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The Bentley Effect: UNSW Sunset Films screening

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UNSW Sydney

Sydney, NSW 2052

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Join students and staff outdoors on this balmy October afternoon to watch the extraordinary tale of how a community became a social movement and defied the gas juggernaut.

We are very lucky to screen this widely acclaimed film on campus! Come along to not only see this incredibly inspiring and thought-provoking film, but hear from students and community members who have been involved in the battle against CSG in NSW, and find out what plans the Lock The Gate movement have to build on past successes and make our whole state #GasfieldsFree.

Some light snacks and blankets to sit on will be provided - feel free to bring your own food and drinks as well. We will also be asking for donations to support this independently produced film, so bring along your coins and notes!

About the film:

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, teachers, mums, dads, 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. This timely story of a community’s heroic stand shows how strategic direct action and peaceful protest can overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness. It celebrates the non-violent ‘Eureka Stockade’ of our time and chronicles one of the fastest growing social movements we have ever witnessed. This film also shines a much-needed spotlight on the current crisis of democracy and poses the question “what is truly valuable?”

If Gasland and Frackman showed us the problem, The Bentley Effect is the answer.

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