Australian Anti-Fracking Film Makers on Tour in UK


Australian Anti-Fracking Film Makers on Tour in UK

The Anti-fracking Nanas of Lancashire are delighted to welcome to the UK and Fylde, the filmmakers from The Bentley Effect; a feature-length documentary that tells the story of how an Australian community took on the gas industry and won.

The film will be shown during May, in two venues on the Fylde Coast, which itself is under the direct threat of the unconventional gas industry. A question and answer session with the filmmakers and a workshop about peaceful opposition will follow the screening.

Brendan Shoebridge, Simon Clough and Ian Gaillard were all part of the community stand against the dirty coal seam gas industry in Australia, and the resulting documentary, filmed over five years, is a powerful testament to building united community opposition movements and hope for the future.

The venues that will be hosting the documentary screening are The Island Cinema at St Anne’s on 24th May at 19.00hrs and Ribby Hall Village, Wrea Green on 26th May (screening and workshop 18.00hrs – 22.00hrs).

Reserved tickets are offered free of charge, with donations gratefully received on the evening of the screenings.

Andy Severyn, a local dad and teacher worked with local campaigner, Kate Styles, to bring the film to the Fylde. Andy said

“I was inspired by the trailer and contacted the director about getting the documentary to the UK. I am delighted that it will help to inspire and mobilise people to protect our environment and future generations against the fracking industry.”

Kate Styles of the Nanas said:

“We are delighted to welcome The Bentley Effect Tour, a timely message of “the power of community” to a community that feels powerless to stop the fracking juggernaut that is Cuadrilla, and their plans to turn Lancashire into the largest gas field in Europe.

“Simon, Brendan and Ian have experienced The Bentley Blockade, where unconventional resistance met and saw off unconventional gas. They also have first-hand knowledge of the very real damage wrought by fracking – on communities, on the environment and on health of people who find themselves living in a gas field against their will.  We hope that people will see this award-winning documentary and appreciate the very real dangers that fracking on the Fylde poses.”




Notes to the Editor


  1. Simon Clough will be available for interviews whilst visiting the UK. Please contact KateStyles for further information on (07984) 296463 or (phone number not for publication).


Claire Stephenson
Media Spokesperson
Preston New Road Action Group

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