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Bentley Effect - Australian anti-fracking film in Somerset

  • Clevedon Community Centre 2 Princes Road Clevedon, North Somerset, BS21 7SZ (map)

It is very exciting to have The Bentley Effect film crew visiting Clevedon in North Somerset. Wednesday 7th June. Doors open at 7, film starts at 7.30. This acclaimed feature documentary brings to life the story of an Australian communities’ successful fight against the oil and gas industry.  

The Bentley Blockade was a powerful civil rebellion and a significant victory for the anti-fracking movement in Australia. After the film, there will be a Q&A with the director Brendan Shoebridge and Australian activists Ian Gaillard and Simon Clough.

Along the Somerset Coast, from Clevedon down to Minehead, through Hinkley Point and inland, licences for Fracking have been issued. Although these areas cover the West and North Somerset Council areas, all of Somerset including Exmoor National Park, Bristol and North Devon, could be affected by the damaging impacts.

Let’s find out if Somerset folk can harness that level of power and become empowered to fight the frackers and win too. Frack Free Somerset believe that by coming together, we can turn the tide of fracking and prevent this industry from taking hold in our countryside, shorelines and protected areas of outstanding natural beauty.

This screening in Clevedon, North Somerset begins at 7pm and will be followed by a Q&A with the films director and Australian activists from Lock The Gate Alliance.  

We have booked the hall until 10.30pm to allow for the discussion to spill past 9.30pm.

Please note that this event is Pay As You Feel :-)

A licensed bar will be available on the night along with tea's and coffee's and light snacks.

Everyone is welcome, please come along and feel inspired by this powerful film and meet our Australian visitors. What happened at Bentley fundamentally and fatally obstructed the gas industry in New South Wales - by acting together, we can make a difference.  

More info below:
Film director Brendan Shoebridge said: “Our aim is to inspire and educate threatened UK communities on how the Northern Rivers area established a social movement that forced the New South Wales government to buy back $25 million worth of gas leases. It is massive global issue right now and it is critically important that people understand what gasfield industrialisation actually means to them and their communities. 

The UK must make an informed decision about whether this industry is appropriate and what the true costs are. We are hoping to really push that conversation forward by showing how our community here in Australia responded when the industry and their political allies came knocking.”

The Bentley Effect 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.

Opportunity to make a donation towards the tour costs::

UK article about the Bentley Effect Film tour:

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