Brendan Shoebridge, Ian Gaillard, Simon Clough
“We NEED the movie showing now here ASAP to educate and inspire as many as possible locally. It is so time sensitive - do you know when this could be possible?
With much gratitude, Andy"
The above quote is typical of the requests Brendan has received.
There are over 200 sites earmarked for possible fracking in the UK, including the historic Sherwood Forest. Spring and summer are the seasons when the drilling companies are most active and when a team from the Northern Rivers can do the most good.
In response to these calls for help, Brendan, Ian Gaillard and Simon Clough are volunteering to take the film to as many threatened communities as possible over a 5 week period to share knowledge.
Both Ian and Simon had significant roles in the Gasfield Free Northern Rivers movement and the Bentley Blockade.
The Bentley Effect details how the idyllic Northern Rivers of NSW came under threat from invasive industrial gasfields, and how the community responded with over 35,000 people visited in their homes and tens of thousands of DVDs burnt and distributed.
People were asked if they supported CSG and results showed that, on average, over 95% opposed it. This ground work resulted in masses of people from all walks of life – activists, farmers, landowners, Indigenous people, mums & dads, scientists – organising themselves to rally against the unconventional gas.
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 – who had been ordered to break up the protest. What happened next was unprecedented and set an historic turning point.
We believe we have a critically important message of hope to deliver to threatened UK communities. These communities have been ground down by government support for the frackers, strong arm police tactics and a very negative political environment.
Not only will we be bringing a message of hope because of our successes in the Northern Rivers, but we also can contribute to strategic planning and Non-violent Direct Action training. Simon and Ian have had considerable experience in both these areas.
“The most important aspect of The Bentley Effect is that is a message of HOPE for the UK which desperately needs it.”
Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith toxic expert who is very familiar with the UK situation.
The team will sleep on floors etc., but in addition to the plane fares (already bought! Thank you!), are the inevitable costs of travel in the UK and related living expenses during the tour.
We estimate that we will require a minimum of $10,000 AUD (£9300) to cover these unavoidable costs.
Can you help this to happen?
Please note, unlike other crowdfunding platforms, we don't need to reach the target to receive your donation.
Every dollar will go toward the goal of screening the film and raising awareness / sharing knowledge in the UK.
We get whatever is donated (less some minor admin fees) so every little bit helps.
We sincerely hope that the UK can see the value and merit in our aims - please share widely to help us help you and cover our basic out of pocket expenses.