybe more houses will be built.  Permanence is the most destructive  human delusion.

    1.  It’s recently been made a national park, probably the smallest national park in the world, so I doubt (and hope) that any hotel will be built there.

  3. My only knowledge of this man consists of two BoingBoing posts, but based on that information, I wish to say that I love this man.  Truly.

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