The Bentley Effect: The Must See Documentary Touring The UK

I just saw the amazing film documentary The Bentley Effect in Pullborough Village Hall (literally an hour ago).

The Bentley Effect for those who don’t know is a film about those communities that rose up and stood for the land in the face of police protected unconventional gas extraction (AKA fracking) companies in Australia.

Fracking: The List of the Harmed

About the Documentary

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, 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 from a committed community 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.

 The Verdict

It is quite frankly the most moving thing I have seen in a very long time and the experience was greatly enhanced by viewing with people from the local community, who are about to have to stand up to this themselves (Frack Free Billingshurst).

It is a must watch and the tour dates can be found on the link below. I would highly recommend watching this film in company rather than alone to feel the full heartfelt message.

Next screening in Brighton, don’t miss it! It’s time for direct action!

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Source: http://www.thebentleyeffect.com/about

5 thoughts on “The Bentley Effect: The Must See Documentary Touring The UK

  1. mariannewildart says:

    This inspirational film on the fight against Fracking will be in Preston on 28th May. Gas is absolutely necessary to the Nuclear industry. It is maybe not a coincidence that while all eyes are directed to fracking the nuclear industry is benefitting from the lack of attention and continues to pollute the river Ribble in Preston and much more besides. #RESISTANCE

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  2. mariannewildart says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    This inspirational film on the resistance to Fracking will be in Preston on 28th May. Gas is absolutely necessary to the Nuclear industry. It is maybe not a coincidence that while all eyes are directed to fracking the nuclear industry is benefitting from the lack of attention and continues to pollute the river Ribble in Preston and much more besides. #RESISTANCE

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    1. Linwë Ar-Feiniel says:

      It’s on the 28th May at 6PM at Preston Friends Meeting House, 189 St George’s Road, Preston, PR1 6NQ 🙂

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