Thurs 11th May 6pm – Room 243, School of Advanced Study, University of London, Senate House, Malet Street, London, WC1E 7HU
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Since completing his awarding winning film “The Bentley Effect” director and producer Brendan Shoebridge has received many emails requests to bring the film to the UK as soon as possible.
“We NEED the movie showing now here ASAP to educate and inspire as many as possible locally. It is so time sensitive – do you know when this could be possible? With much gratitude, Andy”
This is fairly typical of the requests Brendan has received. There are over 200 sites earmarked for possible fracking in the UK including the historic Sherwood Forest. Spring and summer are the seasons when the drilling companies are most active and when a team from the Northern Rivers can do the most good.
In response to these calls for help Brendan, Ian Gaillard and Simon Clough are volunteering to take the film to as many threatened communities as possible over a 5 week period to share knowledge. Both Ian and Simon had significant roles in the Gasfield Free Northern Rivers movement and the Bentley Blockade.
The Bentley Effect details how the idyllic Northern Rivers of NSW came under threat from invasive industrial gasfields and how the community responded with over 35,000 people visited in their homes and tens of thousands of DVDs burnt and distributed. People were asked if they supported CSG and results showed that on average over 95% opposed it. This ground work resulted in masses of people from all walks of life – activists, farmers, landowners, Indigenous people, mums & dads, scientists – organising themselves to rally against the unconventional gas.
A series of dramatic blockades ensued, before the final battle lines were drawn in the peaceful farming valley of Bentley. Thousands of people flocked to the site to stare down the threat of 850 riot police – who had been ordered to break up the protest. What happened next was unprecedented and set an historic turning point.
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