The film tells the story of the growth of the NSW movement against coal seam gas, culminating in the incredible battle at Bentley in the Northern Rivers. A historical precedent was set when thousands of people from all walks of life – farmers, landowners, mums, dads, students, activists – organised themselves into a dramatic blockade – and won.
“With gas and energy policy making headlines over recent weeks, there couldn’t be a better time to watch this important film. Our Federal government is working with the gas oligopoly to access more of our precious forests and farmland for gas extraction. But as this film shows, communities will stand up to this invasion; strategic protest can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness,” said Liisa Rusanen, a local organiser with the Coffs Coast Climate Action Group.
“This film provide inspiration for what looks to be an ongoing battle against unconventional gas, which threatens not only our water and land, but also our climate. With the climate crisis already causing deadly heatwaves and ecosystem collapse in the Great Barrier Reef and northern mangrove forests, it’s clear we can’t keep digging up and burning fossil fuels like coal and gas – especially when a 100% renewable energy system is achievable and affordable.”
The film’s Director, Brendan Shoebridge, took part in a lively discussion following the film. Thank you Brendan for making the film and visiting us here in Coffs Harbour!
Thank you also to everyone who came along on the night. We hope to channel the energy and inspiration from the film into building a movement to keep ALL fossil fuels in the ground. Stay tuned!
For further screenings of The Bentley Effect (including in Bellingen!) see http://www.thebentleyeffect.com/screenings