Brendan Shoebridge, Susie Forster
It’s about sharing the Bentley story with the world.
Whether you’re a farmer, a student, a banker, a teacher or even a miner, chances are you spend time outdoors, enjoying fresh clean air and nature. Today, vast areas of Australia are covered by unconventional gas mining licences. To put it simply, this means the mining industry and its supporters would have as much as half of this country become a network of gasfields.
And no-one wants to live in a gasfield.
We are seeking your help to crowdfund the rough cut of The Bentley Effect, a feature film that documents the extraordinary events that led to the suspension of the mining companies license.This film will be an inspirational look at one of Australia’s fastest growing social movements, as the community declared themselves protectors of the land and gasfield free. This now famous standoff forces us to ask the question - what is truly valuable?
This film will change how you think about community
The events at Bentley are now described as the ‘Eureka Stockade’ of our time.
The film will be a good news story, a message of hope, and will show the world how a community can stand up to gasfield industrialisation.
We were there, cameras rolling, as the spectacle unfolded.
For those of you who experienced first-hand the transformative 3 months out at Camp Liberty, we hope to capture for you the magic and the highs and lows of that remarkable time. For those who supported from home, just heard about it in the news, or for the first time now, this film will be an insight into the unprecedented journey of the people who built the movement, those who answered the call and the spirit of the land.
As filmmakers we understand the herculean task of editing a film like this. A feature documentary, in particular, requires months of work to craft into an engaging, accurate and entertaining story.
We anticipate two editors working full time for 6 months for this first stage. Completion funds will need to be sought once the rough cut is finished, towards the end of 2015. We have hundreds of hours of footage to review and are already getting fantastic help from volunteers with logging.
Labour has been offered to the project at a discounted community rate of $25/hour based on a 10 hour day.
Two full-time editors for 26 weeks = $65,000
16 days of additional filming = $4000
We will need to buy two working drives for the editors
32 TB RAID drive x 2 = $6,800
We’re working with a local composer on music compositions for the soundtrack on the film.
Music Composition = $2,500
Crafting the most compelling story into 80 minutes is what it’s about. From the back story of conservation and activism in this region and how unconventional gas mining on the North Coast first came to light, to choosing the main characters in our story, and covering the emotional content of the blockade. We’ll need to get ourselves a script consultant to help us hit the story beats.
Approximately 6 days script consulting = $3,000
We’ve set up a company structure to enable the crowd-funding and production
1 company= $1,200
We’re setting up The Bentley Effect web archive where we’ll share a lot of the interviews and information that we have gathered over the last 4 years that will help other communities skill-share, link up and protect themselves if they have to.
Web design and online archive = $2,500
Legals and insurances = $2,800
Brendan has followed and captured the movement against unconventional gas mining in the Northern Rivers since early 2011. After producing Fractured Country – An Unconventional Invasion for the Lock the Gate Alliance Brendan was well and truly sent down the unconventional gas rabbit hole. In a previous life he worked for big fish such as Village Roadshow, AAV Digital Pictures, BSkyB and Clemenger BBDO (Melb). He currently works as a documentary director/cameraman/editor and resides in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. He is passionate about social and environmental issues and actively promotes sustainable living practices.
Susie Forster has been directing, editing and producing both documentary, drama, community, music video and corporate films over the last decade in the Byron Shire, through her business Byron Bay Multimedia. She has a background in fine art, and her interests lie broadly in environmental, indigenous and social issues. Her short documentary Magpie Yerrubilgin Songman screened on NITV last year. She began following the unconventional gas mining issue with Brendan in 2012 when Coal Seam Gas the Musical was in pre-production in Lismore, filming the making of the production, and was a regular behind the camera at Bentley, cutting Uncle Yilla and Andrea Soler’s Welcome to Country. This year she directed the Nanna Wrap with Clare Twomey. Susie also teaches filmmaking at TAFE.
Some other great projects and outcomes:
Fractured Country – An Unconventional Invasion - by Brendan Shoebridge for Lock the Gate Alliance.