Get ready to hit the road to Byron Bay, which will become a buzzing hub for international, national and local independent films and documentaries for the next 10 days.
The Byron Bay International Film Festival is celebrating its 8th year anniversary and will bring you more than 200 films across 5 venues "showcasing a uniquely rich and diverse program of entertaining, inspiring and thought provoking films. It's a festival that fuses artistry, education and innovation, enhancing our worldview and collective social dialogue through the power and storytelling of film".
The Australian Premiere of Gasland II (Sat 1 March, Byron Community Centre)
In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film GASLAND, filmmaker Josh Fox uses his trademark dark humour to take a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil, now occurring on a global level (in 32 countries worldwide).
GASLAND PART II, shows how the stakes have been raised on all sides in one of the most important environmental issues facing our nation today. The film argues that the gas industry's portrayal of natural gas as a clean and safe alternative to oil is a myth and that fracked wells inevitably leak over time, contaminating water and air, hurting families, and endangering the earth's climate with the potent greenhouse gas, methane. In addition, the film looks at how the powerful oil and gas industries are in Fox's words "contaminating our democracy".
The locally produced documentary '2 Degrees' - is a universal call to arms for climate justice.
2 Degrees reminds us not to switch off from climate change, and encourages us to explore our response to it more deeply. Audiences to date have been moved to tears and offered standing ovations and spontaneous applause. It seems we've got it right! 2 Degrees is directed and co-produced by local film maker Jeff Canin with Vanessa Gorman of Mullumbimby in a Co-Director role (Monday 3 March 7.30PM at Byron Community Centre).