The Bentley Effect is screening at New Farm Cinemas, 701 Brunswick St, New Farm, QLD on Sunday 26 March 2017 from 2.30pm to 4pm. Get your tickets HERE.
The film will be followed by filmmaker Q&A plus a special guest panel consisting of Brendan Shoebridge the Producer, Director, Camera & Editor of Smiling Dragonfly Productions and Drew Hutton, President of Lock The Gate Alliance.
It's been said that The Bentley Effect is the 'Eureka Stockade' of our time. It's when in 2010 the CSG industry arrived unannounced to drill an exploratory well in a peaceful farming community in the Northern Rivers, after drilling fifty wells virtually under the radar.
A peaceful stretch of country, just 12 minutes drive from the city of Lismore became the blockade hot spot where the community gathered in response, which has now become the stuff of legends!
The story of this fight is what we all face for a safe and clean future and something to be seen. With our world in the grips of fossil fuel craziness, we need to question what is truly important to us, and this is exactly what a group of concerned citizens did.
However, they never expected the unlikely alliance, when a trickle of environmentalists and local farmers united and grew into a torrent of concerned citizens from all walks of life. A cow paddock adjacent to the drill site became a highly organised headquarters, complete with meeting halls, kitchens, cafes, toilets, nurseries and strict codes of non-violent behaviour.
Labelled by the government that should be taking care of us as 'radical extremists' there was no backing down. Everyday Australians, some whom had never engaged in something like this, united to fend off the mining threat to protect their land, air and water. Bravado was at its highest when the bravest locked themselves onto cement fixtures blocking the way into the site.
It eventuated in over 850 riot police with horses on standby in Sydney, with orders to remove the 'protectors'. This is a story told through the eyes of the protectors over a five year period and begs the question, what is truly valuable?
This documentary faithfully chronicles the campaign that led to the fateful showdown at the gates of Bentley. It's won the Byron Film Award at the Byron Bay International Film Festival and is a near six year labour of love from local Director and Producer, Brendan Shoebridge. Don't miss the Q&A after with Brendan himself, on a subject that he's passionate about, and is close to his heart.
This is not just about a social movement. It's the start and continuing broader discussion about the current political climate and the inability of our government to see beyond short term gain and corporate profits. The time has come for people to take the power back into their own hands and show political representatives what democracy is really about.