May 23, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Halton Mill
Mill Ln

The Bentley Effect: a feature length documentary telling the story of activists saving a large rural region from fracking in Australia, with Q & A session with filmmaker.  £10/£5. Bar from  1830.

THE BENTLEY EFFECT is an inspiring film of how a rural community defeated the Fracking industry.
The showing will include a question and answer session with some of the activists involved in saving a large rural region from fracking in Australia.

“We were faced with the Coal Bed Methane industry with a licence to produce gas destroying our farmland, our stunning rural landscapes and our water and air quality.  So we built a coalition of farmers, environmentalists, first nation people and average citizens to protect the region we all loved,” said Simon Clough, former Deputy Mayor of Lismore City who is travelling with the film.

Be prepared to be moved by this film.  Filmed over 5 years, “The Bentley Effect” is a new feature length documentary that will build empathy, engage audiences and prompt action like nothing else can. It has the power to not just change minds but change behaviours, legislation and build hopeful, more powerful and united communities.

“When this first started we had no idea CBM and other forms of unconventional gas would involve thousands of gas wells, with roads, pipelines, compressor stations, wastewater dams and desalination plants.  In other words productive and beautiful farm land becomes an industrial gasfield,” commented Ian Gaillard a local citizen activist.

“As a film maker I was in awe of the community’s response to the gas threat.  The community organised and mobilised 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,” continued Brendan Shoebridge the film’s producer and director.

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.

The three of us want to share this inspiring story of hope and share some our experience in developing strategy and non-violent action training if requested.

Film clip.

Doors open 6:30,

Film starts 7:15,

Bar available.

Bus 49 from Lancaster to Halton Memorial.  Lifts home will be available.