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Film: Frackman

Trailer published on youtube.com on 12 February 2015

“Frackman is a powerful, punchy and poignant documentary about the conflict faced by one unlikely Australian activist and communities of Aussies directly affected by the roll-out of the massive multinational coal seam gas (CSG) industry in Queensland’s rural heartland.

Small landowners and farmers – in towns such as Chinchilla – who are feeling sick from leaking gas are running the gauntlet of machines, pipes, and processing plants on the surface, while deep underground bore water becomes polluted and aquifers run dry.

At the centre of the drama is the life of one man – accidental activist Dayne Pratzky – who had intended to settle down on the land but instead becomes drawn into a fight for his own property rights and the rights of affected communities to stand up to the industrial machine. His only entitlement is to the first six inches of dirt beneath his feet – but no more.
The problems start when the CSG exploration teams are allowed onto the land and find gas reserves on it. At that point the landowner loses the right to prevent the onslaught of full-scale drilling. Featured in Frackman is the grassroots Lock The Gate movement that is trying to get whole communities and individual landholders to keep the exploration teams locked out.
The mechanised invasion is acutely depicted in Frackman, bringing home clearly the conflict between citizens and the industry. The film is a lesson in various aspects of activism, everything from petitioning, grassroots campaigning and the detailed tactical planning needed for direct action and active resistance.”
Excerpt of review in Shift Magazine

» More info on www.frackmanthemovie.com

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When the documentary film ‘Frackman’ was screened in Geelong, the screening was followed by three speakers:

Damien Marchant, Frack Free Moriac
Chloe Aldenhoven and Dom, Friends of the Earth Melbourne and Lock the Gate

You can listen to the speeches in The Sustainable Hour no 74

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Film: Voices from the gasfields

Reality in Australia. Watch this collection of interviews from Queensland:

Others – Victorians, Geelongians – should listen and learn, and not make the same mistake allowing this toxic industry to continue its dirty business.

“I have not seen another film like it, telling us, warning us how really dreadful life is living amongst the gas wells. I have a huge respect for the families in Australia that held onto their land and shared their stories with us.”
~ Pippa King, United Kingdom


» You can buy the DVD for £6.99 – and support the filmmaker, Ian Crane – here:

Film: Farmland Not Gaslands

‘Farmland Not Gaslands’ trailer. Published on youtube.com on 21 August 2014.

When plans for unconventional gas mining threaten to invade Gippsland and Western Victoria, communities fight back and prove they are a force to be reckoned with.

Don’t miss your chance to see the new locally made film by Melbourne producer and director Pennie Brown.

» Read more on www.coalandgasfreevic.org

Farmland Not Gaslands poster

It is utter madness how the government wants to destroy the best farm land in Australia. Any party approving onshore gas drilling will have to fight the community every step of the way, because farmers, environmentalists and communities are ready to blockade this invasive gas industry.

Melbourne Premiere (followed by expert panel discussion)
Date: Thursday 11 September 2014 at 6.30pm
Venue: Kino Cinemas, Collins Place, 45 Collins St, Melbourne CBD
Tickets: $19 adult, $15 concession
» Buy them at: www.effm.org.au

Gippsland Premiere
Date: Saturday 13 September 2014 at 6.30pm
Venue: Sale Cinema, 50 Cunninghame st, Sale
Tickets: $15 for sale at the door
All profits go towards supporting communities threatened by unconventional gas in rural Victoria.

» Facebook page ‘Farmland Not Gaslands’:

» Home page www.coalandgasfreevic.org

Host a Gasland house party on Earth Day

Millions of people around the world have seen the American documentary films ‘Gasland’ and ‘Gasland Part II’ because people share the film with family and friends who then instantly join the anti-fracking movement as a result of this.

“We’ve kept the pressure on our elected officials from the local level all the way up to the President, and in many places taken our democracy back and banned fracking for good,” writes the film’s director, Josh Fox, who now recommends you to sign up to host a house party screening of ‘Gasland Part II’ on Earth Day.

Once you sign up Josh Fox and his team will send you all the information you need to host a house party and join the call. The film is two hours and was shown at Beav’s Bar in Geelong on 18 March 2014. It is a powerful, creative and captivating film which was nominated for an Oscar.

New campaign to move towards 100% renewable energy
“This Earth Day, we want to continue this rich tradition of working together,” Josh Fox writes, and he will be hosting a special call that night to talk about the anti-fracking movement and a new campaign to move towards 100% renewable energy.

“The fossil fuel industry has spent a lot of time and money spreading their misinformation campaigns, claiming fracking is safe and natural gas is a clean, bridge fuel. It’s up to us to continue to share the truth. Commit to doing just that this Earth Day.

We believe that if we keep working together and tackle these problems as communities, we’ll not only be able to move to 100% renewable energy, but we’ll build a democracy that can’t be sacrificed for oil and gas profits.”

If you can’t host a screening that night, don’t worry. Sign up anyway and the Gasland team will send you a link to a video from Josh that you can play to introduce the film on another day.”

» If you’d like to host a community screening at a local venue instead of your home, send an email to screenings@gaslandthemovie.com.

» This is where you can  sign up to host a Gasland Part II screening house party

‘Gasland Part II’ – Film evening at Beav’s

Tuesday 18 March, 7pm, Beav’s Bar, 77 Lt Malop St

Frack Free Geelong presents the acclaimed documentary film ‘Gasland Part II’.  It is a must see for anyone who wants to know more about the impact of gas mining and fracking.

» You can help promote the event on Facebook by copying this link and paste it on a Facebook wall or page:

» More info about the film ‘Gasland Part II’: www.gaslandthemovie.com 

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