Venue: Hall, behind the cafe
6.30pm to 9pm | Free
The Bentley Effect is an extraordinary tale of a community that defied the gas juggernaut.
When the coal, steam and 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, 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 a 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 not only overcome industrial might and political short-sightedness ... but it can also be a lot of fun.
Greenpeace Shoreditch are holding this free screening in the wake of recent fracking pans to take place in Lancashire. Come along to this screening and find out how we can all help to halt this destructive industry.
For more information on their work against fracking, click here