The School of Advanced Study's Extreme Energy Initiative is proud to screen the first London screening of The Bentley Effect at the University of London.
This film is a timely story of a community’s heroic stand against unconventional gas, which shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest from a committed community can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness.
When the coal seam gas industry staked a claim on the Northern Rivers shire of Australia, alarm bells rang out. A critical mass of people from all walks of life – farmers, landowners, parents, activists, scientists – organised themselves to rally against the unconventional gas invasion. Despite the enormous public opposition, the gas industry and the State Government were determined to see their gas plan through. 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, ordered in to break up the protest. What happened next set an historic precedent.
Filmed over five years, The Bentley Effect documents the highs and lows of the battle to keep a unique part of Australia gasfield-free.
The screening at The University of London will be followed by a Q&A.
Please note that this is free admission but there is a suggested donation structure below if you can afford it. It would be great to support the director to pay for the film and the UK tour.
Supporter donation - £10, standard donation - £7, concessions donation - £5
You can also make an additional donation towards the tour costs if you wish at https://planetfunder.org/projects/The-Bentley-Effect-UK
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